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At A Glance


Size: Giant

Weight: 110 - 150 lbs.

Height: 26" - 29"

Life Span: 9 - 11 years

Neapolitan Mastiff

Also know as: Mastino Napoletano, Mastino, Italian Mastiff, "Neo"

Group: Working

Origin: Italy (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts:

Temperament / Behavior
Peaceful and calm toward its family, the Neapolitan Mastiff has a killer instinct when it comes to intruders and threatening animals. While males are more aggressive than females, both sexes can be difficult to handle due to their protective nature and large size. Puppies need to be socialized to humans and given training early in order to establish good obedience and manners. It is important to establish control over this willful breed before it becomes too big to handle.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia; pano-ostiosis (condition that causes pain in the joints and muscles during growth between 4-18 months that goes away on its own); cherry eye (eye tissues protrude and become inflamed and red); chronic drooling

Special Needs
Exercise: The Neapolitan requires walks twice per day as an adult. Do not over-exercise puppies under the age of one, as it may cause abnormal bone and joint development.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.

 

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