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The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino Napoletano is an Italian breed of large dog. It descends from the traditional guard dogs of central Italy. It was recognised as a breed by the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana in 1949, and accepted by the Fdration Cynologique Internationale in 1956. The breed is closely related to the Cane Corso. The Neapolitan Mastiff derives from the traditional catch and guard dogs of central Italy. Selection of the breed was begun in 1947 by Piero Scanziani, who had seen one at an exhibition in Naples in 1946. He drew up the first standard, which in 1949 was officially recognised by the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana. It received full acceptance from the Fdration Cynologique Internationale in 1956. Characteristics The Neapolitan Mastiff is large and powerful, with a weight in the range 5070 kg (110150 lb) and a height at the withers of 6075 cm (2430 in) The length of the body is about 15% greater than the height. The skin is abundant and loose, particularly on the head where it hangs in heavy wrinkles. The preferred coat colours are black, grey and leaden, but mahogany, fawn, fulvous, hazelnut, dove-grey and isabelline are also acceptable, all coats may be brindled, and minor white markings on the toes and chest are tolerated. A Neapolitan Mastiff may be expected to live for up to 10 years. :92 A survey in the United Kingdom found an average lifespan of 7 years, with some 16% living past the age of 9 years.
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