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Q: Lifespan of a Mastiff (or other giant dog breed)

November 3, 2008 | By Janet R. | 4 answers | Expired: 2143 days ago

Janet R.

I have an 8 year old mastiff. Though he is in relatively good shape, I know that they do not have a long life span. Some have told me that 8 is really getting up there and that I may only have another year or so with him. This just breaks my heart.

Does anyone out there have some stories of Mastiff's that have led a longer life - a life span more eqivalent to a slightly smaller dog?

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Anonymous

Nov 04, 2008

I love Mastiffs! I've met a few 9+ year old Mastiffs. Now that you have a very senior pet, you should schedule vet check-ups every six months. It's very important for you to take fresh urine and stool samples every year now too. If your dog is on daily medication then your dog needs to have bloodwork done every six months as well. At the very least your dog should have blood analysis every year from here on out but every six months for bloodwork would be best. I wish you many more years with your Mastiff.

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Robyn W.
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Nov 04, 2008

I've seen 13-15 year old rottweilers, and once or twice I've come across an 11 year old great dane. These animals are really outside the norm for the breeds though. It is a sad fact that the giant breed dogs just don't have a long lifespan, such as the 18 year old chihuahuas and 25 year old cats. I think the oldest mastiff I've seen was 10.

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Beezus
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Nov 17, 2008

my girl is 11.5 years old and still chases squirrels. though she definetly spends more and more time in front of the fire dreaming about them...

here's to long and good quality life and when it's time - let it be without long illness...

all the best

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