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The Bullmation is a mixed dog being the cross of a Bulldog and a Dalmatian. She takes part in events like tricks and agility and has a life span of 10 to 12 years. She is a medium to large dog who can be very charming, makes new friends easily and also quite inquisitive about everything around her. She may also be called a Bulldog/ Dalmatian Mix.
|Here is the Bullmatian at a Glance|
|Average height||11 to 24 inches|
|Average weight||45 to 55 pounds|
|Coat type||Straight, short|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate to good|
|Tolerance to Heat||Low to very good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to good depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Very good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Low to fairly high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate – needs a yard really|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – best with someone with experience|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Quite high|
|Major Health Concerns||Eye problems, patellar luxation, Hereditary deafness, Eye problems, Urolithiasis,|
|Other Health Concerns||Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, hip dysplasia, skin problems, tail problems,|
|Life Span||10 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$375 to $475|
Where does the Bullmatian come from?
Over the last fifteen to twenty years there has been quite a surge in how popular deliberately bred mixed dogs have become. Called Designer dogs they often have a blended name taken from the two purebred parents. There are some breeders who are taking care with what they are doing but there are many just in it for the money who treat the animals terribly and breed poor lines. Make sure you take the trouble to find a breeder who can be trusted. With this kind of breeding there are no guarantees no matter what the sales pitch might promise. While the hope is to have the best of two purebreds in one dog in reality it can be a lot more mixed. Litter mates can range in looks and personalities so be prepared for that to avoid feeling disappointed.
The Dalmatian's beginnings are unclear but Romanies were said to have come over with spotted dogs so this could be where he comes from. He was named Dalmatian during his time in Dalmatia in what is now Croatia. Over the years they have been used as working dogs from guarding, herding, retrieving, as ratters, coach dogs and circus dogs. In England he was used most as a coaching dog, which meant he had to run before the horses clearing a path and guarded them when time to rest. In America he was used as a firehouse dog, running with horses to fires, guarding equipment, rescuing people and acting as watchdog back at the station.
Though he is now a companion and family dog more than working dog America's firehouses still have them as mascots. He has a lot of energy and needs plenty of exercise. He loves attention and is happy when he pleases his owner which means training is easier. He is clever and enjoys making you laugh. He is still a great watchdog as he is very alert. Socialization and training help him to be good with children.
The Bulldog descends from a Mastiff type dog and was developed for bull baiting in England in the 1500s. This was a sport where the dog was put in a ring with a bull and was meant to latch onto the bull and pin it. The bull in turn would try to toss the dog. It was a spectator sport and was also thought to tenderize the meat. He was bred to be courageous, fierce, tenacious and aggressive, but not towards humans. Bulldogs in those days were a lot bigger too. In 1835 despite the controversy the sport was outlawed and a lot of people thought the dog would die with the sport. However some breeders admired his better qualities and wanted to breed him into a companion dog and they were very successful.
Today the Bulldog is a kind and friendly dog who is no longer the fighter he once was. He is not aggressive though he is watchful and makes a good watchdog. He can be stubborn but he is also sweet natured and easygoing. He is not a fast learner so training requires a lot of patience.
The Bullmatian is an affectionate, friendly and very charming dog who makes friends easily, loves to be social and loves all the attention that gets her. She is sweet and intelligent, happy every day and full of energy. She has an inquisitive nature and loves to have fun and be where everything is happening. She can be wary at first with strangers and she can also be stubborn so socialization and training are important from a young age. She is a great companion or family dog.
What does the Bullmatian look like
She is a medium to large dog weighing 45 to 55 pounds and standing 11 to 24 inches tall. She has a muscular and string body like the Bulldog with ears that flop down and the coat of a Dalmatian. However the spots are not always black and common colors can include black and white as well as blue, brown, red, orange, lemon, brindle and fawn. The coat is straight, short and smooth.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Bullmatian need to be?
The Bullmatian is a fairly active dog so she will need regular exercise each day outside. She is best in a home that has access to a yard even a small one, a place to be curious in and play in. She would enjoy trips to a dog park where she can roam free and play with you. A couple of walks or jogs a day would be good and she will likely need one to two hours a day to keep her happy. Be sure some her toys and games help to keep her mentally active too.
Does she train quickly?
She is not an easy dog to train so it is not going to be quick or smooth. You will need patience, consistency, and ideally experience. Early training and socialization are important so despite the difficult this is not something to skip or take lightly. Be positive but firm and use things like praise, rewards and treats to keep her interested. She can be stubborn and that will hinder the training so if needed consider getting help from schools or professional trainers.
Living with a Bullmatian
How much grooming is needed?
There will be a low to moderate amount of grooming and maintenance to take care of when owning a Bullmatian. She can shed between low to moderate amounts so some clean up may be needed but not huge clumps of hair constantly. Brush her a couple of times a week to keep her coat looking healthy and shiny and to remove things like loose hair and any small debris. Only give her a bath when she has gotten herself into something gross or it has been a while and she is getting smelly! Unless dogs are in the mud on their walks every week they do not need to bathe as much as people! Use a dog shampoo too so that her skin oils are protected. Her ears will need to be wiped clean and checked for infection once a week. Her nails need to be clipped when they get too long, if this is not something you have experience with either have the vet show you or have them or a groomer take care of it. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
With the right socialization and training she is good with children, can play with them and gentle around them. She is usually fine with other pets with that socialization but more time may be needed on being around other dogs.
She barks occasionally but can also make grunting noises and she can snore so you will always know where she is! She should be fed 1½ to 2½ cups of good quality dry dog food a day divided into at least two meals. She may not be the best option if you are looking for a watchdog as well as a companion.
As with any dog there are canine health issues that are hereditary and can be passed from parent to offspring, purebreds have this issues too and while some claim that it is less of a problem in designer dogs, there are still risks. To avoid them ask the breeder for health clearances for both parents and visit the puppy to check on conditions before you buy her. Heath issues specific to the Bullmatian include Eye problems, patellar luxation, Hereditary deafness, Eye problems, Urolithiasis, Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, hip dysplasia, skin problems and tail problems.
Costs involved in owning a Bullmatian
The Bullmatian puppy is priced at between $300 to $600 currently. Those prices can change if their popularity increases, where you buy from and age of the puppy too. Other costs for collar and leash, crate, carrier, spaying, micro chipping, blood tests, deworming and shots come to between $455 to $500. Other yearly costs for medical needs like just the insurance, check ups, flea prevention and shots come to between $460 to $560. Non-medical annual costs for license, training, toys, treats and food come to between $375 to $475.
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The Bullmatian is a medium sized friendly and loving dog who could really fit into most homes happily as long as they can be committed to the training and seeing she gets enough activity. She does need a firm hand but she is worth the effort!