The Neapolitan Mastiff is a loyal, courageous, and fearless breed. They like to be guard dogs and are very protective of their family. They very rarely ever bark, and when they do it’s normally to alert you of an intruder. They are very intelligent dogs and tend to have a great deal of independence. Neapolitans need training and should not be left alone with children other than the ones in their family because of their wariness toward strangers.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Neapolitan Mastiff is also known as the Italian Mastiff, or by the Italians Mastino Napoletano.
2. The average Neapolitan Mastiff weighs anywhere from 110-155 lbs, so you’ll be needing lots of dog food!
3. Like many large breeds, the Neapolitan has several health problems, including hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, skin infections, and cherry eye.
4. The Neapolitan Mastiff has an average lifespan of about 7 to 9 years.
5. For the most part, Neapolitans are pretty low energy. They require very little exercise, and their physical energy tends to come in short bursts.
6. Although this breed is said to be over 2,000 years old, they were only officially recognized as a breed in 1945.
7. These affectionate dogs are often unaware of their size and will love on you like they were lap dogs.
8. Like many other dog breeds, the Neapolitan Mastiff had almost become extinct by the end of the World War II. Luckily a breed enthusiast and journalist Piere Scanziana took an interest in them and brought them back through careful breeding processes.
9. While the Neapolitan does not require lots of grooming, it is recommended that you clean between the folds of their skin with warm water to avoid skin infections.
10. While Neapolitan Mastiff pups can be rowdy, it is important that you keep them from jumping and bounding too much for orthopedic reasons.