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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.
 
In the 1970s this breed was introduced in the United States of America and in 2004 was recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The fearless look of the Neopolitan Mastiff only reflects his personality towards strangers and other animals. With his human family he is very affectionate and loyal. With strangers and other animals the last thing on his mind is sociability. This can cause problems with guests.

The Neopolitan Mastiff needs to be properly socialized and trained, only because of his size and power in adulthood. He is a massive dog that if not properly controlled can be a headache to the owner. They are calm dogs, not snappy, and aren´t immediate aggressors, but once they set their minds on attack mode it´s difficult to dissuade him. This isn´t a dog for novice and it´s education shouldn’t be neglected, even by the more experienced owners.

He is good around children, but not very playful and along with his scary look, children usually prefer other breeds to play with.

For those seeking protection and a calm giant to ensure it, the Neapolitan Mastiff is the ideal dog, not only as guard but also as watchdog.

Despite their size, they can live in an apartment since they are relatively inactive indoors. But they need space and exercise and if kept in an apartment he will need long daily walks. As a puppy you shouldn’t exercise him too much nor aloud rough playing, since when he grows up he will continue to do it and his massive weight can cause damage to anyone.
 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Neopolitan Mastiff is a giant sized dog that can reach 75 cm and 70 kg. It is a massive dog with thigh broad muscles and a huge head, in proportion to the body.

The face of this mastiff has wrinkled loose skin all over the body. The chest is deep and broad; the stop is defined, the tail is set low and it is thick. The ears are usually cropped for health reasons.

The coat is dense, short and smooth and can be gray (blue), black, mahogany and tawny.
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Health [ edit ]

Some health concerns are: hip dysplasia, cherry eye, entropion, hypothyroidism, heart problems and eye problems.

This dog needs little grooming: an occasional brush will be enough. Neapolitan Mastiffs are messy, they tend to drool and leave water droops from drinking around the house.

The Neo doesn’t cope well with high temperatures, so in hot days provide them shade and pay extra attention to his fresh water needs. 
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Dogfan22 said:
i like this dog breed this dog is from the movie harry potter
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