The Neapolitan Mastiff impresses with it massive size, stern appearance, and superfluous wrinkles. They are an ancient breed, their lineage stretching back to ancient Egypt, Persia, Asia, Mesopotamia, and ancient Rome. They eventually became valued in Italy as fearsome (looking) guardians of farms and estates. Despite an imposing stature and history as a protector and dog of war, they are now known for their calm, dignified personalities and steadfast loyalty to their families. They are naturally protective and because of their size do best with experienced owners and might not be a breed well-suited for a family with small children. They benefit from regular, moderate exercise but care must be taken not to them overdo it in warm weather. Their short coat comes in a variety of solid colors and some brindling and minimal white markings are allowed. While generally a low-maintenance breed, owners should have a tolerance for drool and be ready with a towel.