This 2000 years old, ancient and formidable breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff is basically a good family dog, a guardian and protector of family and property. It is also commonly called Italian Bulldog and Mastino. It is loyal, calm, peaceful, serious, intelligent and friendly with family members and a self-confident owner.
It is a descendant of the Roman Molossus and is said to have been used by Romans to even fight lions.
Size: Males weigh about 75-90 kg and females about 65 kg. They are somewhat rectangular in shape and their length is a little more than their height.
The males’ height ranges from 25 to 32” while the females’ are from 24-30”.
Colour: They are always found in dark colours. This helps the Neapolitan Mastiffs to wait unnoticed at night for their prey. They can have grey, black, brown, beige or tawny coats.
Coating: It has short hair with a silky and dense coat.
Face: It has a heavily wrinkled face and forms a dewlap because the folds fall below the chin and neck.
The Neapolitan Mastiff has a large head and nose with a thick tail. Its gait is slack and elaborate.
Drooling is very common in this muscular breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The free blue-eyed Neapolitan Mastiff pup must never be overtaxed with exercise. But both the adult and the pup have bursts of energy and need space to run about.
The adult Neapolitan Mastiff eats around 7-11 cups of dog food everyday.
They are comfortable in a small dry kennel in a house but need to be taken out for walks at least twice a day.
Unfortunately, this fearsome breed has a short lifespan which is mostly less than 10 years.
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