How Much Does a Neapolitan Mastiff Cost?
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a larger dog that is known to guard and protect its family because of their instincts. According to the AKC, these dogs can weigh up to 150 pounds and measure as high as 31 inches. Females can weigh 20 to 30 pounds less than a male. Not considered a dog for beginners, these dogs are well socialized but may require a lot of training. The cost of a Neapolitan Mastiff will depend upon the age, the breeder, color, quality and geographical location.
How much is it?
- The cost of the Neapolitan Mastiff can be anywhere from $900 to as much as $3,000.
- Dogs that have a poorly altered tail or a minor fault such as a color spot can cost as little as $600 to $1,000. With this particular breed, many buyers are fairly strict with the appearance of the dog’s coat.
- Champion breeds that can commonly be found at dog shows can fetch a price tag that can range anywhere from $3,500 to $5,500. These dogs will be part of a champion breed and equipped with the appropriate AKC papers.
- Dogs over the age of 2 can commonly be in the price range of $450 to $900.
- One particular breeder Neapolitan.ca has several purebred dogs listed for sale that are in the $3,000 price range.
What are the extra costs?
- If you purchase a dog outside your area, you may have to pay a shipping fee; this can cost anywhere from $150 to $300. These dogs can generally be shipped through a local airline.
- Maintenance in the future such as vaccinations, dog food, shelter, and more will be necessary for the life of the dog. See: “How much does dog food cost?“
- Since these dogs can be rather destructive when left alone, obedience classes are highly recommended to keep them under control.
What is going to be included?
- All the necessary paperwork such as medical records and vaccinations should be provided by the breeder.
- Most reputable breeders will include a health guarantee that will protect your investment for up to 90 days. If a health problem does arise, the vet bills can be covered or the dog can be returned to its previous breeder.
- Local shelters and rescue groups can often offer starter kits that include books, guides, food, and toys.
- If shipped through an airline, a travel crate will be included.
Tips to know:
- This particular breed tends to shed a lot of hair. Because of this, it’s best to have it taken to a breeder at least every other week. If you can’t afford a groomer, attempt to brush them once a week.
- This breed is considered to be very protective of their owner as well as very calm. While they can be jealous of babies in the family, it’s best to know how to train them because they can tend to be stubborn at times.
How can I save money?
- Consider picking out a dog that is older than two. Younger puppies are going to fetch the highest price tag, but those with smaller skin defects can go for a lower price. There is a good chance that a shelter in your local area will have one up for adoption.