Carpal laxity syndrome is a common issue in the Neapolitan Mastiff. The predisposition for laxity is undoubtably genetic although environmental factors clearly determine the degree of manifestation of the condition. Signs typically begin begin between 4 and 8 months with a gradual plantigrade stance being the most common manifestation of the condition in the Neapolitan Mastiff,… Continue
Basic Anatomy The front facial anatomy of the dog is straightforward. There is the plane of the nose (A) the nares (B) the philtrum (C) lips (D) tongue (E). Idiopathic nasal Hyperkeratosis Hyperkeratosis of the plane of the nose (A) is characterized by raised roughened skin on the top of the nose. The roughened skin… Continue
I had the pleasure of seeing this boy and some dear friends during the 2014 USNMC Specialty the last weekend in September. Vincent was on the top of his game and looked quite well for a 2 year old pup. Onward and upward for this boy!
Most people are familiar with the eye as we often peer into them as our dogs beg, train or peer about. But most of what we look at every day in our furry friends, is actually more appropriately classified as the external supporting structures of the eye, or ocular adnexa. These include the eyelids, eyelashes,… Continue
All of our dogs are AKC registered. All of our puppies come with AKC registration. Pet-only dogs will come with limited AKC registration. Limited registration means the dog is registered with the AKC but no litters produced from that dog are eligible for registration and a dog with limited registration is ineligible to compete in… Continue
The AKC Standard The Neapolitan Mastiff’s movement is not flashy, but rather slow and lumbering. Normal gaits are the walk, trot, gallop, and pace. The strides are long and elastic, at the same time, powerful, characterized by a long push from the hindquarters and extension of the forelegs. Rolling motion and swaying of the body… Continue
Why I Decided to Crop I did not take my decision to crop ears lightly. Having been raised in the West Coast of the United States, a hotbed for animal rights, and having studied in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of animal rights, I have been more then exposed to the other viewpoints concerning cosmetic… Continue