An ancient breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff’s lineage can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia and Asia – to the dogs of war used by the Roman army.
The breed later existed on estates and farms in northern Italy, designed to be imposing in appearance for use as a defender of owner and property.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy-boned, massive, awe inspiring dog. He is characterized by loose skin, over the body and folds on the head and a voluminous dewlap. The essence of the Neapolitan is his bestial appearance, astounding head and imposing size and attitude. Due to his massive structure, his characteristic movement is rolling, not elegant or showy. The Neapolitan Mastiff is not a breed for everyone,certainly not for the house proud as there will be drool but is very loyal, calm and affectionate breed.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a guardian breed and a natural guard that can be dog dominant and being a large heavy dog space and time is a consideration and needs an owner that is kind firm and consistent with basic training.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is surprisingly healthy and sound for a dog of this size,the skin contrary to belief is not a problem as a rule other than the very occasional cases of fungal infection that is easily treated. A very common issue is 'Cherry Eye' which can occur when the gland prolapses and appears as a cherry, hence the name, in the corner of the eye this must be removed by a vet, not stitched down.