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How Much Does a Bullmastiff Cost? 2024 Price Guide

Oliver Jones

By Oliver Jones


The Bullmastiff is a giant-sized bundle of love. If you’ve been thinking about bringing the Bullmastiff home, you might wonder how expensive it is to take care of such a large dog. Beyond the cost of purchasing a purebred dog, several other expenses need to be taken into account when you plan to care for a dog throughout its entire life.

Grooming, food, and veterinarian supervision are all ongoing and necessary expenses. Once your dog is home and settled, you can spend between $150–$500 per month. We’ll break down all the possible expenditures you should expect when owning a large breed like the Bullmastiff. However, these are estimates, and many of the prices will also depend on your location, your dog’s health, and even some of the choices you make.

We hope that we can give you an idea of what to expect when you adopt a Bullmastiff so you can decide whether this amazing dog is the right fit for you and your family.

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Bullmastiff Price: One-Time Costs

The one-time costs we’re talking about are the price of the Bullmastiff and some of the initial expenses that are necessary when you bring a puppy (or adult dog) home.

You can expect that the most considerable amount you’ll pay at this time would be to a breeder for a purebred puppy, but there’s also the possibility of adopting a Bullmastiff from your city’s animal shelter or a rescue group. The costs will be lower, but you’re less likely to find a young dog.

We’ll also get into some of the first-time expenses you should expect, such as the first visit to the vet and some of the necessary items, including food dishes, leashes, and grooming supplies.

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Free Bullmastiffs

It’s more difficult to find free puppies, particularly purebred ones. There’s always a possibility if you happen to have a good friend or a family member who breeds Bullmastiffs, but a good breeder can’t afford to give away their puppies for free.

The only other possible freebie will be if you adopt a special needs or senior Bullmastiff from a shelter or rescue group since they sometimes waive the fee in those cases.

Just remember that if someone offers you a free purebred puppy, there’s no guarantee that the pup will be well-adjusted or healthy.

Bullmastiff Adoption

  • $250–$1,000

If you can find a Bullmastiff through your local rescue group or shelter, consider yourself a lucky person! Purebreds show up in the shelters,  but they’re likely to be adult dogs.

The adoption fee helps support the organization, and your puppy or dog will be fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and rehabilitated. Many dogs are rescued from other parts of the world, so the costs of bringing them to your country and the medical costs can increase the adoption fees. However, some of the dogs have been taken out of very difficult situations, and you’re giving them a new and loving home.

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Bullmastiff Breeders

  • $2,000–$3,500

You can expect to pay a deposit to reserve a puppy, but it will be taken out of the total price. Before you settle on a breeder, you need to be absolutely sure they are reputable. You can ask to see their credentials and speak to people who have bought puppies from them for a start.

If there aren’t any Bullmastiff breeders near your location, you might end up paying for shipping costs as well. However, Bullmastiffs are not rare dogs, and it shouldn’t be difficult to locate a good breeder not too far from you.

Bullmastiff Cost: Initial Setup and Supplies

  • $150 –$500+

These costs depend on how much you’re willing to spend and whether or not you already have some of the items. Also, you can purchase some supplies secondhand or inherit them from a friend or relative.

We’ve included the cost of spaying and neutering, but it’s more likely that your puppy or dog will have already had this surgery.

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List of Bullmastiff Care Supplies and Costs

ID Tag and Collar $15–$30+
Spay/Neuter $150–$800
X-Ray Cost $100–$250
Ultrasound Cost $300–$600
Microchip $45–$55
Teeth Cleaning $250–$750
Bed $30–$150+
Nail Clippers $15–$30+
Brush $10–$30+
Crate (optional) $100–$300+
Leash $6–$20+
Toys $11–$100+
Food and Water Bowls $15–$45+

How Much Does a Bullmastiff Cost Per Month?

  • $150–$500 per month

The Bullmastiff’s size will make the monthly costs higher than they would be for a smaller dog. These expenses will depend on your dog’s health and what kind of food, toys, and other items you purchase.

Other factors that will impact your costs will range from whether or not you decide to opt-in for pet insurance, hire a dog walker, pay for any damages your Bullmastiff may cause, or groom your dog yourself.

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Bullmastiff Health Care Costs

  • $0–$500+ per month

Bullmastiffs are very strong and robust dogs, but as a purebred dog and a large breed, they are predisposed to specific health conditions. They are prone to elbow dysplasiahip dysplasiabloat, and hypothyroidism.

Many Bullmastiffs won’t suffer from any severe medical conditions, which will lower your healthcare costs. If you buy your dog from a good breeder, be sure they are upfront about any possible hereditary health conditions your puppy or dog might be susceptible to.

Bullmastiff Food Costs

  • $70–$150+ per month

A big dog will have a big appetite, which, of course, makes a bigger dent in your wallet. You’ll want to buy high-quality food and provide your dog with a nutritious and balanced diet.

You should expect to spend a little extra on their dog bowls. Because they are large, the Bullmastiff might develop bloat, and one of the best solutions to prevent it from occurring is to buy elevated dog dishes and feed them smaller portions more often.

Bullmastiff Grooming Costs

  • $0–$50 per month

Grooming the Bullmastiff is quite easy since they have short coats, but they do shed. You can use a bristle brush once a week, and bathing once every few months should be fine. You must also clean their ears, brush their teeth, and trim their nails regularly.

If you pay a groomer, the price will depend on how much your groomer charges. They will charge more for a Bullmastiff over a smaller dog.

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Bullmastiff Medications and Vet Visits

  • $0–$300 per month

An annual vet visit for vaccinations and physical exams could run about $200 to $400 per year, which breaks down to about $20 to $40 per month. You would only bring your Bullmastiff to a vet every month if you were monitoring your senior dog’s health or if they have a serious health condition.

Then, there are the annual parasite treatments for fleas, ticks, and heartworms, which can be about $100 to $150 per year. If you don’t brush your pup’s teeth, you’ll also be looking at annual teeth cleaning by the vet, including the cost of anesthesia. This procedure runs $300 to $1,000, depending on various factors.

Pet Insurance Costs

  • $50–$100+ per month

Pet insurance is optional, but it’s good to have insurance if your dog has health problems or develops them later in life. How much you pay for the insurance will depend on the age and health of your dog as well as where you’re located.

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Environment Maintenance Costs

  • $5–$10 per month

The good news is that the upkeep for dogs in this area for dogs is cheaper than for other animals (cats and litter boxes, anyone?). However, you need to keep yourself well-stocked in poop bags and a special pooper scooper for your yard.

Poop Bags $5–$10/month
Pooper Scoop $11–$30+

Bullmastiff Entertainment Costs

  • $15–$50+ per month

Dogs are pretty great at entertaining themselves, and we dog owners don’t have to do too much to make them happy. Throw a ball around, long walks, lots of pets and love, and putting food in their bellies, and you have a friend for life.

Having said that, it is vital to give your dog chew toys since so many of our canine friends love to chew. Bullmastiffs can cause lots of damage, so spending money on high-quality toys designed to withstand the abuse of a large Bullmastiff is essential.

You can also look into a subscription box full of dog toys, which can range from $25 to $50 a month.

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Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Bullmastiff

  • $150–$500 per month

How much you pay monthly depends on how you care for your dog. If you do all of the grooming (including teeth cleaning) yourself and your Bullmastiff is very healthy, your monthly costs will be lower. But bear in mind that the size of this dog automatically makes most items, particularly food, more expensive than it is for other breeds.

We haven’t incorporated any expenses in emergency situations that can hit you out of the blue, so it’s a good idea to remember that it can be a possibility, and it’s best to leave room in your budget.

Additional Costs to Factor In

If you’re an experienced dog owner, you might be able to train your puppy or dog yourself, but it is another aspect of dog ownership you need to think about. The cost will depend on your pup’s age and the trainer you take them to. They can range from $200 to $600 per week, but only for about 1 to 2 months.

Also, remember that large dogs sometimes cause damage. When you have a Bullmastiff, you’re sometimes looking at a bull in a china shop situation as they can easily (and accidentally) knock things down.

Lastly, you might need to employ a dog walker or put your pup in a doggy daycare if you work all day and there’s no one at home. If you don’t bring your Bullmastiff with you on vacations, you’ll need to factor in the costs of placing your dog in boarding or paying for a pet sitter.

Owning a Bullmastiff On a Budget

The initial cost of the Bullmastiff might be expensive, but you can certainly find ways to budget in other areas as long as it doesn’t impact the health of your dog.

As already discussed, you can find ways to save on gadgets that might not be necessary in the long run.

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Saving Money on Bullmastiff Care

Taking care of the grooming yourself will save a fair bit of money. If you take the best care of your dog, such as cleaning their ears and teeth regularly, it will save on vet bills and help prevent future medical conditions.

If you have a friend or relative with time on their hands, you can also save a lot on dog walking and pet sitting (if they don’t do it for free, maybe they will at a discounted rate).

You can also shop for your dog food online since it’s usually cheaper, and if you have the space, you can also buy in bulk, which can save a fair bit of money.

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Conclusion: Bullmastiff Price

Bringing a Bullmastiff home with you will take a wallop out of your bank account for the initial cost of up to $3,500. But if you’re lucky enough to find one available for adoption, you will be rescuing a dog and saving money.

Once you have your pup at home, the monthly cost could run about $150 to $500 each month, but it also depends on how much you can do yourself and the choices you make on products like toys and food.

In the long run, the joy and love your Bullmastiff will bring to you will be worth every cent. Be sure to take good care of your dog, and they will take even better care of you.

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