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Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff" Compare Cane Corso and German Shepherd. Which is better: Cane Corso or German Shepherd or Mastiff?
Name Cane Corso German Shepherd Mastiff
OriginsItaly Germany England
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank37228
Reviews2100
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Other Names Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund 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 1908 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. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. 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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
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 $800-$2000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 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: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 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 (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 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 (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm)

Hair & Care - Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff

Coat Dense Fuzzy Dense
Colors Chestnut
Brindle
Gray
Red
Fawn
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Apricot
Fawn
Brindle
Grooming
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Cane Corsos shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Mastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff

Temperament Cheerful
Loyal
Social
Courageous
Quiet
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Protective
Alert
Courageous
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cane Corso's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high 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.
German Shepherds have a strong 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.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shepherds 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.
German Shepherds 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.

Good With - Cane Corso vs German Shepherd vs Mastiff

Stranger Friendly
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd 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.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds 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.
German Shepherds 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
German Shepherds 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
German Shepherd 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 German Shepherd vs Mastiff

Health Issues
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Arthritis
Bloat
Cherry Eye
Demodectic Mange
Ectropion
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Bloat
Cancer
Cystinuria
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Seizures
Life Expectancy 10-11 years 10-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shepherds 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. 3 to 4 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 German Shepherd 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 German Shepherd 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 German Shepherd 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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