What is an Italian mastiff

Discussion in 'Neapolitan Mastiff' started by Davie, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Davie

    Davie New Member

    I'm on a few Facebook Mastiff groups and people keep refering to Italian mastiffs.
    Is there a stand alone breed called an Italian mastiff or are they refering to one of the mastiff breeds of Italian origin (ie the Neapolitan mastiff or the Cane Corso)?

    I have not previously heard of the "Italian mastiff" so I'm not sure if it is maybe a term used in America perhaps.
  2. 7121548

    7121548 Active Member

    When people use Italian Mastiff, they are usually referring to the Cane Corso. Even though Neapolitan Mastiffs are also from Italy (Naples), people will usually just say Neapolitan Mastiff.
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  3. Courtney H

    Courtney H Active Member

    I always tell people I have Italian Mastiffs because when I say “Cane Corso” they always say “what’s that” lol. Every time I take them out people are astounded by them because they are rare in my area. They always think it’s a pit mix or a boxer mix. No...it’s a Cane Corso. :mad:
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  4. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    To my understanding an Italian Mastiff is one of the two Italian breeds of Mastiff, the Neapolitan and the Cane Corso....both are Mastiffs and both breeds of Mastiff originated in Italy.

    Nomen enim ipsa loquitur

    The name speaks for itself
  5. Jarena

    Jarena Well-Known Member

    Exactly what Courtney said, I also have been telling people I have an Italian mastiff. People will ask what she is and when I say “Cane Corso” they either respond with a funny look, or it’s really funny when they try to correct me and tell me I must mean king Corso or cane (pronounced how it’s spelled). I also get people that come up to me and ask “what kind of mix” she is. Just easier to say Italian mastiff .
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