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14 Interesting And Fun Facts About Neapolitan Mastiffs

The Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed is a family and guard dog that was developed in southern Italy. Today this massive breed is known as a gentle giant.

#1 The name of this breed is inspired by its place of origin.

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a pretty ancient breed that is believed to have originated in Naples which is a city in southern Italy. 

#2 These canines have a lot of different nicknames.

Neapolitan Mastiffs also have quite a few pet names or alternate names like Neos, Mastino Napoletano, Italian Molosso, Can'E Presa, and Mastino. Some people also refer to these canines as the Italian Bulldogs.

#3 Their tolerance to both heat and cold is not that great.

The Neos usually prefer to stay in a pleasantly warm and balmy area where the temperature mostly remains in the range of 20°C to 30°C.

#4 Their loose skin and wrinkles served a grim purpose in the past.

Numerous wrinkles especially on the head region so as to provide some kind of protection to them when attacked by an enemy. 

#5 These canines are believed to be the descendants of the Molossian hounds.

The Molossian Hound or the Molossus which was an ancient breed from southern Europe is speculated to be the true ancestor of the Neapolitan Mastiffs mainly because of the looks and resemblance that these two breeds shared with each other.

#6 An Italian painter came to the rescue of this breed after the second world war.

This breed was very close to being extinct when an Italian Painter named Piero Scanziani came to the aid of these canines. Piero started a Kennel for the Neapolitan Mastiffs and after several years of careful breeding, this breed saw a revival and their numbers again became fairly strong.

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