The Hercules of Naples
Original Name : Mastino Napolitano
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Mastino, Italian Mastiff
Male size : 25½-29½ inches
Male weight : 132½-154½ lbs
Female size : 23½-26¾ inches
Female weight : 110¼-132¼ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Italy
As befitting a country obsessed by sports, this giant breed of heavy, solid, stocky dogs is defined by statistics. Mastinos are one tenth longer than the height at the withers, with a head that is exactly one third the size of the height at the withers and a skull to muzzle ratio of 2/1.
Short and massive, broad skull at the height of the zygomatic arches.
Straight topline, broad long, not very well defined withers.
Preferably gray or leaden gray and black, but brown, fawn and deep fawn (red deer) are also acceptable.
Proportionately small and triangular, flat, close to the cheeks and set higher than the zygomatic arches.
Broad and tick at the root, robust and tapering to the tip.
Short, rough and hard, dense, of uniform length and smoothness everywhere.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are descended from the great Roman mastiff described by Columella in his “De Re Rustica” in the first century AD. This combat dog accompanied Roman legions on their expeditions, founding many different lineages throughout Europe. Down the centuries, these dogs survived in the countryside around Mount Vesuvius and Naples. Selection resumed in 1947, thanks to tenacious efforts of dedicated dog fanciers, and Neapolitan Mastiffs are now celebrated all over Italy as an emblematic breed.Intelligent, steady and loyal, lacking in aggression or snappiness unless provoked, Neapolitan Mastiffs are majestic and noble dogs that carry more of an implied threat, which makes them well suited to guarding and protective duties.