Many assume that owning a Neapolitan Mastiff means not only needing an extensive amount of room, but spending any and all free time making sure the breed gets enough exercise. While it is true that the Neo is probably not a good breed for apartment living, one will not need to live on a farm or spend every spare moment running up and down hills with their dog. Owning a Neapolitan Mastiff will require a good sized yard, moderate exercise, and an owner who is calm but capable and willing to take the upper hand with their Neo from the start. Failing to do so can result in a power struggle where the Neo actually has the brute strength to get his or her own way.
Contrary to popular principle, large breed dogs can at times be difficult to get out for exercise. As it takes incredible energy to move their massive frames, the Neo is not one to expend more energy than deemed necessary. Establishing a regular exercise routine from the very beginning is a best bet. As young pups, it is an absolute must in order to diffuse their young energy that is sometimes expressed through destructive chewing. As the Neo matures and mellows, owners sometimes make the mistake of allowing long stretches in between exercise sessions. This can lead to health problems such as weight gain, something that puts stress on the hips and the heart. Exercise also promotes a healthy temperament.
While the Neo does need a proper sized yard to stretch its legs in from time to time, they are not a breed that will appreciate being left alone in isolation. The Neo is a loyal breed that wants to be close to its owner whenever possible. The happy Neo also enjoys being on the go with its owner. Those who have a lifestyle that can include a canine companion in daily activities will have found just the right choice in a Neapolitan Mastiff. Though large, they are a calm breed. Even with a docile temperament their size alone adds a good amount of security, especially for those who travel or work alone.
The individual who owns a Neapolitan Mastiff is one that knows better than to fill their home full of priceless furniture and antiques. While some areas of the house may be off limits, a Neo friendly home is never restrictive to the breed's freedom. Good training can help keep the breed off of sofas or chairs but any attempts at setting extreme limitations are pointless with such a large breed. While some habits such as drooling may be inconvenient at times, the level headed individual who intends to own a Neo will find ways to work with the breed's many eccentric but charming traits.