Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
This type of dog is considered very heavy-bodied
and has a firm and powerful grip. These dogs have
been traced all the way back to Asia and the Middle
East. Their main jobs were to protect homes, control
the livestock, and fight intruders and big animals
in battle, for example, lions and elephants.
Today's Neapolitan Mastiff is said to be
linked to huge Macedonian war dogs that Alexander
the Great merged with short-haired dogs from India.
This was around 330 BC. The resulting bloodline
was referred to as the Molossus. This is considered
to be the progenitor to several big dog breeds
of modern times.
Their history then becomes a little more interesting
when the Romans seized Greece and at the same
time seized all of their Molossus dogs. Around
55 BC the Romans attacked and dominated Britain.
The British had huge and striking Mastiff dogs
that the Romans adored. These dogs fought courageously
As you can probably image these two dogs were
bred together and formed a super breed of huge
war dogs referred to as Mastini which is Italian
for Mastiff. The breed continued to expand its
members and was refined over centuries of well
functioning guard dogs. Yet, they were very secluded
and remained unknown too the rest of the world.
Back in 1946 they were presented to the world
at a Naples dog show. It was a man named Piere
Scanziani who first saw the dog and instantly
recognized what type of breed it was. He began
campaign to persuade other dog aficionados to
assist in bringing out the breed from the darkness
so-to-speak. They went as far as drawing up an
appeal so that the Italian Kennel Club would identify
them under the name of Mastino Napoletano.
Later on, during 1970s, this
dog breed was recorded in America. There were
a few of these dogs that were already present
in America at the time from Italian immigrants.
However, nothing was official until the 1970's.
So, it didn’t take much time for the breed
to become well-know and gain attention from dog
aficionado. They were acknowledged by the AKC
in 1996 and were official numbers of the AKC working
group in 2004.
Because this dog was bred for
centuries as a family watchdog, it is very aloof
and distrustful of strangers. The Neapolitan Mastiff
loves kids but may be dominant towards other animals.
Taking Care of Your Neapolitan Mastiff
Keep in mind that Neapolitan
Mastiff dogs will need a lot of space. This is
one dog that is considered large in size and must
have plenty of room to wander around in. As far
as exercise and physical requirements are concerned,
these dogs do not need a lot. All they need is
a walk on the leash and that’s all.
The normal life line of a healthy
Neapolitan Mastiff is around nine to ten years.
Bigger dogs tend to have a shorter life. The only
real health concerns that could come up are CHD,
demodicosis and cardiomyopathy. Minor health issues
consist of cherry eye and elbow dysplasia.
by Sam Perry of Oh
My Dog Supplies, your top spot to purchase