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Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff" Compare Cane Corso and Belgian Malinois. Which is better: Cane Corso or Belgian Malinois or Mastiff?
Name Cane Corso Belgian Malinois Mastiff
OriginsItaly Belgium England
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank374428
Reviews210
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Other Names Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio Malinois English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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 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 United Kennel Club 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 United Kennel Club
Price $1500-$2000 $1200-$1400 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)

Hair & Care - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

Coat Dense Weather-resistant Straight Dense
Colors Chestnut Brindle Gray Red Fawn Black Brindle Cream Fawn Black Apricot Fawn Brindle
Grooming
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Cane Corsos shed moderately.
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
Mastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

Temperament Cheerful Loyal Social Courageous Quiet Active Alert Confident Friendly Hard working Protective Stubborn Watchful Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cane Corso's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Mastiffs 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
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

Stranger Friendly
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Mastiffs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Mastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Mastiff 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.
Not really
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 - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

Health Issues
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Arthritis Bloat Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Ectropion Entropion Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Bloat Cancer Cystinuria Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Seizures
Life Expectancy 10-11 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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 Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Cane Corso vs Belgian Malinois vs Mastiff

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 4-6 puppies 6-10 puppies 3-5 puppies

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