Naples Mastiff

Other names: Neapolitan Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff

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The Naples Mastiff is a very large dog, with a particularly imposing appearance. With a powerful and heavy frame, it presents a massive and stocky body. His gait is also quite characteristic: at a walk, his way of walking slowly is reminiscent of that of a lion. At the trot, we observe a thrust of the hind limbs and a significant extension of the forelegs.



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Hair type Short
Origin Italy
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 50 kg to 60 kg From 60 cm to 68 cm
Male From 60 kg to 70 kg From 65 cm to 75 cm
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History of the breed

The Naples Mastiff is native to the south of the Italian peninsula , as its name suggests. He is one of the direct descendants of the great mastiffs used by the Roman legions , alongside whom he has long served as a fighting and guard dog. It thus spread throughout Europe, following the military conquests of the Roman Empire.

Gradually he was assigned to guard cattle herds, farms and homes. The breed then went into decline starting in the 19th century . A renewed interest in the breed was observed after the end of the 2nd World War, in particular thanks to the work of the doggie writer Piero Scanziani who had started to select the best specimens since the beginning of the 1930s. The FCI recognized the breed definitively on March 8, 1956.

Naples Mastiff Pictures

Photo of Bruce, Naples MastiffPhoto by Jazz, Mâtin de NaplesPhoto of Eden, Mastiff of NaplesPhoto of Aurus, Naples MastiffPhoto by Doc, Naples MastiffPhoto of Sarko, Naples Mastiff

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Physical features

His hair: short (1.5 cm maximum), hard and rough to the touch, dense, uniformly smooth and fine, without any fringe.
Its color: gray, leaden gray, black, brown, fawn, with possibly small white marks on the chest and at the fingertips. These colors can be brindle.
His head: short, massive, with a very supple, sagging skin endowed with significant folds and wrinkles. The skull is broad, flat. The stop is well marked.
His ears: relatively small, triangular, flat and lying against the cheeks while falling.
Her eyes: wide apart, slightly sunken, an iris color darker than that of the dress.
His body: 10% longer than the height at the withers. The back is wide, the rib cage is ample, the croup is wide and well muscled, the chest is open and has good musculature.
Its tail: very thick at its base, strong, its thickness tapering towards its end. Of good length, reaching the hock joint. Scope hanging and in saber at rest. Raised horizontally or slightly higher than the back when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Naples Mastiff is an extremely dissuasive and reliable watchdog . If his impressive physique pleads in his favor in this area, his character is not to be outdone: loyal , vigilant and naturally suspicious of strangers , he instinctively protects his master, to whom he is very attached, as well as his family. and his house. As long as he doesn’t feel any threat, he’s never aggressive or biting.

The Naples Mastiff is endowed with a fairly assertive personality and may even have a tendency to want to establish his domination over his congeners of the same sex. He is, however, rather gentle with children, making him a great companion dog for the whole family.

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The education of the Mastiff of Naples must be firm. Otherwise, he risks taking advantage of his imposing size to gain the upper hand as he grows up. Well educated and socialized, he poses no particular problem in his behavior.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Due to its imposing stature, the Naples Mastiff is not made for apartment living . Although not the sportiest of dogs, they do need space and freedom of movement . A house with a large fenced garden is therefore perfect for him. He also needs a master who knows how to impose himself as a pack leader and who is able to give him a firm and balanced education from an early age.


Ease of gaining weight

Due to its large size, the Naples Mastiff is one of the breeds at risk of hip dysplasia . He may also suffer from eye disorders (entropion, ectropion, Harderian gland prolapse), skin conditions and heart problems .

In addition, it does not tolerate low temperatures quite well, its folds at the level of its eyes promote the development of eye infections . You should therefore be careful to clean your eyes as much as possible.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 5 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 8 years

Maximum: 10 years

The life expectancy of a Naples Mastiff is, on average, between 8 years and 10 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Molting of the Naples Mastiff   and his hair loss remains moderate . This dog requires little maintenance when it comes to his coat, but it should not be neglected, otherwise he could be exposed to skin diseases. Particular care must be given to its diet , especially during growth.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly in order to maintain the cleanliness of its coat and skin. His eyes should also be cleaned regularly to prevent eye problems.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,500
2000 €

The purchase price of a Naples Mastiff is between € 1,500 and € 2,000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 2,150
€ 2,250

The annual maintenance cost of a Naples Mastiff is between € 2150 and € 2250.

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Its ability to gain weight , hip dysplasia and stomach distortion are all parameters to be taken into account in the diet of the Neapolitan Mastiff. It must be rich in minerals , calcium and phosphorus during the first years of its life to ensure normal growth and consolidate its bones. Subsequently, a diet based on high quality kibble is essential for its maintenance in good health. His ration must be balanced .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Mastiff of Naples   has rather modest needs in terms of exercises and activities. It is not a question of depriving him of daily outings, which remain essential, but rather of making sure to spare his joints while avoiding him the important efforts.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1956


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