Breed of the week. The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan mastiff (or as it is also called – Mastino Neapolitano) is a brutal and massive dog with a sad expression of a folded muzzle.

May 28, 2021

The Neapolitan mastiff is a large dog with thick skin hanging down in folds. The country of origin of Mastino Neapolitano is considered to be Italy.

There is an opinion that the ancestors of the breed were fighting dogs that fought together with the legionaries of Ancient Rome. Dogs were also used in dogfights – bets were placed on them, and the winner could bring his master a large amount of money.

The average height of Neapolitan mastiffs is 65-75 cm, weight – from 50 to 70 kg. Despite its impressive size and ferocious appearance, the mastino has such virtues as affection and loyalty.

This breed is versatile: the mastiff combines the abilities of a hunter, a watchman and a companion. Aggression does not flow in their blood – these dogs are not evil, balanced and well-managed. With professional training, the Mastino Neapolitano will become an obedient, friendly and gentle pet. Attached to the family of the owner, he is wary of strangers. It is not bad for other animals in the house: it is tolerant of rodents, birds, and cats.

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