Breed Guide: Mastiff
Posted on July 28, 2014 under Dog Breeds
Dr. 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″
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|
|Cruciate Ligament Injury||$2,742||$11,294|
|Foreign Body- Intestinal||$2,523||$5,185|
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