Neapolitan Mastiff
Italia FCI 197 - Molosoids - Mastiff

Mastín Napolitano

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


History “Neapolitan Mastiff”

The Neapolitan Mastiff, like all broadcast, most likely descends from the molossus Tibetan. 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 -. 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, that the “Neapolitan Mastiff” has lived 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 the Neapolitan Mastiff during the postwar period, and he did so on the basis of the few copies remaining.

Physical characteristics

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The Mastino Napoletano impresses even from a distance with his impressive physique. Especially the huge head stands out. It is a typical molossian head, but he has particularly pronounced full lips. Her facial expression is cold and relaxed, his overall impression is impressive. Its coat is short and smooth.

Modern breeding has given Mastino Napoletano an excess of loose skin, that borders on the torture of the young. For animal welfare reasons only, one must make sure that the skin is taut and there are not too many wrinkles and folds. Only slight wrinkles should be allowed in the neck area and on the dewlap.. Especially the head has raised an overabundance of skin and wrinkles in recent decades., partly so extreme that dogs can barely see due to all the wrinkles. In addition, severe wrinkles are a treasure for infections and itchiness.

According to the standard official of the breed the males of Neapolitan Mastiff They must be measured of 66 - 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 - 68 cm.. The weight of the males due of 60 - 70 Kg and females of 50 - 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 that a Neapolitan Mastiff come out color "brindle" 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, the Neapolitan Mastiff 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.

A Neapolitan Mastiff serious upbringing is, therefore, educated, an extremely simple dog. Here and there the fat man is a bit stubborn. Only if it is good to persuade and ask for help, then it will do everything for its owner or caretaker. As a family member, is extremely adorable. He seeks the proximity of his humans and is a reliable protector.

In case of acute threat to your humans, will try to keep danger away from them by facing the attacker with his body, but it won't attack him anymore. Does all of this quietly. Barks very rarely. His calm and serene temperament makes him a loyal and child-friendly companion, who forgives everything. Towards strangers, However, is initially waiting and watching. The Neapolitan Mastiff he's a cool guy and a fascinating dog.

Not an easy dog ​​to keep just because of his strength. By its nature it has very few demands. A daily walk, sometimes brushing the coat, that is all. Only food is a certain challenge in terms of quantity and quality. You don't need a big garden, but a garden is already useful. A small apartment on the nth floor would not be suitable. The Neapolitan Mastiff he's a great partner, but it is not a companion for runners, dog athletes or performance junkies.


It must be remembered that in a Neapolitan Mastiff adult, the line is just a symbolic control. Large dog easily has the power to maneuver the other end of the leash at will. But he doesn't want, at least if you have enjoyed the basics of a good education. The Neapolitan Mastiff it is very easy to train. Only his stubbornness has to be broken here and there with consistent smoothness. He wants to follow his master and mistress and he does it very reliably. It is an elementary duty of an owner of Neapolitan Mastiff pay attention to a consistent education already in the puppy. Because only education and not the leash makes wonderful walks in nature possible, that together with this calm four-legged friend they become a balm for the soul of agitated people.

Care and health “Neapolitan Mastiff”

Caring for a Neapolitan Mastiff healthy breed is not problematic. Brushing your coat here and there is enough.

Bad habit of extremely strong folding of the head and body often leads to chronic inflammation. They are usually a source of constant itching for dogs.. Sometimes it even makes vision difficult. Such dogs need expensive time and care.

Nutrition “Neapolitan Mastiff”

You need a lot of high quality food. Having a raised feeding bowl is helpful to counteract the risk of stomach twisting. Weight must always be carefully considered.

Life expectancy “Neapolitan Mastiff”

Breeding mistakes have cost this dog, formerly robust, many years of his life expectancy. Before they were 12, today they are more likely to be 6 - 9 years. However, exact data not available.

Buy a “Neapolitan Mastiff”

Buying a Neapolitan Mastiff it must be long-term and well considered. You should carefully check if you have all the requirements to be able to spend many wonderful years with this strong friend. Financially also attitude is challenging. If you are looking for a puppy, you must make sure that the dogs are not too massive and wrinkled. You must ask about the ancestors, its appearance, their illnesses, your age. To get a Neapolitan Mastiff solid character, you should just look directly at a serious breeder. For animal welfare reasons you should refrain from buying puppies from parents with severe wrinkles. A puppy Neapolitan Mastiff from a good breeder costs about 2.500 EUR.

Characteristics "Neapolitan Mastiff"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Neapolitan Mastiff" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
  • Section 2.1: Molossian, Dogue type. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossoid, mastiff type.
    • AKC – Dogs working
    • ANKC – Group 6 (utility dogs)
    • CKC – Working dogs
    • ​KC – Working dogs
    • NZKC – Utility dog
    • UKC – Guard dog

    FCI breed standard "Neapolitan Mastiff"


    Alternative names:

      1. Mastino Napoletano Italian (English).
      2. Mâtin de Naples, Napolitain (French).
      3. Neapolitanischer Mastiff (German).
      4. Mastino napoletano, Neapolitan mastiff (Portuguese).
      5. Mastín napolitano (Spanish).
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