The Neapolitan Mastiff or Italian Mastiff, (Italian: Mastino Napoletano) is a large, ancient dog breed. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance.
According to American Kennel Club (AKC) standards, male Neapolitan Mastiffs should measure 26–31 inches (66–79 cm) at the withers, weigh 130–155 pounds (60-70 kg), while females should measure 24–29 inches (61–74 cm) and weigh 110–130pounds (50–60 kg). Body length should be 10–15% greater than height.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a loyal companion to its home and family. They prefer to be with their family by staying around the home outside at all times sleeping, which is their natural instinct. The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely barks unless under provocation.
Neapolitan Mastiffs, as a breed, are extremely intelligent dogs with a tendency to be independent thinkers. They learn quickly, which is both good and bad, since this breed needs extensive proper socialization to learn to accept strangers, especially within the home; with proper early socialization and training, these dogs rarely become aggressive towards strangers or unfamiliar dogs.
As with every breed, obedience training is very important. The Neo is very tolerant of pain due to the fact the skin is loose on the body, so it is important to routinely check for health problems, as a Neo may not behave differently when injured or ill. They also are renowned for drooling especially after drinking or if they get excited.
Source of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_Mastiff
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