Mastino Napoletano new FCI Standard
In subsequent centuries the Mastiff didn’t manage to strike the roots in the Europe, but it was successfully developed in southern Italy, especially near the Naples, from which it derives its name. The modern Neapolitan Mastiff was created by Neapolitan breeders. They concentrated on designing the dog, which should be bulky in size and has plenty of skin folds to defend it from serious wounds in the fight. They achieved this goal and developed the breed that was effective both on the battle field as a war dog and on the master’s premises as a guard dog.
The Neapolitan Mastiff went through harsh times during the World War II and has been re-discovered by western world in 1946. The journalist Piere Scanziana spotted the dog at a Naples dog show and right away turned into devoted fancier of Mastiffs. He made a great deal to attract public attention to this wonderful breed and actively participated in writing of its first standard. Shortly Italy’s National Registry gave the dog its recognition and official name Mastino Napoletano.
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) registered the Neapolitan Mastiff in 1949. By the early 1970s the breed had earned more acceptances in Europe. The first Mastiff was brought to America by Jane Pampalone in 1973, although some specimens might have been imported there by Italian immigrants as early as the 1880s. The American Kennel Club (AKC) acknowledged the breed in 2004. Today is used both as guard dog and companion animal.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best option for the households with kids. The dog can unintentionally hurt the child in the heat of the game and the damage may be pretty severe due to the massive size of the dog. Moreover, very few children can become an unshakable authority for the dog, which is a must in communication with the Neapolitan Mastiff. In general, it won’t make a gentle and compliant family pet and does best in its original purpose as property and personal protector.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is known to have significant level of aggressiveness towards other dogs. The majority of breed members won’t put up with another canine animal of the same sex, and many of them will act aggressively also to the dogs of the opposite gender. The fact that the dogs have been reared together can’t be a guarantee to a successful co-habitation in the adulthood. The good news is that the Neapolitan Mastiff doesn’t possess intense hunting instinct and can be trained to live with other species such as cats and rabbits. It doesn’t free the owner from being extra cautious with strange animals since the dog may consider them as intruders into its territory.
• eye problems;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• heart problems;
• skeletal growth defects;
• gastric torsion;
• skin infections;
• anesthetic sensitivity;
• fold dermatitis/ pyoderma.
The skins folds of the dog are prone to get infected or irritated really easily since the dog constantly attracts debris and dirt in its wrinkles. Regular cleaning practices are essential in order to keep the your Neapolitan Mastiffs’ skin tidy and healthy.
Naturally, the lessons should be repetitive, frequent and based on firm but gentle treatment. This dog does have some instincts deeply rooted in its nature that they can never be removed completely. The Neapolitan Mastiff will benefit from obedience training, which will assist in simplify many difficulties in its communication with outer world.
However, the Neapolitan Mastiff should never be exercised too strenuously in the young age since it may lead to lifelong skeletal deformations. Moreover, the physical activity should be eliminated right after the eating to reduce the risk of a bloat.