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Country of Origin, History of Neapolitan Mastiffs
All European Mastiffs are descended from the ancient Tibetan Mastiff. The Neapolitan Mastiff is descended from the Roman Molossus. It has existed in Campania for over two thousand years.
The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred for use in war and in Roman arena fights. It has remained a fierce guard and protector through the years. Used by police, the Italian army, farmers, and estate owners, it protects people and property.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a serious, powerful, looking dog. It is muscular with a rather rectangular body, massive head, and wrinkled face. The facial wrinkles continue under the chin and down the neck to form a prominent dewlap. The skull is broad and flat on top, and the nose is large. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.
According to tradition established when the dogs were used in combat, the ears should be docked short (but many people keep them natural) and the very thick tail is cropped by one third.
The most common coat color is blue, though black is the next most common color.
The short, harsh coat is dense and smooth.
Males 26-30 inches (65-75 cm.)
Females 24-28 inches (60-70 cm.)
Up to 165 pounds (74 kg.) The largest male Neapolitans may be nearly 200 pounds (90 kg.)
The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.
Are they suited to families with kids?
Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.
How Active is the Breed?
Neapolitan Mastiffs do not need large amounts of exercise. It does like walks where it can look around and sniff. Avoid tiring the dog too much.
How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Neapolitan Mastiff puppies should not be allowed to get overly tired from running and playing. Avoid rough games during her growth period. This dog needs as much energy as possible to grow healthy bones and muscles.
Adult Neapolitan Mastiffs will enjoy two long walks a day. The Neo's favorite thing to do is lie on the couch and be pampered by its master.
These giant, short-haired dogs are easy to groom. Remove loose, dead hair with a rubber brush. This breed is an average shedder.
Neapolitan Mastiffs have pano-ostiosis (growing pains), a condition which may occur when the dog is 4-18 months old and generally disappears on its own.
Neos are prone to hip dysplasia because of their size and mass.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are also prone to "cherry eye." The eye tissue protrudes more than normal and becomes red and inflamed. This condition is completely cured with minor surgery.
Because they are prone to bloat, feed 2-3 small meals a day.
Hip Dysplasia is a genetic problem.
Other problems include thyroid disorder, intropian, PRA, juvenile cataracts, cardiomyopathy, OCD, and bloat.
Short, up to 10 years. If well cared for, some live to 13 years. Because of their size, they develop a number of health problems as they age.
National Breed Clubs
British – The Neapolitan
Mastiff Club – www.theneapolitanmastiffclubuk.com
US – United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club – www.neapolitan.org
Other Recognition: CKC, FCI, KCGB, NKC, NZKC, USNMC, APRI, ACR
Group: Working Group.
AKC Popularity Ranking: 102
Also Known As: Italian Mastiff, Neo, Mastino Napoletano, Mastino
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