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Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiffs are not only distinctive-looking, they also move in a highly original way. When walking, they travel at a measured pace, rather like a bear or a big cat.

About the Neapolitan Mastiff

Intelligent, steady, and loyal, lacking in aggression or snappiness unless provoked, Neapolitan Mastiffs are majestic and noble dogs that carry more of an implied threat, which makes them well suited to guarding and protective duties.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the oldest breeds native to Italy. Despite their imposing size and looks, these dogs are known to be incredibly gentle and calm. That being said, due to their size and strength, they are not suited to first-time owners.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Italy
Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
Very large
Avg life expectancy
8–10 years

Alert / Calm / Confident / Friendly / Gentle / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Sociable

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Enjoys training
  • Needs a lot of space

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