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Neapolitan Mastiff: Personality, Exercise, Health
Group: Mastiff, AKC Working Dog,
KCGB Working Group
Also Known As: Italian Mastiff,
Neo, Mastino Napoletano, Mastino
About Neapolitan Mastiff
Country of Origin, History of the breed
All European Mastiffs are
descended from the ancient Tibetan Mastiff.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is descended from the
Roman Molossus. It has existed in Campania
for over two thousand years.
The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred
for use in war and in Roman arena fights. It has
remained a fierce guard and protector through the
years. Used by police, the Italian army, farmers,
and estate owners, it protects people and property.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a serious,
powerful, looking dog. It is muscular with a rather
rectangular body, massive head, and wrinkled face.
The facial wrinkles continue under the chin and
down the neck to form a prominent dewlap. The skull
is broad and flat on top, and the nose is large.
The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.
According to tradition established
when the dogs were used in combat, the ears should
be docked short (but many people keep them natural)
and the very thick tail is cropped by one third.
The most common coat color is blue, though black
is the next most common color.
The short, harsh coat is dense and smooth.
Males 26-30 inches (65-75 cm.)
Females 24-28 inches (60-70 cm.)
Up to 165 pounds (74 kg.) The
largest male Neapolitans may be nearly 200 pounds
Temperament of the Dog
Despite the beastly and even vicious
appearance, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a peaceful
and steady dog. It was developed to look and act
fearsome when needed, but is affectionate with his
family and the family's friends. He is highly protective
The Neapolitan Mastiff is extremely intelligent
and somewhat willful. It does not require repetitious
training. A Neo is very attuned to his master's
wishes. This breed rarely gives trouble by excessive
They are serious, calm and quiet
unless provoked. The breed is very wary of strangers.
Males can be much more aggressive and dominant than
females. The female is much better as a family pet.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not given
to barking. The Neapolitan Mastiff will tolerate
a great deal of pain.
Neos drink a massive amount of
water and eat 8 -10 cups of food a day. They drool
and they snore.
Extensive socialization of the
Neo must begin early and continue throughout its
life. Owner dominance must be firmly established
from the beginning. Even with proper socialization,
their protective instincts will cause them to be
This is not a breed for inexperienced
dog owners. They must have an owner who is used
to handling this type of dog. The owner/trainer
must be calm, consistent and firm. It will not work
to repeat commands the dog has refused to obey.
Early obedience training is highly recommended as
they become more willful (stubborn) as they become
The Neapolitan Mastiff bonds very
closely with its owner and becomes a completely
loyal and devoted companion and protector. Those
who raise Neos call them proud, majestic, loyal
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
The Neapolitan Mastiff can live
outdoors if she has plenty of soft bedding in a
solid doghouse. However, she does not do well in
hot, humid weather. Be sure to provide plenty of
water and shade. His preference is to be inside.
She can do well in an apartment
as she will be quite inactive indoors. She will
want to go on long walks each day with ample opportunity
to look around and sniff.
Are they suited to homes
This is not the best breed for
families with children. The female Neapolitan Mastiff
is better with children than the male. Some females
are even loving with children. Children should be
taught to respect this dog (and never tease or provoke
it) and all friends need to be properly introduced.
Always supervise the dog when children are in the
How Active is the Breed?
Neapolitan Mastiffs do not need
large amounts of exercise. It does like walks where
it can look around and sniff. Avoid tiring the dog
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Neapolitan Mastiff puppies should
not be allowed to get overly tired from running
and playing. Avoid rough games during her growth
period. This dog needs as much energy as possible
to grow healthy bones and muscles.
Adult Neapolitan Mastiffs will
enjoy two long walks a day. The Neo’s favorite
thing to do is lie on the couch and be pampered
by its master.
These giant, short-haired dogs
are easy to groom. Remove loose, dead hair with
a rubber brush. This breed is an average shedder.
Neapolitan Mastiffs have pano-ostiosis
(growing pains), a condition which may occur when
the dog is 4-18 months old and generally disappears
on its own.
Neos are prone to hip dysplasia
because of their size and mass.
Neaplitan Mastiffs are also prone
to "cherry eye." The eye tissue protrudes
more than normal and becomes red and inflamed. This
condition is completely cured with minor surgery.
Because they are prone to bloat,
feed 2-3 small meals a day.
Hip Dysplasia is a genetic problem.
Other problems include thyroid
disorder, intropian, PRA, juvenile cataracts, cardiomyopathy,
OCD, and bloat.
Short, up to 10 years. If well
cared for, some live to 13 years. Because of their
size, they develop a number of health problems as
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