About The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan mastiff is an Italian breed of mastiff from the region of Naples. There are many theories about the development, creation, and/or recreation of the neo. What is known… is the breed was basically extinct, and was rebuilt by a group of dedicated Italians…in particular, Piere Scanziani is given credit for the development of our modern day neo. There are statues of mastini-type dogs from ancient Rome not so unlike the dogs found today…heavy of bone, broad chested, fierce in appearance.Dog Photo

Today, the neo, the mastini, is a powerful, large-boned dog with a protective, watchful, but not unfriendly temperament.

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We here at Centurian Mastini are committed to raising, breeding, showing and rescuing the Neapolitan Mastiff. We are committed to educating the public about this incredible breed, and sharing our knowledge, and our beloved dogs, with you.

We hope you will visit often, see our new pics, our show pics, and wins, our upcoming plans for shows, breedings, litters, involvement in research, and our continued love for the Mastini.

Potential Health Issues

Ask about potential health issues in this breed. Particularly, if you are considering a particular breeder, ask about issues in the progeny of his/her dogs! Ask about the longevity of their dogs. Investigate the bloodlines, find out about the history of their bloodlines, yourself. Issues in the breed, at this time:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Specifically dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Gastric torsion (bloat)
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Tick Borne Disease (TBD)
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Hip dysplasia

Our mission in Neapolitan Mastiffs