The Neapolitan breed originated in Southern Europe.
Neapolitan Mastiffs have large, big-boned frames covered in loose skin that creates awe-inspiring wrinkles and folds around their substantial heads. Within these heavy facial wrinkles, their deeply set eyes have a piercing stare. Their medium-sized, triangular ears are sometimes cropped; when not cropped, they hang close. They have wide noses and thick necks with large dewlaps. Their thick tails usually hang low or curl slightly at the end. Overall, Neos have a commanding and regal look.
Neapolitan Mastiffs can live as long as 10 years. Common health issues include bone cancer, heart problems and eye problems like “cherry eye” in which the eye tissue becomes red and inflamed. Neos are also prone to bloat: Feeding them smaller meals throughout the day will help.
- Gastric dilation-volvulus
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Nictitating membrane prolapse
- Vaginal hyperplasia