Appearance The Neapolitan is a massive and heavy-boned dog with distinctly loose connective tissue on his entire body which forms wrinkles and folds on the head and a large dewlap under the neck. The coat is short, stiff, and dense but smooth. He comes in a variety of colours: Gray (Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany. The Blue is the most common and desired colour because of his work as a guardian dog and his ability to blend into the night shadows. The nose and lip colour matches the coat. The Neapolitan takes about 3 years to mature and there is a huge difference between the size of a two year old and a three year old.
Temperament The Neapolitan Mastiff is a very loyal, devoted, and protective dog, making him the ideal choice for watchdog and guard dog duties. These dogs will defend their loved ones to the end, and have plenty of courage and determination, along with the size and brawn to back it up. The Neapolitan Mastiff will shower love and affection on his family, and may bond more closely with one particular person. This is not the dog for those that cannot commit to a pet, as he needs attention and affection from his owner. The Neapolitan Mastiff should be socialized early on in order to promote stability, and to reduce the risk of timidity or aggression. Training can be difficult, as the Neapolitan Mastiff makes up his own mind and is very independent. These dogs need a confident and assertive owner, and therefore are best suited to those with experience of dog ownership and training.
The fiercely protective nature of the Neapolitan Mastiff means that he will be naturally wary around strangers. These dogs get on well with children when brought up with them, and can get on well with other family pets with early socialization. However, they can be dog aggressive with same sex dogs. These huge dogs do not like strenuous exercise, but regular moderate exercise is important for his health and fitness. Plenty of space is needed, so this is not the right dog for apartment life. A spacious, safe, and secured area should be provided for the dog to enjoy fresh air and exercise. These dogs are droolers and snorers, so if you are a house-proud person or you enjoy total peace and quiet, you may want to think carefully before opting for the Neapolitan Mastiff. The Neapolitan Mastiff is very intelligent and learns very quickly.
History The Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct descendant of the ancient molosser war dog and can be traced back as far as 5000 years. He fought alongside the Romans in war and was left at home to protect family and property. He was used in the Roman arenas to be pitted against lions, bears, and gladiators for entertainment.
Health TIf you are considering a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases.
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Neapolitan Mastiff Club of North America
United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club (USNMC)
Neapolitan Mastiff Club of Canada (NMCC)
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