Neapolitan Mastiff

Other names : Mâtin napolitain, Mâtin de Naples, Mastino Napoletano

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Life expectancy

The Neapolitan Mastiff has a life expectancy of between 8 and 10 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 27 in
Male Between 26 and 30 in

Adult weight

Female Between 110 and 132 lb
Male Between 132 and 154 lb
Coat colour
Black Blue Red
Type of coat
Very short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Neapolitan Mastiff costs between £1330 and £1370

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More details about the Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff: Origins and history

Like all Molossers, the Neapolitan Mastiff most likely descends from the old Tibetan Molossus: they lived in southern Italy for at least 2,000 years BC. At the time of the second world war, the breed was close to extinction: it was recovered and saved in 1946 by the Italian writer and dog lover Piero Scanziani, who reconstructed the breed from the few remaining dogs. The breed was officially recognised in 1956.

Training a Neapolitan Mastiff

Able to be quite stubborn at times, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not to be put in the hands of a beginner, who could quickly be overpowered. Sometimes temperamental, this dog needs clearly defined boundaries from an early age. Given their imposing size when fully grown, the Neapolitan Mastiff puppy must conform to the needs of their adoptive family.
The key points to work on positively, consistently and early on are: walking on a lead without pulling, avoiding lagging behind the dog during walks and to prevent their very protective nature from excessively impacting their owner’s daily lives, especially during socialisation.
Although firm, training methods must always be positive. The slightest cruelty would only destroy the dog-owner relationship that must be based on mutual respect and trust.

Neapolitan Mastiff: Purchase price

The price of a Neapolitan Mastiff varies according to the origin, age and sex. A pedigree usually costs around £1,370.

Regarding the average budget needed to meet the needs of a dog this size, it would cost approximately £70 a month.

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