English Neo Bull

85-100 lbs
Neapolitan Mastiff
Neo Bull

The English Neo Bull is a designer dog, a deliberate cross between two molosser type guard dogs, the English Bulldog and the Neapolitan Mastiff,  one fairly small and the other very large. The resulting hybrid tends to be large, but not quite so large as the Mastiff. They are typically gentle animals when dealing with their families, but can become aggressive towards strangers and other animals if not properly socialized. These dogs have lower than average grooming and exercise requirements for their size and as they mature they can be a suitable candidate for apartment living, although they are happier with the room that a larger home can provide.

purpose Purpose
Guard dog, Family companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
English Bulldog, Neapolitan Mastiff

English Neo Bull Health

Average Size
Male English Neo Bull size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 95-110 lbs
Female English Neo Bull size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 85-100 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Heart Disorders and Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Obesity
  • Skin Disorders
  • Minor Eye Disorders
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hemivertebra
  • Spina Bifida
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Cutaneous cytology
  • Electrocardiogram

English Neo Bull Breed History

Both of the parent breeds of the English Neo Bull are both considered molosser type dogs, canines characterized by their thick bone structure, short powerful necks, and massive heads, that were utilized mainly to protect livestock and property, but they were also well known as war dogs and as fighting dogs. The Neapolitan Mastiff comes from Italy, where it is known as the Mastino Napolitano. This massive animal was originally utilized as a farm and family guardian in the countryside of southern Italy, using its bulk to fearlessly protect its charges from thieves, wolves, and possibly even the bear. After World War II, fanciers of the Neapolitan Mastiff began to focus on the breed and the breed standard was drafted in 1948. The English Bulldog is also quite an old breed and the origins of this canine are masked by history. Although they are much smaller than the Neapolitan Mastiff, Bulldogs are strong-willed and powerful canines which were frequently employed by farmers and butchers to control, guard, and bait bulls throughout England. To that end, Bulldogs of the 1800’s were bred to be a much more tenacious and aggressive canine than they are today, with an extremely high pain tolerance. This made them excellent candidates for fighting other dogs as well and because of this trait they were instrumental in the development of both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. When these violent “sports” became illegal in 1885, the breed was maintained by Bulldog fanciers who chose to breed for a more agreeable nature, and today’s English Bulldog is typically a docile animal who is capable of adapting to many situations. 

English Neo Bull Breed Appearance

The English Neo Bull has the thick-set body, strong neck, and broad head of the molosser type dog and  short to medium-length triangular ears that fold down to the sides. The Neapolitan Mastiff is typically a foot to two feet taller than your average English Bulldog, and the English Neo-Bull can end up on either end of the spectrum, or anywhere in between. They have dark round eyes and their muzzle is likely to be shorter than average, sometimes with the undershot jaw of the English Bulldog. If the dog in question favors the genetics of the Neapolitan Mastiff, folds of loose skin may droop over the eyes, sometimes covering them completely, and those that favor the Bulldog will have shorter legs and a shorter muzzle. This hybrid sports a short, single layer coat that requires very little maintenance, although the texture could be either soft or coarse, depending on which parent breed their coat favors.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue English Neo Bull eyes
brown English Neo Bull eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Neo Bull nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Neo Bull coat
blue English Neo Bull coat
brindle English Neo Bull coat
fawn English Neo Bull coat
red English Neo Bull coat
white English Neo Bull coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Neo Bull straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Neo Bull Breed Maintenance

The English Neo Bull is a fairly easy dog to groom. This crossbreed’s short, single-layer coat is quite manageable and although they require regular brushing with a curry comb or soft bristle brush to eliminate dead hair and distribute healthy body oils throughout the coat, monthly baths are usually adequate for keeping these dogs clean and fresh. Care should be taken to ensure that dirt and moisture do not get trapped within the wrinkles and folds of skin as this often lead  to skin irritation, and a foul odor may develop. The face and muzzle area should be checked daily and wiped down on a regular basis to prevent the growth of red yeast and other fungal or bacterial infestations.

Brushes for English Neo Bull
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Neo Bull requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Neo Bull Temperament

Both the Neapolitan Mastiff and the English Bulldog have been bred to be good-natured with their families and excellent with children. The modern English Bulldog tends to be friendly and easy-going with new people, but the Neapolitan Mastiff tends to be more discriminating as they age, and if not properly socialized they may become aggressive towards others. Interactions with younger children should be closely supervised even with the most good-natured of these animals due to their large size and power.  In some cases, protective may become overprotective and although this crossbreed is unlikely to intentionally hurt a child, they may react quickly and decisively to anything that they consider to be a threat to their family. Their reaction to other animals can be somewhat variable; although some will get along well with other canines, others may be standoffish or even aggressive.

English Neo Bull Activity Requirements

In order to maintain their health, this canine needs to be active for at least 40 to 60 minutes each day, particularly as they have a tendency towards obesity. It is important to remember to keep exercise sessions shorter during your dog’s formative years by breaking them up throughout the day as well as ensuring that your dog does not rough-house or jump from a significant height as this can damage the still-forming bones and joints. Swimming may be an especially beneficial form of exercise for these dogs as it can improve cardiovascular health and muscle mass without stressing the joints. Younger English Neo Bulls may be too energetic for apartment living, but as they mature they also become much calmer animals. Although this crossbreed prefers the room that a house provides, they should be able to adapt to apartment life fairly well as they don’t tend to bark much and require only moderate exercise.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

English Neo Bull Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00
food bag monthly cost

English Neo Bull Owner Experiences

10 Months
9+ People
House & Yard
Sweet, strong, excitable, difficult to train
5 years ago
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