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Sensible advice for raising your Neapolitan Mastiff puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Neapolitan Mastiffs, the best dog food diet for feeding Neapolitan Mastiff puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed

Neapolitan Mastiff Health Problems and Raising a Neapolitan Mastiff Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Neapolitan Mastiffs:

Two serious diseases that claim the lives of many Neapolitan Mastiffs are cancer and heart disease (specifically, cardiomyopathy).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Neapolitan Mastiffs are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

This breed has an appalling rate of hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 130 Neapolitan Mastiffs and found 48.5% dysplastic – the 5th WORST RATE of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Other common orthopedic diseases in Neos are elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and cruciate ligament rupture.

Eye diseases that occur regularly in the Neapolitan Mastiff are cherry eye, and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Skin diseases are common, especially allergies (which cause itchy skin), demodectic mange (VERY common in mastiff breeds), elbow hygroma, and chronic bacterial infections (severe pyoderma).

Hypothyroidism is common in giant breeds. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 14% of Neapolitan Mastiffs have low thyroid levels.

Even with his short coat, the Neapolitan Mastiff tolerates cold weather better than he does the heat. Many Neos have died from heatstroke.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Neapolitan Mastiff?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Neapolitan Mastiffs today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Neapolitan Mastiff puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Neapolitan Mastiff puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Neapolitan Mastiff puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Neapolitan Mastiff lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Neapolitan Mastiff
The best diet for feeding your Neapolitan Mastiff is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Neapolitan Mastiff. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Neapolitan Mastiff
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Neapolitan Mastiff. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Neapolitan Mastiff puppy really need? Does your adult Neapolitan Mastiff need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Neapolitan Mastiff. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Neapolitan Mastiff. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Neapolitan Mastiff.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.