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Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient dog breed with a large body and formidable appearance. It is generally used as a guardian dog for protection of family, livestock or valuable property.

About the Neapolitan Mastiff Breed

This awesome breed has a fascinating history; it was used to fight ferocious lions by Roman rulers. These big breeds are descendants of ancient Tibet. Later, the Greeks introduced these massive brutes to the Romans who eagerly adopted them for combat purposes.

Physical Features of Neapolitan Mastiff Dogs

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a solemn-faced, powerful and massive looking dog. It has a rectangular and muscular body structure with a large head and wrinkled face. These wrinkles are also apparent near the chin and neck area. It has a prominent nose with a thick tail. The rough looking coat is very dense and soft to touch. The regular Neapolitan Mastiff is blue or black in color. Chocolate colored Mastiffs are uncommon.

Neapolitan Mastiff as Pet Dogs

The female of the species would make a better pet than the males. Females are generally more submissive to the family and its master. Mastiffs are very affectionate towards children, but it is advisable not to ridicule or tease these brutes. Mastiffs fairly get along with other pets of non-canine variety. Mastiff breed dogs as pets are not meant for everyone. They do adjust to apartment lifestyle if they get good outdoor exercise as well. If you have them as pets, then make sure you build a good doghouse with warm beddings for the winter.

Behavioral Pattern of Neapolitan Mastiff Dogs

Although these dogs are brutal in appearance, they are relatively calm and peace-loving breed. They are very affectionate with family members and children. Neapolitan Mastiff has a protective nature being a natural guard dog. Mastiffs are witty and headstrong. They do not bark much, but are wary of newcomers. The males display more aggression and dominance than their female counterparts. They like to be respected and treated well. These dogs need to have an active social life, otherwise they become very over-protective.

Specific Neapolitan Mastiff Traits

Mastiffs have a short lifespan of 9 to 10 years. Where adult dogs need lots of exercise, young Mastiffs should have only limited exercise, so that they develop a good bone structure.

Dogs are known to be best companions for human beings; even a big brute like Mastiff could give much solace and love to its master.

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