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I own a female Neapolitan Mastiff, he is not as huge as others,help?

Hi, I own a female Neapolitan Mastiff who is 14 months old. i have seen some Neos on the internet and have noticed that most of them are huge as compared to my pet. Also when i took her for the KCI registration, the judge did mention that Neos generally should have a heavy head and this one doesnt. What in your opinion can i do to improve on the size of her the head & her overall size. Also, i used to feed her comercial food till she was 1 year old and have stopped it now. as of now, she is completely on home cooked food, can you please advise which one is better, home cooked food or commercial food? As far as her exercise routine is concerned, i dont let her run and exert herself much as was suggested by almost all the Vets i consulted in Delhi and Gurgaon. She goes for a walk thrice a day and for teh rest of time, she keeps roaming around in the house. i didnt get her weight and height checked recently but the last i remember was almost 4-5 months back when she got operated upon for the cherry eye. At that time her weight was around 40 KGs. I want to take her to a Dog Show but am not sure whether or not she is fit for the same. Can you please advise of the requirements of the Dog Shows. Thanks in Advance Mehran.
By Mehran Shah · 18 Nov 2008 7:56 pm

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By shharat sharma · 20 Nov 2008 7:14 am
Hi Mehran,
You would recall that I had also mentioned that your pet has good size and confirmation. She has the correct coat type, good bone and fairly good fore & hind quarters. Yes! She does have a smaler than ideal head but that is common among Neapolitan's in India.

Judging from her condtion she doesn't require too much exercise. It is difficult for anyone to categorically say which type of food is better. However, commercial dog food is more balanced, home cooked food has to be supplemented with vitamins, minerals etc.....

You would never know her true quality till you see other Neao's at the show. So go for the GKC & KCI-FCI shows in December at Gurgaon and enjoy. Also try and get in touch with some expert breeders over the internet.


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By Mehran Shah · 20 Nov 2008 3:11 pm
Thanks a ton Sharat. could you please let me know if i can show her in the coming Dog Shows in Gurgaon, as in is she fit for the same? also, i did some research on the internet and found that commercial dog food is not good for pets as it is made from rejected products. Could you please go through the following link and advise about the same. http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.c om/health/common/feeding.html
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By Rana Atheya · 20 Nov 2008 3:20 pm
Hi Mehran, About the Dog Food, I feel it is more like a Myth and agenda build out of nothing- Its like people has been against Mc Donald's, KFC etc of the world. You can Definitely show you Dog in the show
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By Mehran Shah · 20 Nov 2008 7:43 pm
Thanks for your reply Rana Sir. Could you please guide me about the registration process for the coming Gurgaon Dog Shows?
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By Rana Atheya · 20 Nov 2008 7:48 pm
Hi Mehran,

Just wait for your KCI registration to come thru, once you get the Dog KCI registered, log on to
www.dogspot.in/gurgaon
Fill the online form, pay online and you will be registered for the dog show
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By Mehran Shah · 21 Nov 2008 4:27 pm
Hi,

can you please suggest what would be considered a proper nutritious diet for her. As of now, i feed her 1/2 ltr of milk with 2 eggs and around 7-10 buscuits in breakfast, then rice/roti with chicken/mutton for lunch and dinner. Besides this, she has some choostix and Vitamin and Calcium tablets once in a day..

Is there anything better i can feed her?
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By Koteshwar · 24 Nov 2008 11:47 am
Hello,
Could you please send me a picture of your dog at kitsrao@yahoo.com.
Thanks.
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By Mehran Shah · 24 Nov 2008 10:10 pm
ive sent you the pics. May i have a couple of your pet's pics.
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By Mehran Shah · 27 Nov 2008 6:06 pm
hi Rana Sir/Sharat,
i have started feeding Royal Canin to Sasha again. i have noticed a change in her behaviour since then. She is becoming very hyper or you may say she shows a little more aggression e.g growling/barking. she has also started biting onto things like shoes, furniture again since she started eating the commercial food. i am not sure about the reasons for the above changes but the only difference in her daily routne i can recall is the change in her diet. Another change which i noticed in her is that she has started eating a lot which is not an issue as long as is doesnt create any health problems for her. i would say she eats around 1.5 Kgs of Royal Canin in a day. She has also started to drink a lot of water, she gulps down a full bowl of water in one go, however, she doesnt urinate as she used to... Can you please advise what can be the possible reasons for these changes.
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By Mehran Shah · 27 Nov 2008 6:54 pm
Also, i havent received the KCI papers yet. can i still register my pet for the upcoming Dog show in Gurgaon?
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By Robert Gravel Sheffield Pugs · 29 Nov 2008 10:50 am
It is always hard to answer questions of size with someone writing. As someone suggested you can enter in a show and see how she holds up. we all started somewhere and my first Mastino was only marginal in quality. Remember mass, wrinkle, head and the emotional impact the dog makes.
about size, my last 2 bitches I owned were about 160lbs when mature at 3-4 years old.
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By Daksh · 01 Dec 2008 12:00 pm
well first of fall u have to look at the sire and dam of the dog u have r they well developed or not r the good pedigree dogs with a good gene pool back ground as most of this situation comes by the genes factor and as far as feeding is concern tht too make an impact for the growth well the dog has almost taken growth nw she will just mature what i suggest u to feed her royal cannin giant dog food and along wth tht mix royal cannin cyno energy the ration will be 10:2 got it for eg if u r feeding 100grms of food 80% is RC giant and 20% is RC cyno energy and got for the best calcium names alfa calcidol and wth tht give ginseg tabs for more help u r most welcome to call me on +9977275143
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