Neapolitan Mastiff

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Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff or Italian Mastiff, (Italian: Mastino Napoletano) is a large, ancient dog breed. This large breed is often used as a guard dog and family protector. Despite their looks, they are a big gentle dog with family and friends.[1] They can be trained as guard dogs to protect people or property.[1] Neapolitan Mastiffs need a lot of daily exercise.[1] They are directly descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, one of the oldest dog breeds.[1]

Standards[change | change source]

According to American Kennel Club (AKC) standards,[2] male Neapolitan Mastiffs should measure 26–31 inches (66–79 cm) at the withers. They should weigh 130–155 pounds (60-70 kg). Females should measure 24–29 inches (61–74 cm). They should weigh 110–130 pounds (50–60 kg). Body length should be 10–15% greater than height.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gino Pugnetti; Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980), p. 67
  2. "American Kennel Club Neapolitan Mastiff Breed Standards". Akc.org. Retrieved 20 February 2015.