Neapolitan Mastiff Standard

 

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AKC/ ENCI/ FCI Standard

 

General Appearance
An ancient breed, rediscovered in Italy in the 1940's, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy-boned, massive, awe inspiring dog bred for use as a guard and defender of owner and property. He is characterized by loose skin, over his entire body, abundant, hanging wrinkles and folds on the head and a voluminous dewlap. The essence of the Neapolitan is his bestial appearance, astounding head and imposing size and attitude. Due to his massive structure, his characteristic movement is rolling and lumbering, not elegant or showy.

Size, Proportion, Substance
A stocky, heavy boned dog, massive in substance, rectangular in proportion. Length of body is 10% - 15% greater than height.

Height:
Dogs: 26 to 31 inches, Bitches: 24 to 29 inches.

Weight
Average weight of mature Dogs: 150 pounds; Bitches: 110 pounds; but greater weight is usual and preferable as long as correct proportion and function are maintained.

The absence of massiveness is to be so severely penalized as to eliminate from competition.
 

Head

Large in comparison to the body. Differentiated from that of other mastiff breeds by more extensive wrinkling and pendulous lips which blend into an ample  

dewlap. Toplines of cranium and the muzzle must be parallel. The face is made up of heavy wrinkles and folds. Required folds are those extending from the  

outside margin of the eyelids to the dewlap, and from under the lower lids to the outer edges of the lips.

 

•   Severe Faults: Toplines of the cranium and muzzle not parallel.

•   Disqualifications: Absence of wrinkles and folds.

 

Expression:

Wistful at rest, intimidating when alert. Penetrating stare.

 

Eyes:

Set deep and almost hidden beneath drooping upper lids. Lower lids droop to reveal haw.

 

Eye Color:

Shades of amber or brown, in accordance with coat color. Pigmentation of the eye rims same as coat color.

 

•   Severe Faults: Whitish-blue eyes; incomplete pigmentation of the eye rims.  

 

Ears:

Set well above the cheekbones. May be cropped or uncropped, but are usually cropped to an equilateral triangle for health reasons. If uncropped, they are  

medium sized, triangular in shape, held tight to the cheeks, and not extending beyond the lower margin of the throat.

 

Skull:

Wide flat between the ears, slightly arched at the frontal part, and covered with wrinkled skin. The width of the cranium between the cheekbones is  

approximately equal to its length from occiput stop. The brow is very developed. Frontal furrow is marked. Occiput is barely apparent.

 

Stop:

Very defined, forming a right angle at the junction of muzzle and frontal bones, and the sloping back at a greater angle where the frontal bones meet the frontal  

furrow of the forehead.

Nose:

 

Large with well-opened nostrils, and in color the same as the coat. The nose is an extension of the topline of the muzzle and should not protrude beyond nor  

recede behind the front plane of the muzzle.

 

•   Severe Faults: Incomplete pigmentation of the nose.

 

 

Gait
The Neapolitan Mastiff's movement is not flashy, but rather slow and lumbering. Normal gaits are the walk, trot, gallop, and pace. The strides are long and elastic, at the same time, powerful, characterized by a long push from the hindquarters and extension of the forelegs. Rolling motion and swaying of the body at all gaits is characteristic. Pacing in the show ring is not to be penalized. Slight paddling movement of the front feet is normal. The head is carried level with or slightly above the back.

Above left is an example of World Champon Carnera Della Grotta Azzurra in correct movement and above right is a video example of "THE DON" and what the Neapolitan Mastiff movement looks like in action

Muzzle:

It is 1/3 the length of the whole head and is as broad as it is long. Viewed from the front, the muzzle is very deep with the outside borders parallel giving it a  

"squared" appearance. The top plane of the muzzle from stop to tip of nose is straight, but is ridged due to heavy folds of skin covering it.

 

•   Severe Faults: Top plane of the muzzle curved upward or downward.  

 

Lips:

Heavy, thick, and long, the upper lips join beneath the nostrils to form an inverted "V". The upper lips form the lower, outer borders of the muzzle, and the lowest  

part of these borders is made by the corners of the lips. The corners turn outward to reveal the flews, and are in line with the outside corners of the eyes.

Size, Proportion, Substance
A stocky, heavy boned dog, massive in substance, rectangular in proportion. Length of body is 10% - 15% greater than height.

Height:
Dogs: 26 to 31 inches, Bitches: 24 to 29 inches.

Weight
Average weight of mature Dogs: 150 pounds; Bitches: 110 pounds; but greater weight is usual and preferable as long as correct proportion and function are maintained.

The absence of massiveness is to be so severely penalized as to eliminate from competition.

 

Faults
The foregoing description is that of the ideal Neapolitan Mastiff. Any deviation from the above described dog must be penalized to the extent of the deviation.
 

 

 

 

 

Disqualifications

•   Absence of wrinkles and folds

•   Absence of dewlap

•   Lack of tail or short tail, which is less than 1/3 the length from point of insertion of the tail to the hock.

More information about Neapolitan Mastiffs to compare at the AKC website

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/neapolitan-mastiff/

 

Akc Neapolitan Mastiff standard May 1st 2004

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The ENCI Neapolitan MAstiff Standard

Below

http://old.enci.it/en/breeds/standard.php?id=197

 

Head

Italian ENCI Standard

Above ENCI Standard

World Champion Brigante Del Castellaccio for reference

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