The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the largest dogs in the world.
People pause in amazement when they see them because at first glance they're taken aback at their sheer size and their droopy and deeply wrinkled faces! Fear not, however, unless you're one of the bad guys! Continue reading to learn more about the Neapolitan Mastiff breed.
With origins from Italy, the 100 to 150 pound Neapolitan Mastiff is a giant but also gentle dog. Some have mistakenly labeled them as aggressive. Aggression has often been confused with protection, which is a stark difference. The Neapolitan Mastiff can be an excellent protector and guard dog if he is trained to be one. Their natural temperaments are calm. They are not ideal for first-time dog owners, because they require someone who can guide them with firm, kind, and consistent training.
Here's the Neapolitan Mastiff Checklist:
- They require a minimal amount of exercise but are prone to obesity because of their laziness.
- They are massive and take up a lot of space!
- They have low grooming needs.
- The Neapolitan Mastiff is calm and quiet. Okay, they snore and snort a lot, but aren't habitual barkers!
- They are generally mild-mannered dogs.
- They can display destructive behavior with they're bored and left unattended for long periods of time.
- Because of their large size, they have a short lifespan.
- They are expensive to care for because of their large size and accompanying appetite!
- This is a very affectionate dog who's very unaware of his size! He will cuddle beside you happily and closely. (We mentioned they take up a lot of space – personal space is included!)
Overall, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a friendly family dog who needs to be handled firmly and with care and respect. If you you have the big space in your heart and home, we happily recommend the ownership of these big and beautiful pups. Contact us today for more information.