Facts & Origin
Italian Bulldog (Mastino Napoletano and English Bulldog mix)
The Italian Bulldog is a mixed breed created by crossing a Mastino Napoletano with an English Bulldog. The Mastino Napoletano, a massive and powerful dog, originated in Italy and was originally used as a guard and protection dog. The English Bulldog is a robust and muscular breed with a distinctive flat nose and was originally bred in Britain for bull-biting.
Suitability and attitude
The Italian Bulldog can be a good fit for families who have experience with large and powerful dogs. They can also live in apartments if they get enough exercise and mental stimulation. They are often friendly towards children and other pets if socialized from a young age.
|Origin||UK - Italy|
|Life expectancy||8 - 12 years|
|Activity level||low - average|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Italian Bulldog can have an interesting mix of temperaments from their parent breeds. They are often bold and confident, with a strong protective instinct inherited from the Mastino Napoletano. At the same time, they can exhibit the loving and gentle nature of the English Bulldog, making them excellent family pets.
The Italian Bulldog is a large, sturdy and loyal dog that can fit in well with a family that has time and experience with large dogs. With proper care, exercise and training, they can become excellent family companions, providing both protection and affection.
Grooming and health
Grooming an Italian Bulldog includes regular brushing to keep the coat clean and healthy. The skin folds need to be checked and cleaned daily to prevent skin problems. Like their parent breeds, they can be prone to a number of health problems, including hip dysplasia, heart disease, and breathing problems due to their flat nose. It is important to schedule regular veterinary visits to detect and treat these conditions early.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The Italian Bulldog is a large and powerful dog that can have the physical characteristics of both parent breeds. They can grow up to 70 centimeters tall and weigh 50 kilograms. Their skin is often loose and wrinkled, a characteristic of the Mastino Napoletano, while their face can have the characteristic flat nose of the English Bulldog. The coat is usually short and smooth and can come in a variety of colors, including black, brindle, fawn, and white.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
Can be hereditary in certain breeds.
Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.
Dogs with shortened muzzles can often experience respiratory problems.
This mix usually has a large body, short legs, a slender skull, a thick coat and a unique appearance.
It is a friendly, lovable hybrid breed, but they are good at guarding. They show friendly to everyone and want a lot of attention and care.
As with any other dog breed, this dog should be fed regularly. A healthy diet consists of a balanced mixture.
This mix, like any other dog breed, needs enough space to play and explore.
The Mastino Napoletano is a larger and heavier breed than the English Bulldog.