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Cane Corso


Cane Corso Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC
  • Height
  • 23.5" - 27" tall
  • Weight
  • 90-120 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Sicilian Branchiero, Cane di Macellaio


The Cane Corso originated in Italy.

Date Of Origin

It is unknown when this breed developed, however, we do know that it was used during the Roman Empire.


This is an ancient breed descended from Roman mastiff's. It came close to extinction following WWII, but has been revitalized by breeders.


The Cane Corso is a large-size, muscular and powerful dog that is longer than it is tall. It has a wide head with a short, broad muzzle, strong jaws and a slightly undershot bite. The upper lips form an upside down "V". The eyes are dark, the nose is black, and the medium size drop or semi-erect ears are usually cropped erect. The tail is thick and docked. The thick skin does not wrinkle and the coat is short and stiff.


This is an even tempered, trainable, and quiet dog that is loyal and affectionate with its family, including children but extremely wary with strangers. It is very protective. It is intelligent and often aloof. It does fine with other animals as long as it is well socialized.


It is generally agreed that the Cane Corso is a farm dog which has been used for stock control, property and personal protection and big game hunting throughout its history. Today it is probably used for protection and companionship.

Health Concerns

Bloat, Cherry eye, demodectic mange, entropion, hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

Being that this breed is wary of strangers, be sure to introduce the dogs vet and groomer (if you choose to use one) early on. This will make caring for your Cane Corso easier in the future.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

2 Comments For "Cane Corso"



I just realized that wild breeds of dogs especially the cane corso are not that harmful if it was properly trained and raised.

December 3, 2011 at 6:22AM  Sign In or Join to Comment



According to my study about cane corso, its one of a kind compare to other dog. Its very intelligent dog.

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December 23, 2011 at 10:20PM  Sign In or Join to Comment