Cane Corso Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cane Corso so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginItaly flagItaly
Other Names
What other names does the Cane Corso have?
Cane Di MacellaioCane Corz
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Cane Corso Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Cane Corso puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Cane Corso?
$1500-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Cane Corso, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cane Corso for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cane Corso gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Cane Corso? How many Cane Corso are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Cane Corso is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Cane Corso Size

Size
Is a Cane Corso small, medium or large dog?

How big do Cane Corso get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Cane Corso weigh? How much should the Cane Corso breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Cane Corso?
Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Cane Corso?
Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cane Corso? Cane Corso height:
Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Cane Corso?
Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm)

Cane Corso Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cane Corso have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cane Corso's coat?
ChestnutBrindleGrayRedFawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Cane Corso and how often?
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Cane Corso is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Cane Corso dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cane Di Macellaio?
Cane Corsos shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cane Corso need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Cane Corso every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Cane Corso Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cane Corso have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CheerfulLoyalSocialCourageousQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cane Corso? Is the Cane Corso breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Cane Corso's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Cane Corso is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Cane Corso dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cane Corsos are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cane Corso sensitivity:
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Cane Corso a good family dog?
Average: Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cane Di Macellaio need? Cane Corso social needs:
Cane Corsos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Cane Corso dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cane Di Macellaio bark?
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Cane Corso good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Cane Corso dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cane Corso dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Cane Corso can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Cane Corso will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Cane Corso bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cane Di Macellaio? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cane Corso? Why do dog bites happen?

Moderate

The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Cane Corso has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Cane Corso? How much bite force does a Cane Corso have?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Cane Corso bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large.

They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400.

It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cane Corso do?
Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cane Corsos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cane Corso to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cane Corso roam?
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cane Corso have high prey drive?
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Cane Corso dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cane Corso good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Cane Corso breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Cane Corso indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Cane Corso be 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.

Cane Corso Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cane Corso temperament with other people:
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cane Corso dogs get along with other pets? Are Cane Corso dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Cane Corso dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cane Corso temperament with children:
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cane Corso dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Cane Corso breed live with a cat?
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cane Corso good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cane Corso dogs get along with other dogs?
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cane Corso breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Cane Corso breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cane Corsos good office dogs? Do Cane Corsos make good office friendly dogs? Can Cane Corsos be office dogs?
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cane Corso dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cane Di Macellaio temperament with senior people? Are Cane Corso dogs good for elderly owners?
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.

Cane Corso Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cane Corso dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cane Corso breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cane Corso breed? Most common health risks of Cane Corso:
ArthritisBloatCherry EyeDemodectic MangeEctropionEntropionHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cane Corso breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cane Corso see the vet?
Rare
The Cane Corso should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cane Corso dogs live? How old can a Cane Corso be? What is the age limit of the Cane Corso? How many years can the oldest Cane Corso live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Cane Corso?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Cane Corso: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cane Corso breed hypoallergenic?
No
Cane Corsos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cane Corso have? What is the activity level of the Cane Corso?
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Cane Corso need? How much exercise do Cane Corso dogs require per day?
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Cane Corso breed need?
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Cane Corso need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Cane Corso breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Cane Corso? How much food should I feed my Cane Corso?
Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cane Corso risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cane Corso's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cane Corso's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Cane Corso drool?
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. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Cane Corso.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cane Corso As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cane Corso be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Cane Corso breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cane Corso be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cane Corso be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Cane Corso is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cane Corso be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Cane Corso is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cane Corso be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Cane Corso is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cane Corso be a boat dog?

Not really

Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cane Corso be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Cane Corso breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cane Corso dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Cane Corso Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Cane Corso pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Cane Corso breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Cane Corso: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cane Corso have in a litter? How many puppies can the Cane Corso breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Cane Corso have? How many puppies can a Cane Corso give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Cane Corso Recognition

AKC Group
Is Cane Corso recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Cane Corso recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cane Corso breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

Cane Corso Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Cane Corso's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Cane Corsos are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Cane Corsos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Cane Corso breed in the home.
  • 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.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cane Corso's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Cane Corso History

The Italian Molossian dog's origin goes back to time immemorial that neither history nor archaeology can give univocal certainty but what we know for sure is that when we talk about Italian Cane Corso, at the same time we also mean the Neapolitan Mastiff because (at least this is certain) they share the same genetic heritage. We also know about its word history. They used to call the Cane Corso: massatinus, in Italy that means guardian of the farm; cohors, that means double meaning courtyards dog and cohort dog at the same time. According to some theories, the Italian dog Cane Corso comes from the big Molossian dogs common among middle east populations: Assyrian, Babylonians, Greeks of Epirus, and was imported in Europe by Phoenician people, who used these kinds of dogs as guardian and as a commodity. In addition to these dogs already living in the italic peninsula, other kinds of dogs were added by Romans who brought them after the military campaign in Gallia: so, Romans crossbreed their Molossian dogs and Celtic dogs.

Ancient Romans had a very strong interest in fighting dogs and their breeding, because of two purposes:  Firstly for warfare and hunting, and secondly for the circus, where they did fight against bears, lions, and tiger. In fact, perhaps during the Britain military campaign, they did create the figure of “procurator cynegii”, a special kind of officer who had to choose and to crossbreed different bloodlines so as to “create“ the most suitable dogs for these activities. “Tauromachy” was a common custom of the time, which still exists in Spain. At a Tauromachy there is a group of dogs (made by four dogs) or even of only one dog,  and their aim is/was to immobilize a bull and tackling it by the ear or by the muzzle, two very sensitive points, so as to keep the bull fixed because of the big pain. But the most important purpose of using dogs was the war. Using warfare dogs has lasted for centuries in some different ways: by Spanish conquistadors so as to kill as many South American Indians as possible and, more recently, by the Italian army, during the italic Turkish war (1912), when some subjects of "Dogo Sardo" became involved in the war.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, only a few lords, who were landowners and often cattle farmers, could afford to have these kinds of dogs; in fact, they did need them and were able to keep them. According to needs, these dogs were crossbred with greyhound dog or hunting dog or tough sheepdog "canis pastoralis" in order to obtain a more dreadful shepherd dog.

Among the few people who could afford to keep heavy bloodline dogs, there were butchers, who used to take advantage of dogs so as to keep fixed bulls during the catch and during the killing; this is a custom that has been lasted until the first decades of the 20th century, getting a spectacular appearance, which is the heritage of the ancestral Tauromachy. Another way of using this breed was as a caretaker of pigs, sheep, and sometimes as a shepherd, in any case as guardian and even as "bodyguard dog" so as to dissuade the spiteful persons.

The preservation of this “dog population” (the idea of the breed spread only in the 19th century) has been carried on mostly in the south of Italy by people who used working dogs (farmers, hunters, lords, landowners, soldiers, gangsters) who seemed to be the last keepers of this cynognostic genetic heritage.

In 1949 was officially recognized the breed status; at the beginning, the breed was called “Mastino Napolitano Cane Corso cane da presa” that was changed in “Mastino Napoletano” because of the pressure exerted by Napoli's breeders who claim the right to name the breed saying that only thanks to them the breed could be kept. Sadly, this is a breed artificially kept by now. (In fact, the breeders often rely on artificial insemination, there are often cesarean sections and the breeders choose to bottle feed the puppies or sometimes they use another female dog that wet nurse the puppies on behalf of the mother. In any case, the natural mother of the puppies cannot feed them because after long years of artificial breeding these bitches have no more maternal instinct.) They are usually between 40 and 70 kg and their hair, usually is short, but not shaven and made up of coat and undercoat which is particularly thick during the winter. The range of coloration is larger than that is provided for by the standard and consists of plenty of colors.

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Cane Corso Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Alex

    Aug 14, 2022, 6:56:17 AM:

    With socialization & professional training they are amazing. Mine are great with other dogs, all animals, & children. Brave, loyal, loving, & devoted. Bite force is 750PSI, DO NOT buy if you won’t invest in training. Responsibly bred cost $2500-3000.

  • Thisas

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  • Plm

    Jan 5, 2020, 10:30:04 PM:

    Total bullshit !

  • Dave Hamilton

    Dec 13, 2019, 7:38:28 AM:

    If I had to stand behind any dog it would be a Cane Corso I guarantee no one is getting to you past him