My expectations are high with my dogs. I do not feel that they should be carried, ran inside if the temperature is over or under a certain degree, or be treated as they are made of glass. These are working dogs and are treated as such in my house. If you are looking for a dog to sit around and need very little training this is not your site or your breed in my opinion. My dogs walk and jog heavily, sled pull my daughter and run the fields. Most of my dogs train in Personal Protection and so far has shown the right attributes to be great working guard dogs.
I like to try out different types of exercise and a few of the dogs also have been trained in agility, it always gives everyone a big smile to see these dogs romp around a course. I feel that showing is fun and great to make sure your dogs have the proper looks for the breed, but showing isn’t everything! If the dog can’t run faster then 3mph, then how is it going to catch an intruder? Or if the dog has too much skin on the face and it gets in the way of vision then how do you know the dog will not just run into a tree looking for the bad guy? We as show people and breeders must be careful about our choices of purchases, and of our breeding stock. So that these over-done unhealthy dogs don’t take over the breed and the good healthy stock vanishes! If one doesn’t push the dog how do they know if its a healthy dog to breed? These are WORKING dogs, work them!
Rushing to breed doesn’t help further the Neapolitan Mastiff, but health testing does. As the future of the Neapolitan Mastiff is on our hands we need to be careful on our choices now, since it will directly effect where the breed stands in the years to come.