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Neapolitan Mastiff

A peaceful giant... (other names: Mastino Napoletano, Mastino, Italian Mastiff, Neo)

Neapolitan Mastiff
origin:Italy
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:11 years
classification:Working Group
height:60 to 75 cm
weight:60 to 70 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonablefeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient breed of dogs that was only exhibit in 1947.

This breed is a direct descendent from the Roman dogs that fought in arenas with exotic animals and were also used in wars. This Mastiff reached Rome probably through Greece. The Molossos were the result of a cross between Macedonian war dogs and Asian short-haired dogs done by Alexandre the Great.

When Romans reached Greece, they probably bred the English Mastiff with their won Molossus dogs creating the prototype of the Neopolitan Mastiff.

This breed gained popularity as a guard, task that was perfected over the centuries. The Italians saw in the Neopolitan Mastiff a great guard, capable of scaring away intruders only by its appearance and size, and not a show dog. But in 1946, when the Neopolitan Mastiff could only be found in that region of Italy, the Italians started to promote the breed, taking it to expositions, and prevent it from disappearing.