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Neapolitan Mastiff Grooming and Breed Care

Neapolitan Mastiff 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.

Neapolitan Mastiff Appearance

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a giant of a dog, and has a very muscular and rugged build. His huge face has drooping jowls, and this gives him a grumpy expression, which coupled with his size would put off the bravest of intruders. The coat of the Neapolitan Mastiff is close fitting, short, and sleek, and the coloring includes gray, blue, mahogany, tawny, or black, sometimes with brindling. The weight of the Neapolitan Mastiff is around 110-134 pounds for females, and 133-160 pounds for males. The height is around 23-28 inches for females, and 25-30 inches for males.

Neapolitan Mastiff Grooming

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, although cleaning up the drool could be a different matter. His coat needs to brushed occasionally in order to keep it looking sleek and in good condition. These dogs are also low shedders, and therefore may be suited to allergy sufferers.

Neapolitan Mastiff Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Neapolitan Mastiff is short compared to many smaller breeds, and these dogs tend to live to around 8-10 years of age. There are a number of health problems associated with this Neapolitan Mastiff, and this includes OCD, thyroid problems, bloat, entropion, heart disorders, HD and elbow dysplasia, heatstroke, and sensitivity to chemicals and drugs. The parents of the Neapolitan Mastiff puppy should have OFA certificates.

Neapolitan Mastiff History

The Neapolitan Mastiff originates from Italy, and has an extremely long history. The breed almost faced extinction after the Second World War, but has now regained popularity in its native country as well as in UK.

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