The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large, ancient breed of dog that originated in the Italian city of Naples. Neapolitan Mastiffs are popular for being gentle family dogs and service animals.
It would be difficult to imagine any other dog type more suitable for life as a loving family companion. In addition to being gentle and good with children, mastiffs also rank very high in intelligence.
Speaking about an excellent guard dog, a Neapolitan Mastiff should not only be your new best friend, but they will also protect you from intruders.
Interesting Facts about the Neapolitan Mastiff:
- Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the giant dog breeds. The adult male weighs about 70 kg and the female 60kg.
- According to the American Kennel Club, the Neapolitan Mastiff has the longest history of any dog.
- Initially, the Neapolitan Mastiff was for hunting boar in Southern Italy.
- The Neapolitan Mastiffs have gentle dispositions and are excellent with children.
- The breed also excels at search-and-rescue work.
- The Neapolitan Mastiff can guard property and livestock excellently.
- A Neopolitan Mastiff’s loose skin is actually a form of protection! When the enemy attacks, the loose skin makes it look like it has many more legs and teeth than it does.
- The life span of a Neapolitan Mastiff is 8 to 10 years in average home conditions.
- The average litter size for these dogs is four to six puppies, with six being on the high end. Some litters can have as many as ten puppies, but this is very rare in this breed.