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Neapolitan Mastiff Puppies
Description: The Neapolitan Mastiff is an awe inspiring guard dog. Massive bone structure with an express full face, joined with extreme intelligence and extreme loyalty, this Mastiff is the top defender and friend. Neos, as they are often called, are gentle and calm around their owners, and even around children. Although children should learn to respect the Neapolitan, considering it is a very large and heavy animal. Neos are strong, protective, and independent-minded. They are good mothers to their children, and they reflect this trait when around other children. Originally raised as a dog of war, a guard, police and draft dog, the Neapolitan is a tough breed that is capable of great power. They should be socialized early on and trained as a puppy in order to let them know who's boss. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with huge distinctive dewlaps and wrinkles on their faces. Their heads and necks are large and pendulous, and their gait is like that of a bear. Neo Mastiffs are a great protective pet for the owner who has enough space and finances to support them.
Other Name: Mastino, Neo, Mastino Napoletano, Italian Mastiff
Type: Guardian Dog
25.5 - 30 inches. Females: 23.5 - 27 inches.
(also referred to as Blue), Lead, Black, Tawny, Tawny Stag, and Mahogany -
All colors may have brindle. Brown, Pale, and Cream are accepted as well,
but not preferred. White is acceptable on the tips of the toes and the chest.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are loyal, protective and are not pugnacious. They
will not go out of their way to attack, but will more likely wait on the command
of their owner. They will likely not leave the home often, as they stick around
to make sure their property is protected. They are gentle and calm with their
family, and can even try to be dainty around their own pups. They only bark
when they something unusual happens. They can be independent, and need firm
training from the time they are puppies.
Care and Exercise:
Neo Mastiffs do best when they have a job to do. They need exercise,
but lightly, as they are very heavy. Care should be taken when in hot weather,
as they are more likely than other breeds to overheat. The short coat should
be groomed every once in a while, and brushed every week to keep shiny and
Activity: Low. Low stamina
and endurance, prefers light exercise.
Health Issues: Cherry eye is common in the breed, and must be removed and not tacked down. Other health concerns include heart problems, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, immune system disorders, and sensitivity to heat. A good diet is paramount for this fast growing, large breed.
Life Span: 9 -
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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