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Neapolitan Mastiff (Sitting, Side View)
Sitting, Side View

Breed Information


2022: #119

2021: #106

2020: #100

2019: #100

2018: #102

2017: #107

2016: #99

2015: #106

Name Neapolitan Mastiff
Other names Neo, Italian Bulldog, Italian Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano, Italian Molosso, Can'E Presa
Origin Italy
Breed Group

Working (AKC:2004)

Guardian (UKC)

Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 8-10 years








Male: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm)

Female: 24-28 inches (60-70 cm)

Weight 110-150 pounds (50-70 kg)





Litter Size 6-12 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2500 - $4500 USD

On average a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy will cost $3,500 in the USA. Most Neapolitan Mastiff puppies can be found between $2,500 and $4,500. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

Breed Characteristics


2 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Neo will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will do. Take extra caution in warm weather to provide shade, water and a cool place to lie.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

3 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

1 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

Adult Neapolitan Mastiffs need a great deal of exercise. They should be taken on daily, long walks at least twice a day.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

5 stars

Prone to cherry eye, hip dysplasia, bloat, pano-ostiosis (joint pain from growth can occur at 4-18 months and usually goes away on its own). Pups are usually born via caesarian section.

Hypoallergenic: No

2 stars

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2 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

1 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Neapolitan Mastiff training must be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, with consistency and understanding. This breed is a bit obstinate, but will obey once it understands what is expected of it and recognizes its owner’s authority. Obedience training at a young age is recommended. Neapolitan Mastiffs are happy to learn, but may refuse to perform tricks they consider pointless.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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Neapolitan Mastiff Puppy (Black, Face)
Black, Face

Neapolitan Mastiff Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Buddy Daisy
03 Bear Coco
04 Jake Bailey
05 Bear Lulu
06 Duke Penny
07 Toby Ella
08 Sam Olive
09 Dexter Gracie
10 Leo Abbie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


With its massive size made even more imposing by its abundant loose skin and dewlap, the Neapolitan Mastiff may have the most alarming appearance of any dog, and some say this look was purposefully bred in order to scare away intruders without the dog having to act. However, when forced to act, the Neo can spring into action with surprising speed. Its massive muscular body can knock down almost any intruder. Its huge head with short, powerful jaws and large teeth can crush or hold an opponent. The skin is tough and hanging, adding to the imposing impression of size as well as formidable expression.

The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred for centuries to guard its family. As such, it is incredibly loyal and devoted to its family, watchful and suspicious of strangers, and tolerant of acquaintances. It is a stay-at-home-type dog. Although it is loving toward children, its sheer size can make accidents possible. It may not get along well with other dogs, especially domineering-type dogs. Because of its size, it should be carefully socialized at an early age.


The Neapolitan Mastiff is a direct descendant of the Molussus, the ancient mammoth war dogs of the Middle East (Sumeria, Assyria, Phoenecia, and Babylonia). It is first and foremost a working/utility breed, whose purposes are greatly varied. It has been primarily a farm helper/protector, also serving as a herding dog, flock protector, cattle drover, cart dog, large game hunting dog, and personal protection dog. The Neapolitan Mastiff was recognized by the AKC in 2004.

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