The English Mastiff is a whopper of a dog, which naturally means he costs a lot more than the average Fido. Many people wonder how much exactly this breed costs. Well, there are many things to consider, and every English Mastiff is different. But here in this guide, we have rounded up the average costs to give you an idea about the bills you’ll face as an English Mastiff parent.
We’ll look at the costs of an English Mastiff puppy and what different factors determine how much you’ll pay. We’ll also look at the expense of supplies, professional training, medical costs, insurance, food, and other additional costs to think about. So, let’s get down to business.
It’s impossible to give you an exact price regarding what you’ll spend on your English Mastiff. Not only is every family different, but every pooch is different too. And life throws unexpected things your way. This means that you need to be able to afford everything mentioned in this guide (if it applies to your circumstances). But you also need to be in a position to take on unexpected costs too.
What Is The Price Of An English Mastiff Puppy?
The average fee for a Mastiff puppy from reputable breeders costs between $1,000 and $1,500. However, some puppies may fall as low as $800, and others may cost up to $3,000. The price of an English Mastiff puppy varies depending on bloodline, age, location, and breeder, so the individual cost that each owner has will fluctuate.
Sure, you might find a Mastiff puppy for much less than expected, but be warned, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. We’ll explain why in the next section and the reasons to avoid buying a ‘cheap’ puppy.
The initial puppy price and puppy supplies include everything you’ll need to spend on your pup and purchase all the supplies he’ll need to settle into his new home. For the first year, you’ll also need to include the yearly cost in your budget. Your total first-year outlay is a minimum of $5,488.
After that, your yearly cost is a minimum of $2,998. This includes pet insurance, food, treats, one annual health checkup with vaccinations, monthly heartworm and flea treatments, toys, poop bags, and shampoo. This does not cover any additional medical costs, professional training, dog walking, boarding, or grooming. Based on his lifespan of up to 10 years, we calculate the basic minimum cost of owning an English Mastiff across his lifetime as $32,490.
|Average Cost Of English Mastiff|
|Initial Puppy Price & Puppy Supplies||$2,490|
What Factors Affect Puppy Prices?
There are many factors that affect the initial price of an English Mastiff puppy, and some of these reasons also affect the long-term costs of your English Mastiff. This list is not exhaustive, but here are the main factors.
Like most things in life, anyone at the top of their game charges more for their knowledge, experience, and service than someone just starting out. And the same goes for dog breeders. Those who have been breeding English Mastiffs for years charge more compared to inexperienced breeders, and rightly so. Their experience usually means that they breed only the healthiest Mastiffs, meaning they produce the healthiest Mastiff pups, which is what you want.
Responsible breeders screen their English Mastiffs to ensure that they are healthy. If a dog doesn’t meet their breeding quality, they stop breeding them. Sadly, irresponsible breeders may breed Mastiffs without screening for checks. Meaning the pups aren’t as likely to be healthy. And there are some breeders out there who provide no medical attention to their dogs and breed sick dogs too. So, it’s worth working with a reputable breeder and paying more to cover these costs.
Some breeders focus on producing puppies from award-winning English Mastiffs. And although this doesn’t necessarily mean that your pup might be the next champion, it does increase the chances more than the average English Mastiff pup. If you want to show your English Mastiff, he’ll need to conform to the Mastiff breed standard, and these guys tend to be more expensive.
Location & Time Of Year
It’s all about location, location, location, and the same goes for dog breeders. If your dog breeder lives in a high-cost area, they have to cover their costs. And if you live in a location where English Mastiffs are popular, the increased demand means that breeders can charge more for them. The when is also important. Families like to welcome a dog into their life, ready for the summer when they can enjoy the warmer and dryer months. And higher demand means a higher price.
Puppies usually go to their new homes soon after eight weeks. But sadly, some pups, for whatever reason, get left behind. Breeders can charge a higher price for younger pups because families don’t want to miss out on their puppy stage. Those that take longer to sell can be reduced in price because breeders don’t want any puppies hanging about.
Average Costs For An English Mastiff
Being a dog owner is not cheap, especially when you welcome the largest dog breed in the world into your home. We look at the average costs throughout this guide but bear in mind that all English Mastiffs are different, and there are lots of factors in play.
There are also things that are not necessary. Still, some parents like to do or buy them, such as buying outfits or holiday photoshoots. We haven’t included these costs. In addition, some costs arise that you’ll have no control over, such as life-saving surgery or emergency boarding, for example. We haven’t calculated these above-and-beyond or surprise emergency costs in this guide. But if you don’t have insurance, you need to be in a position to shell out for them for the best of your pooch.
Puppies don’t come with an all-inclusive kit – you need to buy that stuff yourself. And there’s probably more than you think. Check out our supplies chart below for what you’ll need and the average cost. If you have previously owned a giant dog before, you can reuse some of the stuff you already have. Assuming that it is no longer being used.
The English Mastiff is a giant beast that needs everything in XXL, which costs much more than XXS supplies. Thankfully, there are some things that you can buy in XXL straight away to save the trouble of buying them over and over as he grows. Such as an XXL dog crate that comes with training dividers and dog beds perfect for the Mastiff. But some things you’ll have to buy in puppy size and then replace them for an adult size when it no longer fits him, such as collars and harnesses.
Below we have listed the average cost for the main supplies you’ll need to buy as a pup. However, remember that many supplies are also ongoing lifetime costs, such as food and poop bags. Some are occasional, once a year, or once every few years, depending on the quality of the product you buy. For example, some owners buy a new bed every year, but others spend top dollar on the best beds that can last a lifetime.
|Food & Water Bowls||$20|
|Food (30lb bag)||$50|
|Puppy Training Pads (75 - 100)||$25|
|Stain & Odor Removal Spray||$10|
|Poop Bags (1 yr supply)||$55|
|First Aid Kit||$30|
|Toothbrush Kit & Brush||$10|
As you can see, you’ll need to shell out, on average, $685 to purchase all the things required for your pup’s new life. You might want to spend less, given that some puppies destroy everything. Or you might want to buy the best of the best in the hope that it’ll last much longer. You’ll also need to pay for things such as safety gates and new fencing to puppy-proof your home and yard. This isn’t included in our calculations.
Puppy training classes are a great idea for all dogs, especially ones that have the potential to become over-protective such as the English Mastiff. Experienced dog owners might not feel the need for puppy classes, and others owners like a little bit of extra support. Ongoing obedience training isn’t likely to be necessary unless your English Mastiff is not socialized or begins to display problematic behavior.
The average cost of initial puppy training classes is around $100 for a five-week course, including one 1-hour session per week. If you want more intense or one-on-one training sessions, it is likely much more, depending on what package you seek. Some places charge several thousand dollars for doggy-style boot-camp training. Community or group sessions can be a little less.
When it comes to the mahoosive English Mastiff, food is likely to be one of your largest, most frequent bills. When an average English Mastiff reaches maturity, he’ll eat around 60 lbs of food a month. So with an average 30lb bag costing $50, you’re looking at a monthly food bill of $100 at least. However, if you choose to feed a higher-quality kibble, you’re looking at monthly bills of up to $150.
If you’ve got a particularly large Mastiff on your hands who eats more than eight cups of food a day, the monthly food bill is even higher. Likewise, if you have a smaller Mastiff, you’ll spend less. Because puppies eat less, their monthly food bill is lower for the first year. However, if your pooch requires a prescription diet, the costs are much higher. If you choose to feed a raw, fresh, or freeze-dried diet, again, the costs are higher. It all depends on the type of diet that you choose.
You also need to take into account that your Mastiff expects treats too. We estimate that a month’s worth of treats costs around $25. We’ve added this to the monthly food calculation because he’ll see it as a staple. Just be sure not to go overboard with the treats for his waistline’s sake.
Medical & Insurance
Mastiff puppies require three vet visits in the first year for their physical exams and essential vaccinations. This is likely to cost an average of $150 each time. Heartworm and flea treatments are needed monthly, which cost an average of $15 per month. And then, you need to think about neutering or spaying your pup, which can cost anywhere between $150 to $450. After that, a yearly checkup with vaccinations costs an average of $83. These routine costs are not covered by pet insurance but you can buy a wellness plan to help budget for these expected costs.
The English Mastiff is a relatively healthy breed, but he is prone to particular conditions like all giant dog breeds. And these non-routine vet costs are the ones that are harder to budget for. Luckily, these are exactly the kinds of costs that pet insurance is designed to cover.
For example, hip dysplasia is a common concern for large breeds, and this can cost anywhere between $500 and $13,000 for treatment. Many families are not in a position to pay for these pricey bills but also don’t want to make the tough choice between their furry family member and their wallet. This is why getting pet insurance is a cost that most families benefit from. Most dogs experience a health condition requiring unplanned treatment at some point in their lifetime.
Why Consider Pet Insurance?
Pet insurance is a great way to make sure the unexpected vet costs that you have not budgeted for are covered. But there are so many pet insurance companies and policies to consider. So, it would be wise to research the best pet insurance companies.
According to NAPHIA (North American Pet Health Insurance Association), the average monthly premium for an accident and illness insurance policy in the U.S. in 2022 was $53.34 for dogs. but you can expect that your Mastiff costs between $80 and $100. You need to read the small print to ensure that the coverage you choose is right for you and your pup. No pet insurance covers preexisting conditions, some have a yearly or condition limit, and some require an excess fee to be covered. The older your pooch gets, or the more claims you make, the higher you should expect the premium to rise.
|Ongoing Yearly Costs||Average Cost|
|Basic Medical Care||$263|
Additional Costs To Consider
Remember, these costs add up quickly if you require these services regularly. So, be sure to think about your lifestyle and what you’ll need.
Depending on your circumstances, you might need to hire a dog walker. This could be daily or once weekly. The average dog walker charges $20 for a 30-minute group walk. Alternatively, some families prefer doggy daycare which costs an average of $25 a day. But if you are at home all day, this isn’t something you’ll need to worry about.
Thankfully, English Mastiffs have short hair that doesn’t require regular grooming compared to, say, a Poodle. However, if you want to make sure your Mastiff smells his best, or you plan to show your pooch in the ring, he might need professional grooming. Given his size, many groomers charge more to groom an English Mastiff. You can expect to spend between $80 to $100 for one grooming session.
If you and your family like to travel a lot, having a canine the size of a horse can make it more difficult. And chances are, grandma probably isn’t up to the challenge of caring for your bestie for the holidays. On average, dog boarders charge between $25 and $85 per night. But, of course, the price depends on the kennel’s reputation, location, time of year, and demand. And chances are your huge hound commands a higher price as he’ll take up more space.
The cost of owning an English Mastiff is much higher than most other dogs, thanks to his sheer size. Not only does he need more food, but his larger body means that vet costs, insurance costs, and XXL supplies cost more too. As you can see, we have supplied you with prices relating to the English Mastiff across his lifetime. But what does that mean for his overall lifetime cost?
English Mastiffs have an expected life expectancy of 6 to 10 years. By our calculations, the overall lifetime cost of owning a Mastiff that reaches ten years old costs a minimum of $32,470.
Remember, this does not include illness, injury, and medical procedures. Essentially, it all comes down to what services you and your pooch need and what medical and behavioral problems you’ll face during his lifetime. Overall, owning a Mastiff is an expense that you must be in a position to afford. But if you can, he is totally worth all this and much more.