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Neapolitan Mastiff

 

Imposing and powerful, the Neapolitan Mastiff's distinctive droopy face will melt your heart on sight. These massive dogs have served as trusted guardians for centuries; many still work protecting their families from harm. Their favorite thing in the world is to be with the people they love.

Originally from Italy, this large-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 110-150 pounds and lives an average of 7-9 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginItaly
Breed groupWorking
Average lifespan7-9 years
SizeExtra large
Bark factor Moderate
AKC RankingN/a
FamilyLivestock dog
Date of origin1800s
Original function Guardian
Today's functionGuardian
Average size of maleHeight: 24 - 29 Weight: 110
Average size of femaleHeight: 24 - 29 Weight: 110

 

Other nameMastino napoletano
Energy level Low energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Not very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Dignified and aristocratic, the Neapolitan Mastiff is devoted and sweet with her chosen people and calmly wary toward strangers. They often love kids but because they're so large, you'll want to be sure to supervise children during play.

WHAT IS NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This breed is fairly mellow, at least when it comes to energy level. Neapolitan Mastiffs are not a particularly active breed. They'll prefer a few shorter walks around the block every day to an hour-long morning jog. This breed responds well to a structured routine.

Threaten a family member, though, and you'll be surprised at how quickly a Neapolitan Mastiff can spring to attention. These are vigilant, territorial and often instinctively protective dogs.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF?

This is a dog who knows her own mind. Training a Neapolitan Mastiff requires patience, kindness, and consistency. It's important to socialize your pup early and often to discourage suspicion or trepidation around new people and experiences.

Neapolitan Mastiffs will usually not take guff from other dogs, and as such are probably not a great candidate for dog park play.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO NEAPOLITAN MASTIFFS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

A Neapolitan Mastiff's short coat doesn't require much care — though this is a doggy-smelling breed, so you might want to wash them fairly often to manage their natural musk. Be sure to keep those charming wrinkles dry and clean to prevent infection.

They also drool like the dickens, so you might want to carry dog-safe wet wipes or a towel with you when leaving the house with this pup.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO NEAPOLITAN MASTIFFS HAVE?

This breed is fairly robust. Some are prone to elbow or hip dysplasia, heart disease, and eye ailments (including cherry eye). Deep-chested dogs like the Neapolitan Mastiff are particularly prone to bloat, a condition that requires immediate attention from your veterinarian. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment.

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