Neapolitan Mastiff
Italia FCI 197

Mastín Napolitano

Despite his fierce appearance, the Neapolitan Mastiff It is a balanced dog and friend of children.

The Neapolitan Mastiff, like all broadcast, very likely he descends from the Tibetan molosser. According to historical data it is found its community Italy since very ancient times which could put in the second millennium before Christ.

This shows that this architect of Campania (South Italy region, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, whose capital is Naples) brings lot of history under its belt.

All European mastiffs descend from the Tibetan Mastiff, the oldest representative of dog breeds.
Probably the first Asian mastiffs were carried in the India Greece by Alexander the great, around the year 300 BC.

Some historians argue that it was the Greeks who were known to the Romans these dogs so spectacular, to see them is struck and (for a change) they used them in their famous circuses like fighting dogs. The Neapolitan Mastiff fought with Lions, bears, Tigers, He was also a dog bred for war.

According to the English cinophilia, on the other hand, the Mastiff was brought to Britain (term designated to the island of Great Britain before that occurred the Germanic invasions) by the Phoenicians in the year 500 to. C. from that moment the dissemination would have initiated by Europe.

Beyond disagreements as to the diffusion of the breed you can ensure, years. At that time, Mastin Napolitano lives in Campania for at least two thousand years, Although its first official appearance in the cinophilia data of 1946 and its official standard was approved in the year 1949.

During the course of World War II, the race was on the verge of extinction but was recovered by a writer and called cinólogo Piero Scanziani that between 1941 and 1980 He published a dozen volumes of fiction and non-fiction, including several treaties of Cinología. He was responsible for the reconstruction of Mastin Napolitano during the postwar period, and he did so on the basis of the few copies remaining.

Physical characteristics

Mastin Napolitano is a large size dog, with a touch of distinction that is its thick skin, with pleats and a smooth and sparse hair cover, whose maximum length is of 1.5 cm..

According to the standard race officer Mastin Napolitano males They must be measured of 66 to 72 cm in the cross and his weight is of 70 kg, males can easily reach up 90 kg, females should be measured in 60 to 68 cm.. The weight of the males due of 60 to 70 Kg and females of 50 to 60 kg.

The head is huge and short, the rounded and flattened skull between the ears. It has the straight snout, a great truffle and fat lips it fall heavily.

It has the eyes well separated and the accumulation of skin seems they were oval shaped but in reality are round. The ears are triangular, medium and high insertion.

The body, in general, It is longer than high with the neck well massif and the Pope and grupa broad. The tail is amputated two-thirds of its length.

The favorite colors they are the lead, the grey and black (sometimes with small white markings on the chest and the tip of the fingers), the fawn, the mahogany, the Fawn and stag.

All cloaks can be atigrados, but the possibility of a Mastin Napolitano exit "striped" color is one in a million.


Despite its large size, no need for large spaces to be happy, because it moves shortly. Although, It is important to set a relaxed routine daily walks to help you maintain your toned muscles.

Another issue to highlight is that they significantly drool-worthy.

Character and skills

Despite his surly and even fierce aspect, Mastiff Napolitano is a peaceful dog, balanced, sweet, fell, very affectionate with the master and friend of children.

Never behaves aggressively without a real reason, But if he were to have the answer, It could be terrible.

Its temperament is peaceful, but it may become aggressive if its owner is not able to educate him with wisdom and responsibility.

Due to its structure it solid, its movement is heavy and clumsy, but appearance because it is aware of its size and enough to see him interact with children to confirm (disarms in delicacy).

Has been dog of war, combat in the circus, auxiliary police, dog sledge drag, company and personal defense dog. Currently is what you train as guardian of houses and farms and it can be seen more and more as a companion dog.

In fact, is more a dog guard to company or exhibition. Of the molossians foster, It is the quietest character.

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Otros nombres: Italian Bulldog / Italian Mastiff / Mastino Napoletano / Italian Molosso / Can’e presa / Neapolitanischer Mastiff / Mâtin Napolitain.

Group 2 / Section 2 – molosoides and mountain dogs.

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