The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino is a large and an ancient breed of dog from the Mastiff family. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance. The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the Molosser type of dogs, which probably descend from a common stock; whether this was the Molossus attested in antiquity is controversial.

Breed Info

Life Expectancy:8-10 years


Weight:50-70 kg (110-150 lb)

Height:61-79 cm (24-31 in)

FCI:Group 2, Section 2.1 Molossian: Mastiff type #197

Colour:Grey, lead grey and black, but also brown, fawn and deep fawn (red deer)

Character:Fearless, extremely protective of its home and family, extremely intelligent, independent thinkers, learn quickly, without proper early socialization and training, these dogs are likely to become aggressive towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs