Bullmastiff vs Rottweiler

Compare the Bullmastiff to the Rottweiler. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bullmastiffs and Rottweilers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bullmastiff is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Rottweiler is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Bullmastiff and Rottweiler are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Bullmastiff and Rottweiler are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Rottweiler bark/howls frequently. The Bullmastiff has a low tendency to bark.
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Bullmastiff vs Rottweiler
Red and Fawn Bullmastiff
Black & Tan Rottweiler
Breed NameBullmastiffRottweiler
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height24-27 in.22-27 in.
Weight110-130 lb85-130 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomGermany
Origin Year1860 AD100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumLow-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed20 mph22 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountMediumMedium

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 NameBullmastiffRottweiler
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBullmastiffRottweiler
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Aortic StenosisNoYes
BloatNoYes
CancerYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
Heart ProblemsYesNo
HemangiosarcomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Kidney IssuesYesNo
LymphosarcomaYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBullmastiffRottweiler
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & FawnYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red Fawn BrindleYesNo
Black & MahoganyNoYes
Black & RustNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
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