The neapolitan mastiff is a magnificent dog

We have 17 years of experience and we consider our mastiffs a part of our family

About the Breed

 

 

Breed Description:

The Neapolitan Mastiff is known to be a serious and powerful dog. The body of this massive dog has abundant, hanging wrinkles and folds on the head and a very large dewlap. The wide, flat head is large in comparison to the rest of the body. The muzzle is a third of the length of the head and is as broad as it is long with a well defined stop. The large nose has well open nostrils and a color that coordinates with the coat. The teeth meet in a scissors, pincer or slight undershot bite. The deep set eyes are almost covered by the dropping upper lids and come in amber to brown depending on the coat color. Puppies begin life with blue eyes, which later darken. The ears may be cropped or left natural. Many owners opt out of docking and cropping, preferring the natural look, as it is painful for the dog.

The tail is carried straight up and curved over the back. In dogs that are shown in the AKC front dewclaws are not removed. The round feet are large with well arched toes. The straight, dense, short coat comes in gray, blue, black, chocolate, mahogany and tawny, sometimes with brindle and white markings. A little white is permitted on the chest and toes. No white should be on the face. Chocolate dogs are rare.

Temperament:

The Neapolitan Mastiff is not a breed for everyone. This breed looks a bit intimidating, but is actually affectionate, calm, peaceful and loving. They enjoy family and friends. This breed is a heavy drooler, particularly in hot weather or after getting a drink. Males may drool more than females. They are very keen to their owners commands. Intelligent, very protective, courageous, serious and mild-mannered. Generally quiet, they tend to only bark when necessary. They can be reserved with strangers, socialize them well with people, places, sounds and animals. These dogs are usually very loving with children, provided they know how to display leadership skills. A Neo can get along well with other pets if raised with them from puppyhood and/or properly socialized. Obedience training is extremely important.

Teach them to heel on a lead and to go in and out door and gateways after the humans. This breed needs a dominant owner who understands and is capable of controlling them properly. They will be easiest of this is established when the dog is still a puppy, but it is still possible to communicate with an adult Neo that the human is in charge. Children should be taught how to be pack leaders. Socialize this breed while they are young. This is a natural guard dog and protection training is not necessary. You cannot breed out the guard in the dog, no matter how submissive they become. If they sense there is a threat to the home they will react unless the owner is there and tells them everything is OK. Be sure you are consistent in approach and do not keep repeating commands it has failed to obey. If they are not listening, try a different approach, making sure you are in a confident state of mind. Neos will not listen to meek owners.

These are not dogs for beginners but it is an exaggeration to describe them as difficult in their association with others. A calm handler with natural leadership will achieve the best results. With comprehensive training and an experienced, dominant owner, the Neapolitan Mastiff can be a wonderful family pet. Has a high pain tolerance. Neo’s who do not have a firm, confident, consistent owner, who provides them with daily pack walks to release mental and physical exercise will become willful, over-protective and dog aggressive. When correcting this dog, the owner’s correction must match the dog’s level of intensity, and the timing of the correction must be precise.

Height, Weight:

Height: Dogs 26-31 inches (65-75 cm.) Bitches 24-29 inches (60-70 cm.)
Weight: Dogs up to 185 pounds (83 kg.) / Bitches up to 165 pounds (74 kg.)

“The largest male Neapolitans may be nearly 200 pounds (90 kg.)”

Health Problems:

Prone to cherry eye, hip dysplasia, bloat, pano-ostiosis (joint pain from growth can occur at 4-18 months and usually goes away on its own). Pups are usually born cesarean section. Luckily, our females have had their puppies on a natural and never had a cesarean section. We include a health guarantee for every puppy we sell. Please review the terms of our health guarantee below.

Health Guarantee:

Seller(s) certifies that the Neapolitan Mastiff described herein is of sound health at the time of this sale and has been immunized and wormed accordingly, as well as thoroughly examined by Seller’s veterinarian within 48 hours of release of said pup and judged to be in good health. Seller guarantees to the best of his knowledge this dog to be free of serious, life-threatening congenital conditions. Any physical problem that is or could be the result of neglect or injury while in possession of the new owner is not covered under this guarantee.

The genetic defects covered by this guarantee are Hypothyroidism, hip and elbow dysplasia. It is known that these conditions may affect large breeds and may appear within the first year of age. www.neapolitanpuppy.com provides a 2 year warranty on these specific genetic defects which should be reported by the owner within the first 72 hours of being diagnosed by a certified veterinarian. Dysplastic or hypothyroid dogs should not be breed by the owner and doing so will void this health guarantee. Excess exercise, at any age, is to be avoided.

Prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid “cherry eye” is as common in the Neapolitan Mastiff breed as bad breath and it is not covered under this health guarantee. A simple medical procedure is needed to correct it.

Rough housing with a pup, either by children or older dogs, can lead to permanent injury to the hips and elbows. If it is determined that rough playing or injuries caused in the household are the cause of damage to the dog’s elbow or hip, the health guarantee will not apply. If you want a dog to go on long runs with you or exercise along with you, consider getting a different breed.

No other disorders or conditions are warranted.

IF PUPPY IS FOUND TO BE UN-HEALTHY BY A VETERINARIAN WITH IN 48 HOURS, OR TO BE DYSPLASTIC OR HYPOTHYROID WITHIN THE FIRST 2 YEARS OF AGE, PUPPY SHOULD BE RETURNED ALONG WITH THE PAPERWORK TO BREEDER AND ONLY TO THE BREEDER. ONLY THEN THE BUYER WILL GET A NEW PUPPY, NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, if a puppy is not available at that time buyer will have 1st pick of the next litter available.

Living Conditions:

The Neo will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Take extra caution in warm weather to provide shade, water and a cool place to lay.

Exercise:

Adult Neapolitan Mastiffs need a great deal of exercise. They should be taken on daily, long walks at least twice a day. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog’s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Teach them to enter and exit all door and gateways after the human.

Life Expectancy:

Short, up to 10 years.

Grooming:

These giant, short-haired dogs are easy to groom. Remove loose, dead hair with a rubber brush. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin:

All European mastiffs are descended from the Tibetian Mastiff, the most ancient member of the canine species. The first Asian mastiffs were probably brought to Greece from India by Alexander the Great around 300 BC. The Greeks introduced the dogs to the Romans, who adopted them enthusiastically and used them in circus combats. The word “Mastiff” derives from the Latin word: masssivus, meaning massive. English experts, however, have another theory. They contend that the mastiff was brought to Britain by the Phoenicians in about 500 B.C. and spread from there to the rest of Europe. In any case the Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct descendant of the Roman Molossus.

While the breed became extinct throughout the rest of Europe, it continued to survive in Campania despite the perils of weather and war. One can therefore say that the Neapolitan Mastiff has existed in Campania for two thousand years, even though it was not officially recognized until 1946, and its standard was not set until 1949. The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred for use in war and in bloody Roman arena spectacles. Today this powerful breed has a well-deserved reputation as a formidable guard dog. Neos have been used by the Italian police and army and by that country’s farmers, business establishment, and estate owners to protect people and property. Though the Neapolitan Mastiff was first shown in Italy in 1946, the breed is still quite rare in the United States. The Neapolitan Mastiff was recognized by the AKC in 2004.

Group:

Mastiff

 

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