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11 Rare Dog Breeds That Are Totally Underrated

11 Dog Breeds You’ve Probably Never Heard Of - Historically bred to fight alongside the Romans wearing body armor and blades so that they could run under and disembowel enemy horses, the Neopolitan Mastiff was almost extinct at the end of WWII. After an Italian painter set up a kennel to protect the enormous pups and bred them with English Mastiffs to diversify the bloodline, the Neopolitan Mastiff has evolved as a breed.

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Looking for a pet? Don't shoot! Contact http://www.stockshot.nl/stockshots/huisdieren.htm © - Napolitaanse dog - Neapolitan Mastiff, Italian Mastiff - mastín napolitano - Mâtin napolitain This breed descends from Tibetan dogs.

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Neapolitan Mastiff dog by Martin Harvey Photography -

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A Neopolitan Mastiff that went Best of Breed at Westminster. A 1940s-era labradoodle for inadequate men, the Neo is a giant breed doomed to a short, unhappy life from a combination of skin problems, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and the effect of massive bulk on a species not meant to be that large. And a healthy Neo would be worse - the AKC standard says they don't bite "without reason. http://www.akc.org/breeds/neapolitan_mastiff/breed_standard.cfm

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