“In more than 35 years of intense experience with dogs, and more than 20 years of that as a veterinarian, I have never met another domesticated dog that behaves like a Neapolitan Mastiff,” writes Dr. Sherilyn Allen, as she begins her detailed analysis of this most unique breed of dog.
Long out of print, The Official Book of the Neapolitan Mastiff is considered the most expansive and authoritative English-language book about this magnificent Italian breed, discussing its history, conformation, temperament, rearing and more — all illustrated with more than 400 photographs of great Neos from around the world. This reissued and revised volume contains all that original material, plus a special foreword by the author and a new chapter discussing the evolution of the breed in the two decades since this book was first published. A must for any owner, breeder or admirer of this ancient, awe-inspiring breed.
Praise for The Official Book of the Neapolitan Mastiff:
“You want to understand the Mastino Napoletano? The story behind this ancient breed? Its charisma and myth as much as its conformation, health and keeping? Then Sherilyn Allen’s exquisite book is an absolute must-read for any Mastinaro, as nothing more educational has ever been written about the Neapolitan Mastiff. It will open the doors for readers to all that has been previously published in the Mastino’s native land.”
— Christofer Habig, FCI judge, author and Mastino breed specialist
“I am very pleased that Dr. Sherilyn Allen’s important book is being republished, and I hope it will be read by many new Mastinari. It gave me the opportunity to remember just how much Sherilyn has done for the Mastino, and not just in the United States.”
— Giuseppe Alessandra, FCI judge, author, ATIMANA president and Mastino breed specialist
“As the author so perfectly describes, the Neapolitan Mastiff is not only a work of art but a breed still living its ancient history. It is incumbent upon those of us who love our Neos to understand them and to protect their heritage and their future. Dr. Allen’s words should be heeded by every owner. As she once said to me, ‘More Sparta and less Athens.’ It works!”
— Neo fancier Susie Schramm, West Virginia
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is clearly a definitive Neo book, even if there were more on the market. A Neo breeder herself, Dr. Allen knows the breed well and has travelled the world to search out more information. This dog will connect with his/her master like no other. Regardless of the loving nature, be assured they will fool anyone who thinks they aren't aggressive when necessary. My (160 lb.) male literally lept from a dead sleep onto my bed and caught a cat who he perceived was trying to hurt me (it was only rubbing on me and made an odd sound)- he didn't hurt the cat, but immobilized him by holding him with his paws. We rescued our female when she was 1 1/2 years - (she turns 3 years Feb.1, 2003). She'd been placed five times before coming to us and acted very aggressively in the house with my male when she was jealous, still he's never really bitten or hurt her - instead he avoids her bites and forces her down until she submits. Again, be not fooled by their loving and seemingly gentle nature, this breed is not for the uneducated - they are Alpha dogs. Do your homework before buying a puppy - read everything you can, especially this book. My (alpha) male broke up a small gang fight at a nearby park because the boys who were fighting were too close to my daughter (his human child) who was rollerblading nearby. I held onto his leash, but he ran like a locomotive right into the middle of it and pushed his weight around making noises like he was going to kill someone, but bit no one. They scattered and never came back. As Dr. Allen says, NEVER spank or use corporal punishment on your child/ren in front of these dogs; they will see your (pack leader) behavior as their cue to follow what you do. I've seen my dogs do every behavior Dr. Allen describes, especially the snoring! The grandfather of my male is pictured in the book (the famous Tank), so my copy is kept on our coffee table to read or look at the many interesting photos. One more thing: in addition to being my best friends, my Neos are the most perfect security system in the world. No one will ever climb thru a window in our house to steal my child and live through it. Extremely informative and useful book.
I just wanted to say that I found the book geat and very informative, but I do disagree that the dog is as aggressive as it would seem to any one who does not have contact with a neo and has only read the book. I understand the authers point in not holding back any of her experiences since she does have the backround and the fact of what she has seen. I still would recommend this book to anyone.
Our seven-year old blue male is as gentle today as the day he came home. Not to say that he couldn't be protective if need be. I've witnessed that myself. Left to his own though, he'd as soon sleep all day or follow you from room to room as you're trying to get something done. Neos are rarely absent from the side of their owners. This book provides the best insight into this breed to date. Though this is not a hard thing to do because this book is the only published insight to date. To be fair, the book is beautifully laid out with a fair amount of color photographs and excellent text by Dr. Allen. A highly recommended must for every Neo owner.
I agree with the previous reviewer, the Neo is not necessarily an agressive breed -- but it can be! We own a very dominant female who is 3 years old now. 'Tiny' is gentle with the kids (ages 11 to 17), but she doesn't put up with much! She has been known to 'warn' us when she is not in the mood to be petted. We have thanked God many times for the information provided by Dr. Allen regarding the innate differences between Neos and other dogs. One caveat -- the pregnancy and breeding information is not exactly informative!
This is Not an aggressive breed. It does not attack. If raised correctly, with a lot of love, it's the sweetest animal imaginable, most gentle with kids. It was bred to protect by pushing the offender down onto the ground and holding him/her there by its weight - not causing any damage. The editorial really puts wrong ideas into people's heads and creates bad publicity for the animal which doesn't deserve it. Treat a rabbit badly - and it will bite. This is NOT an aggressive dog.