Cane Corso Dogs

Named after the Latin word for “protector,” the Cane Corso is exactly that—a watchful (but not threatening) presence around the home. The Cane Corso has a stable and dependable personality. In the yard or around the house, it will stay close to its master. In fact, they love company and thrive on attention form every member of the family.

Cane Corso

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Quick Facts

  • 99 – 110 pounds | male
    88 – 99 pounds | female
  • 25 - 27 inches | male
    23.5 - 26 inches | female

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Families
    • Outdoorsy types

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Trademark Traits

    • Loyal
    • Protective
    • Quiet
    • Gentle
    • Strong

What They Are Like to Live With

The Cane Corso is friendly and open with everyone, but it has a strong sense of territory. A superb watchdog, it rarely strays from the home base and has an excellent sense of restraint. Not the type to bark randomly or excessively, the Cane Corso is quiet and calm, only making noise when necessary.

Things You Should Know

The Cane Corso can live as long as 10 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and eyelid problems like “cherry eye.” The Cane Corso is also prone to bloat. Feeding them smaller meals throughout the day will help control this. The Cane Corso is very easy to groom, needing only the occasional light brushing.

Cane Corso History

The Cane Corso descends from the “Canis Pugnax,” the ancient warrior dog of Rome. Bred over the centuries to be smaller and gentler than its mighty ancestor, the Cane Corso has long been a popular Italian farm dog, ceaselessly watching over cattle and other property. Over many generations, the Cane Corso has been valued for its strength, loyalty and gentleness.

The Look of a Cane Corso

The Cane Corso has a large, mucular, big-boned frame covered in a short, dense coat that usually comes in darker shades: black, fawn, red and gray. Some coats may have brindling or white patches on the neck and throat. It has a large, square head with a wide forehead, broad muzzle, almond shaped eyes and ears that have a somewhat bat-like point. Its thick neck leads down to a deep chest and a level back. Its tail is either carried low or cropped. Overall, the Cane Corse has a dignified and powerful look.

Talk About Cane Corsos 

The best of the breeds

Only get this breed if you plan to spend a lot of time with them -- they are true family dogs.

If you want a Cane Corso, I suggest bringing them home when you can be on vacation for at least two weeks. I feel if they are trained right they do not need a crate. They are very easy to train -- my dogs have all been broken in two weeks.

This breed needs a lot of exercise and running, but they are also very happy to spend the day on the couch. If you work all day, have a dog walker come in and out or if you have a secure fenced yard, put in a doggy door.

Cane Corsos are fine with cats. My dogs are also great with small children and the elderly. They are very smart and gentle, but having said that, like any breed, if you teach them to be bad or let them go untrained you are in for trouble. Make it very clear what are toys and what are not. Put the toys in a bin and teach them that this is their box of goodies. My dogs know all their toys by name.

~Cindy V., owner of a Cane Corso

You need confidence to lead

This breed is not for the first-time dog owner. If you are not comfortable using your voice in a firm tone when needed, then this dog is not for you. If you are not outdoorsy, then this dog isn't for you.

You will not outmuscle this dog, so positive reinforcement works the best. They love soft, gentle smiling tones of voice from their family. Again, though, Cane Corsos are not for the dog owner who hasn't had the equivalent of a Rottweiler and not for a dog owner who never formally trained their Rottie. They need lots of attention and need to be with you and the family all the time.

~Dawn T., owner of a Cane Corso

Not for the casual dog owner

I love this breed because of the loyalty, but they are stubborn as stubborn can be. My baby is the sweetest, kindest dog I have ever met, but he is strong as an ox and doesn't even realize it yet.

I agree with Dawn T. that you will not outmuscle this dog. This is not a dog for the weak at all. But Cane Corsos give the most affection and are extremely loving and loyal.

They need a lot of exercise and love to be outdoors, so you must have an active lifestyle. Keep them occupied at home with a bone or toys, otherwise they can be destructive. Obedience training is a must.

~Tricia S., owner of a Cane Corso