Health and Care

The adult mastiff needs daily moderate exercise, consisting of either a good walk or game. It does not enjoy hot weather. It can live outdoors in temperate or cool weather, but it does not do well in warm weather; in fact, even though it may be physically able to live outside, it is a breed that should live inside with its family so that it will be inclined to fulfill its role of devoted guardian. It tends to drool. Coat care is minimal.
Nova at 6 months old.

Nova at 6 months old.

• Major concerns: CHD, gastric torsion • Minor concerns: ectropion, PPM, vaginal hyperplasia, elbow dysplasia, PRA • Occasionally seen: cardiomyopathy • Suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye • Life span: 8 &150; 10 years • Note: Obesity can be a problem.
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