Cane Corso

Cane Corso
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Italy
Group: Guard Dog, Mastiff
Height: 24-27 in.
Weight: 88-110 lbs.
Life span: 10-11 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: with children in the family
Good with other pets: Usually no, with dogs and other pets

What is the origin of the Cane Corso?

The Cane Corso can trace its roots back hundreds of years. Dogs built similarly to the Corso have been seen in bas-reliefs as long ago as 700 BC. During the Macedonian wars the Romans acquired some of these Molosians and then introduced dogs from England into the breed. In the 1100’s the name Cane Corso came into popular use. After the fall of the Roman Empire the Corso’s primary uses became guardian, hunter and farm dog. In 1988 the first litter of Corsos was brought to America by Michael Sottile Sr. In 2003, the Cane Corso was recognized by the American Kennel Club.

What does the Cane Corso look like?

The Cane Corso is considered a medium to large muscular dog. Unlike the Neapolitan Mastiff, the Corso has little facial wrinkling and minimal dewlap. The head is large and powerful in relation to the rest of the body with a wide muzzle. Height is 24-27 inches at the shoulder and weight is 88-110 lbs. The eyes are almond-shaped and dark. Ears drop forward but are cropped into a truangular shape where this practice is legal. Tails may also be docked. The coat is short and stiff. Colors are black, shades of fawn, shades of grey. The coat needs minimal grooming, weekly brushing to get rid of dead hairs and keep clean.

What is the temperament of the Cane Corso?

The Cane Corso is a strong guardian and will quickly bond with the family, especially the children. Corsos always want to be close to their family. However they do not take well to strangers and need supervision even with children. The Corso’s personality is confident and always vigilant. Early obedience training and socialization is a must with this powerful dog, always with a firm but kind hand. Corsos usually do not get along with other dogs or pets. If sufficiently exercised the Corso can live in an apartment. They make great jogging companions.

What is the Cane Corso used for?

Originally a war dog, the Cane Corso became a guardian, hunter and farm dog. Today the Corso is a protector of family and property as well as a loyal, loving companion.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, arthrithis, demodex mange, eyelid abnormalities, bloat/stomach torsion.

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