The Neapolitan Mastiff or Italian Mastiff, is a large, ancient breed of dog. This massive breed is often used as a guard dog and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance.
The Neo has some specific health concerns. The most common is Cherry eye.
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Sebaceous adenitis
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Skin infections between skin folds called Pyoderma
- Anesthetic Sensitivity
Additionally, Neos do not do well in hot weather, and are prone to hyperthermia. Like most giant breeds, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not particularly long-lived, averaging 7 to 9 years, however, with a proper biologically appropriate diet, safe exercise, and proper weight maintenance, there is no reason that the average Neo cannot live beyond that.
In popular culture
- Alan from the film Babe: Pig in the City.
- Fang from the Harry Potter films (in the books, Fang is a boarhound, an old term for a Great Dane, while in the films he is a Neapolitan Mastiff).
- Pansy from the Burke series of novels by Andrew Vachss.
- Sweetie from Robert K. Tanenbaum's Butch Karp novels.
- A Neapolitan was featured in the movie American Gangster as a domestic pet belonging to an Italian Mafia Boss Dominic Cattano.
- A Neapolitan Mastiff appears in a scene in the movie DragonHeart.
- A Neapolitan Mastiff appears in the Movie "Hotel for Dogs"
- A Neapolitan Mastiff appears in a scene in the movie "Belly".
- Julius (Marguerite's dog) from the Argeneau Family novels is a Neapolitan Mastiff.