How Much Does a Neapolitan Mastiff Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

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 be as tall 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 on the age, the breeder, color, quality and geographical location.

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How much does a Neapolitan Mastiff cost?

The cost of the Neapolitan Mastiff can be anywhere from $900 to as much as $3,000 based on the factors mentioned above.

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 range anywhere from $3,500 to $5,500, and these dogs will be part of a champion breed and equipped with the appropriate AKC papers.

We did some research with some highly registered breeders and were able to come up with the price averages noted below.

Type of Breeder (What's Included)Average Price
in Kentucky- $2,500 with limited registration
in Michigan- $2,500 for female
- $3,000 for male
- $3,500 for full AKC and show segment
in Mississippi- $3,500 for full AKC plus another $350 for ground transport
in Missouri- $3,000 at 8 weeks old. Includes tail docking, no dewclaws, vaccinations, deworming and AKC.
in Ohio- $2,500 for champion breed. Will be microchipped, vet checked, dewormed and vaccinations.
in Oregon- $3,300 with breeding rights/AKC paperwork
in Tennessee- $2,500 to $3,500 for a dog with no breeding/show rights
- $3,500+ if you want show rights

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

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.  These breeders should also include up-to-date vaccinations, a deworming any registration papers, a health check up and a travel crate if shipped.  Some breeders may also include a microchip, spay/neutering and a starter kit.

What are the extra costs?

If you purchase a dog outside your area, you may have to pay a shipping fee, and this can cost anywhere from $150 to $350, depending on the airline.

Recurring costs, as with any dog, will include the vaccinations, dog food, shelter, toys and routine, unexpected vet visits.  Due to the size, these dogs will require more food when compared to other breeds.  Most dog owners should budget at least $800 annually.

This particular breed tends to shed a lot of hair, and because of this, it’s best to have it taken to a breeder at least once a month.  If you can’t afford a groomer, then attempt to brush them once a week.

Training, as with any dog, is highly recommended at an early age.  To avoid dominance issues, obedience classes are recommended and shouldn’t cost more than $150 for a starter class.  As long as this breed is taught with a firm hand, it should be able to learn the basic commands such as sit, stay and lay down.

Tips to know:

As for its temperament, the dog, while it looks very intimidating, isn’t aggressive with its family.  They are known to be very loving, sweet, gentle, but around strangers, especially those that may seem hostile, may cause the dog to become very protective.  Tails and the dewclaws may be removed around three days old as well.

Its coat is known to have massive wrinkles and is very short and dense.  The length will be the same along the whole body.  Common coat colors include blue and black.

Since the dog looks intimidating, it makes for a great watchdog since they are very wary of strangers.

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.

To find a reputable breeder, considering using the official AKC Marketplace search.

Separation anxiety is very common with this breed, and if left alone for prolonged periods of time, the dog will howl, cry, bark or even become destructive at times.

Regular exercise is highly recommended at least once per day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. notes this breed is susceptible to bone and joint diseases and cancer in its older years.

Larger dogs are known to drool and slobber, and this dog is no exception.

How can I save money?

Consider checking out local Neapolitan Mastiff rescue groups or adoption agencies to see if any are available for adoptions.  Adopting will not only offer an older dog a home, but it will cost significantly less than adopting puppies.

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