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    Neapolitan Mastiff |Italy|

    Neapolitan Mastiff |Italy|

    The Neapolitan Mastiff traces its history back to ancient times and the war dogs used by the Roman army. Artwork from this period, and even earlier, depicts dogs with a similar appearance. These ancient war dogs gave rise to a number of the modern mastiff breeds, of which the Neapolitan is one. Over time, Italians focused their breeding on developing dogs for protecting large estates and castles. The breed began to be actively promoted after World War I, when six were exhibited and a breed standard drawn up in 1949. The standard was rewritten in 1971. The breed is distinctive due to its thick, loose skin; extensive wrinkles; voluminous dewlap; massive frame; and slow, lumbering gait. They are not suitable for first-time dog owners.

    Neapolitan Mastiff |Italy| Neapolitan Mastiff |Italy|
    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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