Neapolitan Mastiff

You will fall in love with its clumsiness!

Country of Origin: Italy

Dog Group: Working

Origin of Name: The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino Napoletano gets its name from Naples, the city in Italy which is associated with the origin of this breed. ‘Neapolitan’ means ‘of Naples’. Despite centuries of popularity throughout Europe, this breed was almost lost after World War II. After the war, Italian painter Piero Scanziani established a breeding kennel to turn the mastiff-type dogs of Italy into a formal breed thereafter named the Neapolitan Mastiff.


A bit low

Monthly keeping cost







Tendency to Bark:

very less

Life Span-9 to 10 years


About Neapolitan Mastiff:
The giant, lumbering Neapolitan Mastiff has inspired awe throughout history. Don’t let that gait mislead you into mistaking this breed for a slow, lazy one; this is the confidence they have in the power of their stride. That said, Neos do have one little identity crisis: their affectionate nature often leads them to believe that they are massive lap dogs.

Often referred to as ‘the big dog of the little man’, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a large piece of history that seems to have simply lumbered into the present. Their ancestry is thought to date back to 3000 BCE, the beginning of the Bronze Age. Mastiff-type dogs have existed for millennia and the first mastiffs are believed to have been developed in Tibet about 5,000 years ago. The giant dogs were bred to be used in battle and as guard dogs, both tasks well suited to their loyal personality and natural guarding instincts. The dog we now know as the Neapolitan Mastiff was developed in Naples, Italy, from which region the breed gets its name.

The Neo’s most defining feature is its numerous luscious folds of skin. This may be a challenge while grooming, but adds to that wise, all-knowing aura of this brave dog. When you’ve gotten over the Neo’s coat, you will arrive at a puddle of drool that will keep you occupied for a lot of the Neo’s life. Cleanliness freaks need not apply to live with a Neo.

Visits to Groomer-Medium



Tolerance to heat-Get a heatstroke

Tolerance to cold- Loves snow

Exercise Requirement-Lots

Under Coat-No


Coat Type-Short

Hair Length-Short

Hair Density-Sparse

Neapolitan Mastiffs are prone to some hereditary health issues, most notable amongst them. Some of the common health problem are :-

Hip dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia

Cherry eye

Cleft palate

Fold Dermatitis

Skin infection

Neos are not good for first time pet families, as bringing them up can be tricky, if you haven’t done it before. Neos are very wary of strangers, which is great if they are to be guard dogs, but something of a challenge if yours is the kind of household where a variety of people and animals visit regularly. Because of their clumsy size, Neos are not considered the best pet to have around very small children.

Training & Intelligence
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a fairly intelligent breed, but training is not exactly a breeze with them. Don’t be deceived by those wise eyes; they are slow learners. This does not mean that they are not trainable. A firm yet patient training routine with lots of positive reinforcement to encourage desired behaviour is the best way to a well-behaved Neo.

Litter Size-6 to 9 puppies (approximately)

Complication in Breeding-No

A Neo takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dog after at least two years of age. If you are first-timer at breeding, then taking a vet’s opinion is advisable.

Neapolitan Mastiff Profile


Less friend


Not easy to train
Fairly intelligent

Litter Size


Not easy to groom
Medium Grooming Required


Protect their family

Veterinarian Visits


Neapolitan Mastiff Image Gallery

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