English Mastiff Lifespan: How Long Do These Dogs Live?

Written by Erin Whitten
Published: November 5, 2023
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Are you considering bringing an English mastiff into your family, or maybe you’re simply interested in this giant dog? Whatever your interest may be, understanding the lifespan and care of these gentle giants is key to a healthy long life together.

How Long Do English Mastiffs Live?

English Mastiff

Gentle giants with a modest lifespan, English mastiffs live 6-12 years.

©Waldemar Dabrowski/Shutterstock.com

While the English mastiff boasts one of the most impressive sizes in the canine world, their lifespan is relatively modest. On average, these dogs enjoy a life expectancy of 6 to 12 years. With a dedicated approach to their well-being, you can aim for the higher end of that spectrum.

Health Concerns Affecting the English Mastiffs Lifespan

These gentle giants face several health challenges that could affect their lifespan.

Orthopedic Challenges

Their large frame puts them at risk for joint issues like dysplasia. Regular vet visits can catch early signs of joint problems, and supplements or medications can assist with symptoms and improve quality of life.

Heart Health

English mastiffs have a genetic link to heart conditions. Yearly heart exams by a veterinarian can lead to early detection and treatment of heart diseases, which could extend their lifespan.

Gastric Health

The breed is susceptible to gastric torsion or bloat. Preventive measures include feeding smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding vigorous exercise around feeding times.

Promoting Longevity Through Lifestyle

Embracing a lifestyle that promotes longevity for an English mastiff involves more than just routine vet visits; it’s about creating a daily rhythm that fosters vitality and health. It’s a commitment to understanding and catering to their unique needs as a breed of majestic size and heart.

Heaviest Dogs: English Mastiff

Maximize your mastiff’s health with daily habits tailored to their majestic size and loving heart.


Adequate Exercise

Mastiffs don’t need exhaustive exercise routines. However, daily walks and some play are essential to manage their weight and keep their joints healthy.

Balanced Diet

A diet with the right balance of proteins, fats, and carbs, made for large breeds, supports overall health and energy levels. Avoid overfeeding and provide a consistent feeding schedule.

Mental Health and Enrichment

Keeping your mastiff mentally stimulated is just as crucial as physical exercise. Training, socializing, and mental games help prevent anxiety and depression, which affects physical health.

Addressing the Risks of Obesity

As with many large dog breeds, English mastiffs are prone to weight gain, which can greatly impact their health and reduce their lifespan. Tackling obesity requires a keen understanding of their dietary needs and activity levels. Recognizing the signs of weight gain and responding with a custom plan is crucial for their lifespan.

Recognizing an overweight English mastiff involves certain signs: difficulty in feeling their ribs, a rounded belly, and a less defined waist. Additionally, a lack of enthusiasm for activity may indicate weight issues. To tackle this, collaborate with your vet to craft a weight management plan, incorporating more exercise and a controlled diet, aimed at increasing your mastiffs health and energy levels.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Jerry Shulman/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Erin Whitten is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily covering dogs, food, and travel. She earned her BA in Communications and Digital Media from Arizona State University in 2019. A resident of Massachusetts, Erin enjoys hanging out with her shelter cat Azula and taking photos of other animals.

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