Country of Origin: Italy
Coat: Is short, dense and hard, uniformly smooth and fine. Colors can be grey, leaden grey, leaden black, brown, fawn, deep fawn, hazel, dove-grey and light fawn. White patches on the chest and tips of the toes are not uncommon. The skin is loose all over the body and forms numerous folds and wrinkles on the head.
Character: This breed is confident, gentle-natured, and powerful. It is protective of its property and family and is intelligent, majestic, and noble.
Temperament: Neapolitan Mastiffs are usually good with children if socialized early. If not threatened, they are accepting of strangers. They generally get along fine with other dogs and household pets.
Care: The dewlap area around the face needs daily cleaning. Extra attention should be paid to his nutritional needs. Dead and loose hairs should be removed with a rubber brush when the dog is shedding.
Training: Obedience training must take place early in this dog's life. Its trainer must be confident and firm.
Activity: In spite of its large size, the adult Neapolitan Mastiff has only an average need for exercise. One short walk a day should keep it in shape.
Description: The Neapolitan Mastiff is a serious, powerful, looking dog. It is muscular with a rather rectangular body, massive head, and wrinkled face. The Neapolitan Mastiff has a loose, rolling, cat-like gait. Developed to look and act fearsome when needed they are actually affectionate with family and the family's friends. Highly protective and fearless, very intelligent and somewhat willful, they do not require repetitious training.