(Source: American Kennel Club)
"All European mastiffs are descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, the most ancient member of the canine species." - Dog Breed Info
The Neapolitan Mastiff is also referred to as the Italian Mastiff and Neo. The Neapolitan Mastiff is often used by the Italian police and army. The Neo is considered to be a "formidable guard dog." (Dog Breed Info)
The Neapolitan Mastiff is affectionate and calm. The Neo is intelligent, protective, and courageous.
Socialization is critical to avoid reservation around strangers, other animals, and unfamiliar territory.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is good with children IF the children show proper leadership.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is not recommended for a new dog owner. Dominance and experience are ideal in training. Natural leadership is likewise ideal. Consistent communication is necessary. According to Dog Breed Info, if this dog does not listen to a command, the owner should try a different approach while remaining confident.
- The average weight is up to 165 pounds.
*Male Neapolitans can weigh as much as 200 pounds.
- Prone to cherry eye, hip dysplasia, bloat
- Sensitive to heat
- Long walks twice a day or more
*Neapolitan Mastiffs require a good amount of daily exercise
- Up to 10 years is the average life span
Source: Dog Breed Info