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Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix

The Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Mudi and the Neapolitan Mastiff. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Mudi is known for being lively, keen, and alert. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Mudi or the Neapolitan Mastiff? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix puppies for sale.

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Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Mudi History

The Mudi, also called a Hungarian Mudi or Canis Ovilis Fenyes, originated in Hungary in the 19th century.

Today the Mudi is considered to be a rare breed. At this point, there are less than a few thousand Mudik (the plural of Mudi) across the world. The majority of the Mudi are in Hungary with a few in Finland, and even fewer in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Mudik come in multiple colors such as black, brown, white, fawn, grey and cifra (marbling of black and gray). The Mudi is an active breed and loves to play. When inside the Mudi will enjoy its time with family and its owners; but when it goes outside, the high energy shines through.

It is believed that the Mudi naturally evolved from crosses of the Puli, Pumi and German Spitz-type breeds. Because of its distinguishing ears that prick up, the breed was then moved to be classified and registered in 1936.

Although originally the Mudi was a working dog and did mostly herding cattle as well as sheep, the Mudi is now also known for being a search and rescue dog in Finland as well as the United States.

Because there is such a small population of Mudik, it is yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club, although the studbook for the breed is maintained by the American Kennel Club via its Foundation Stock Service, which is an optional recording service for purebreds that are not yet able to get registered with the American Kennel Club.

Neapolitan Mastiff History

The Neapolitan Mastiff, also called a Mastino/Mastini or the Mastino Napoletano, originated in Italy and has always been used as a guard and a defender of family and property for centuries. The Neapolitan Mastiff is an ancient dog breed that grows to be a massive size.

Aside from being very large animals, the Neapolitan Mastiff is covered in loose skin and wrinkles with a coat that can be multiple colors such as black, blue, mahogany and tawny.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are incredibly protective of their home and family. Loving, affectionate and loyal means the Neapolitan Mastiff will protect their family at all cost; a fearless pet.

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a Molosser type of dog and can be traced back for thousands of years. The Neapolitan Mastiff has been trained at one point to bait bulls, bears and jaguars.

The Neapolitan Mastiff was very popular in Europe but, sadly, the breed was almost lost after World War II. After the war, Italian painter Piero Scanziani created a kennel to take the Neapolitan Mastiff-type dog that was running around in southern Italy and to make them into a formal breed. The English Mastiff was used to breed the now official Neapolitan Mastiff.

The Neapolitan Mastiff Club of America was formed in 1973; and in the 1990s, the American Neapolitan Mastiff Association and the United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club were formed. Finally in 2004, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2004.

Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Size and Weight

Height: 15 - 19 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 18 - 29 lb
Lifespan: 13 - 14 years

Neapolitan Mastiff
Height: 24 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 110 - 150 lb
Lifespan: 8 - 10 years

Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Personality

The Mudi and the Neapolitan Mastiff are both loyal and affectionate. They are also very charming, so watch out! This dog will require a good training regimen as they can get excited. They are very loyal to their family. One of the best things you can do for any breed is to socialize it as much as possible. Please use positive reinforcement, it goes a long way! She should be rather affectionate and love being with you, she can also be stubborn so keep that in mind.

Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Mudi mixed with the Neapolitan Mastiff might be prone to joint dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

Mudi Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."

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