Neapolitan Mastiff

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Is the Neapolitan Mastiff right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Neo; Italian Mastiff; Mastino; Napoletano Mastino; Neapolitan Bulldog

The basics:
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a huge breed that can weigh over 150 pounds-- a truly intimidating and historic animal said to have been developed by Alexander the Great as a war dog. This breed's ancestors appeared in the arenas of ancient Rome to fight lions and bears. As a result this mastiff became a huge, imposing, powerful watchdog that can deter an intruder with a glance. However, if you can properly socialize a large dog, you may be surprised at how calm and confident this animal can be. They are known for being extremely loyal. Expect this dog to enjoy following you like a shadow everywhere you go.

Despites its ancient history in Europe, it almost disappeared after World War II, and it has taken some time to recover its popularity. The American Kennel Club didn't recognize the breed until 2004, but as of 2016, they are ranked as the 110th most popular breed in the United States. If you're looking for large and loyal, this could be the one for you.

Appearance / health:
Neapolitan Mastiffs are very large, heavily boned, and well-muscled dogs. They have a large head with loose wrinkled skin and a huge dewlap. The eyes are set deep and hidden beneath drooping upper eyelids. The ears are medium sized, triangular in shape, and are held tight to the cheeks. The tail is carried straight up or curved slightly over the back.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are moderate shedders and their coarse hair can be found sticking to clothes, upholstery, and everywhere in the house. Weekly brushing is sufficient to keep them tidy. The skin may be cleaned with a wet towel.

A walk twice a day is enough to keep them lean and healthy.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are prone to hip dysplasia (malformation of hip joint), cataract (opacity of lens or capsule of eye causing impairment of vision or blindness), and bloating (swelling of abdominal area).

Behavior / temperament:
Neapolitan Mastiffs have been bred to be fighting dogs. They have strong protective instincts and may be suspicious of people if not socialized at an early age. They snore, sniff and also drool and slobber a lot. They have a strong territorial instinct, and are not likely to tolerate any intruder in their territory.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are extremely fast learners and are easy to train. They need to be socialized to overcome its protective instinct. Early obedience training is essential as this enormous dog can be difficult to control later.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are average barkers and do not bark without reason.


excellent companions, awesome dog, unconditional love, family member, big babies


daily fold cleaning, health challenges, hip problems, Premature Graying


elitist fashion accessory, indomitable spirit, reputable breeder, silver overcoat

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