Neapolitan Mastiff Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Neapolitan Mastiff so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginItaly flagItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Neapolitan Mastiff have?
Italian BulldogItalian MastiffItalian MolossoMastino NapoletanoNeo
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Neapolitan Mastiff Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Neapolitan Mastiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Neapolitan Mastiff in the United States? How much money is a Neapolitan Mastiff?

Where to buy a Neapolitan Mastiff with a good pedigree?

$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Neapolitan Mastiff, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Neapolitan Mastiff for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Neapolitan Mastiff gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Neapolitan Mastiff? How many Neapolitan Mastiff are there in the world?
Frequent: The Neapolitan Mastiff is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Neapolitan Mastiff Size

Size
Is a Neapolitan Mastiff small, medium or large dog?

How big do Neapolitan Mastiff get?

What is the average size of a Neapolitan Mastiff?

Giant
Weight
How much does the Neapolitan Mastiff weigh? How much should a Neapolitan Mastiff weight? What is the normal weight of a Neapolitan Mastiff? How much does a full-grown Neapolitan Mastiff weight?
Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Neapolitan Mastiff?
Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Neapolitan Mastiff? Neapolitan Mastiff height:
Male: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (60-70 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Neapolitan Mastiff?
Male: 28 inches (70 cm), Female: 26 inches (65 cm)

Neapolitan Mastiff Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Neapolitan Mastiff coats?
MahoganyBlue TawnyBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Neapolitan Mastiff and how often? How often should I take my Neapolitan Mastiff to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Neapolitan Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Neapolitan Mastiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Italian Bulldog? Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs shed a lot?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Neapolitan Mastiff need a bath? How often should you give a Neapolitan Mastiff a bath? Can I bathe my Neapolitan Mastiff every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Neapolitan Mastiff Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ProtectiveFearlessStubbornDominantObedientTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Neapolitan Mastiff? Is the Neapolitan Mastiff breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Neapolitan Mastiff obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Neapolitan Mastiff ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Neapolitan Mastiff?
A slightly harder to train than average. Neapolitan Mastiff dogs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Neapolitan Mastiff sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Neapolitan Mastiff a good family dog?
Average: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Italian Bulldog need? Neapolitan Mastiff social needs:
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Italian Bulldog bark?
Low to Average: The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Neapolitan Mastiff good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Neapolitan Mastiff dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Neapolitan Mastiff can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Neapolitan Mastiff will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Neapolitan Mastiff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Italian Bulldog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Neapolitan Mastiff? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Neapolitan Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Neapolitan Mastiff has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Neapolitan Mastiff? How much bite force does a Neapolitan Mastiff have?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Neapolitan Mastiff bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large.

They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400.

It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Neapolitan Mastiff do?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Neapolitan Mastiff dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Neapolitan Mastiff to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Neapolitan Mastiff roam?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Neapolitan Mastiff have high prey drive?
Their prey drive is low. Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Neapolitan Mastiff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Neapolitan Mastiff in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Neapolitan Mastiff breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Neapolitan Mastiff indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Neapolitan Mastiff be left alone? How long can you leave a Neapolitan Mastiff alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Neapolitan Mastiff Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Neapolitan Mastiff temperament with other people:
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs get along with other pets? Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Neapolitan Mastiff temperament with children:
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Neapolitan Mastiff breed live with a cat?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Neapolitan Mastiff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs get along with other dogs?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Neapolitan Mastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Neapolitan Mastiff breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs good office canines? Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Italian Bulldog temperament with senior people? Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are commonly okay with elderly people.

Neapolitan Mastiff Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Neapolitan Mastiff breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Neapolitan Mastiff see the vet?
Rare
The Neapolitan Mastiff should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs live? How old can a Neapolitan Mastiff be? What is the age limit of the Neapolitan Mastiff? How many years can the oldest Neapolitan Mastiff live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Neapolitan Mastiff?

How long is the lifespan of a Neapolitan Mastiff?

8-10 years
The average lifespan of Neapolitan Mastiff: 9 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Neapolitan Mastiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What is the activity level of the Neapolitan Mastiff?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Neapolitan Mastiff need? How much exercise do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs require per day?

Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs need a lot of exercises?

Neapolitan Mastiff dogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Neapolitan Mastiff breed need?
Neapolitan Mastiff dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Neapolitan Mastiff need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Neapolitan Mastiff breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Neapolitan Mastiff? How much food should I feed my Neapolitan Mastiff?
5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Neapolitan Mastiff risk for obesity:
High: The Neapolitan Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Neapolitan Mastiff more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Neapolitan Mastiff weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Neapolitan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Neapolitan Mastiff drool?
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Neapolitan Mastiff.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Neapolitan Mastiff As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Neapolitan Mastiff be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a boat dog?

Not really

Neapolitan Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Neapolitan Mastiff breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Neapolitan Mastiff dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Neapolitan Mastiff Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Neapolitan Mastiff pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Neapolitan Mastiff breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Neapolitan Mastiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Neapolitan Mastiff have in a litter? How many puppies can the Neapolitan Mastiff breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Neapolitan Mastiff have? How many puppies can a Neapolitan Mastiff give birth to?
6-12 puppies

Neapolitan Mastiff Recognition

AKC Group
Is Neapolitan Mastiff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2004 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Neapolitan Mastiff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.

Neapolitan Mastiff Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Neapolitan Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Neapolitan Mastiff breed in the home.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Neapolitan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Neapolitan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Neapolitan Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Adaptability: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Neapolitan Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Neapolitan Mastiff History

Mastiff-type dogs might go back for a millennium. The Mastiffs are an ancient breed, the firsts are believed to be developed in Tibet ca. 5000 years ago as battle and guard dogs of the owner, estate, and property, for both tasks they were well suited.

The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred by farmers in southern Italy in the vicinity of Naples, after which they got their name. In the Roman Empire, they were used as war dogs, in gladiator fights, and also used as guards. The bestial looks, the huge statue was initially causing fear in their opponents, and for their advantage, the loose fold, saggy skin, massiveness, and heavyweight were protecting them in case of a serious attack.

Before the 1940s, Mastinos (as they were called locally) remained in obscurity in Italy.

In 1946 at a dog show in Naples, a journalist named Piere Scanziana took an interest in the breed and he recognized the potential in the dogs. After that dog show, the breed became one of Italy’s national treasures. Scanziana started working on making the breed better recognized, so he drew up the first standard descriptions for the breed. The dogs were named Mastino Napoletano back then. Guaglione (the name of a dog), was one of the first Mastino of Piere Scanziana, who became the first of his breed to be an Italian champion.

In 1949, the breed was recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale), the international dog registry. The Neapolitan Mastiff gained some popularity in Europe in the early 1970s. In 1973 Jane Pampalone was the first to import officially the breed into the United States, albeit some of the Italian immigrants brought their dogs with them in the early 1880s.

The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 2004.

Today, in most cases they are kept as family pets, thanks to their calm, relaxing, affectionate behavior, sometimes they are called “giant lapdogs”. They are always alert and very protective which makes them great guard dogs, rather than attack dogs.

Kate Hudson, one of Hollywood’s biggest actors owns a Mastino named Bella too. Regarding their pop-culture representation, a Neapolitan mastiff was cast as Hagrid’s dog named Fang in the Harry Potter movie series. Another fun fact about the breed is that a Mastino holds a Guinness World Record in “giving birth to the world’s largest litter of puppies”, she brought 24 puppies into the world.

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Neapolitan Mastiff Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Danielle Sczerowski

    May 29, 2021, 3:40:03 PM:

    I have a neo and he is the absolute best dog I have ever known. He is smarter than this article suggests. Though he is mixed with boxer. Great with people yet cautious of strangers, constantly on patrol of house and yard. Gets along with my cat.