Cane Corso Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Cane Corso

Cane Corso


It is believed that modern Cane Corsos are direct descendants of Ancient Rome military dogs, Canis Pugnax. Cane Corso is highly prized by hunters and farmers because of the immense strength, loyalty, speed, courage and constant readiness to work. In the Middle Ages, these dogs were amazing, powerful hunters participating in bull fights. Today, Cane Corso has been successfully used for hunting and for the hard work on the farm. Because of their majestic characteristics and robust appearance, it is believed that they are very aggressive, however, it is a misconception. The Cane Corso was officially recognized by the American Kannel Club in 2010.

Height: 23.5-27.5 inches  Weight: 90-120 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


Mastiff Cane Corso is absolutely fearless and a very loyal dog. Because of its extraordinary size and great physical strength, the Cane Corso is not fit for every dog breeder, but with a proper training, these dogs are excellent companions. It is a fearless defender of the family and a great household pet, in properly organized surroundings. This dog breed is very balanced in character, despite their striking dimensions and frightening appearance.


Suspicious of strangers, as a devoted and faithful guard, the Cane Corso is truly an outstanding companion. Cane Corso is not only very protective of the children in his own family, he is also capable of defending any other child. But, despite all the friendliness and balanced character, it is still a difficult breed to breed, especially with little children in the household. The Cane Corso coexists peacefully with cats and other dogs, but it can not be fully trusted regarding the relationship with other animals.

Coat / Care

Cane Corso

Mastiff Cane Corso wears a very short, smooth and dense coat that must be hard and rough to the touch. The coat is glossy, however, never silky. And its hair is very dense, hard, and shiny. They shed twice a year and dropped out hair can be easily removed with a rubber glove made specially for this purpose. Taking care of Cane Corso is quite simple. It is enough to wipe the dog regularly with a damp cloth and clean it with a stiff brush or above-mentioned rubber gloves. Also, from time to time, one should wipe the dog’s mouth since Cane Corso breeds drool sometimes. Special attention should be paid to large, drooping eyes which are often inflamed due to dirt or street dust.

Health Problems

The Mastiff Cane Corso is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hip Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion (also known as bloat), Demodectic Mange and Eyelid Abnormalities such as Ectropion, Entropion and Cherry Eye. The Cane Corso has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Weight / Height

The male Cane Corso dog breed’s height is around 25 – 27.5 inches and weighs around 90 and 120 pounds. Female Cane Corso dogs can reach a size from 23.5 – 26 inches and weighs between 90 and 110 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.


Again, the Mastiff Cane Corso is not suitable for every dog breeder, even with average experience. This dog is fully aware of his physical energy, and the wrong upbringing can easily cause dominance. The owner of such dog must understand their responsibility to be tough and consistent. When bringing up this, rather self-willed breed, a variety of methods is optimal. This breed is very intelligent and smart, and therefore they learn easily. Despite this, the dog must get used to obedience, from the very first months of his life.


In order to remain healthy and fit, the Cane Corso needs a considerable amount of exercise – at least 90 minutes a day and further, if possible. Strong muscles and great power of this dog require constant training that can only be provided in extensive and well-fenced yards.

This dog breed is a perfect companion for jogging, and it enjoys long walks with his/her owner.

Related: German Shepherd, Queensland Heeler

Quick Information

Other Names:Italian Mastiff,  Cane Di Macellaio, Sicilian Branchiero
Origin:Italy, Europe
Average size: Large Size Dog Breed
Color:Black, Blue, Fawn, Formentino, Brindle, Tigrato, Reverse Blue Brindle
Energy Level:Active dog breed
Trainability:This dog is easy to train
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Very Intelligent and clever dog
Personality:Intelligent, Affectionate, Majestic
AKC Dog Ranking:40th Popular dog
Good family dog:Yes, Very good with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, good with socialization
Good with children:Yes – but socialization is essential
Good with strangers:Medium –  They are wary around strangers
Good apartment dog:Low – this is not an apartment dog

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