The Neapolitan Mastiff originated as a guard dog for old Italian estates, and can trace his roots back to fierce ancient Roman army dogs. We can find likenesses of the Neapolitan Mastiff dating back to 3000 B.C. in paintings and statues depicting the giant war dogs of Egypt, Persia and Asia.
Known as the “extraordinary dog of the ordinary man,” this breed is unique in its massive size and fearless attitude – they generally weigh between 110 and 155 lbs!
He is first and foremost a loyal protector of family, and will perform this job tirelessly. Due to his formidable size and strength, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not a good choice for a first-time dog owner. He needs a firm, steady leader and appropriate obedience training. He is also not a good choice for families with small children, as he may not recognize his own size or strength.
The Neapolitan Mastiff has low exercise requirements – a daily walk or two is all that is needed. They are prone to skin infections due to their heavy skin folds, so frequent bathing may be needed.
Giant though they are, Neapolitan Mastiffs are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Neapolitan Mastiffs are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion, ectropion and cherry eye; joint conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia; and skin conditions such as skin fold dermatitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Neapolitan Mastiff inherits more than just a large build, you’re covered.