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Cane Corso

Cane Corso At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); UKC (Guardian)


Giant. Weight: 80-140 lbs. Height: 22-28 inches


Short, smooth, but thick.


Black, Black and Tan, Tan and Fawn, Red, Chocolate and Brindle

Life Span:

10 to 11 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 50
Barking Tendencies – 30
Cat Friendly – 10
Cold Weather Tolerance – 60
Exercise Needs – 60
General Health – 40
Grooming Needs – 10
Hot Weather Tolerance – 70
Intelligence – 100
Kid Friendly – 80
Playfulness – 50
Shedding Level – 10
Social Needs – 80
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

The Cane Corso is also known as Dogo di Puglia or “Dog of Puglia”.

Cane Corso Mastiff Overview

This dog breed is believed to have descended from the old Roman war dog, Canis Pugnax. Over the years, the Cane Corso Mastiff has been highly valued by hunters and farmers for their immense power, loyalty, swiftness, courage and willingness to work. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Cane Corso Mastiff was used as a hunter and bull baiter. Today, the Cane Corso Mastiff is still used on farms and for hunting.

Cane Corso Mastiff Characteristics

This dog breed is fearless and is very devoted. Because of their sheer power, the Cane Corso Mastiff is not recommended for the average dog owner. With the correct training and socialization, this breed makes a wonderful companion dog. The breed is a fearless family protector. This breed has a very balanced temperament.

Cane Corso Mastiff Temperament

This dog breed is powerful and imposing, highly suspicious of strangers, and extremely protective of and loyal to their family. The Cane Corso likes to please and forms a very close attachment to the primary owner. The Cane Corso tends to be a quiet breed, but will bark at anything they are unsure of. They make wonderful companions, but should never be left unsupervised with children because of their sheer size and power. This breed gets along relatively well with other big dogs.

Cane Corso Care

This dog breed requires relatively little maintenance and grooming. A wipe down with a damp cloth and occasional brushing and/or combing with a firm bristle or rubber brush should be sufficient for the Cane Corso . This breed is a very light shedder. The Cane Corso tends to drool quite a bit and the mouth should be cleaned regularly. The droopy eyes do tend to be sensitive and irritable and professional care may be required.

Cane Corso Coat

This dog breed has a very short, smooth and thick coat that is harsh to the touch and a little course. The coat of this breed is shiny, but not silky or smooth. This dog breed sheds little hair and dead and loose can be removed easily with an especially designed rubber glove.

Cane Corso Training

This dog breed is not suitable for the average handler. The Cane Corso is extremely powerful and can become dominant if not handled correctly. The handler needs to remain firm and consistent at all times. A variety in training methods works best with this somewhat willful breed. A dominant handler is necessary. This breed is highly responsive, trainable, agile and intelligent. Obedience classes are recommended from an early age.

Cane Corso Activity

This dog breed requires a lot of exercise to stay healthy and happy. The Cane Corso is best suited to a home with a fenced yard where there is enough room to maintain his powerful muscles and immense strength. This dog breed is an ideal jogging companion and loves to go on long hikes with his owner. Ideally, the Cane Corso Mastiff breed requires a minimum of 90 minutes exercise per day to keep his muscles in optimum shape.

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