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Understanding and Training a Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

Despite its fighting history, today's Neapolitan is generally calm and friendly, most especially with people they know well.  Regardless of their slow & steady demeanour, they require extensive early and ongoing socialisation to prevent over-protection and aggression with other dogs.

The breed is stubborn, but responsive to training.  Repetition is not usually necessary, as the Neapolitan will obey once it is understood what is required.

Neapolitan Mastiffs tend to be dominant dogs (males over females).   It is of utmost importance that this breed be taught from puppy-hood that the owner is the leader of the pack -  a hierarchy that they will respect, honour and fiercely defend.

This is a highly protective, vigilant and courageous dog.  Although they may seem slightly aloof, they do need to be with family.  They will also be wary of strangers, but will warm up to them once they get to know them and consider them friends.


Breed Profile

Breed Name: Neapolitan Mastiff

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 110 - 150 lbs (50 - 68 kg); 65 - 75 cm
  • General Temperament: Steady, Loyal & Protective
  • General Description: Highly protective, this dog requires strong leadership and ongoing socialisation for a trustworthy, loyal & devoted companion.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog       x  
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers       x  
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The Neapolitan Mastiff is linked to the Molossus breed of the Roman times, where they were used for fighting, guarding, pulling carts and an all-around beast of burden.


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