Are You Ready For A Neapolitan Mastiff?

1) Lift a hundred pound bag of wet sand up and down the stairs

2) Push a hundred pound bag of wet sand into your car

3) Smear hair gel all over your walls and throw it on the ceiling and TV, while you're at it, smear the lower half of all windows, curtains and glass

4) Rub fur and gel into the roof of your vehicle

5) At least twice daily, drop that bag of wet sand on your bare foot

6) Shake balls of fur, mulch, and a bucket of dirt all over your house daily (add water for rainy days)

7) Practice repeating “Neapolitan mastiff, about 180 pounds…8-10 cups a day…"no, I don’t have a saddle” over and over with a smile

8) Volunteer at the zoo to help wash the large animals and clean up their poop

9) Invite your friends over and have them all try to get in the bathroom while you are using it

10) Practice telling people that your husband does NOT beat you, that those bruises are from your dog!

11) Take a nice long piece of rubber hose and go around smacking all the coffee mugs off the end-tables and smack your own legs a few times too

12) Have someone operate a chain saw at the foot of your bed all night...record this and play it every night close to your ear

History ​Of The Breed

The first mastiffs are thought to have been developed in Tibet, some 5,000 years ago. The massive dogs were used in battle and served as guards, both tasks for which they were well suited.

The dog that became the Neapolitan Mastiff was developed in southern Italy, in the vicinity of Naples, from which he takes his name. The Neapolitan breeders focused on creating a dog who was massive in size with heavy, loose skin that would protect him in case of attack. They also wanted a dog who would be loyal and loving toward family members.

CKC Neapolitan Mastiff Breed Standard


Neapolitan Mastiff's share many of the same health problems as any other giant breeds. It is VERY important to educate yourself on the health of the breed before you choose to add a Mastino to your family.

Cherry Eye

(Photo from Google images)

Cherry eye is a very common condition that Neapolitan Mastiff's may get. The gland in their third eyelid swells forcing it to pop out. While getting treatment for this it is important to NOT allow a veterinarian to tack the gland down it will NOT work for this breed. The gland MUST be removed. If you are in Ontario, please reach out to us if you are having troubles finding a vet that will remove a cherry eye and we will assist in finding a vet closest to you.


Bloat, also known as Gastric Dilatation is a common issue among any large breed. The stomach gets filled with gas, food, or fluid and can cause it to twist. Bloat is life threatening and can lead to death if it is not treated quickly. There are many steps you can take to minimize the chance of bloat but sometimes it cannot be avoided. You can purchase an emergency bloat kit to keep at home, but be sure to know where your closest 24 hour emergency vet is located. 


Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that results in weakened contractions and poor pumping ability. As the disease progresses the heart chambers become enlarged, one or more valves may leak, and signs of congestive heart failure develop.

We test the hearts of all the dogs in our program. X-Rays are taken prior to breeding to get a vertebral heart score.

Hip Dysplasia

With any large or giant breed Hip Dysplasia can occur. Neapolitan Mastiff's are known to have looser hips and can sometimes be mis-diagnosed with hip dysplasia. We believe it is important to limit a puppies activities such as running and stairs until 18 months, as well as giving a proper dose of vitamin C daily for best hip and joint results. When looking at hip radiographs of a Mastino it is important to note that there is no arthritic wear. Laxity is to be expected (even after 2 years) this is why a mis-diagnoses can be made if a vet is not familiar with the breed. 

We test hips and elbows of all the dogs in our program. They are done under sedation and reviewed by an orthopedic specialist at the practice we use.


Entropion is a condition where the eyelid rolls inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea (surface of the eyeball). This is an extremely irritating condition that can ultimately lead to blindness. It can happen in any dog breed; however, Neapolitan Mastiff's are especially at risk for this disorder. Surgical correction is usually successful if performed early.