Neapolitan Mastiff is a guardian breed of dogs from Italy characterized by its heavily wrinkled face, loose skin, and imposing size which has strong protective instincts and is commonly found as a family companion or show dog. It is a giant breed weighing about 110 to 150 pounds or more.

Neapolitan Mastiff has many good qualities, but it is not the easiest dog to live with. If you want a calm, confident dog that is Neapolitan Mastiff at its best, be prepared to do a lot of homework to find the dog and put in plenty of effort training and socializing once you bring it home.

What temperament do Neapolitan Mastiffs have?

Neapolitan Mastiff is extremely protective because it is a fearless dog and prefers to be inside the home keeping eyes on the family. It also guards the exterior of the house. Because of its intense sense of protection, you don’t have to worry as much about getting it to listen to you.

Neapolitan Mastiff is stubborn because it has more of a tendency to think for itself. These dogs are also fearless because they will not bark when a stray leaf blows next to it.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are dominant because they are large and you can not physically dominate the dog. They are easily trainable because they are quick to learn.

temperament of Neapolitan Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiff dog. source: instagram@ doriscofield

Personality traits of Neapolitan Mastiffs

Neapolitan Mastiff, weighing in at 200 pounds can be an imposing figure and they move in a slow, lumbered fashion and can strike fear into hearts of passers-by, but they are really big babies with hearts of gold.

As Neapolitan Mastiffs grow up, they are much interested in lounging around the house than roaming around outside, and you may have to coax him to get up and move around. They do not require many exercises to maintain health but you should walk your dog a few times a day.

Neapolitan Mastiffs can be quite challenging to train so lessons should begin as early as possible. This giant breed can exhibit dominance so firm leadership is must at all times.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are generally aggressive towards other animals but they will posture and make a lot of noise if a strange animal trespass on its property.

temperament of Neapolitan Mastiffs
Neapolitan Mastiffs. source:

Are Neapolitan Mastiffs child friendly?

No, Neapolitan Mastiffs are not child-friendly because they are large, powerful dogs and do not always know their own strength. Young children have young friends, and even with extensive socialization and training, they will be wary of strangers and protective of their family, which can be disastrous for small children.

Proper supervision is always necessary with Neapolitan Mastiffs and children to avoid possible injuries. The Neapolitan Mastiffs should be socialized at an early age because the older dog cannot be trained and it will not be doing good in the family.

How it feels to live with Neapolitan Mastiffs?

Neapolitan Mastiffs are not the easiest dogs to live with but if you want the calm, confident dog that is the Neapolitan Mastiffs at its best, be prepared to do a lot of homework to find him and put in plenty of effort training and socializing the dog once you bring home.

Some of the benefits to adopt a Neapolitan Mastiffs include:

  • Giving the dog a home, who might otherwise never find one.
  • Taking home a dog  whom the shelter has trained to make it more adoptable
  • Passing the puppy stage , thereby avoiding chewing and other destructive behavior

You have to be careful if you are adopting an older Neapolitan Mastiff dog because early socialization is so important with this breed, you must be sure that the dog you are adopting has received the utmost in training and that it knows its place.

Living with Neapolitan Mastiffs dogs.

If you are buying a Neapolitan Mastiff from a breeder, it is like buying a new car. You don’t have to worry as much about the dog’s training because you are going to be doing all of that when you bring it at home.

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