Dog Breed Profiles

Neapolitan Mastiff

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Italy 
Life Expectancy
10 Years 
Color
Grey (also referred to as Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany - All colors may have brindle, white is acceptable on the tips of the 
Coat
Short, hard and shiny 
Exercise Needs
Needs about 30-60 minutes per day. 
Temperament
Balanced, protective of his human family 
Good with Children
Affectionate and protective with the its families children. 
Grooming Needs
2-3 times a week. 
Average Size - Male (in)
25.5 - 30 
Average Size - Female (in)
23.5 - 27 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
150 - 185 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
145 - 165 
Health Issues
Cherry eye is common in the breed, must be removed not tacked down. A good diet is paramount for this fast growing large breed.v
Living Conditions
Prefers to be close to family - whether that is out or in the house. 

Breed Description

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a awe inspiring guard dog. Massive bone structure with an express full face, joined with extreme intelligence and extreme loyalty, this Mastiff is the top defender and friend. Tracing its roots to the Molossian dogs before Christ, the Neapolitan Mastiff has a rich and intriguing history. Appearing to be a mix of a Lion, Gargoyle and Mollosser this breed is truly a work of fine Italian art. Brought back from near extinction after World War II by a dedicated group of breeders in Italy, this breed still continues to flourish in Italy and recently the United States.

Breed Infobits

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a classic gentle giant.

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