Routine Care: Neapolitan Mastiffs have a tendency to be lazy, so you must ensure they receive adequate exercise by providing daily walks and ample room to play. They can also be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress. It's also important to check their eyes and skin folds often, be sure to keep them clean.
Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Neapolitan Mastiffs generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Neapolitan Mastiffs are usually watchful and calm, but they can be dominant and jealous. With early socialization and training, they can make a loving and peaceful family pet.
• Formidable guard dog; highly territorial
• Trusting and affectionate
• Confident, steady, and fearless
• Even temper and gentle disposition
• Quiet—not much of a barker
• Devoted, loyal, and protective
• Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
• Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership
• May be aggressive toward people and dogs
• Can be gassy and drool a lot
• Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and she may snore
• Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble
Whether you are considering adding a new Neapolitan Mastiff to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Neapolitan Mastiff will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Neapolitan Mastiff you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Neapolitan Mastiff could encounter:
The Neapolitan Mastiff can trace its roots back to the Roman Army, but are better known as estate guard dogs in Italy. They are commonly referred to as “Italian Mastiffs” or “Mastinos.” The Neapolitan Mastiff is instinctively protective and watchful of its family and territory. They have a moderate energy level and can seem lazy, but are able to spring into action if needed.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are slow to mature, and they remain in puppyhood until they are three years old. They love children, but their large size can cause accidents. The Neapolitan Mastiff is not recommended for first-time dog owners or families with small children. With strong leadership, they are an intelligent, mild-mannered, and an affectionate companion.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Neapolitan Mastiff shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough
• Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Red blob at the corner of the eye
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• General reluctance to run or play
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Any new or changing lumps or bumps