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. They can be trained as guard dogs to protect people or property. Neapolitan Mastiffs need a lot of daily exercise. They are directly descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, one of the oldest dog breeds.
Standards[change | change source]
According to American Kennel Club (AKC) standards, 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]
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- Gino Pugnetti; Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980), p. 67
- "American Kennel Club Neapolitan Mastiff Breed Standards". Akc.org. Retrieved 20 February 2015.