Temperament Of The Neapolitan Mastiff
Despite such large size and massive look, Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are friendly and calm in temperament. They are not aggressive and get along well with children. However, they demand timely and early socialization with people and other pets. They are great protection and watch dogs, but they do not bark much. These dogs need strong human leadership and proper and early obedience training.
Description Of The Neapolitan Mastiff
The best word to describe Neapolitan Mastiff is already used in the name of this dog breed. It is massive, which is Mastiff. The dogs are large, squarely built and massive. The head look a bit too large for the body of a Neapolitan Mastiff. They have lots of hanging skin and skin folds on their bodies. Neapolitan Mastiff puppies are born with blue eyes, which later on turn dark.
The coat of Neapolitan Mastiff dogs is smooth and short. It comes in a variety of colors, such as black, gray, blue, etc.
Dimensions Of The Neapolitan Mastiff
The height of Neapolitan Mastiff dogs ranges from 24 to 30 inches. Bitches grow a bit lower, than dogs. Neapolitan Mastiff dogs may get to up to 165 pounds in weight. However, some males grow up to be even larger. The largest known Neapolitan Mastiff dog was 200 pounds in weight.
Breed History Of The Neapolitan Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiff is a very ancient breed of dogs. This particular Mastiff breed was preserved only in one region of the world, in Campania. In all other regions of Europe, this breed got extinct. Neapolitan Mastiffs are direct descendants of Roman Molossus. These dogs were preserved and bred in Campania for over 2 000 of years. As all Mastiff breeds of dogs, Neapolitan Mastiff breed came from Tibetan dogs, supposedly brought to Europe by Greeks in ancient times.