What is the difference between an English and a Neapolitan mastiff?

What is the difference between an English and a Neapolitan mastiff?

The Neapolitan Mastiff and the "English" Mastiff (also known as the "Old English Mastiff" or just "Mastiff") descend from mastiff-type dogs depicted in art dating roughly 5,000 years ago. Over time these enormous breeds developed into how we know them today: loyal protectors and loving companions with their own unique qualities.

Countries of Origin
While the English Mastiff comes from England, the United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club says the Neapolitan Mastiff is the creation of breeders in the Neapolitan region of southern Italy.

Skin
The Neapolitan Mastiff’s loose skin, many head wrinkles and huge dewlap (the skin that hangs from the neck) are hallmarks of the breed, according to Neapolitan Mastiff standard. The Mastiff Club of America says English Mastiffs are not to be as wrinkled as Neapolitan Mastiffs.

Size
Neapolitan Mastiffs range from 24 to 31 inches at the shoulder, and weigh an average of 110 to 150 pounds, states the Neapolitan Mastiff standard. MCOA says most English Mastiffs are 27½ to 36 inches tall, and weigh 120 to 230 pounds.

Ears
The Neapolitan Mastiff standard states that the ears of the breed are usually cropped into triangles. English Mastiff ears are not cropped.

Colors
The English Mastiff standard accepts fawn, apricot or brindle (striped) coloring with dark facial "masks" and ears. Neapolitan Mastiffs may be solid gray (called "blue"), black, mahogany or tawny; the standard allows for some brindling.

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7 Responses to What is the difference between an English and a Neapolitan mastiff?

  1. Borderline Collie says:

    Aside from the obvious visual differences:
    http://www.thebandfrom.com/wp-content/uploads/biggest-english-mastiff.jpg
    http://lh4.ggpht.com/-nSrneJrf_5Q/TLZaoyyWw2I/AAAAAAAAAHI/rGw2tImO7O0/ilDragoNeapolitanMastiff61.jpg

    Neapolitan Mastiffs are said to be more "placid" and tolerant in personality. They are also more prone to eye problems.
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  2. Terese says:

    The Neapolitan Mastiff and the "English" Mastiff (also known as the "Old English Mastiff" or just "Mastiff") descend from mastiff-type dogs depicted in art dating roughly 5,000 years ago. Over time these enormous breeds developed into how we know them today: loyal protectors and loving companions with their own unique qualities.

    Countries of Origin
    While the English Mastiff comes from England, the United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club says the Neapolitan Mastiff is the creation of breeders in the Neapolitan region of southern Italy.

    Skin
    The Neapolitan Mastiff’s loose skin, many head wrinkles and huge dewlap (the skin that hangs from the neck) are hallmarks of the breed, according to Neapolitan Mastiff standard. The Mastiff Club of America says English Mastiffs are not to be as wrinkled as Neapolitan Mastiffs.

    Size
    Neapolitan Mastiffs range from 24 to 31 inches at the shoulder, and weigh an average of 110 to 150 pounds, states the Neapolitan Mastiff standard. MCOA says most English Mastiffs are 27½ to 36 inches tall, and weigh 120 to 230 pounds.

    Ears
    The Neapolitan Mastiff standard states that the ears of the breed are usually cropped into triangles. English Mastiff ears are not cropped.

    Colors
    The English Mastiff standard accepts fawn, apricot or brindle (striped) coloring with dark facial "masks" and ears. Neapolitan Mastiffs may be solid gray (called "blue"), black, mahogany or tawny; the standard allows for some brindling.

    Read more: Difference Between a Neapolitan Mastiff & English Mastiff | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5980731_difference-neapolitan-mastiff-english-mastiff.html#ixzz1ZRmdGbzc
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  3. Medusa says:

    Physical appearance. They both require firm training, but the Neapolitan is a bit more relaxed.
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  4. JenVT says:

    They are really completely different dogs in so many ways.

    http://www.neapolitan.org/

    http://mastiff.org/
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  5. Kirsten Dammie says:

    They are both very different looking! A Neapolitan is a grey-blue color, and they have skin that really sags.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_Mastiff

    An English mastiff can be apricot-fawn, silver-fawn, fawn, or dark fawn-brindle, always with black on the muzzle, ears, and nose and around the eyes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Mastiff#Coat_colour_standards
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  6. minnie181 says:

    The English Mastiff or just Mastiff descended from a Mastiff type dog roughly 5000 years ago and do not have cropped ears or are as wrinkley as the Neapolitan Mastiff does.
    The Neapolitan Mastiff is said to descend from the Neapolitan region in southern Italy.
    The English Mastiff is larger and heavier than its cousin the Neapolitan.
    Hope this helps.
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    More info from eHow.

  7. ladystang says:

    would have to google both breed and look
    or get a book of breeds and look
    wouldn’t think much but where from
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