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Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel" Compare Bullmastiff and Cane Corso. Which is better: Bullmastiff or Cane Corso or Boerboel?
Name Bullmastiff Cane Corso Boerboel
OriginsEngland Italy South Africa
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank5137124
Reviews021
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Other Names Bully, Bullie Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
National Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Price $1200-$1500 $1500-$2000 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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

Hair & Care - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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

Characteristics - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Temperament Alert
Courageous
Docile
Loyal
Reliable
Calm
Devoted
Powerful
Protective
Cheerful
Loyal
Social
Courageous
Quiet
Confident
Intelligent
Territorial
Dominant
Obedient
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
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bullmastiffs 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.
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
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.
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Boerboels 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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Stranger Friendly
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bullmastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boerboel 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.

Health Factors - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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

Reproducibility - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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 4-13 puppies, average 8 4-6 puppies 7-10 puppies

Rate This Comparsion - Bullmastiff vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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.