A massive, powerful dog, the Neapolitan Mastiff is recognized by his loose, wrinkly skin and slow, bumbling gait. His serious demeanor and natural protective instincts make him an excellent watchdog, but he is calm and affectionate unless provoked. The Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy drooler, especially in hot temperatures or after eating and drinking, so it helps to keep a towel handy. He should be taken on walks twice a day.
An ancient breed used by the Roman Army during wars, the Neapolitan Mastiff was rediscovered in the 1940s in Italy. A Neapolitan Mastiff played “Fang” in the Harry Potter movies.