Here is a little history about TruGrit Bullmastiffs
I purchased my first Bullmastiff in May of 1974, she was full sister to Ch.
Stonykills Naughty Angelina, who was sired by Ch. Pocantico's Plameses Bruno
who was my first love. I was born and raised in New York City and I feel I was
very fortunate to grow up around some of the best breeders in the country. I met
Dick Cannone who became my mentor and one of my best friends. I went on to
register my first litter in the early eighties and based my breeding program
around BIS Ch. Roleki's Sampson Of Waterbury ROM who was one of the first
Bullmastiffs to win a Best In Show.  Another of my all time favorite dogs was Ch.
Charley Hexam bred by Marge Triggs. Both of these dogs had strong Pocantico
From Left to Right BIS Ch Roleki's Sampson Of Waterbury ROM, Ch.
Badnuffs Warrior of Tru Grit, Ch.Ladybug's Badnuffs Natasha.
My first dog Mac, winning reserve winners
dog at the 1979 Westminister KC Dog
Show at Madison Square Garden.
One of our prouder moments when Ch.
Banuffs Warrior of Tru Grit won the 8-10
year veteran class at the 1992 ABA National
More than just a pretty face my wife Diane
of 42 years has been the stabilizing force
in my breeding program and has been
with me since my first dog.
Here I am judging the Bullmastiff Specialty
sweepsstakes at The Kennel Club of
Philadelphia in 2001.
Dick Cannone was not only my mentor in breeding bullmastiffs,
but also a mentor in life.
Edith Pyle, the mother of the bullmastiff breed.
Her father in law was the gameskeeper on the
Rockefeller estates, who imported the first
bullmastiffs to the US.
Al with Buford at10wks at their first fun
match in March 1976 in Rockland Co. N.Y.
with Edith Pyle as the judge.
Diane, picking out a female pup in 1979
from Dick Cannone's Kennel to start our
breeding program in North Carolina.
In this fun match Nov.1975 in Rockland Co. NY, Best
adult in match was Lord Nelson bred and handled by
Dick Cannone. I was very fortunate to have this great
friend and breeder as my mentor.
Justin, Al and Diane with Greg Crosson holding his
Ozzy daughter. Greg owns Ch.TruGrit's Rockefeller.
Sam is the dog that I have linebred on for 25 yrs. He was the total
dog. I would like to thank Herb Fuson for giving me this picture.
Classic Picture! 1983 National. Herb Fuson with his dog BISS CH. Roleki's
Sampson of Waterbury and Al Batchelor with a Sampson son CH. Bad Nuff's
Warrior of  TruGrit, aka Conan. Famous English breeder judge Doug Oliff.