The Neapolitan Mastiff is by no means an ordinary, average breed of dog. This typically means that nothing else about owning a Neo will be commonplace either. While they can be just as endearing as any other breed, everything in their environment must be sturdier and capable of withstanding their natural strength. This is especially true when it comes to toys. As with any dog, a bored Neo will be a destructive Neo. However, the run of the mill dog toy is no match for the powerful jaws of this brawny breed. Luckily, there are many new materials available that can hold up to even the most brutal abuse. These materials are typically non toxic, splinter proof and offer even the largest Neo hours of physical and mental stimulation.
One of the best toys for a large breed such as the Neapolitan Mastiff is the Kong. This toy comes in extra large sizes for extra large dogs and is just the right size for the Neo. The indestructible rubber offers hours of chewing relief. As a bonus, owners can insert a treat or food in the center of the Kong. This provides a dog plenty of mental stimulation as they try to figure a way to get the food back out. Another similar food dispensing toy is the Buster Cube. Food and treats inserted into different compartments require a dog to flip the cube with their nose or paw to get the treat out. It too is made of a strong plastic rubber blend that holds up to the Neo's natural strength.
Another chewing toy that has been a blessing to many large breed owners is the Nylabone. While this useful toy helps promote dental health for the Neo, it also helps by adequately reducing anxiety by means of working the jaw. Nylabones are made of polyurethanes that are specially blended to make the toy super strong. There are many different types and shapes of Nylabone in various sturdy sizes. Plus, they have a pleasing consistency that seems to appease the Neo's jaw pressure. Nonetheless, it is important for owners to supervise their Neo when offering any kind of chew toy. Even with a strong and sturdy material, it is not impossible for pieces and parts to accidentally come off. Swallowing these pieces can cause a Neo great digestive distress.
The Neo is a strong dog that loves to put its strength to the test. There is no better way to do this than with a session of good old tug of war. This requires a type of toy that is strong enough to withstand the Neo's powerful jaws. Many rope toys are now available that are specially made for large breeds. More often than not, one end is for the dog to hold onto with its mouth and the other end offers a rubber grip handle for the owner. Smaller children should never play tug of war with Neapolitan Mastiffs as the breed's strength can accidentally injure a child without even trying.