Neopolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
Neopolitan Mastiff Dog Classification:
Neopolitan Mastiffs are guard dogs.
Other Names: Mastino Neapolitano, Italian
Mastiff, Mastino, Italian Bulldog, Italian Molosso,
Mastiff in Foreign Languages:
Japanese: masuchifu, masutifu
Latin: canis villaticus, canis Anglicus
Old English: ry■■a, ro■hund
Spanish: mastÝn, alano
Origins: Neopolitan Mastiffs were initially
bred as fighting dogs, but was also used to pull
carts and guard stock.
Description: Neopolitan Mastiffs are large
boned, powerfully built dogs. They have excessive
skin similar to a Shar Pei that falls into folds.
Neopolitan Mastiffs have a large broad skull,
with a square muzzle and tiny triangular ears.
Size: Neopolitan Mastiffs weigh 110 to
155 lbs, they stand 24 to 31 inches tall at the
||130 to 155 lbs
||26 to 31 inches tall
||110 to 130 lbs
||24 to 29 inches tall
Coat: Neopolitan Mastiffs have short,
silky coats. Neopolitan Mastiffs can come in black,
blue, all shades of grey, from fawn through to
red, and brindle.
Disposition: Neopolitan mastiffs are fearless
and highly protective of their family and territory.
Neopolitan Mastiffs are sweet natured with children,
they can be stubborn but are obedient once trained.
Type Dog: Neopolitan Mastiffs are working
Litter Size: Neopolitan Mastiffs give
birth to litters of 6 to 12 puppies.
Behavior: Neopolitan Mastiffs should be
socialized early so they do not become overly
protective. Neopolitan Mastiffs have a high pain
tolerance due to their fighting background.
Traits: Fearless, protective, alert
Country of Origin: Italy
Life Span: Neopolitan Mastiffs live 9
to 15 years.
Club Recognitions: FCI, AKC, ANKC, CKC,
KC (UK), NZKC, UKC