Neapolitan Mastiff and the reason for cropping the ears and tail

Ear and tail cropping. Why is it done and what was the reason? These are questions asked quite frequently. Historically these dogs are the descendants of the Ancient Molossus from 5000 BC. These are the earliest large framed guard dogs with cropped ears and tails. The ears were cropped and tails were cropped at that time to prepare them for combat and fighting with humans and other animals that could grab hold and have a n advantage over them. At this time these animals were the main line of defense for people of the villages while the men/ soldiers were away. Over the centuries their descendants and other dogs too have been cropped for similar reasons. The procedure was mainly for protectio

What is entropion?

At a glance- Entropion refers to a condition in which a dogs eyelid rotates inward. Their eyelashes rub against their eye(s) and cause redness, irritation, and abrasions on the cornea of the eye(s). Entropion, or eyelid retraction, develops slowly and may not be noticeable in its early stages. Over time, however, the condition worsens until every movement of the eye irritates the surface of the cornea. Without treatment, and sometimes surgery, this continuous abrasion can cause eye infections, scarring of the eyeball and in severe cases, blindness. Entropion is a common condition among the Bull dogs, Chinese Sharpei's and the Neapolitan Mastiff. The lower eyelid is most often affected, and i

(Neapolitan Mastiff) the importance of a pedigree

ped·i·gree [ˈpedəˌɡrē] NOUN the record of descent of an animal, showing it to be purebred. the recorded ancestry, especially upper-class ancestry, of a person or family. synonyms: ancestry · descent · lineage · line (of descent) · genealogy · family tree · [more] The pedigree of a dog is the family tree, a record of the names of their parents and ancestors as well as the relationship to one another and to them. The breeder of the dogs name, the birth date, the dog registry's number, the parents, color, sex, other information and data are often included in the dog pedigree as well. If your dog is a pet then the pedigree may be of little importance but if you are looking to use your dog in a b

Bloat some causes and remedies

What is bloat? Bloat is a serious condition where the intestine(s) or stomach twists or is in torsion stopping all digestion and allowing the stomach and or intestinal track to fill up with gas, swelling the area causing severe pain and if not caught quickly, leads to death. This is fairly common in most large breeds. The Old English Mastiff, Great Danes, Saint Bernards and the Neapolitan Mastiff. What are the causes of bloat? This has been a heavily discussed topic and there are no science backed proven data on it yet. There have been studies showing that hot temperatures, type of foods, feeding procedures, genetics, exercise, water drinking and stress could be causes. In almost 18 years i

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