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11. How long does a Mastiff live?




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This article is from the Mastiffs Breed FAQ, by mmcbee@access.mountain.net (Mike McBee) with numerous contributions by others.

11. How long does a Mastiff live?

Books on the breed describe the average Mastiff life span as 6-10
years. A few have lived to be 13 or 14; a tiny handful have lived
to be 16-17. Assuming no accidents, an individual dog's life span
will depend on its bloodlines, weight, and freedom from
significant problems such as blindness, heart disease, hip or
elbow dysplasia, spondylosis, immune disorders, etc. (see
Questions 16, 17 and Appendix F for more information on health
problems). Sadly, there has been an increase in the death of
middle aged and younger Mastiffs in the past 10 years or so,
although this is not specific to Mastiffs but applies to most
breeds.
The increase in hereditary problems in all breeds has had the
effect of shortening the lives of a number of animals in each
breed, thus bringing down the averages. This is why we emphasize
testing for health problems and breeding animals ONLY after they
have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary
diseases. Choosing your breeder carefully, for awareness of
problems and for evidence of specific actions taken consistently
over a period of time to prevent these problems, will greatly
increase your chances of getting a healthy dog with the potential
to live to a ripe old age.

 

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