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We do believe that the A.K.C. should not accept this breed at this time. We suggest a ten year moratorium on seeking this recognition, until such time as the A.K.C. judges have shown an ability to judge these dogs as per the Italian Standard. Rare breed clubs that use A.K.C. judges for their shows do the Neapolitan Mastiff a similar disservice.
Neapolitan Mastiff shows need to be developed in the Southwest. The judges must be "Neo People" but not necessarily sanctioned by any particular club.
We believe in "taking care of our own". Therefore, 10% of yearly membership dues will be donated to Neo Rescue.
In an effort to improve the health of the Neo, while maintaining it's unique "type", the SNC will award Star Points to Neos which have shown Veterinary Medical proof of having passed O.F.A., thyroid, CERF, and/ or heart exams. The "Awards Committee" will be in charge of recording and presenting these health awards. We hope that prospective breeders and buyers will give these healthy Neos and their pups special consideration when breeding or purchasing pups.
Southwestern Neo Rescue is run by Tina and Jerry Helderlein. They can be reached at (619) 275-0309 or emailed at SNC RESCUE