Neapolitans are a hardy breed and the main Health concern is “cherry eyes.” Cherry Eye is a condition caused when the gland of the third eyelid of the dog becomes inflamed, swells up, and if it pops out of place it will become more inflamed, swollen and irritated such that it becomes bloody and ulcerated, and can cover 1/2 of the eye of the dog. If this occurs then the cherry eye is referred to as follicular conjunctivitis. In the Neos, it is recommended to remove the gland because of the massive wrinkles and excessive weight of the additional facial skin that folding down or any other cherry eye surgical correction procedure will only have to be repeated with the condition worsening each occasion. Often times if left untreated, can lead to entropian where the eye lashes enter into the eye often causing the eye to roll back also causing severe damage to the cornea. This could happen even if you remove the cherry eye as Neo’s wrinkles are often quite heavy around the eyes.
Neo’s can often time get Fold Dermatitis which is a skin infection caused by moisture trapped in the folds of the skin. The signs of fold dermatitis are redness, sores and odor. This can effect any part of the body where there are wrinkles. Treatment is usually a topical ointment and or antibiotics. In the first year of growth, many Neos grow very quickly and can develop panostetis, Growing pains. Also, many Neos are misdiagnosed with hip dysplasia; even though they can be prone to it.
Other health issues are Bloat, a mysterious illness that is usually fatal for large breeds; excessive Exercise can lead to over heating; and rough play can lead to accidents, joint injuries, and various precarious situations due to the clumsiness of a Neo puppy. Also due to the size of the Neo there are situations where cognitive heart failure can occur. It is highly important in extreme hot weather to ensure your Neo remains cool and hydrated as they do not do well in the heat. Mastinos should be fed quality food with no by-products, no whole ground yellow corn, minimal to no wheat. The food should not be high in protein because it can lead to kidney failure and no extraordinary amounts of calcium or calcium supplementation which can lead to joint issues. Owners should know that an adult Neo can easily eat 8-10 cups a day. Puppies should eat 2-3 times a day and an adult 1-2 times a day.
Lastly it is critically important the maintenance of healthcare for these huge lovable pets is ongoing. Ensuring that they are on revolution as a preventative and vaccines all up to date which you can work with your own vet.
Our dogs are both in door and outdoor. They are socialized as puppies and very protective of their homes and loved ones. Currently we own 2 imports and 2 are from the US. Pedigrees can be provided. Our dogs are registered with the CKC and 2 of them with the CKC and AKC.Read More
Due to the clumsiness of the Neo puppy, no extraneous exercise or rough play to include jumping, Frisbee chasing, tug of war should be used. Because of the high pain tolerance found in the Neo, unsuspected joint injuries that may cause permanent damage due to non-treatment can occur. However, walks are fine and yard runs […]Read More
Training this dog should be started at an early age to avoid dominance issues. The handler should always remain firm and consistent but not overly corrective or negative. Basic obedience is a must at about 4 months because this puppy will already weigh about 40 to 60 lbs.; therefore, imagine at 6-10 months you will […]Read More
Neapolitans are a hardy breed and the main Health concern is “cherry eyes.” Cherry Eye is a condition caused when the gland of the third eyelid of the dog becomes inflamed, swells up, and if it pops out of place it will become more inflamed, swollen and irritated such that it becomes bloody and ulcerated, […]Read More
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a breed that is wary of strangers but is tolerant of friends or acquaintances of the owner/family. The temperament should be steady and self-confident, loyal, courageous, vigilant, and intelligent with an air of regality, but not aggressive. The appearance of the facial expression should be fierce in so much to deter […]Read More
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a breed that was reconstructed in the 1940s by Piero Scanziani and other lovers of the Mastini. Scanziani came across the breed in Vesuvius, Italy when it was on the brink of extinction. He would learn that the breed was steeped in 4000 years of historical presence that seemingly originated with […]Read More