Neapolitan Mastiff Boxer Breed Origins and Caracteristics

Description:
This is a massive dog that has large bones and is very impressive looking. The Neapolitan Mastiff has a very big wide head, with a very pronounced stop; it has a large muzzle, a long nose and thick lips. The eyes are round and are on the front part of its face. It has small ears and its neck is robust and muscular. It has a dewlap that sags down to the tip of its nape. It has long shoulders that are slightly inclined; the elbows should not be too closed. The body is longer than it is in height; it has a wide chest; a straight superior line; a long and wide femur; moderately long tibia; powerful hocks; and feet that open slightly. The tail is thick at the base and begins to narrow at the end and is normally docked to about a third. Find out though about the rules in your country concerning docking, as it is not allowed in some places. It has a short and thick coat that has a rough texture to it and has the same uniform length, without any fringes of hair. The color of this dog ranges from grey, dark grey and black or any tawny colors, some of them also have a white spot on their chest and or on their feet. The Neapolitan's height ranges from sixty five to seventy five centimeters in the case of the males, and around sixty to sixty-eight centimeters in the case of the females. The males weight is around sixty to seventy kilograms and females weigh around fifty to sixty kilograms.

Ideal owner:
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a very strong and big dog but it is not the most typical or ideal family dog. This dog is more adequate for a person that lives alone, keep in mind also that it is a very strong dog and requires a very dominant and experienced owner. This dog is too big and not ideal for children. It can be considered to be kind of clumsy, clumsy when it plays and clumsy as a dog itself. Its best to keep it outside and if you intend to keep it inside the house make sure you put up in a gated area so that it does not destroy anything valuable. This dog does not know how to climb stairs but it does have a tendency to eat at the cabinets in the house. This dog was originally created to serve as a guard dog and by instinct it can easily overtake its opponent. This dog is extremely loyal to one single owner and it behaves like an unpredictable child. Despite this, if this dog is well trained it can behave very friendly towards people but its guardian instinct will always be there.

Growth:
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a very big dog. At around eight weeks of age it weighs around ten to fifteen kilograms. It also has a very compact body build. It grows very rapidly; make sure to not overfeed it when it is a puppy, as an excess of weight will cause it to have bone and articulation problems. Full maturity is reaches at the age of two years. Anyone interested in acquiring one of these dogs must become very informed and study up on this breed before getting one. Be careful because the popularity of this dog has caused it to be bred by many inexperience dog breeders. Make sure to ask the breeder to show you the parents of the puppy: an adorable little puppy could grow to be a very big problem if picked out incorrectly. As a puppy it needs to become socialized since it is by nature very introverted. These dogs do not walk gracefully; they are quite clumsy, no matter the age. A puppy might even limp a little, which can be due to loose ligaments, this will generally happen when it is four to six months of age, the best way to deal with this is to give it aspirin and this stage should pass. Adolescence is very marked with a strong instinct of dominance, which is inherent to this breed. Puppy Neapolitan Mastiff's generally urinate indiscreetly until around four months of age and they require a lot of fresh water to keep them from dehydrating.

General health:
The very powerful and strong Neapolitan Mastiff requires a great amount of care from its owner. This dog is known to be very clumsy when it eats and usually makes a very big mess. The owner will need to make sure to clean its face after every meal, just as a mother would do to her baby. The large amount of loose skin on its body also requires for it to get cleaned and bathed frequently. Some of the biggest concerns of breeders are orthopedic such as hip and elbow dysphasia, as well as arthritis. As far as the feeding and diet it requires, this dog needs a high percentage of carbon hydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals and less protein. Dry dog food is not suggested for this dog. When this dog is a puppy it only needs a moderate amount of exercise and it will be necessary the owner avoids it from becoming involved in very rigorous activities since it does have a very loose body build. Nephritis can also be a problem for young and adult Neapolitans if the temperature is too cold. This dog cannot handle too much heat or too much cold weather. During summer it will be necessary for the owner to wet its coat regularly. This dog has a low level of thyroid hormones, which can lead it to have muscular weakness, frigidness, cardiomyopathy, incongruous bone growth, recurrent skin problems, and gastric and intestinal problems that cause bloat. A low level of thyroids is something that is common in this breed and is also responsible for this dog's unusual look.

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