Breed Guide: Mastiff

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A MastiffDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Mastiff

Height (to base of neck): female 27.5″, male 30″

Weight:  170-190lb

Color: Brindle, apricot and fawn with black mask and ears.

Origin: Popular in England for centuries, but likely originated from Southwest Asia.

Coat: Double coat with short dense undercoat and straight coarse outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 8-9 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Mastiff is characterized as a courageous but generally docile dog.  They are fiercely loyal and can be weary of strangers. They are bred for guarding and make an excellent watch dog.  Early socialization and obedience training is imperative to prevent unwanted aggression towards strangers.  Not suitable for families with small children due to their large size.  The Mastiff is a moderate shedder with low grooming needs. They tend to drool significantly as well.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Mastiff

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $248 $4,616
Gastritis $451 $3,073
Cruciate Ligament Injury $2,742 $11,294
Cancer $3,136 $12,133
Foreign Body- Intestinal $2,523 $5,185


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