Unless you’ve been to Jurassic Park, you’ve never seen anything like a Neapolitan Mastiff. These majestic guardians of startling appearance are massive, powerful dogs. The U.S. Neapolitan Mastiff Club describes their dog’s head as “astounding”—and give them credit for hitting upon just the right adjective. The profuse hanging wrinkles and folds, and pendulous lips, make the Neapolitan Mastiff look like a marzipan Mastiff that’s been out in the sun too long. And yet, the breed’s inner dignity and nobility can only be described as beautiful.
It’s fun inventing new ways to describe this astonishing dog, but acquiring a Mastino should be the product of serious consideration. If you've read our pages devoted to other big protective breeds, you already know how important it is to apply firm training and socialization early, while the pup is still small enough to handle. Mastinos might not be a good fit for novice dog owners. But for experienced big-dog owners looking for something different, the Mastino is as different as it gets.
Did You Know?
The Neapolitan Mastiff is AKC's 152nd breed.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient breed, rediscovered in Italy in the 1940's.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is characterized by massiveness and loose folds of skin.
In Italian, the Neapolitan Mastiff is known as the "Mastino Napoletano."
The Neapolitan Mastiff can weigh over 150 lbs.
The Neapolitan Mastiff was originally bred as a guard dog of owner and property.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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