Mastiff puppies are some of the most expensive dogs you can own. However, the initial cost of buying a Mastiff is just the beginning. There are many follow up costs associated with keeping and maintaining such a reputable breed.
Some of the costs of owning a Mastiff include the cost of food, health care, training, and grooming.
The price of a Mastiff is dependent on many different factors. The market, breed, pedigree, litter size and source of the Mastiff are all important to consider. Females also have a slow reproduction rate; this hikes the price up even further.
Things to Note
Supply and Demand
Mastiffs are a cherished breed and they’re often in high demand. Buying a Mastiff won’t be as simple as finding a breeder and paying them. To make sure you’re a good fit for their dog, you’ll go through a screening process before you’re approved for purchase. There might also be competition and you’ll need to bid against others. This is true in China where people have been known to pay over $2 million for a Mastiff puppy.
The pedigree of any animal let along a dog is very important. It shows you the dog is purebred and free of unwanted health defects. Mastiffs are expensive, and before you dish out some serious money for one, it’s a good idea to get one that’s healthy. This is because a dog with sub-optimal health can cost you more in health expenses down the road. A breeder that cares for their Mastiffs will breed them with respectable pedigrees.
Price Per Breed
Here is a list of what you can expect to pay for a Mastiff puppy based on its breed.
*Please note, all prices are in USD unless otherwise listed.
The Alangu Mastiff, also known as the Bully Kuttaa, originates from the Indian subcontinent and will go for anywhere between $75 to $300.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
These puppies sell for anywhere between $400 to $2,200. If you are willing to dish out extra money for a higher quality breed, you should budget yourself to spend $2,800 to $10,000.
You can expect to pay $700 on average for an American Bandogge. For a puppy with top breed lines, be prepared to pay between $2,500 to $6,500.
The price for an American Mastiff puppy averages $1,000 to $1,500.
Banter Bulldogge puppies cost about $750. Of course, the price will increase depending on the breeder and overall quality of the dog.
Boerboels are a South African Mastiff breed. The cost of Boerboel puppies will range between $500 to $2,500. Superior pedigree Boerboels will cost between $3,100 to $7,000.
A respectable breeder will charge anywhere between $1,800 and $2,500 for an English Mastiff. If you’re looking to be more cost-effective with your breed selection, you can find these dogs for as low as $500. On the upper end, they go for up to $5,000.
A French Mastiff puppy also is known as Dogue de Bordeaux. They can range between $1,000 to $5,000.
The Himalayan Sheepdog originates from Nepal. Puppies of this breed will cost about $800 from a reputable breeder. From top-quality breeders, you will be paying substantially more.
The average price for a Leonberger puppy is $1,500 to $2,000.
The cost for a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy ranges between $1,500 to $2,500.
Polish Tatra Sheepdog
Polish Tatra Sheepdog puppies cost between $800 to $1,500 on average.
St. John’s Water Dog
The price of a St. John’s Water Dog is unknown. These dogs have been reported extinct since the 1980s. They were mainly used to help the fishermen of St.John’s Newfoundland.
Tibetan Mastiffs are amongst the most expensive dogs in the world. These puppies will fetch a hefty price of about $2,000 to $4,000 per dog.
Here are some additional costs you should budget for if you plan on buying a Mastiff puppy.
Feeding such a large dog is a huge task. Regardless of what you feed them, a Mastiff will eat a lot. A rule of thumb to follow is, the better the quality of food, the less they will need to eat. So don’t be fooled by the cheap price at the register. You’ll have to buy lower quality food more often, so you’re essentially paying the same. Buying higher-quality food will mean your dog will eat less, poop less and they’ll also have healthier skin and a healthier coat.
Mastiffs will eat around 3 to 4 cups of food per day. To give you a ballpark figure, you will be spending around $100 to $150 per month on food.
If you buy a Mastiff at a lower price, it is likely that it won’t have a great pedigree. This means that it might have poor qualities, including health defects which will cost you more in the long run.
If you’re considering pet insurance, a Mastiff is generally $50 to $70 per month, but it can be a bit more or a bit less depending on where you live and the plan you choose.
When buying a Mastiff, try to buy from a reputable breeder. This will ensure you get a healthy dog that will spend a long time with you, all while minimizing any health care expenses.
Training your Mastiff is incredibly important. This is due to the safety of your dog and the public. If you’re experienced, you may be able to train a Mastiff yourself. However, if you’re a casual dog owner looking to buy a Mastiff for the first time, you might want to recruit a professional to train your Mastiff.
The prices for training will vary based on your dog’s needs. To give you an idea of what training may cost, here is a list of various services.
- Group dog training – $30 to $50 per class
- Private dog training – $45 to $120 per session
- Obedience training school – $500 to $1,250 per week
If you decide to forgo training, be prepared for a lot of other expenses like damaged furniture. This is one area we strongly recommend you don’t skip out on.
Grooming If your breed of Mastiff has a thick coat, you will need to regularly brush and bathe them. The frequency of grooming will increase if your dog spends more time outdoors. Additionally, you can consider hiring someone else to groom and bathe your dog. It’s not an area that requires special expertise like training, but its always a