Neapolitan Mastiff review

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The Neapolitan Mastiff Standard says: "The essence of the Neapolitan Mastiff is his beastial appearance, astounding head and imposing size and attitude."

Once you're past the shock of your first impression, you'll be able to better appreciate how quiet, calm, and relaxed this Mastiff is. Just don't mistake his bulk and ambling gait for laziness or clumsiness, for he can shift into his fierce protector's role on a moment's notice.


The lifespan of an Neapolitan Mastiff is very short – less than 10 years. And an alarming number of Neapolitan Mastiffs are crippled by bone and joint diseases and/or succumb to cancer at only 6 or 8 years old. Read more about Neapolitan Mastiff Health


I would not risk keeping a Neapolitan Mastiff with another dog of the same sex. And be aware that some Neapolitan Mastiffs display predatory behavior toward cats and other animals that run. Obviously a dog of this size and power is capable of seriously injuring or killing other animals.


The Neapolitan Mastiff is a massive dog with an appearance that can be deceiving! Yes, they are a big and strong dog breed – including their temperament. If you have already had a dog of this breed, you may feel they “own” you as much as you “own” them! Yes, they are also a guard dog.


This breed is a relative newcomer to the United States. However, the ancestry of the Neapolitan Mastiff stretches back thousands of years.

They are a working breed, developed to guard people and property. With proper socialization and training, this breed makes a loyal, calm, devoted, and loving pet. The Neapolitan Mastiff dog will be wanting and willing, to be by your side forever.


Despite the Neapolitan Mastiff’s intimidating exterior, it is a peaceful, even-tempered dog that is affectionate towards its family and friends. They are protective of their owners, and they will look and act fearsome if they perceive a threat. They are highly intelligent and somewhat willful. They are calm, quiet, and stable unless they are seriously provoked. They have a tendency to be leery of strangers. Because males of this breed can be much more dominant and aggressive, females generally make better family pets. This breed gets along very well with children. They require a dominant owner that can administer firm training. Children should be taught to show respect for these dogs. The breed should be properly trained and socialized from an early age. They have a propensity to drool.


Like many other large dog breeds, the Neapolitan Mastiff is prone to hip dysplasia and growing pains. This breed typically lives for less than 10 years.


Like all other European mastiff breeds, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff, the most ancient member of the canine species. The word “mastiff” is derived from the Latin word “missivus”, which translates to “massive”. There are a number of theories regarding how the mastiff dogs first came to Europe. What is known, however, is that the Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct successor of the Roman Molossus. These dogs have existed in Campania for approximately two thousand years. They were initially bred to serve in war and bloody Roman arena sports. They have earned a reputation as a formidable guard dog. While the breed is still quite rare throughout the United States, it is quite popular in Italy. The Neapolitan Mastiff was officially recognized in 1946.


The Neapolitan Mastiff should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Experienced Neapolitan Mastiff breeders recommend food that is slightly higher in fat and lower in protein, especially when the dog is young, as they grow so fast. Do not supplement with calcium. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


The Neapolitan Mastiff is a guardian breed from Italy. Characterized by his heavily wrinkled face, loose skin and imposing size, he has strong protective instincts and is commonly found as a family companion or show dog. The Mastino, or Neo, as he is sometimes nicknamed, is a giant breed, weighing 110 to 150 pounds or more.


The Neapolitan Mastiff has many good qualities, but he is not the easiest dog to live with. If you want the calm, confident dog that is the Neo at his best, be prepared to do a lot of homework to find him and put in plenty of effort training and socializing him once you bring him home.

While his protective nature is attractive, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not an appropriate choice for a novice dog owner. He needs someone who can guide him with kind, firm, consistent training, never force or cruelty. He is an independent thinker but responds well to routine.


Like any dog, Neapolitan Mastiff puppies are inveterate chewers and because of their size can do a whole lot of damage. Don’t give them the run of the house until they’ve reached trustworthy maturity. And keep your Neapolitan Mastiff puppy busy with training, play and socialization experiences. A bored Neapolitan Mastiff is a destructive Neapolitan Mastiff.

Positive reviews


My mom loved Neapolitan mastiffs. She had two that she absolutely adored. I miss all three of them.


Mastiffs to me are the ultimate breed, loyal, strong, loving, playful, gentle giants :D! I couldn't imagine life without them either. <3


What a gorgeous mastiff!!

peace and love

Beautiful dog, one day I will get some of them.

Blu Wølf

I miss my Neapolitan blue mastiff...