Neapolitan Mastiff Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendant of the Roman Molossus and is the native Mastiff breed of Italy and was at one time used to fight in the Roman arenas, but in recent years has been used for war work, as a police dog, guard and draught dog.
He is a massively built dog, his size being exaggerated by the loose skin forming a heavy dewlap, whilst the skin over the rest of his body tends to looseness. The Neapolitan Mastiff coat is short, fine and dense and the preferred colour is black, but also acceptable are blue, shades of grey shades of brown from fawn to red and brindling is permitted on the last two colours. He measures up to about 29″, bitches a little less and weighs up to 70kg.
Although he has been used for guarding work it is said that his temperament is very reliable; plenty of research should be done before obtaining a dog so large and strong. Hagrid’s dog Fang in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a Neapolitan Mastiff, and he certainly looks very laid-back.
- Dalnarck Cambridgeshire
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.