Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed Information

Neapolitan Mastiff Quick Facts
Neapolitan Mastiff
Breed Group: Working
Origen: Italy
Nickname: Neo
Weight: 165 lbs
Height: 24-30 inches
Color(s): Blue, black, and sometimes chocolate

Neapolitan Mastiff Appearance

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a giant dog, with a frightening expression. They have the more alarming appearance of any other dog and one could say that it was build to scare intruders. They have a massive muscular body that is characterized by loose skin, abundant, hanging wrinkles, folds on the head and pendulous lips. He has a wide head with short and powerful jaws. The deep set eyes are almost covered by the dropping upper lids. The large nose has well open nostrils and a color that coordinates with the coat. The ears are cropped and the tail is carried straight up and curved over the back. The Neapolitan Mastiff can move with an alarming speed if he thinks his family is being threatened.

The Neapolitan Mastiff has a straight, dense, short coat. The colors can be gray, blue, black and sometimes chocolate. The weight of the Neapolitan Mastiff is around 110-165 pounds and the height is around 24-30 inches.

Neapolitan Mastiff Temperament

The Neapolitan Mastiff is incredibly loyal and extremely devoted to its family. Early Socialization and obedience training is important for this breed because of his size and strength. They are likely to become aggressive towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs.

The Neapolitan Mastiff learns quickly and responds well to consistent training, but they are a bit stubborn. Despite their fierce appearance and serious character, they are generally peaceful, steady dogs and are not aggressive or apt to bite without a reason. The Neapolitan Mastiff absolutely thrives on human companionship and are prone to separation anxiety.

Is Neapolitan Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy-boned, massive, fear inspiring dog bred for use as a guard dog and defender of owner and property. They donít need lots of exercise but do need lot space. The Neo will do okay in an apartment if they have enough space. They are relatively inactive indoors, like to sleep a lot and a small yard will be fine to cover its needs.

They enjoy outdoor but is not suited to live outside living. This breed does not do well in extreme heat weather. The Neapolitan Mastiff is not recommended for families with young children, new pet owners or obsessive cleaners; they drool a lot and can leave a trail of food and water around the bowls.

Neapolitan Mastiff Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Neapolitan Mastiff is around 8-10 years.

Neapolitan Mastiff Health problems

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a relatively healthy dog. The major concerns associated with this breed is CHD (Coronary Hearth Disease). Some other concerns are bloat (gastric torsion), Elbow and Hip dysplasia, Ectropion, Entropion, cardiomyopathy, cherry eye, skin disease and Hypothyroidism. They are also prone to heat stroke and are very sensitive to anesthetics, vaccines and chemicals and should never be casually medicated.

Neapolitan Mastiff Care and Grooming

The Neapolitan Mastiff short coat is easy to care and required minimum grooming but is a high maintenance commitment breed. Its coat needs brushing or combing every week to remove dead hair and to keep it in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Neapolitan Mastiff Shedding

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an average shedder, therefore is not well suited for those with allergies.