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Cane Corso: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training (Italian Mastiff)
Group: Mastiff, Working
Also Known As:
Cane Corso Italiano, Italian Mastiff, Cane di Macellaio,
About Cane Corso
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Cane Corso originated
in Italy. Their name comes from the word COHORS
meaning ‘guard of the courtyard.’
It is known that Cane Corsos were housed in
kennels and used by the military in 1137 in
Monopoli di Sabina near Rome. For many years,
Cane Corso was common throughout Italy. They
are mentioned in poetry and prose in the 1500s.
They were associated with farmers as a good
all-purpose dog – one who can be used
to do farm work as well as guard the farm
and livestock. Its aggressive and combative
nature was necessary for reaching its goal;
however, its social nature helped it to react
only when necessary and to understand the
necessity through human gestures and attitude.
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A General Appearance of
The Cane Corso is a solidly built
medium to large mastiff-type dog. His muzzle (nose)
is very broad and deep. His broad head has a square
appearance because of his jowls. The Corso’s
thick skin tightly covers a very powerful, well-muscled
body that is broader in front than in back. His
tail is short and thick – either naturally
or docked – and carried level with his back
when he is alert. He is athletic and moves with
elegance. He appears noble and majestic and gives
the appearance of a guard dog.
Black, red, shades of gray, shades
of fawn, and a color composed of stripes of shades
of fawn or tan and gray called tubby. Any of these
colors can also be brindled. Dark brown eyes and
black muzzles are appropriate on black, fawn, red
and brindles of these colors. Gray muzzles and lighter
eyes are acceptable on lighter colored dogs. A white
patch may appear on the chest, throat, chin, backs
of the legs, or the toes.
The coat is short, very stiff, and shiny. A dense
undercoat gets thicker in cold weather.
Males: 25 – 27 inches
Females: 23.5 – 26 inches
Males: 90 -110 lbs
Females: 80 – 100 lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
The Cane Corso is docile, loving,
and affectionate with his owner and family. He warms
up to friends who visit often. However, he is a
fierce protector of his property and family. He
is intelligent and willing to please, so can be
easily trained. Socialization and training need
to begin when he is young and continue through at
least his first two years.
Extremely loyal, this dog knows
instinctively when to become terrifying, defensive
and protective. He has an even temperament and is
very gentle with children.
They are not normally barkers
but will bark to alert their owners of a strange
Housebreaking can be difficult
if not begun early and continued consistently. All
members of the family need to learn to be Alpha
with this dog, so the help of an experienced trainer
is advised. Obedience training throughout their
lives is strongly recommended. Chewing can be an
issue with the puppies.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Cane Corso should not be put in
the yard and forgotten. While he can handle all
types of weather and take care of himself, he greatly
desires the attention and love of his family. He
is a social dog who wants interaction with people
and other dogs if possible. He needs a securely
fence yard with room to run. Electric “invisible
containment systems” do not deter this dog.
Cane Corso is a fine dog for indoors
or even apartments, but remember he is a large dog
so needs thorough socialization and early and continuing
obedience training. He will need daily vigorous
exercise – walks, jogging, runs in a dog park,
games of fetch, etc.
Are they suited to homes
The Cane Corso bonds quickly to
his family, especially children. They are protective
of the entire family. They are very gentle and patient
with children and seem to understand their innocence
and vulnerability. They love the attention of the
family and enjoy being included in family activities.
How Active is the Breed?
This is an active and athletic
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Puppies are very active and require
a number of short playtimes throughout the day.
As the dog matures, he can do activities such as
jogging with his master. He enjoys playing very
actively and he is quite athletic throughout his
The Cane Corso is easy to groom
as he is a light shedder and only needs brushing
a couple of times a month. A couple of baths a year
are necessary only if he smells bad. He does need
monthly tick and flea preventative.
Cane Corsos are generally a healthy
breed, able to withstand a variety of climates and
very pain tolerant, except for their ears which
are very sensitive.
Cane Corsos are prone to hip dysplasia,
bloat, red mange (a skin condition caused by mites),
and several eye problems including cherry eye, entropion,
Breeding the Dog and any Cautions
Be in contact with other breeders if you choose
to breed your Cane Corso.
Litter Size: Litters can be 4-8
Life Span: The average lifespan
is 10-11 years.
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National Breed Clubs
US – Cane Corso Association of America –
International Cane Corso Federation – iccfregistry
@ yahoo . com
Other Recognition: FCI, NKC,
The Cane Corso is part of the
Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel
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