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Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Comparison - Dog breed selector: South African Boerboel or Cane Corz or Bully? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff" Compare Boerboel and Cane Corso. Which is better: Boerboel or Cane Corso or Bullmastiff?
Name Boerboel Cane Corso Bullmastiff
OriginsSouth Africa Italy England
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1243751
Reviews120
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Other Names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio Bully, Bullie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $1500-$2000 $1500-$2000 $1200-$1500

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff General Appearance Comparison

Size Large
Giant
Large Large
Weight 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Avg. Weight 177 pounds (80 kg) Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg)
Height Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense
Shiny
Smooth
Dense Rough
Colors Brindle
Cream
Reddish
Brown
Red
Tawny
Chestnut
Brindle
Gray
Red
Fawn
Black
Fawn
Red
Brindle
Grooming
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boerboels shed moderately.
Cane Corsos shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Confident
Intelligent
Territorial
Dominant
Obedient
Cheerful
Loyal
Social
Courageous
Quiet
Alert
Courageous
Docile
Loyal
Reliable
Calm
Devoted
Powerful
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Cane Corso's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bullmastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Boerboels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bullmastiffs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Bullmastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Cane Corsos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bullmastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Vaginal Hyperplasia
Arthritis
Bloat
Cherry Eye
Demodectic Mange
Ectropion
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Cancer
Entropion
Heart Problems
Hemangiosarcoma
Hypothyroidism
Kidney Issues
Lymphosarcoma
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-11 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Cane Corso drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Boerboel vs Cane Corso vs Bullmastiff Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8

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Reviews

  • Spio Theophilus

    Apr 30, 2020, 3:44:35 PM:

    Very good work

  • cedric olivera

    Jun 15, 2020, 8:50:40 PM:

    Would change the following: Every other source states that the Boerboel is healthier in general than the Bullmastiff which tends to have more health problems. Also my understanding is that the Cane Coro is prone to epilepsy not the Boerboel

  • DM

    Nov 11, 2020, 4:08:35 AM:

    Not very accurate description of the Boerboel regarding temperament, trainability, good for novice 1st time dog owners & adaptability.

  • Karen Pusateri

    Jun 11, 2021, 1:25:39 PM:

    CC's and Neapolitan Mastiffs weren't that long ago still considered the same breed and there are still some that have closer ties than others. A lot of CC's that are in the mid 100 range (males @ 150lbs and females @ 130 lbs). The range is pretty off.