Neapolitan Mastiff

Italian Mastiff (or Neapolitan Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano) is an ancient massive dog breed. Italian Mastiff is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance. The Italian Mastiff is a perfect home and family guard, as it is fearless and extremely protective.
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The Italian Mastiff rarely barks unless under provocation. Italian Mastiffs, as a breed, are extremely intelligent dogs. They have a tendency to be independent thinkers.

Without proper early socialization and training, these dogs are likely to become aggressive towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs.

If one wants a well mannered dog, one should prevent problems before they happen by using positive training methods, beginning socializing early, and continuing socialization throughout life.

The Italian Mastiff is certainly not a breed for beginners. Neapolitans must be well socialized with people, especially children, as Italian Mastiffs are large, powerful dogs and do not always know their own strength. Additionally, young children have young friends, and even with extensive socialization and training, Neapolitans will be wary of strangers and protective of their family, which can be disastrous for small children. Most of the time, they will protect their owners with their lives. Neapolitan Mastiffs do not need additional protection training, because they are natural guard dogs and always have been.

As with every breed, obedience training is very important. The Neo is very tolerant of pain due to the breed's early fighting background and the fact the skin is loose on the body, so it is important to routinely check for health problems, as a Neo may not behave differently when injured or ill.

As for the exercise, Neapolitan Mastiffs are not a very active breed as their energy tends to be short lived. Their weight causes stress to their joints when excessive. But they may have short, extremely powerful bursts of energy.

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