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Research the breed -
Although we believe the Neapolitan Mastiff to be the best breed of canine in the world, we also recognize that it is not a breed for everyone.  Please take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and talk with an experienced breeder to learn more about the Neo.  You may also wish to check out the following resources -

The EverythingNeo site  -

Know the Standard & Registration -
Whether your interested in a family companion or top show competitor know what is acceptable for the breed and what is not.  Unfortunately there are many bogus registries in the United States,  the Neapolitan Mastiff may be registered with  full AKC registration -  the Neapolitan is an AKC recognized breed.   Remember anyone with a computer can print out a fancy certificate saying your Neapolitan Mastiff is a Neapolitan Mastiff and even give you a registration number - We receive many calls each week about papers from false registries, please take the time to investigate.

Choosing a Breeder & Guarantees -
Take the time to talk with many breeders, it will be worth your time and effort.  Find a breeder who you feel you can talk to for the next 10 years.  The relationship with your breeder is very important, for they will be your best resource when you have questions about your new mastino pup.
A breeder and puppy buyer should put their sales / purchase agreement in writing, this will prevent  any future disagreements and will let both parties know what is exactly expected of each other.  Thus setting the ground work for a open, honest, long term relationship.

Purchasing a Puppy from Cinciripini's -

We believe that  maintaining the integrity of our breed is the supreme reason for being a breeder.  We  seek to locate homes for our puppies who are willing to consider;

  • A more holistic approach to rearing their puppy;  willing to incorporate a Raw diet, vaccinate on a reduced schedule.
  • Completion of basic obedience training and crate training.
  • Complete AKC registration and keep us informed of important matters concerning our puppy.
  • When appropriate consider utilizing a professional handler for AKC confirmation events.

Although we love to see our puppies in the show ring, a home which provides love, structure and solid nutrition is most important to us.   Lisa began assisting with whelping and rearing GSD & Dobie puppies when she was 9 years old.  We are experienced and follow several principles when rearing our puppies ; all based on providing puppies with a healthy, loving, clean and stimulating environment.  We begin with healthy stock of  course, our puppies nurse until weaning and are weaned using a goats milk formula till they are ready to be fully weaned to our human grade raw mix diet  and our combo kibble cooked diet.  We do vaccinate our puppies on a much reduced schedule.  All of our puppies are AKC registered, microchipped and sold with a written contract.  Puppies do not leave prior to 10 -12 weeks of age, after strict evaluations.  We have a puppy packet that is provided to our puppy owners prior to familiarize you with our programs.   We try to give each person who phones or emails adequate time to answer all their questions as a result we often are not able to respond to every inquiry.  We thank you for your interest and please feel free to contact us again if we have missed your call or email.

Support for your Neapolitan Mastiff

We of course want to support our puppy buyers for the life of our puppy and are happy to assist other mastini owners.  We do recommend that you always contact your breeder first when you have concerns about your neapolitan, if you still need additional assistance feel free to contact us.

Joe and Lisa Cinciripini

Neapolitan-Mastiff Standard

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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:

Stocky, heavy boned dog, massive in substance, rectangular in proportion Length of body is 10% -15% greater than height. Height: Dogs 26-31 inches. Bitches: 24-29inches. 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.


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.

Standard Head Cont:

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 reason. 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 the occiput stop. the brow is very developed. The frontal furrow is marked. Occiput is barely apparent.

StandardHead Cont:

Stop: Very defined, forming a right angle at the junction of muzzle and frontal bones, and the sloping back at the 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 noze. 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.

Head Cont:

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. Bite: Scissors bite or pincer bite is standard; slight undershot is allowed. Dentition is complete. Faults: More than 1 missing premolar. Severe Faults: Overshot jaw; pronounced undershot jaw which disrupts the outline of the front plane of the muzzle; more than 2 missing teeth.

Standard Neck, Topline and Body:

Neck: Slightly arched, rather short, stocky and well muscled, the voluminous and well - divided dewlap extends from the lower jaw to the lower neck. Disqualifications: Absence of dewlap. Body: The length of the dog, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of buttock is 10 - 15% greater than the hieght of the dog measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the ground. Depth of the ribcage is equal to half the total height of the dog. Ribs are long and well sprung. Chest: Broad and deep, well muscled. Underline and Tuckup: The underline of the abdomen in practically horizontal. There is little or no tuckup.

<Neck, Topline and Body Cont.:

Back: Wide and strong. Highest part of shoulder blade barely rising above the strong, level topline of the back. Loin: Well muscled, and harmoniously joined to the back. Croup:Tail: Set slightly lower than the topline, wide and thick at the root, tapering gradually towards the tip. It is docked by 1/3. At rest, the tail hangs straight or in slight "S" shape. When in action, it is raised to the horizontal or a little higher than the back. Severe Faults: Tail carried straight up or curved over the back. Kinked tail. Disqualifications: Lack of tail or short tail.,which is less than 1/3 the length from point of insertion of the tail to the hock-joint. Wide, strong, muscular and slightly sloped. The top of the croup rises slightly and is level with the highest part of the shoulder.

Forequarters Forequarters:

Heavily built, muscular, and in balance with the hindquarters. Shoulder: Long, well muscled, sloping and powerful. Upper Arms: Strongly muscled, powerful. In length almost 1/3 the height of the dog. Elbows: Covered with abundant and loose skin; held parallel to the ribcage, neither tied in nor loose. Forelegs: Thick, straight, heavy bone, well muscled, exemplifying strength. About the same length and the upper arms. Set well apart. Pasterns: Thick and flattened from to back, moderately sloping forward from the leg. Dewclaws: Front dewclaws are not removed. Feet: Round and noticeably large with arched, strong toes. Nails strong, curved and preferably dark colored. Slight turnout of the front feet is characteristic.

Hindquarters Hindquarters:

As a whole, they must be powerful and strong, in harmony with the forequarters. Thighs: About the same length as the forearms, broad, muscular. Stifles:Legs: Heavy and thick boned, well-muscled. Slightly shorter than thigh bones. Hocks: Powerful and long. Rear Pasterns: Heavy thick bones. Viewed from the side, they are perpendicular to the ground. Viewed from the rear, parallel to each other. Rear Dewclaws: Any dewclaws must be removed. Hindfeet: Same as the front feet but slightly smaller.Moderate angle, strong.


The Coat is short, dense and of uniform length and smoothness all over the body. The hairs are straight and not longer than one inch. No fringe anywhere. Color: Solid coats of Grey(blue), black, mahogany and tawny, and the lighter and darker shades of these colors. Some brindling allowable in all colors. When present, brindling must be tan (reverse brindle). There may be solid white markings on the chest, throat area from chin to chest, underside of the body, penis sheath, backs of the pasterns, and on the toes. there may be white hairs at the back of the wrist. Disqualifications: White markings on any part of the body not mentioned as allowed.


The Neapolitan mastiffs 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 showring 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. Temperament: The Neapolitan Mastiff is steady and loyal to his owner, not aggressive or apt to bite without reason. As a protector of his property and owners, he is always watchful and does not relish intrusion by strangers into his personal space. His attitude is calm yet weary. In the show ring he is majestic and powerful, but not showy.


The foregoing description is that of the ideal Neapolitan mastiff any deviation from the 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 the point of insertion of the tail to the hock. White markings on any part of the body mentioned.

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