The Neapolitan Mastiff, which is also known as the Italian Mastiff, Neo, Mastino Napoletano, and Mastino, is a large dog breed that is renowned for being a heavy drooler. Recognizable by their loose skin and series of hanging wrinkles, this large and powerful dog is not for everyone. As Neapolitan Mastiff puppies can grow up to weigh up to 200 pounds, this muscular and heavy boned dog is not for the weak owner. This is especially considering this dog’s historical use as a war dog, it will need to be carefully trained and socialized. Any owner of a Neapolitan Mastiff must be able to provide firm and consistent training, not punishment based. You should expect your Neapolitan Mastiff puppy to be very intelligent and easy to train, however given the size and dominant nature of this dog, they are not recommended for first time or novice dog owners. Also, given the Neapolitan Mastiff’s massive size and strength, this dog is not recommended for inexperienced first-time dog owners or those families who have, or intend to have, young children. These huge dogs can be aggressive and their size at times can make them a difficult dog to handle. That said, if the Neapolitan Mastiff is given firm and consistent reward based training (not punishment) from an early age, this large dog breed will thrive. As it was bred to do historically, Neapolitan Mastiffs make wonderful guard gods but can be overprotective of their family. This large dog breed must also be socialized properly, or it is prone to aggression towards other dogs and over protective attitudes against his family. Surprisingly given this dog breed’s large size, the Neapolitan Mastiff is relatively inactive indoors. The trademark feature of the Neapolitan Mastiff breed is a massive head with loose skin folds and wrinkles covering the dog’s body.
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Neapolitan Mastiffs have been known to weigh up to 200 pounds!
24 to 31 inches (61 to 78.7 cm)
110 to 150 pounds (50.2 to 68.4 kgs)
10 to 11 years
Neapolitan Mastiffs pop up regularly in history, but are traced back to ancient Egypt, Asia, and Persia. In more recent history this large and powerful dog breed was used as a war dog for the Roman army, and later to protect farms and estates in Italy.
Energy Level:The Neapolitan Mastiff enjoys playing.
Exercise Needs:The Neapolitan Mastiff needs a daily walk and time to play and run around in a large area.
Training Compatability:The Neapolitan Mastiff has average compatibility with the right training.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is:
- Distrustful of strangers
Grooming:Your Neapolitan Mastiff will require no or only simple grooming.
Coat Length:The Neapolitan Mastiff has a short coat.
Shedding:The Neapolitan Mastiff is a light shedder.
Bloat, Hip dysplasia
Health problems associated with the Neapolitan Mastiff include elbow dysplasia.
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