The Neapolitan Mastiff

lexington_kennels_july_24020001The Neapolitan Mastiff is not a breed for everyone. This breed looks a bit intimidating or overwhelming, but is actually affectionate, calm, peaceful and loving as well as smart protective and stubborn. Those traits are the whole reason behind why we fell in love with the breed — the sweet dedication and loving slobber won me over. They enjoy family and friends, and want to be with them always.

This breed is a drooler, particularly in hot weather or after getting a drink, we keep clothes close by. They are very eager to listen/follow their owner’s commands.

They are intelligent, very protective, courageous and mild-mannered. They are somewhat quiet; they tend to but do bark when necessary and definately announce arrivals . They can be reserved with strangers, socialize them well with people, places, sounds and animals. They should be socialized extensively during first 3-12 months especially, take them with you everywhere.

These dogs are usually very loving with children and they can get along well with non-canine pets if raised with them from puppyhood and/or properly socialized. Obedience training is very, very important. This breed needs a dominant owner who understands and is capable of controlling them properly. They will be easiest if developed when the dog is still a puppy, but it is still possible to communicate with an adult Neo that the human is in charge.

Children should be taught how to be pack leaders. Socialize this breed while they are young. This is a natural guard dog and protection training is not necessary

Be sure you are consistent in approach if they are not listening; try a different approach, making sure you are in a confident state of mind. Neo’s will not listen to meek owners.

These are not dogs for beginners but it is an exaggeration to describe them as difficult in their association with others. A calm handler with natural leadership will achieve the best results. With good consistent training and an experienced, dominant owner, the Neapolitan Mastiff can be a wonderful family pet.

HEIGHT:
Males — 26 to 30 inches at the withers;
Females — 24 to 27 inches at the withers

WEIGHT:
Females — Average 120-140 lbs but can be as much as 175 lbs
Males — Average 155-170 lbs but known to be as much as 200 lbs

The Neapolitan is a massive and heavy-boned dog with distinctly loose connective tissue on his entire body which forms wrinkles and folds on the head and a large dewlap under the neck. The coat is short, stiff, and dense but smooth. He comes in a variety of colours: Gray (Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany. The Blue is the most common and desired colour because of his work as a guardian dog and his ability to blend into the night shadows. The nose and lip colour matches the coat. The Neapolitan takes about 3 years to mature and there can be a huge difference between the size of a two year old and a three year old. In mass and weight but generally not height.

He has a captivating and almost intimidating stare, one that would make an intruder turn and flee without even a growl. The Neapolitan has a steady temperament with a strong protective instinct — always the loyal guardian and defender of his home and family. He is intensely devoted to his family and wonderful with children when raised with them.

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a very unique breed both in character and appearance and one of the most impressive breeds in existence today.