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Cane Corso

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A Dependable Watchdog

Loyal, protective, quiet

Cane Corsos are obedient, intelligent, and gentle, giant dogs. This breed is a bit reserved with strangers, but rarely barks. They are even-tempered and responsive to training. Cane Corsos make great companions for active individuals, families, hunters, and those who enjoy the outdoors. They love to be the center of attention and are happiest in the company of their family, but still need daily exercise. They make great jogging partners, but are fine with one long, brisk walk every day.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:24-27 in. Weight:90-110 lb Lifespan:8-10 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Naturally a bit wary, Cane Corsos can be distrustful of strangers; bond them to children early to trigger protective behaviors. They are large dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their short, coarse, waterproof coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Cane Corsos generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing
them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry — your veterinarian can show you how!


Cane Corsos are natural guardians and companions. This breed is both noble and devoted, which makes them an exceptional family pet.

Positive Traits:

  • Quiet — not much of a barker

  • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

  • Formidable guard dog; highly territorial

  • Intelligent and easy to train

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Loving and loyal to their owners

Negative Traits:

  • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • Needs frequent attention from their family

  • Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and may snore

  • Takes up a lot of room due to their massive size

Whether you are considering adding a new Cane Corso to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cane Corso will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cane Corso you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Cane Corso could encounter:

The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is an ancient breed that was developed as a watchdog and hunter. Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was a rare breed found only in parts of Italy. By the 1970s, numbers had declined to near extinction due to the World Wars. The Cane Corso is instinctively protective and watchful of its family and territory. The Cane Corso is not recommended for first-time dog owners due to their large size, potential for aggression, and strong-willed nature. For an experienced and confident owner who provides socialization and training, the Cane Corso is an affectionate breed that forms tight bonds with the entire family.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Cane Corso shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s) 

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws 

  • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears 

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Care

    Routine Care: Naturally a bit wary, Cane Corsos can be distrustful of strangers; bond them to children early to trigger protective behaviors. They are large dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their short, coarse, waterproof coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Cane Corsos generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing
    them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry — your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Cane Corsos are natural guardians and companions. This breed is both noble and devoted, which makes them an exceptional family pet.

    Positive Traits:

    • Quiet — not much of a barker

    • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

    • Formidable guard dog; highly territorial

    • Intelligent and easy to train

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Loving and loyal to their owners

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

    • Needs frequent attention from their family

    • Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and may snore

    • Takes up a lot of room due to their massive size

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Cane Corso to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cane Corso will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cane Corso you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Cane Corso could encounter:

  • History

    The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is an ancient breed that was developed as a watchdog and hunter. Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was a rare breed found only in parts of Italy. By the 1970s, numbers had declined to near extinction due to the World Wars. The Cane Corso is instinctively protective and watchful of its family and territory. The Cane Corso is not recommended for first-time dog owners due to their large size, potential for aggression, and strong-willed nature. For an experienced and confident owner who provides socialization and training, the Cane Corso is an affectionate breed that forms tight bonds with the entire family.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Cane Corso shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s) 

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws 

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears 

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

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