Cane Corso

Breed Summary

The Cane Corso is a medium to a large-sized dog of molossoid type with a strong skeleton. They are muscular, athletic, and moves with considerable ease and elegance. The large and imposing head of the Cane Corso is its most important feature. Their forehead and muzzle are flat and eyes are dark and almond-shaped. They are known as a true and quite possibly the last of the coursing Mastiffs.

Country of Origin: Italy

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 32 of 196

AKC Classification: Working Group

UKC Classification: Working dog

Exercise Requirements: ˃40 Minutes/day

Height: Female: 23.5-26 inches; Male: 25-27.5 inches

Weight: Proportionate to height

Physical traits: Molossus, Sturdy, Strong

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Stiff, shiny, adherent, and dense

Colors: Black, Fawn, Chestnut Brindle, Grey, Black Brindle, Red

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Majestic

Energy Level: High

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


Cane Corsos are healthy dogs. Their life expectancy is 9 to 12 years. They should be screened for health conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, Demodex mange, and eyelid abnormalities. Like other large and deep-chested breeds, they are susceptible to bloat, a sudden, life-threatening stomach condition. Owners need to learn what signs to look out for, and what to do should they occur. Cane Corso’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and the teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste designed for dogs. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential.


The Cane Corso dog depends on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


Cane Corso needs early socialization and puppy training classes during their puppyhood. Many Cane Corsos can be dominant and protective; socialization will help ensure that they grow into well-adjusted, well-mannered adults. Obedience training will keep them from becoming the boss in the household. They are intelligent and eager to please, so they are easy to train.


Cane Corsos need serious exercise. They require at least two long walks per day. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. They make great companions on long walks, hikes, or bicycle rides. The Cane Corso was bred to work and is happiest when given a job to do. They need mental and physical stimulation, or undesirable behavior will result. Many Cane Corso compete in agility, obedience, dock diving, protection sport, and tracking events.

Fun Fact

The name Cane Corso can be translated as "bodyguard dog" (“canis” = “dog” and “cohors” = “bodyguard” in Latin).


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