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Neapolitan Mastiff Information

Name Neapolitan Mastiff
Other Name Italian Mastiff, Mastino, Italian Molosso, Can’e presa, Italian Bulldog
Origin Italy
Build Type Large
Life Cycle 08-10 years
Group Working
Character Stubborn, Dominating, Trainable, Fearless, Protective, Obedient
Height Male:25-32 inches
Female: 23-30 inches
Weight Male:120-160 pounds
Female: 120-160 pound
Color Black, Blue, Mahogany, Tawny, Brindle
Average price 1800 US$


Good with Kids ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Child Friendly ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Cat Friendly ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Dog Friendly ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Trainability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Shedding ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Watchdog ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Intelligence ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Grooming ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Adaptability ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hypoallergenic No

Neapolitan Mastiff


The Neapolitan Mastiff is giant sized dog, apparently very furious and dangerous, but the reality is quite reverse, the breed is very humble and kind. The Neapolitan Mastiff is very gentle and passionate housemate, kind hearted and devoted companion. They remain tender with children and other family members and soft for other animals at home. They are very attentive careful and intelligence. They stare strangers curiously and ensure protection to family of the handler, however accept previously acknowledged personnel. They stay aggressive to other dogs, especially to the dog having self potency. Although they are kind to children, but their large size could cause unwanted happenings in the courtyard, it is therefore advised to supervise the young kids in its vicinity.

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an earnest, powerful dog. The massive, rather rectangular looking dog has plenteous, hanging crinkles and flexures on the head and a hanging fold of loose skin around neck. The wide, flat head is large in comparison to the rest of the body. The appearance is dreadful for strangers, as the intruders would get back their own without any action by the dog. At the time of need, the dog is not reluctant and will react in a sharp aggression and will knockout the victim. The grip of jaw is enough powerful to demolish the opponent. The wholly presentation is extremely impressive in strength; the tail is carried straight up and curves over the back. The straight, impenetrable, short coat comes in many adoptable colors like gray, blue, black, chocolate, mahogany and tawny. The Neapolitan Mastiff are breed for family, be clear that this breed is heavy droolers especially in warm weathers.

The Mastiff is European in origin; this Neapolitan Mastiff is widely used as estate guard and watchdog in Italy. The breed is said to be the war tested and had been used by Roman Army, however the breed is distinguished throughout the world after recognition by the FCI in 1949. Pictorial evidences for war fight are available with history dating as back as 3000 years BC, in the areas of Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia and Asia. The Greeks transferred the dogs to the Romans, who adopted them enthusiastically and used them in circus fights. The word, "mastiff" deduced from the Latin word “masssivus," meaning massive in English. This mastiff is said to be brought in Asia by Alexander the Great in the era of 350 BC. Italians used this breed in a variety of applications including, royal state guards, farm guards watchdogs of house and property, Army assistor and police assistant. Apart from its energetic usage, the dog is still found rare even in Italy and USA. The American Kennel Club has registered and recognized the Neapolitan Mastiff in 2004. The breed is playful and faithful family’s bodyguard, generally remains quiet, they only bark when needed and to the right quantity.


In the family environment, the breed is very quiet, calm and steady. It is loyal with family, kind to children and moderate with family pets. Its large size is the only element to be worried about when operating with young kids. Although not intentionally but it is quite probable that the dog would knock over the young children. A little aggressive to dogs and totally not accepting those dogs which dominate the others. Outside the family, they stay loyal to owner, trustworthy and alert. The size is considered enough for any miscreant to be horrified, but no hesitation in reacting when felt necessary. They breed is proved excellent watchdog. They look towards strangers in an investigation manner, the known and introduced family friends or relative would be recognized and permitted, others will not be permitted to enter in the territory.

The dog is sensible and understands the social trends and situations, they do not make panic for the situations which are controllable, but they act reasonably to allow passing a stranger back when he found himself on wrong address. Puppies of this breed may be reserved to unknown, so you need to socialize and train them to make them effective for your personalized life style. The massive build Neapolitan Mastiff is patient and good learner, training in early age is mandatory. Introduce all possible pets you intended to keep with them in house in their puppyhood age. Fulfill their exercise requirements daily to maintain firm temperaments. Two rounds of long walk are enough, keep the mastiff in hold and walk with. This would result well in multiple social situations. Keep same sex in your pet inventory to deny destructive attitudes that may develop. Apartment or closed house is acceptable for Neapolitan Mastiff if you can fulfill exercise requirements.

Owner Should Know

  1. Long walks twice a day is necessary for exercise requirements.
  2. The breed is average shedder, grooming of coat is important to effect hygienic stability.
  3. Dog possess heavy weight, max up to 90 KGs, beware of its meal and activity chart.
  4. The breed is not suited for new dog lovers and new handlers, as the dog need a dominating master.
  5. Sickening habits like slobbering, drooling, wheezing, grunting, snorting, and flatulence are some points of considerations. If you don’t accept any of these, better to select other breed.
  6. Do not let the Mastiff bored, it may get annoyed and behave destructively.
  7. There is no problem for old children with Mastiff, but younger, will remain exposed to the danger of physical harms due dog’s large size.

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