How much exercise does a Bullmastiff need?
Bullmastiffs are the gentle giants of the canine world. These guys are a low-maintenance, protective, and affectionate bunch. Even fully grown, they won’t think twice about cuddling up on the sofa with you – although, it may be a bit of a squeeze. They can’t help it, they love love!
How much exercise does an adult Bullmastiff need?
Despite their large size, Bullmastiffs only need around 50 minutes of daily exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As they were originally bred to be guard dogs, they’re quite happy to laze around the house for long periods of the day.
When it comes to walkies, you may find your Bullmastiff a little reluctant – many would rather have a nap on the sofa! And with their big size, if they don’t fancy a walk, they can’t be budged. Tap into their motivations with tasty treats, and fun play like tug of war, scent games, or chase and you’ll be able to keep them properly exercised without too much trouble.
Even if they are a lover of walkies, you’ll want to keep a close eye on their exercise levels. Being a giant breed, Bullmastiffs are at risk of hip and joint issues in later life in they are overexercised when young, and they’re equally at risk of obesity due to lack of exercise. Get the balance just right with a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor so you know they’re getting exactly the right amount of exercise every day.
How much exercise does a Bullmastiff puppy need?
Although a Bullmastiff doesn’t need a great deal of exercise when they’re an adult, you’ll be forgiven for thinking they do when you first get your puppy. Puppies love to tear around like furry tornadoes and come to a grinding stop to crash out asleep, only to start all over again.
However, Bullmastiffs are at particular risk of developing hip and joint issues if overexercised as a puppy, due to their large size. It’s important to take it easy when they’re young, sticking to short, frequent walks and ensuring they get plenty of mental enrichment to keep their brains as busy as their bodies.
How much exercise does a senior Bullmastiff need?
No matter the breed, senior dogs will need less exercise than they previously did. For Bullmastiffs, you might notice them slowing down a bit earlier than smaller dog breeds – often as early as 6 or 7 years old.
If you do notice your dog slowing down more on walks, it may be time to shorten them. You can do this by cutting the amount of time spent walking, Or, if you do multiple walks in a day, by replacing a walk with some more mentally stimulating games in the house.
Can Bullmastiffs run with me?
Whilst Bullmastiffs aren’t going to be winning any medals for the 100m sprint, healthy adult Bullmastiffs can enjoy a light jog with you on occasion. Go at a pace that suits you both and make sure they are keeping up and staying cool as well. Take plenty of water breaks for you both and enjoy the experience!
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