Neapolitan Mastiff vs Broholmer

Compare the Neapolitan Mastiff to the Broholmer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Neapolitan Mastiffs and Broholmers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Broholmer is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Neapolitan Mastiff is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Neapolitan Mastiff and Broholmer are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Neapolitan Mastiff is easy to groom. The Broholmer has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Broholmer has an average tendency to bark. The Neapolitan Mastiff will rarely bark.
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Neapolitan Mastiff vs Broholmer
Black Neapolitan Mastiff
Broholmer Dog Breed
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffBroholmer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan6-9 yrs.7-12 yrs.
Height24-31 in.22-30 in.
Weight110-155 lb90-150 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryItalyDenmark
Origin Year100 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorAverage
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹35°F to 80°F30°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed17 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountVery HighMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffBroholmer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingHighBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingVery LowAverage
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffBroholmer
Lifespan
Lifespan6-9 yrs.7-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameNeapolitan MastiffBroholmer
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesNo
MahoganyYesNo
TawnyYesNo
Red GoldenNoYes
YellowNoYes