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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.