The Neapolitan Mastiff has a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years.
The Neapolitan Mastiff descends from the ancient Molossus. When the Romans defeated the Greeks, they began using the Molossus for hunting large prey and fighting. As they conquered more of Europe, the Romans continued to breed the Molossus with other large dogs they discovered. Eventually, several breeds of Molossus-like dogs emerged.
As the centuries passed, farmers in southern Italy began to selectively breed the Molossus to be a better companion. They wanted to retain the size and guardian instincts associated with the Molossus, but develop a temperament that was more family-friendly. Eventually they created what is now known as the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a massive dog that weighs 110 to 150 pounds and measures 24 to 31 inches.
The Neapolitan Mastiff has a short, thick coat that sheds moderately. The Neapolitan Mastiff just needs a weekly brushing and a bath when dirty. Like all dogs, the Neapolitan Mastiff also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is protective, but peaceful.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a gentle giant with a heart of gold. They have no idea how large they are and love nothing more than to cuddle and act like a lap dog. Neapolitan Mastiffs have a deep affection for their families and especially adore children.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not aggressive and can better be described as calm and even tempered. However, they are still guard dogs. Neapolitan Mastiffs are naturally protective and because they love their family so much, they are suspicious of new people.
The Neapolitan Mastiff does best with an experienced dog owner. The Neapolitan Mastiff wants to be the dominant member of the family and requires a firm and confident leader. Although the Neapolitan Mastiff requires a certain amount of assertive training, they should never be treated harshly or they can shut down. Like all dogs, the Neapolitan Mastiff responds better to positive reinforcement like praise and treats.
As a puppy, the Neapolitan Mastiff is energetic, but tends to get lazy later on. They need a daily walk for their health, but are fairly laidback and sedentary.