Bulldog vs Mastiff

Compare the Bulldog to the Mastiff. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bulldogs and Mastiffs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bulldog is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Mastiff is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Bulldog and Mastiff are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Bulldog is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Bulldog bark/howls frequently. The Mastiff has an average level of barking.
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Bulldog vs Mastiff
Fawn & White English Bulldog
Fawn Mastiff
Breed NameBulldogMastiff
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-12 yrs.6-10 yrs.
Height13-15 in.27-32 in.
Weight49-55 lb120-220 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageBelow Average
History
Origin CountryUK (England)China (Tibet)
Origin Year1500 AD700 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Protective
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 75°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph24 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountHighHigh

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBulldogMastiff
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingVery LowBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingAverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowVery Low
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBulldogMastiff
Lifespan
Lifespan8-12 yrs.6-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
Brachycephalic SyndromeYesNo
CancerNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
CystinuriaNoYes
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Dry EyeYesNo
EntropionYesNo
Head ShakesYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingYesNo
SeizuresNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBulldogMastiff
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
FallowYesNo
FawnYesYes
Fawn & BrindleYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
Fawn, Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red, Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
ApricotNoYes
BrindleNoYes