The Neapolitan Mastiff is registered as a separate breed from the Mastiff. They may have originated in Italy as they are said to have been used as combat dogs by Roman soldiers. Armies in those days marched from town to town on foot, so the dogs had to be fit - not couch potatoes. We need to ensure this breed has adequate exercise.
The Neapolitan Mastiffs have big heads with lots of loose skin hanging down from the upper lips and neck. The head is wrinkled. The wrinkles should be checked regularly in case they harbour insects or skin trouble.
Because of their massive size, they are intimidating dogs until one gets to know them. They love to go for long walks. The coat is short and can be grey, black, red or fawn.
Puppies should be fed on dog food formulated for large breeds.
Height: 65 - 75 cms at shoulder.
Neapolitan mastiff puppy, at two months
Nera is the mother of these puppies
Eros, an adult Neapolitan Mastiff
The name of this breed is often mis-spelled eg napolitan, nepolitan, mastif. It's Neapolitan mastiff!
Picture the dogs flanking the soldiers as the army marches along the dusty road. They had no map. Maybe God led them on. Psalm 68:7: O God, when You went forth before your people, when You marched through the wilderness; the earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God.