10 Reasons Why the Neapolitan Mastiff is the Best Guardian Dog in the World
The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient dog breed that is present since 168 BC and was used for entertainment in Roman arenas in fighting ancient lions. Today, the Neapolitan Mastiff has become a reliable guard dog, which instinctively defends his family and property using its enormous size, fearsome appearance and aggressive characteristics. If you’re looking for a dog to keep intruders away, here are 10 reasons why the Neapolitan Mastiff is an excellent choice:
- Frightening Appearance – The Neapolitan Mastiff dogs have loose skin throughout their bodies with folds and wrinkles on the head. The Neapolitan Mastiffs have large bone size, contributing to their enormous weight. Their coats come in mahogany, tawny, black and gray-blue colors.
- Gigantic Proportion – The male Neapolitan Mastiff dogs measure 26 to 31 inches and weigh up to 150 pounds, while the females are around 24 to 29 inches long and up to 110 pounds heavy. The length of a Neapolitan Mastiff, regardless of gender, is about 10 to 15% more than their height. As such, they can easily knock down an intruder with just their body mass.
- Protectiveness – The Neapolitan Mastiff is born a fearless and protective dog. Although these dogs are always wary of strangers, they generally become calm when they see their masters welcoming the stranger into the house. However, since most Neapolitan Mastiffs can be over-protective, it is important to expose them to socialization at an early age.
- Sneaky Personality – The Neapolitan Mastiff does not bark often unless provoked. However, they have the tendency to sneak upon intruders instead of alerting the stranger by attacking or barking. As such, the Neapolitan Mastiffs can easily trap intruders until their master comes to report to the police.
- Obedient – Although the Neapolitan Mastiff can be stubborn, they listen and obey their masters once trained. However, most Neapolitan Mastiffs are dominant, so it is important to teach them who’s the boss at an early age.
- Loves Children – Both male and female Neapolitan Mastiff dogs are gentle and loving with children. They will never hurt a child, unless the Neapolitan Mastiffs accidentally knock a child down when playing.
- Home Buddy – Since these dogs choose to be near their masters and families, they are comfortable in and around the house. Unlike other dogs that wander around the neighborhood, a Neapolitan Mastiff would choose to lie around the house.
- No Need For Protection Training – The Neapolitan Mastiff is a natural guard dog so no extra protection training is necessary. He can instinctively defend his master and loved ones when needed, even without the instructions of his master.
- Not a Physical Companion – For those who rarely run outdoors, you’ll be glad to hear that Neapolitan Mastiff are not the kind of dogs who want to wander off and exercise outside the house. However, be prepared to provide an area for the Neapolitan Mastiff to run as they usually have sudden bursts of energy once a day.
- Can be Mixed with Other animals – The Neapolitan Mastiff can socialize with other non-canine pets when raised with them since puppyhood. However, if you plan to mix a Neapolitan Mastiff with a new pet once he or she is matured, training them to welcome the new arrivals can be very difficult.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is for people who need a companion and guard dog that is homebound, protective, obedient and sociable. Although this breed is not for everyone due to their aggressiveness and over-protectiveness, the Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the best guardian dogs in the world that you can always rely on.
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