The Dog of the Romans
|Breed Origins: ||Italy ( Ancient Rome ) |
|Breed usage: ||Hunting Dog:, Fighting and Guarding|
|Dog Weight: ||145 - 185 Pounds |
|Dog Height: ||23.5 to 29.5 inches to the shoulder |
|Cost of Puppies: ||Cost of puppies varies depending on location, breeder and pedigree history |
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Information, Facts & Origins of the Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
The Neapolitan Mastiff originates from Italy and was bred originally for dog fighting, bull-baiting and bearbaiting but later for hunting and guarding. A fierce War Dog and used by the Romans for an attraction in the arena. It's origins can be dated back to Ancient Rome. The Neapolitan Mastiff is also known by the other names of Mastino and Neo. This dog is classified as one of the Working Dog Group which we go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this page. The Neapolitan Mastiff was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 2001. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often mis-spelt as the Neopolitan Mastiff.
Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Names
Description of the Neapolitan Mastiff Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours information
The Neapolitan Mastiff's coat is normally a grey, blue, black, tawny and brindle with white markings. The coat is normally short, hard and shiny.
Dog Health information - potential health problems of the Neapolitan Mastiffs
All owners of dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Neapolitan Mastiff, can prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health problems of the Neopolitan Mastiff may be checked via the Dog Symptoms Sorter, but can include:
- Cherry Eye (prolapsed tear gland) - occurs when the tear gland actually "pops out" of its attachment beneath the eyelid.
- Hip Dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints referred to as CHD - Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia)
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
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Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.
Information on Grooming and Care of the Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
The Neapolitan Mastiff requires weekly care and grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best. Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially important in puppies and older Neapolitan Mastiff dogs.
Life Expectancy information of the Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
The life expectancy for this particular breed is 8 – 10 years.
Age comparison between the Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.
The Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average Neapolitan Mastiff - essential information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan " A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will suit the life and living conditions of the family.
Neapolitan Mastiff Dog - Puppies Info and Names
The Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that the following considerations should always be taken into account when choosing puppies:
- Budget - Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding costs of the breed
- Convenience and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
- Personal situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or back pain
- Exercising requirements for the Neopolitan Mastiff breed
- Living Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
- Family - child suitability
- Puppy and Dog Names - The Importance of choosing the right names
AKC (American Kennel Club) Miscellaneous Group - General Information
Dogs in the Miscellaneous Class Group of dogs are working toward full AKC recognition. Breeds in the Miscellaneous Class may compete and earn titles in AKC Obedience, Tracking and Agility events. They are also eligible to compete in Junior Showmanship and at conformation shows but they are not eligible for championship points.
Dogs which are officially recognized for AKC registration appear in the Stud Book of the American Kennel Club. The AKC provides for a regular path of development for a new breed, which may result in that breed's full recognition and appearance in the official Stud Book. The requirement for admission to the Stud Book is clear and categorical proof that a substantial, sustained nationwide interest and activity in the breed exists. When the Board of Directors is satisfied that a breed is continuing a healthy, dynamic growth in the Miscellaneous Class, it may be admitted to registration in the Stud Book with the opportunity to compete in regular classes.
Neapolitan Mastiff Dog Breed
Examples of other Breeds within the Miscellaneous Group
The Miscellaneous group includes the Neopolitan Mastiff and the following breeds:
Beauceron, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Black Russian Terrier, and the Plott Hound. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often mis-spelt as the Neopolitan Mastiff. Pictures and information about all of the above dogs in the Miscellaneous Group, together with all other dog groups, may be found on this website via the following links:
Neapolitan Mastiff Dog & Puppies