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.
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?
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.|
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:
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.
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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What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Neapolitan Mastiff size:
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)|
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)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Neapolitan Mastiff's coat?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Neapolitan Mastiff need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Neapolitan Mastiff every day?
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.
What kind of personality does the Neapolitan Mastiff have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
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.
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.
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? Are they affectionate?
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.
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 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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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?
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?
|Above 400 PSI|
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.
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 explore or 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?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Neapolitan Mastiff kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Neapolitan Mastiff tartása lakásban.
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?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Neapolitan Mastiff temperament with other people:
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Neapolitan Mastiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Neapolitan Mastiff temperament with 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? Can they be good 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.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Neapolitan Mastiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
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 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 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.
Office Friendly |
Are Neapolitan Mastiffs good office dogs? Do Neapolitan Mastiffs make good office friendly dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiffs be office dogs?
Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Neapolitan Mastiff be a drafting dog?
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 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?
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? What is the average lifespan of this breed? 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?
Is the Neapolitan Mastiff breed hypoallergenic?
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? What is the activity level of the Neapolitan Mastiff?
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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 activity 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 / 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 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|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Neapolitan Mastiff Pros & Cons
- 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.
- 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: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Neapolitan Mastiff kutyafajtát.
- 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 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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- 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.