History of the Neapolitan Mastiff

lexington_kennels_july_24019001Though related to the other mastiff breeds (the French, English, Tibetan, etc.), the Neapolitan Mastiff has a unique history.

Originally bred to fight in Roman wars and in the Coliseum, in modern times these dogs have guarded the estates of their Italian owners. As the name implies, the Neo lived for many centuries around Naples and in Vesuvian hamlets.

Once on the brink of extinction, the Neapolitan Mastiff was “reconstructed” in the 1940′s by Piero Scanziani and other lovers of the Mastini. The breed was introduced into America by nameless Italian immigrants and by the late Mr. Michael Sotille, Sr..