Thinking about purchasing an Neapolitan Mastiff? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Neapolitan Mastiff breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Neapolitan Mastiff owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Neapolitan Mastiff and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Neapolitan Mastiff Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Neapolitan Mastiff and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Neapolitan Mastiff Profile
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.
Colors: Grey (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.
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.
Neapolitan Mastiff 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 clean.
Activity: Low. Low stamina
and endurance, prefers light exercise.
Neapolitan Mastiff 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 - 11
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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