Neapolitan Mastiff

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 1in - 2ft 7in
Weight: 110-150lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years

Behavior

  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly1/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need2/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance1/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Neapolitan Mastiff Information

Neapolitan MastiffIf you had to describe the Neapolitan Mastiff in two words, they would be “large” and “wrinkled.” The breed weighs in at 130-150 pounds for males and 110-130 pounds for females. The dog’s massive body is offset by loose skin draped all over his body, most notably around his giant, blocky head.

As far as personality goes, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a dignified, loyal dog that makes an excellent member of any family – as long as you have the room! For more than 2,000 years the breed was used as a guard dog on Italian farms and estates, and if you take one home, he’ll serve as your loyal protector!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Neapolitan Mastiffs be apartment dogs?

Neapolitan Mastiffs aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Neapolitan Mastiffs be left alone?

While Neapolitan Mastiffs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Neapolitan Mastiffs good with kids?

Neapolitan Mastiffs can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Neapolitan Mastiffs friendly with strangers?

Neapolitan Mastiffs tend to be very slow to warm up to strangers. They require long periods of exposure before they will trust somone.

Do Neapolitan Mastiffs get along with other dogs?

Neapolitan Mastiffs aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Neapolitan Mastiffs bark a lot?

Neapolitan Mastiffs don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Neapolitan Mastiffs shed a lot?

Neapolitan Mastiffs shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Neapolitan Mastiffs need a lot of grooming?

Neapolitan Mastiffs don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Neapolitan Mastiffs need a lot of exercise?

Neapolitan Mastiffs don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Neapolitan Mastiffs easy to train?

Most Neapolitan Mastiffs are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Neapolitan Mastiffs handle cold weather?

Although Neapolitan Mastiffs can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Neapolitan Mastiffs handle hot weather?

It's best not to have a Neapolitan Mastiff in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.

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