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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.

OriginItaly
Group Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? The dog breed also known as...
Neo, Italian Bulldog, Italian Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano, Italian Molosso, Can39;E Presa
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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.
Price
How much does the Neapolitan Mastiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Neapolitan Mastiff price:
$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.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Neapolitan Mastiff size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Neapolitan Mastiff weigh? Neapolitan Mastiff weight:
Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Neapolitan Mastiff? Neapolitan Mastiff average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Neapolitan Mastiff average height:
Male: 28 inches (70 cm), Female: 26 inches (65 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Neapolitan Mastiff's coat?
MahoganyBlue TawnyBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Neapolitan Mastiff and how often?
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 Neo? Neapolitan Mastiff shedding level:
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ProtectiveFearlessStubbornDominantObedientTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Neapolitan Mastiff? Are they intelligent?
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 for 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.
Trainability
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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 Mastiffs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household 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?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Neo need? Neapolitan Mastiff social needs:
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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? 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?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.
Territorial
Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their 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 Neo? 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Neapolitan Mastiff do?
Neapolitan Mastiffs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Neapolitan Mastiffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Neapolitan Mastiff to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Neapolitan Mastiff roam?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Neapolitan Mastiff have high prey drive?
Neapolitan Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Neapolitan Mastiff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Neapolitan Mastiff dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Neapolitan Mastiff and children:
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.
Office Friendly
Are Neapolitan Mastiffs good office dogs? Do Neapolitan Mastiffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiffs be ofiice 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 Neo temperament with senior people? Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Neapolitan Mastiffs are commonly okay with elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Neapolitan Mastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have health problems?
Very healthy dog breed. The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Neapolitan Mastiff be?
8-10 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Neapolitan Mastiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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?
Neapolitan Mastiffs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs require per day?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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 this fido need?
Neapolitan Mastiffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Neapolitan Mastiff need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Neapolitan Mastiff risk for obesity:
High: The Neapolitan Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to 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's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Neapolitan Mastiff puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Neapolitan Mastiff have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Neapolitan Mastiff

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Neapolitan Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Neapolitan Mastiffs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Neapolitan Mastiffs 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: Neapolitan Mastiffs aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Hypoallergenic: Neapolitan Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Neapolitan Mastiffs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • 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: High: The Neapolitan Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Adaptability: Neapolitan Mastiffs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.

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