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Neapolitan Mastiffs

Aliases: Mastino Napoletano, Neo Mastiff, Mastin Napolitan, Mastino, Mastini

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Good Nutrition and the Neapolitan Mastiff

With a breed of dog as large as the Neapolitan Mastiff, feeding and nutrition rates as a major issue for responsible owners. Without an appropriate diet, the constitution of larger dog breeds can be seriously compromised. Joints, brain function, teeth and internal organs must be supported with an appropriate blend of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Too much of one thing and not enough of others can lead not only to problems for the dog but serious vet bills for the owner. It is a good idea for new owners to research breed nutrition or ask a breeder what specifically goes into an appropriate Neo diet. [...]

Mating and Pregnancy of the Neapolitan Mastiff

Thanks to their sizeable frames, the pregnancy and mating of the Neapolitan Mastiff can mean fewer problems than smaller dog breeds. The female Neo's generous pelvis size can mean a litter with anywhere from six to twelve pups. To ensure the health of the mother and her brood, there are always a number of guidelines that must be followed when it comes to pregnancy and mating. While the vast majority of Neapolitan Mastiff pregnancies are uneventful, it is still important to not only consult a vet but a local breeder to ensure important aspects of the process are being properly addressed. [...]

The Best Toys for a Neapolitan Mastiff

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. [...]

The Myths of Owning a Neapolitan Mastiff

With males reaching up to one hundred seventy pounds, the Neapolitan Mastiff is definitely one of the largest breeds in the canine world. Their sizeable physique is often mesmerizing, leaving many to wonder exactly what goes into owning such a creature. Unfortunately, its size can also lead to many misconceptions. Those who know a bit about the dog's history may assume that the Neo is purely aggressive or that they have a penchant for being destructive or unapproachable. As many have come to find, getting to know a Neo easily blows any and all preconceptions right out of the water. [...]

Popular Names for Neapolitan Mastiffs

One of the joys of having a Neapolitan Mastiff is coming up with a wholly distinguishing name that demonstrates the dog's personality. While most names have to do with the dog's mammoth size, its pleasing personality can be as much inspiration as anything else. Owners who opt for this breed often find intimidating names simply do not fit and instead decide to christen their Neo with fun, tongue in cheek names such as Tiny or Speck. Others opt for more dignified names stemming from the dog's history, such as Caesar or Brutus. Whatever the choice, it is important to remember a name also reflects on the owner as well. [...]

Drooling and Other Endearing Neapolitan Mastiff Traits

The Neapolitan Mastiff is an endearing breed of dog with a regal stature. With its massive head and droopy jowls, it has no problem catching the eye of all who see it. Obtaining a Neo can be quite costly; because if this, they are not as commonly seen compared to other types of dog. When out in public, a well socialized Neo is friendly, calm and very open to meeting new people. Many are fascinated with the breed and its delightful physique. While their weight and temperament are often at the center of conversation, there are a few other prudent traits of the Neo that frequently get left out. [...]

Creating a Happy Space for the Neapolitan Mastiff

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. [...]

What Not to Expect from a Neapolitan Mastiff

When properly cared for, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a docile and intelligent breed. These are bonus characteristics for a dog whose brute strength could otherwise be very dangerous. As the Neo is a unique type of canine, its owner should be of a distinctive character as well. Level headed and with a good sense of self, the responsible owner is one that knows he or she will always need to be one step ahead of their dog. This, along with good training and socialization, is what creates a happy, healthy environment for the Neapolitan Mastiff. It is those who venture into this breed without any forethought that will likely end up becoming overwhelmed and intimidated; and the Neo, in search of boundaries that make it feel safe, will likely end up running the show. [...]

Neapolitan Mastiffs of the Rich and Famous

As one of the most ancient breeds in the canine world, the Neapolitan Mastiff has had a long colorful history. It was not until the 1940's that the Neo finally emerged on the radar as a premiere breed for the ultimate dog lover. Since then, the Neo has steadily gained in popularity, especially in the last ten years. Most of their exposure comes from movies, television and celebrities who have taken a keen interest in the breed's dramatic look. Far from the endearing teddy bear appearance of most dogs used for films, the Neapolitan Mastiff has that one of a kind look that stands out in character and form. [...]

Neapolitan Mastiff Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Neapolitan Mastiff of today is much different than the Neo of earlier times. Now bred to exhibit traits of exaggerated girth and weight, the Neo's of Old were lean, well muscled fighting machines. Even in pictures dating back fifty years ago, the Neo is still shown with a large stature but with somewhat longer legs and a much smaller waist, similar to that of a Great Dane. While they were well known for being dogs of war adorned with their own armor, Neapolitan Mastiffs that died in battle were given full military honors and burials. Elaborate processions and funeral services were commonly given to canine heroes fallen in the throes of combat. They were generally buried not only in their armor but with many other items of considerable value. The average foot soldier rarely received such a complex tribute. [...]

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