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Neapolitan Mastiff

General Description

The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino is a large dog breed from Italy. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance

General Health

Neapolitan Mastiffs are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Many of these infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will recommend based on the diseases we see in our area, her age, and other factors.

Hereditary Illnesses

The Neapolitan Mastiff, which has an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years, is susceptible to major health issues such as canine hip dysplasia (CHD), demodicosis, and cardiomyopathy, and minor concerns like "cherry eye" and elbow dysplasia.

Character and Temperament

Stubborn, Obedient, Fearless, Protective, Dominant, Trainable

Food

No special requirements

Exercise

As adult dogs, Neapolitan Mastiffs need around an hour of exercise daily, but shouldn't be over-exercised as puppies when their bones and joints are still developing. Training will require patience but can be achieved using reward-based techniques.

Grooming

The Neapolitan Mastiff does require regular bathing and grooming. This gentle dog can be bathed weekly up to every six to eight weeks depending on his activity level and lifestyle. With this short and densely coated breed, regular bathing is essential to minimize shedding and to maintain healthy skin and coat.

Origin

Italy


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