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The Neapolitan mastiff happens to be a giant dog that is very muscular and with a rugged look. It’s look is intimidating and makes the dog scared, even though it is known to be calm, loyal, devoted, and protective. The Neapolitan mastiff is commonly used as a guard dog because, though it is faithful to its owners, it can pull down even the strongest of intruders in seconds. Discover more about our Neapolitan Mastiff puppies for sale below!
The Neapolitan mastiff is amongst the oldest and biggest breed of dogs that dates back to 700 BC, during the time of Alexander the Great. In the time past, he had a giant dog that he used as war dogs, which he was able to cross with the short-haired Indian dogs to produce the molossus breed.
He still wasn’t satisfied; he decided to cross the molossus with a much larger breed, to create a bigger and intimidating breed called the mastinos. The mastino was used by farmers, in southern Italy. They decided to create another breed similar to mastino, but more friendly and homely.
Which they succeeded in creating and named it after Naples, its city of origin, the Neapolitan mastiff. Today, the Neapolitan mastiff is a treasured dog in Italy, and it is quite expensive to acquire.
The Neapolitan mastiff is a watchdog as well as a guard dog, and it is very protective. The dog is a patient dog and not overactive. Like a loyal dog, it is content to sit at his master’s feet. But when necessary or if it notices an intruder, it can cover an ample space within a short time because it is speedy.
It happens to be a very courageous dog with an even temperament. It is not aggressive, but it is very protective of the people and property under its watch.
You need to keep introducing it to your visitors until it knows them. It also never accepts food from strangers, and it is one breed that can never be bribed.
The Neapolitan mastiff doesn’t need an ample outdoor space like most active dogs. But it needs a spacious living space that would be convenient for its massive body.
The house should be spacious enough, so it doesn’t bump into things. and if possible, stairs should be limited, so it doesn’t develop joint problems. It is quite natural for these breeds to overheat, and are most likely not suitable for hot climate. During such a period, try to provide them with cold water and sufficient shade that will block out the heat completely.
Every dog deserves to be exercised, but not in the same manner. Most dogs are allowed to run, play, twist, and turn as part of their exercise, but the same cannot be said for the Neapolitan mastiff breeds.
Due to their large body and the fact that they quickly overheat, the best exercise for them is a gentle walk. They shouldn’t be allowed to run, so they don’t get injured or too tired, it isn’t good for them.
The Neapolitan mastiff is easy to maintain, all they need is occasional bathing, and they are good. Try cleaning their ears, nose, and mouth occasionally as well, and due to the folds and excess skin on their faces, you need to always have a damp cloth with you when they eat. Their face and chest will be messed up after each meal, but a gentle wipe will do. Check their nails often and cut them if overgrown.
Our Neapolitan Mastiff puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country.
The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Neapolitan Mastiff puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.