Nothing can upset this dog: the Neapolitan Mastiff is downright stoic and seems quite aware of his imposing appearance. His power and strength need sovereign leadership. If this is the case, the good-natured four-legged friend becomes a loyal family member.
Leisurely Italian with ancient ancestry
The Neapolitan Mastiff is considered the descendant of Roman Molosser dogs, which accompanied the ancient legions on their campaigns and fought in the arenas against wild animals and gladiators. For centuries in southern Italy, it served as a loyal guard and guard dog on farms. Even today, the Neapolitan Mastiff is widespread in the region around Naples.
Controlled breeding began in Italy in 1947; In 1956 the breed was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). In Germany, this imposing, good-natured four-legged friend is considered a rare dog breed. It has been included in the “list of dangerous dog breeds” in some federal states.
Nature of the Neapolitan Mastiff
Despite its “fighting” ancestors, the Neapolitan Mastiff is an extremely relaxed, calm, and friendly representative. He loves his family more than anything and is loyal to his owner. However, he protects his territory with toughness and determination.
Intelligent, alert, and good-natured – this is how a consistently raised Neapolitan Mastiff shows itself in everyday life. Today he is mostly kept as a family and companion dog: he is friendly and patient towards children. However, you should never leave children alone with a dog of this size and strength. He looks at strangers with shyness and distrust. Encounters with conspecifics are often exhausting, since male dogs, in particular, can be very dominant.
Training of the Neapolitan Mastiff
Dogs like the Neapolitan Mastiff have enormous power, which the owner must control through consistent training and steer in the right direction. The dog must obey your commands absolutely because, in a literal showdown on the leash, the Mastino will always emerge victoriously.
When training this sometimes stubborn dog breed, you should first acquire the relevant specialist knowledge or consult an experienced dog trainer. Treat your Mastino respectfully and fairly, not harshly or unfairly. As with many other dog breeds, improper handling can lead to aggressiveness. Early socialization with conspecifics and people is of enormous importance for everyday life with the Mastino.
The Neapolitan Mastiff’s favorite pastime is guarding its territory. Ideally, therefore, he lives on a fenced plot. Long walks and hikes at a leisurely pace are just the things for the easy-going dog – they are by no means, endurance athletes!
Care of the Neapolitan Mastiff
The care of the short coat is uncomplicated; brushing once a week is sufficient. You should pay more attention to the many skin folds: you have to check them regularly for inflammation.