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Breed Group: Working
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This ancient breed was primarily used as a guard dog. The Mastiff was favored by nobility as a hunting companion and revered by peasants as a family and livestock protector. They were also used as arena gladiators where they participated in bull, bear, and dog combat. The Mastiff was nearly extinct by the end of WWII, but was saved with imports from the United States and Canada.
A massive, muscular, and powerful dog, the Mastiff is one of the heaviest of breeds. Males are capable of exceeding 200 pounds. They have an imposing and dominant demeanor. Mastiffs are fearless, alert, and extremely courageous. Often referred to as the Gentle Giant, they are a combination of dignity and grandeur.
The Mastiff is a watchful, reliable, and intelligent breed. They are exceedingly loyal and deeply devoted to their family. This breed thrives on human companionship and affection and does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. The Mastiff does best in a home with older considerate children. They do not do well with other household pets they have not been raised with. This breed is naturally protective and is extremely possessive of their family and home. The Mastiff is not recommended for the novice, inexperienced, or passive owner.
The Mastiff requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush will suffice. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The Mastiff is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, ectropion, PRA, cardiomyopathy, and gastric torsion. They also have a tendency to drool and snore.
The Mastiff is a double coat breed. The outer coat is short, coarse, and straight. The under coat is dense and fits closely to the body. The color of the coat comes in apricot, fawn, or brindle. The nose, muzzle, and ears are black. This breed is an average shedder.
Early socialization and obedience are crucial for this breed. The Mastiff requires a dominant handler. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. They are eager to please but may be difficult to train. This breed does best with firmness, fairness, patience, respect, and consistency. They excel in guarding, military and police work, weight pulling, and search and rescue.
The Mastiff is slow moving and is inclined to be rather lazy. Daily securely leashed walks or a play session in a safely fenced small yard are highly recommended to keep them happy and fit. They will do okay in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are given stimulation, attention, and sufficient exercise.
175-190 lbs
Male: 30; Female: 27.5 inches
fawn, apricot, or brindle, all with dark muzzle, ears and nose
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How much do Mastiff puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Mastiff varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Mastiff puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Mastiffs sold is $1,050.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Mastiff with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,400 upwards to $5,300 or even more for a Mastiff with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Mastiffs sold is $1,200.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,050.00
Average Price: $1,200.00
Top Quality: $2,400.00 to $5,300.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 7831 Mastiff puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Mastiff puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Mastiffs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Mastiff Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 7831 Mastiff dogs.
  • 1. Bella
  • 2. Daisy
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Holly
  • 5. Diesel
  • 6. Tabby
  • 7. Hannah
  • 8. Max
  • 9. Buddy
  • 10. Hunter
  • 11. Duchess
  • 12. Nala
  • 13. Champ
  • 14. Honey
  • 15. Duke
  • 16. Hercules
  • 17. Nova
  • 18. Dakota
  • 19. Harley
  • 20. Princess

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Sims English Mastiffs Puppies & Stud of "Gentle Giants"
Member Since: August 2011
Location: Lakeland, Florida
I have Mastiff puppies for sale! See My Profile
AKC and OFA Sired Single or Multi Champion Bloodlines Puppies and Stud of English Mastiffs. Besides OFA additional Testing on some Parents differ. All Guaranteed and come with Litter Certificate and Puppy Package,UTD Shots,Health Exam. I have 8 English Mastiffs and all of my dogs are part of our family! Please get to know me and my dogs by visiting my website and see my facility. I can ship Air Cargo First Class with flight, crate, water bottle for $395.00 and up. My Puppies are $1,200 for Females and $1,500 for Males, Stud fee is the fee of $1,500 and any additional cost of shipping or paperwork that maybe involved. If I don't have any puppies remaining I will be glad to refer you to one of my English Mastiff Breeder Partners for them to get you your companion or your welcome to be placed on my Family Reserve. We take great pride in getting you the best in quality and keeping you away from the wrong type of Breeder. Research material along with testimonials/references are posted on my site along with the documents to review ahead of time of my Puppy Care Instructions/Health Guarantee/Stud Agreement/Puppy Shot Time Table. My puppies and I thank you! Carol Sims 813-767-1626

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Anonymous asked:
I would like your opinion on whether a Mastiff would make a good service dog. I have multiple sclerosis and it affects my balance. I am considering using a Mastiff to aid due to their size. Thank you for your time.



The Mastiff is a beautiful breed of dog, however, they are not considered good as Service Dogs. The reason being is that the Mastiff lives an average of 8 years. It takes an average of 3 years for a dog to become a Service Dog and a dog should be retired 2 - 3 years before the dog's average ending lifespan. Meaning that you would only be able to use your dog as a Service Dog for about 1 - 2 years. That is not fair to you or the dog. I have issues with my ears which tends to affect my balance. My Service Dog is a European Landseer Newfoundland. They are a large dog like the Mastiff, however, their average lifespan is 10 - 12 years compared to the Mastiff. You could also look at the Beauceron, Bouvier des Flandres, German Shepherd, and Giant Schnauzer which are all large breed dogs that have good life spans and that could handle physically moving a person, helping them up or keeping them upright.


Our male Mastiff was a service dog at age two, a therapy dog for a time and a show champion. He lived to be eleven years old. He weighed 207 pounds when he earned his championship and was solid to say the least. His best feature was his gentle nature; he could bark but almost never did. My wife was an Alzheimer's patient but loved to walk our farm for exercise, always accompanied by her understanding, accommodating Mastiff companion. I never worried about them, he always brought her home. I miss them both.


We have produced multiple EXCELLENT service dogs out of our litters, 2 Out of my current litter alone :) They are incredibly loyal, smart and even tempered, extremely calm and large which are ideal in a service dog. They are tall enough to press elevator buttons, open doors and pull a wheelchair out of danger should the battery die or their companion have a seizure etc. They truly are an incredible breed, not to mention fabulous for pet therapy for the elderly and children due to their sweet nature and love of people, also their size allows for disabled and paralyzed patients to enjoy them without having to bend down :) The best quality deserves another mention! They are so incredibly loyal, it is unreal! The most important aspect is to find an honest, dedicated & knowledgeable breeder with a good reputation and excellent references that are happy to answer your questions, and proud to show you how they raise their pups and treat their dogs. Not to mention one that is willing to recommend another breeder or a rescue dog without hesitation should that be a better fit. Their 1st priority and should always be ensuring the health &happiness of the dogs by passing up a puppy sale to place a rescue or homeless dog instead is the best Kind of breeder!!!


My service dog was a Mastiff. I retired her at 10. I am currently training another Mastiff for a service dog. I won't have any other breed.

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What should I feed my Mastiff?



A grain-free, high quality dog food is the best thing to feed your Mastiff. Brands you can look into are Evo, Orijen, Acana, Taste of the Wild, Now, Go!, Back to Basic's, Black Gold Grain Free, DNA Dog Food, Earths Pride, Horizon Legacy, and Wysong. But there are many other grain-free brands that are just as good. Each and every brand will be priced differently, so find a grain-free dog food that is in your price range. Remember, the dog food will cost more to buy, but it lasts much, much longer then low-cost/low-nutrition dog food.


Agree, grain free is the way to go when feeding kibble.


Mastiffs have a very sensitive stomach so you cannot change the food too often and it should be mixed with the old food so they get used to it slowly. Also a probiotic is very helpful. It's like eating yogurt for us it helps with the enzymes in your dogs belly. Mine had a chicken allergy had red under his joints so the vet recommended limited ingredience lamb or beef.


Exercise is the absolute most important factor. Our Alpha male will be 13 years old this November. He still runs and plays. We have 40 fenced acres and that is his domain. He does get fresh meat occasionally when one of our free range chickens leaves its pasture ;-)


You can feed with raw meat plus some yogurt, cheese, yolk, vegetables and rice. That is the best option for me.

Anonymous asked:
We have an English Mastiff that is reverse brindle. Does that make her worth more? Our English Mastiff looks like a Bengal tiger. We have her up for sale but are not sure if she is rare or if it is more common.



I raise Mastiffs and have a female that about half of her pups are reverse brindle, I don't see it as rare. I would look online for Mastiffs for sale in your area to help determine what they are selling for in your area. Keep in mind age & training your dog has had.


Reverse brindle is not rare it is actually a color fault. Breeders out there advertising reverse brindles at higher prices are just out for money. Some don't even get the reverse coat right (some with a more black with very few stripes say those are reverse when indeed a lighter coat with very few stripes is reverse, either way reverse is a color fault). I own 2 and with their overall conformation I'd take a color fault any day over any other fault or health issue. My male stud produces it in every breeding so most def not rare to throw a lighter colored brindle.

Anonymous asked:
My 1yr old Mastiff puppy fights when he sleeps and runs in his sleep what does that mean? He does this most of the time when he is asleep so I don't really know if its normal.



It is normal. Your Mastiff is dreaming. My dog will bark in her sleep.


He's normal. I've consulted a veterinarian about this- she said he was a restless sleeper and that I just need to make sure he's comfy at night.

Anonymous asked:
How much dog food do Mastiffs eat in a week?



My Mastiff is 2 yrs old and she eats 50lbs every two weeks.


Mine is a 3-year-old, 180 pound male Mastiff. He eats about 6 cups a day as well as treats. 37 pound bags last about 3.5 weeks.


Buy a good dog food and read the recommendations on the bag. My 200 pound English mastiff ate about 6 cups a day. My Cane Corso female weighs 77 pounds, still a puppy, eats only 3 cups a day. I feed them blue large breed.

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Updated: 7/2/2022