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03 Neapolitan Mastiff Characteristics and Temperament




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This article is from the Neapolitan Mastiffs Breed FAQ, by breder@neapolitan.com (Barry Reder).

03 Neapolitan Mastiff Characteristics and Temperament


The Neapolitan Mastiff displays a graphic illustration of one of the
most impressive and remarkable breeds that is in existence today. He
is a large breed which can weigh over 150 pounds. A comparison to man
or other creatures of a similar weight and one would see a body
structure exemplifying extreme strength. A type that can perform its
function better than any other creature or man made machine. His body
mass is volumous but not that of just fat. His muscular development
would cause a game or herding dog to fail at its chores but for the
Neapolitan Mastiff this is a trade off he assumed when he chose to be
a guardian. His bones are not unlike the trunk of a century old oak
tree; thick, Strong and necessary or they would surely splinter
causing the massive structure they support to crash to the earth.

It is doubtful that there is any other breed of dog whose fundamental
characteristics has remained as constant over the centuries as the
Neapolitan Mastiff. However the Neapolitan Mastiff of today shows
marked improvements in body and overall squaring of the head, all due
to selective breeding. He has a captivating and almost intimidating
stare, one that would make a foe turn and flee without even a growl.

He comes in a variety of colors: Gray (Blue), Black, tawny and
mahogany. The Blue is the most common and desired color because of his
work as a guardian dog and his ability to blend into the night
shadows. He is a working dog originally bred and utilized as a
guardian and defender of owner and property. Although originally bred
as a protection dog he has a steady temperament and is loyal, not
outwardly aggressive or apt to bite without reason. Do not confuse our
Neapolitan Mastiff with a fighting breed. If you are considering
purchasing one with this thought in mind you will find him far too
humble for he would rather spend his time by your side pleasing you.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is certainly not a dog for everyone but you
could not ask for a more faithful companion.


 

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