The Neapolitan Mastiff!
The Neapolitan Mastiff is one massive breed, with its muscular, boxy built,
and large head. Its wrinkled face makes it look quite stern, and the folds
on its face continue down to its chin to form a distinct dewlap. The top of
its head is flat, and it has a huge nose, a level or scissors type bite, and
ears that may be left the way it is or cropped short. It has a wide tail that
is usually docked by a third of its actual length. Despite its burly appearance,
this breed can move with considerable speed.
Some Quick Facts:
Sensitive to heat. Fine for apartments.
Two 15 minute walks.
24 to 30 inches
Standard Hair Colors:
Blue or black, either pure or brindled, and rarely in chocolate color. Can have white spots in the toes and the torso.
National breed club:
United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club
Neapolitan Mastiff Skills
This breed takes its name from the Neapolitan region of the southern part of Italy. It was once used as a war dog and fighting dog in violent displays at the Roman arena. These days, its strength and ability as a guard dog is very much appreciated by many. It is still quite a popular breed in Italy, where it has been used to assist in army and police work, as well as guard people and their belongings in estates, business establishments, and farms.
Neapolitan Mastiff Personality
Having been raised as a protector of its owners for a good part of its history, the Neapolitan Mastiff exhibits great devotion and allegiance to its people. It is an alert breed that is always wary of strangers. It needs a lot of early socialization to minimize the threat brought about by its size, and one might expect its discordant behavior toward other dogs, particularly the overbearing sorts. Dogs of this breed often behave positively towards children, although its immense size may be a risk to small kids.
The full-grown Neapolitan Mastiff’s exercise needs are to be fulfilled with a good amount of exercise that is equivalent to a long walk taken twice every day. A young Neapolitan Mastiff, however, must not be left to have excessive play and running around. Exhaustion in the growing phase may have a delimiting effect to the development of its muscles and bones.
Given a good amount of exercise, the Neapolitan Mastiff can do well in an apartment setting. Access to a small, enclosed outdoor area will suffice, as this breed tends to be somewhat inactive inside the home. Where it sleeps should be a soft, dry area. This dog must be given fresh water and kept in the shade in warm conditions. During the cold season, a well-built shelter with ample beddings is adequate for keeping it comfortable.
Its short coat requires minimal care, as it sheds moderately. Falling, dead strands should be taken out using a rubber brush.
During the first one and a half years, some dogs of this breed may experience pains due to a condition called pano-ostiosis, which often just fades away eventually. Other possible concerns include cherry eye, hip and elbow dysplasia, and cardiomyopathy.
If you liked this dog…
...you might also like the Airedale terrier, which is just as friendly with children but possesses less physical danger for its size.