It was descended from the Tibetan Mastiff through the large Roman Molossians described by agronomist Columella in the first century. The breed fought with Roman legions and was spread throughout Europe during the Roman invasions and is the progenitor of many Mastiff breeds in other European countries.
A heavy, massive, thick-set dog of great size, whose length of body exceeds its height at the withers.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Weekly brushing, monthly bathing recommended with special attention to dewlaps & skinfolds.
- Coat Type: Short, stiff, hard and dense, of the same length all over; uniformly smooth and fine.
- Moulting: Some moult annually, may take 6 weeks to complete coat change.
- Exercise Needs: Moderate exercise, twice a day, particularly when young.
- Average Life Span: 7 – 10 years.
- Family: Recommended for dedicated dog owners, demand a lot of attention & care to avoid health & temperament problems. They are not a child’s dog, but are fine with families as long as the adults are in charge.
- Temperament: Kind, devoted, gentle nature & loving. Suspicious of strangers and politely tolerant of friends. Natural protective, calm and affectionate unless provoked.
- Trainability: Need a lot of input from the owner to get the required result and disciplining the dog quickly and firmly by voice is the best method. Interesting and varied training of short duration twice daily.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Will regard any pets as part of the family if raised with or introduced properly. Occasional Neapolitan Mastiff will dislike cats and some may chase poultry.
- Barking: Moderate tendency, not apt to bark without reason.
Conformation showing, obedience trialling, Rally O Trialling, carting.
Heavy drooler, especially in hot temperatures or after eating and drinking, so it helps to keep a towel handy.