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Neapolitan Mastiff

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BREED ATTRIBUTES

GENERAL  
Breed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Watchdog

PHYSICAL  
Size: Large Weight: Approximately 150 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream

ATTRIBUTES  
Life Expectancy: About 9 – 10 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
BREED DETAILS

GENERAL
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct descendant of the Middle East war dogs: the Molossus. It was often used to fight against lions, bears or gladiators in Roman arenas. The Neapolitan Mastiff fought with the Roman legions. This is how they got spread everywhere in Europe. This breed was rediscovered approximately in 1940, in Italy, and is now becoming more and more popular.

COLOR
The dog's color can be gray, blue, black, mahogany and tawny. It can also come in darker shades of these colors.

COAT
The coat is short, smooth and dense. It has straight hairs, no longer than 1 inch.

PERSONALITY
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a steady dog. It is very intelligent and stubborn. It's extremely protective and courageous as well as very suspicious of strangers but affectionate with the family and their friends. If not provoked, it is calm and silent. Females are better family pets because the males are more aggressive and dominant and females are better with children. Plus, males do not tolerate other males.

CARE
The Neapolitan Mastiff is very easy to take care of. Removing dead hairs with a brush once in a while is all it needs. It is an average shedder.

TRAINING
For the Neapolitan Mastiff, obedience training is a must. The training should start at a young age to avoid high dominance. The dog also needs to be socialized early to be sure that they don't become too protective. The training approach should be strict and constant.

ACTIVITY
The Neapolitan Mastiff needs regular exercise. It has to be walked at least twice a day to stay healthy in what should be a big yard.

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