Neapolitan Mastiff

History/Evolution:

An ancient breed with roots going back to war dogs used by the Romans, the Neapolitan Mastiff retreated into obscurity until the breed was rediscovered in Italy in the 1940s. With its massive size and imposing look created by its loose folds of skin, the Neapolitan is a daunting and commanding guard of livestock, estate, master, and family. The AKC recognized the Neapolitan Mastiff as a member of the Working Group in 2004.


Size:

Giant; females 24 to 29 inches, 110 pounds; males 26 to 31 inches, 150 pounds.

Color:

Gray, black, mahogany and tawny; with or without brindling.

Temperament:

Watchful, steady, and loyal to owner; calm yet wary. Good with children, but can be overprotective, and massive size can cause accidents. Does not get along with other dogs.

Energy level:

Low.

Best owner:

Owner with a large home and no other pets; sufficient financial resources for food and vet bills.

Needs:

Roomy living quarters, minimal exercise, drool and food cleanup.

Life expectancy:

8 to 10 years.