It Is All About Your Mastino

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff that is an ancient breed and often this plays the role of a guard dog or defender of family. It is naturally protective and has a fearsome appearance. Here are details about this breed that you need to know.

A Few Quick Facts

AKC recognition: on 2004

Lifespan: up to nine years

Breed: large

A Brief Introduction

This breed is originated from Italy. It was initially used as fighting dog in Colosseum arena and war dog by the Roman military. It has a great popularity as a guard dog. In Singapore, this is a forbidden dog and in Romania, a person s certification to keep it. Specifically when there are breed-specific bans, it is forbidden mostly due to lack of training and supervision. Its facial skin is molded to make look slow.


The American Kennel Club has formally recognized it in 2004. This is quite loyal, strong and vigilant. This is a breed from mastiff family and known as mastino. Its average height is 26-31 inches and weight is 110-150 lbs.


It has a straight posture, wrinkles on face and a slanted nose. Its skin is larger than the surface area, it makes it look soggy and skin can be pulled. It has a sturdy bone structure and strong bones. Though it looks slow, it is quite good as a guardian dog.

Dog Food

Food Habit

You should consult with your vet about its feed. But it is better to give formulated feed to it. To ensure a long and healthy life it should be given meals according to its size, age and weight. Besides, it should be provided with clean and fresh water.


Like us, a mastino also needs regular grooming. Regular bath will keep its coat clean. This breed loves outdoor activities and gets dirty often. Though it is a little challenging to groom it nails should be clipped regularly. It will help prevent cracking and overgrowth. The ears should be cleaned to avoid infections.


A daily exercise of 30-60 minutes is always recommended. This is very protective to its owner that is why it should be well-trained to obey its parents against strange behavior. To travel with it you must have a stylish dog crate.


For an adult dog, you need a 54” dog crate. It can stand inside, turn and relax. You can check our crate guide to buy stylish dog crate for your mastino.

For stylish dog crate, come to kennel & Crate. We would guide you to get your crate, travel-friendly crate or to buy one meeting IATA standards.