Are you the right person to own a Neapolitan Mastiff? Owning a Neapolitan Mastiff can be the beginning of a wonderful relationship with hopefully many years of happiness. However, it could also be the beginning of an overwhelming responsibility which you just weren’t prepared for!!. This information sheet has been compiled to help you and your family consider the Pro’s & Con’s of ownership and, with your own careful and honest consideration, will help to ensure that you and your family have enough understanding to reach an informed decision about ownership. Living with a Neapolitan Mastiff Neapolitan Mastiffs are high maintenance, time consuming, smelly, slobbery and because of their size, are constantly under your feet! Neapolitans are also devoted, loving, loyal, charismatic companions, gentle giants with their family, fearful foe to the intruder. Neapolitans are generally very good with children especially if raised with them but, they can be a bit clumsy and at times excitable, so great care should be taken around babies and toddlers. Older children should always be involved in the training and socialisation of your puppy; this will encourage balance and harmony for your adult dog within your family unit. Socialisation and Obedience training is very important, you must be in control of your dog at all times. Training must NOT be based on punishment or negative reinforcement, but on instruction and repetition of commands, giving praise and reward for good behaviour will generally have the desired affect. If you do not have the time for training and socialisation regimes, then a Neapolitan Mastiff is not the breed for you. Neapolitans can be very good around other dogs and cats, as long as they have been raised with them but as adult Neapolitans have a very high Alpha drive, can be intolerant of other dogs if not socialised as a puppy. If you already live with an adult male we urge you to consider a female as a companion and vice versa. If you have no previous experience of dominant alpha breeds, a Neapolitan is not the breed for you. Neapolitan Mastiffs make wonderful companions, they are not dogs that should be left to their own devices outside or chained-up all day long. They are loving animals that thrive on human companionship. If your house is too small for a very large dog to interact with your family unit, then a Neapolitan is not the breed for you. Some Neapolitans naturally slobber more than others but, all Neapolitans slobber following eating & drinking.
Credit; The Neapolitan Mastiff Club (UK)
A Neapolitan Mastiff with exaggerated features is the result of bad breeding. Credit; The Breed Club Connection.
When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.