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.
Other Name: Mastino, Neo
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: Males: 25.5 - 30 inches, Females: 23.5 - 27 inches.
Weight: Males: 150 - 185 lbs., Females: 145. - 165 lbs.
Colors: Grey (also referred to as Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany - All colors may have brindle, white is acceptable on the tips of the toes and chest.
Coat: Short, hard and shiny.
With Children: Affectionate and protective with the their families children.
With Pets: Adult intact Neapolitan Mastiff males tend to not tolerate other adult intact males.
Care and Exercise:
Training: A solid base of obedience and socialization is mandatory for the Neapolitan Mastiff.
Learning Rate: Extremely fast learner.
Activity: Low stamina and endurance, prefers light exercise.
Living Environment: Prefers to be close to their family - whether that is out or in the house.
Health Issues: Cherry eye is common in the breed, must be removed not tacked down. A good diet is paramount for this fast growing large breed.
Life Span: 10 years
Litter Size: 6 - 12
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Tracing its roots to the Molossian dogs before Christ, the Neapolitan Mastiff has a rich and intriguing history. Appearing to be a mix of a Lion, Gargoyle and Mollosser this breed is truly a work of fine Italian art. Brought back from near extinction after World War II by a dedicated group of breeders in Italy, this breed still continues to flourish in Italy and recently the United States.
First Registered by the AKC: 2001
AKC Group: Miscellaneous
Registries: AKC FSS, UKC, FCI