» Breeds G-M
Is it normal for my 4 yr old English Mastiff to cont to grow...he's 256#
on Apr 15th 2009
- Cast your vote for which answer you think is best!
Although I don't have a mastiff, I do know that large breed dogs are prone to issues such as hip dysplasia, which can be exacerbated by weight. In what way is he growing? Up (taller) or out (wider)? I found a few sites that said average adult mastiff weight is 180-220 pounds, but that this can obviously vary. I know there are a lot of amazing mastiff owners on Dogster who can help more than I can (Bam-Bam where are you? :) ) Good luck!
Theodore aka Teddy **CGC** answered on 4/15/09. Helpful? / 0
I'd say now you need to be watching his weight. 256lbs is not unusual in an older male mastiff, but now you need to maintain that or get a little lower. These guys live short lives as it is, we don't want to make them shorter because their bodies couldn't hold them. As they get older, their metabolism slows down and they become less active (and these guys age faster than most breeds), making them more prone to weight gain. Definitely cut back on the food. If he begs, put green beans or something healthy on it. That'll fill him up, but not pack on the poundage. And I would say take him on a walk daily, just to keep him active. He's probably healthy at the weight he is at, but I wouldn't want to see him gain anymore weight.
Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 4/15/09. Helpful? / 1
the larger the breed, the longer they grow, but surely not 4 years. You want to maintain good body condition whether he is growing or not. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com
Aster answered on 4/15/09. Helpful? / 0