Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Neo; Italian Mastiff; Mastino; Napoletano Mastino; Neapolitan Bulldog
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.
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My friend Athena.
Ok, Ooof even the smelly, there sure were smelly moments!
But you know when you love someone that doesn´t matter and I loved my Athena.
I bought Athena when she was 3 months old and in hindsight, it was very difficult to train her.
She was very susceptible to stomach infections and she didn´t understand that you shouldn´t walk through your own poop.
And because they are so big and have enormous paws even as puppies, the mess was also big.
So I would be doing something and from one moment to the next everything would be dirty including her.
She needed a lot of training and patience from my side, but you know, don´t get discouraged if you are thinking of getting a Napolitan mastiff.
She was a wonderful dog and after the first year she had grown into a fantastic friend and guard dog.
I had various dogs on my farm and she got along with all of them, but her best friend was my long haired Chihuahua, whom I had brought from Holland to Colombia with me.
They were a good team and guarded the farm together. She had the strength and the size and Brutus the Chihuahua, had the alertness and the light sleep.
Nobody could touch Brutus without the approval of Athena.
And she did the same with me.
She was always there in the background observing and there was never a problem until someone would come running up to me, she would put herself in between us.
There were moments that the lights would go and we would be in total obscurity, and I would have to leave to see how the other animals were.
She would not move from my side. I would feel here close to my left leg as we walked together with the flashlight.
She was a good companion for 7 years.
She died 5 years ago, but I will never forget her.
I would definitely consider getting another Mastiff, if I had the enough room.
This is a dog that needs a lot of space!.
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Important to prevent the dogs from fearing routine objects or noises, such as vacuum cleaners, sirens, thunders, fireworks, and other loud sounds. If the fear is already there, it will take more time and patience.
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