Mastino Neapolitana - all about the breed
Serious thoughtful look, elegantiridescent coat, gait "lazily" - will agree, a very aristocratic appearance. However, in case of danger it reveals the real essence mastino Neapolitana - dog-fighter, gladiator dogs. If mastino, his home or his family in danger, he becomes gathered, tense and ready for the irresistible attack. That's when you realize how strong and brave, this dog and really can appreciate the power of it.
Perhaps not so much for the attractive appearance,as for the gladiatorial qualities of character, combined with the serenity and equanimity so fond mastino worldwide. Whence came this extraordinary dog with a tread of a lion and the eyes of the philosopher? What is its history, the nature of which is hidden behind the apparent phlegm? What makes it attractive and which "exploits" is capable of?
Origin gladiator dogs
Neapolitan Mastiff (like everyone else)descended from the Tibetan Mastiff, the descendants of which appeared in Europe in 300 BC. According to other reports, these dogs were brought to Britain by the Phoenicians in 500 BC. e. But be that as it may, the Neapolitan Mastiff is a story from the time of the Roman Empire, where he performed in gladiatorial combat with bears and lions. It is not known for what reasons these extraordinary dog for a long time disappeared from Europe, but remained in the area of Naples. And for this reason it is called neapolitan mastiff.
As for the official recognition of the breed, thethis happened only in 1946. Although the breed Neapolitan Mastiff was described in 1897 by Professor Tezze lord of Naples. Preservation of the breed Mastino Neapolitana (unrecognized for a long time) we owe the Italian Piero Skantsiani dog breeder, which is rightly called the "father" of this breed of dog. Skantsiani managed to get a couple of dogs for breeding, and that it is not enough that saved the breed from extinction, but also has made its official recognition by the international community Kennel.
Outside gladiator dogs
It is very beautiful, harmonious and powerful dog. Strong coarse or even build. Height of adult males reaches seventy-five centimeters at the shoulder and weigh - eighty-kg. The ladies, of course, somewhat smaller, but also surprised by the power (up to 70 cm at the withers and 65 kg).
In mastino very massive head (three tenths ofheight at the withers), broad and deep muzzle, strong jaw and fleshy lips. A distinctive feature of the exterior mastino - pronounced dewlap - a hearty "extra" skin wrinkles, which folds down from the outer corners of the eyes and falls on his neck. The coat is short with a glossy shine. The most common color of lead, but also has a dog tiger, black, red, gray and fawn. The nose should be the same color hair. By the standards of the breed these dogs with short cropped ears and tail are cut by a third.
Legs mastino too strong and proportionalgrowth, with long legs (metatarsal). Due to a special structure paws mastino gait too special. These dogs are distinguished by a kind of lion's gait with slow movements, gait resembling a bear.
Character-gladiator of the dog
From the nature of the Mastiff has a solid, if notsay "tough" character. At first glance, it seems too phlegmatic and calm. Mastino never become violently express joy, would not demonstrate their loyalty and even embittered state of this dog remained outwardly calm and silent. However, not to be confused with equanimity mastino indifference and innate pride - with stubbornness. Despite the delicacy and ostentatious arrogance mastino very respectful to his master and genuinely suffering from even a brief separation from him.
Tell all about just mastino Neapolitanaimpossible - so amazing that dog. Nevertheless it is worth noting its unusually high intelligence and boundless devotion. Mastino never leave his family in trouble and will not give in to the danger - fearless gladiator in his blood. The owners of these dogs say that communication with them a real pleasure. If they pay enough attention and be treated with respect (yes, it is with respect), they become part of a Mastiff owner, unmistakably guessing and adapting to his mood.
In addition to natural fearlessness these dogs havealso an innate ability for protection (this, too, it is not necessary to specially train). But interestingly, guard mastino only his home and those who dwell in it. It is useless to try to make this dog's bodyguard - it will still protect the only one whom she sees fit. But the house ... The "alien" has no chance to get into the house, guarded mastino - scout is found and eliminated, without unnecessary noise and bustle.
Education gladiator dogs
When training mastino need not seek"Break" his character. You still will not get the full submission, and the dog will not tolerate such an attitude and grudge and become reclusive. Foster out of her bodyguard - also a thankless task. Mastino dedication will protect the territory and do not hesitate to give their lives for loved ones, but only when it deems it necessary.
The main thing in a relationship with these dogs - confidence. They themselves infinitely trusted hosts, but are waiting for the response of trust. Mastino can respect the host, but blindly obey - never! Nor can we cultivate this dog gentleness or ferocity - it has the nature of a hard character. Relationship "on equal terms" - the only way, only a partnership, friendship and respect. That is the basis of the proper education of the Neapolitan Mastiff.
Amazing dog mastino Neapolitana: Breed can talk endlessly. But the best way to meet her in person. This is a faithful friend, a great guard, a reliable defender and intellectual, requiring respect. Mastino feels great in a country house, but if the owner is able to at least twice a day to do with this dog for long walks, in the apartment she is quite comfortable. Quiet, well-balanced dog gladiator two thousand years of living next to a man, protecting him and his house from enemies. Such is her mission ..</ P>