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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

Mastiff

Weight:

Approximately 110 Lbs.

Height:

Neapolitan Mastiffs tend to measure 26-31 inches (or 24-29 inches for females)

Color(s):

Grey, black, and dark brown

Coat:

Their coats are smooth and short and their skin is loose with many wrinkles and folds.


Overview

Character:

These are generally calm, quiet dogs which make loving pets. They can however be very protective.

Country of Origin:

Neapolitan Mastiffs are native to Italy.

History:

Descendant of the Molossus, a Middle Eastern war dog, the Neapolitan Mastiff was often seen fighting against lions, tigers, or even gladiators, in Roman arenas. They also fought with Roman soldiers allowing the breed to be spread throughout Europe.

Name:

The name comes from Neapolitan which means resident of Naples.

Temperament:

Neapolitan Mastiffs tend to be fiercely loyal and protective but very loving toward their family and familiar friends. They tend to be very aware and careful of strangers, perhaps exhibiting some anxiety, but will relax as their owner displays affection or comfort around the stranger. They don't often bark, usually only when provoked. They train well despite being known as generally stubborn. They will try to dominate so must be taught who the boss is from an early age. Some people will argue that male Neapolitan Mastiffs can be somewhat aggressive so females make better family pets. In truth, both male and females tend to be docile and loving toward children. Males however, might be quite aggressive toward other male mastiffs. Regardless, it is beneficial to remember these dogs are quite strong and should be trained to obey from an early age.


Care

Training:

Neapolitans should be trained from an early age, as they are rather strong dogs who can show some aggressive behaviour. They also tend to be a bit stubborn during training but usually learn quickly and once they know the rules are keen to obey. These dogs should be respected and it is highly advisable that they undergo formal training.

Activity:

As is the general rule with larger dogs, they do require regular excerise and access to a large yard or field to roam is ideal. They drool more than the average dog especially when eating or drinking.

Ownership:

Because of their numerous folds and wrinkles, Neapolitan Mastiffs require more regular bathing including cleaning the face and body. If they're not cleaned properly they tend to develop an unpleasant odor.


Breeders

List of dog breeds

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