neapolitan mastiff breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid, or "Cherry Eye", is a condition in which the gland of the third eyelid slips out of place and becomes noticeable as a red mass in the corner of the eye. Correction of the condition requires surgery to replace the gland and tack it down to prevent recurrence.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

Dermatitis is simply an inflammation of the skin. This is especially common in the skin folds of the Boston Terrier, where skin rubs together and moisture is trapped. The inflamed skin is prone to fungal and bacterial infection. Special attention should be paid to the skin folds, and daily cleaning is often recommended.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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