Dog Profiles - Description of Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

Description: The Neapolitan Mastiff is an 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.

Height: Males: 25-30 inches. Females: 23-27 inches.

Weight: Males: 150-185 lbs. Females: 145-165 lbs.

Colors: Grey (also referred to as Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany - All colors may have brindle, white is acceptable on the tips of the toes and chest.

Coat: Short, hard and shiny.

Temperament: Affectionate and protective with its families children. Adult intact males tend to not tolerate other adult intact males. Good watch-dog. Good guard-dog.

Training: A solid base of obedience and socialization is mandatory. Extremely fast learner.

Activity: Low stamina and endurance, prefers light exercise.

Living Environment: Prefers to be close to family - whether that is out or in the house.

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.

Life Span: 10 years

Litter Size: 6-12

Country of Origin: Italy

History: 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.

Registration: ACA, AKC FSS, UKC, FCI