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Mastiff (Apricot, Face)
Apricot, Face

Breed Information


2022: #37

2021: #35

2020: #33

2019: #32

2018: #29

2017: #28

2016: #28

2015: #25

Name Mastiff
Other names English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Working (AKC:1885)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years









Male: 30 inches (76 cm)

Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)


Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg)

Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg)





Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $2000 USD

Usually, the average price of a English Mastiff puppy from a reputable breeder is between $1,000 and $2,000, while a top-quality Mastiff puppy can cost as high as $3,500 and upward. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Mastiff will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

Mastiffs are inclined to be lazy but they will keep fitter and happier if given regular exercise. Like all dogs, the American Mastiff should be taken on daily regular walks to help release its mental and physical energy. It's in a dog’s nature to walk.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: The Mastiff’s short coat is easy to care for. Brush it with a rubber curry brush at least weekly -- daily, if you want. The brush removes dead hairs that would otherwise end up on your floor, furniture and clothing.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: #72 Full Ranking List


2 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Mastiffs shed moderately to heavily. Some dogs shed heavily only during spring and fall shedding seasons, while others consistently shed throughout the year. The more you brush, the less hair you’ll have flying around.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Mastiff training must be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, with consistency and understanding. Obedience training at a young age is recommended. Mastiffs are happy to learn, but may refuse to perform tricks they consider pointless.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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Mastiff Puppy (Brindle, Face)
Brindle, Face

Mastiff Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Sammy Penny
03 Buddy Gracie
04 Jack Layla
05 Gizmo Cookie
06 Murphy Bailey
07 Oliver Rosie
08 Harley Abbie
09 Marley Piper
10 Jasper Callie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The massive Mastiff is heavy-boned with a powerful musculature, being slightly longer than tall. It combines great strength with endurance. Its power and strength are evident in its gait, which should have good reach and drive. Its double coat consists of a dense undercoat and a straight, coarse, outer coat of moderately short length. Its expression is alert but kindly. The overall impression should be one of grandeur and dignity.

The mastiff is innately good-natured, calm, easygoing and surprisingly gentle. It is a well-mannered house pet, but it needs sufficient room to stretch out. This is an extremely loyal breed, and though not excessively demonstrative, it is devoted to its family and good with children.


The Mastiff (also known as the ‘English Mastiff’) is a British breed which descended from the Alaunt and other Molossers several thousand years ago. ‘Mastiff’ likely derives from the Anglo-saxon word ‘masty’, meaning ‘powerful’. The Mastiff’s ancient origins are with the Molossians, an early Hellenic tribe known for its powerful guard dogs. In Roman times, the Mastiff was employed as a war dog and fighter, pit in the Arena against gladiators, bears, and even elephants. By the Middle Ages, the Mastiff was a popular guard dog and hunter. Unfortunately, it was still forced to fight, matched up against bears, bulls, and lions in popular gambling dens. Many Mastiffs today descend from the Lyme Hall Mastiffs, a line beginning with Sir Peers Legh’s Mastiff, who protected him after he was wounded at the battle of Agincourt in 1415 (a stained glass window in Lyme Hall depicts Sir Legh and his Mastiff to this day). The Mastiff may have arrived in America on the Mayflower; it had certainly arrived by the 1800’s. Mastiffs decreased in popularity in England after bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and lion-baiting were outlawed, but grew in popularity in the U.S throughout the twentieth century, remaining a popular pet and guardian today. The charming character of the Mastiff has helped it find its way into popular culture. Famous fictional Mastiffs include ‘Hercules’ from ‘The Sandlot’ and ‘Kazak’ from Kurt Vonnegut's ‘The Sirens of Titan’.


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