Neapolitan Mastiff

In a controversial move, Crufts instituted veterinary exams at the high-profile show, resulting in two Molosser breeds having their Best of Breed wins revoked for eye anomalies. We survey the fallout.

Photo by Sanna Sodergren
WHaM - that stands for "Wrinkles, Head and Mass." But some Neapolitan Mastiff fanciers argue that the catchy acronym has outlived its usefulness, and encourages a caricature of the breed.
Tuscan breeder Mario Querci was an iconic figure in the Neapolitan Mastiff, helping refine features of type, including the breed's trademark wrinkles.
A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?
A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?
A photograph of a Neapolitan Mastiff that is the size of a pony turns out to be an urban legend.

The Sphinx-like down tells you this Mastino actor was more interested in something off stage.
Fang, the dog owned by Hagrid in the Harry Potter books, was played by various Neapolitan Mastiffs in the movie adaptations.
When the British Kennel Club instituted veterinary checks at its highest-profile show, the Neapolitan Mastiff suffered most from the scrutiny. Now a thoughtful campaign within the breed to put extremes in check is bearing fruit.
Because of a quirk of biology, a litter of puppies can have more than one father. We explore these intentional "multi-sired" litters.
Guaglione is arguably the Neapolitan Mastiff who started it all ... the first Italian champion and an important catalyst in the formation of the modern breed. Meet him and his champion, Piero Scanziani.
Pier Giovanni Staderini and friends
Tuscan painter and ceramicist Pier Giovanni Staderini has a  far-ranging style, from abstract works to curvaceous studies of the female form that are as brooding as they are sensuous. The Neapolitan Mastiff occupies a special place in his heart – and on his easel. 
Robin White, a veterinarian who also breeds and owns Neapolitan Mastiffs, shares a story of jumping to conclusions. Brace yourself for a happy ending.

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