Neapolitan Mastiff Puppies

Photo of Neapolitan Mastiff

An intelligent, loving, and protective breed

These loyal and kind dogs are excellent and intimidating intruders and watch over the fort while you're away. If you need an ally to keep the burglars away or the kids off your lawn, the Neapolitan Mastiff will do a job finer than any other canine around.

Neapolitan Mastiff At a Glance

Photo of Neapolitan Mastiff Photo of Neapolitan Mastiff Photo of Neapolitan Mastiff Photo of Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff At a Glance

  • Size: 24"-31" 110-150 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 7-9 years
  • Energy Level: low
  • Coat: Short, smooth, and straight
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
  • Common Nicknames:

Neapolitan Mastiff Breed Guide

Learn More About Neapolitan Mastiffs

  • Temperament

    For generations, the Neapolitan Mastiff was bred to be a family guardian. As a result, this breed is fiercely loyal and dedicated to its family and is naturally wary of strangers. While they tolerate acquaintances, Neos tend to dislike the entry of anybody else into the family circle or “pack.” The Neapolitan Mastiff is a dog who prefers to spend its time at home, and its need to be with its family at all times can cause separation anxiety. Although these dogs are gentle with children, their sheer size can lead to mishaps. Neapolitan Mastiffs may not get along with other dogs, especially dominant ones. That said, these pups should be properly socialized at a young age because of their size.

  • Health

    Sadly, these dogs often face a considerable amount of health issues, if you don't consider the low age. They often face problems with their hips and joints, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and ‘cherry eye.’

  • Activity Level

    These are very low-level dogs that don't have a lot of energy often. They're famous for lounging about and guarding a single spot as they bathe in the sun or nap on the stoop of the porch.

  • Grooming

    It’s not hard to groom these dogs once you get around all the flaps and folds of skin. Loose hair often gets stuck in their folds, but if they shake a few good times, it should do more than take care of the problem.

  • Shedding

    These dogs don't shed a lot; what they do shed often gets trapped in their folds.

  • Appearance

    These short-haired dogs are normally darker in color. Their skin is always loose and baggy, ending in folds around their body that hang off them. Very droopy and ‘melty’ skin and fur appearance.

  • History

    The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the oldest dog breeds around. In fact, images of similar-looking canines who served the Roman Empire as battle dogs, gladiators, and security dogs can be seen in artwork dating back to 3000 B.C. After being rediscovered in Southern Italy during the 1940s, these dogs were bred to be estate guard dogs, but they didn't first appear in the United States until the 1970s. The Neapolitan Mastiff was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2004 as a part of the Working Group.