Cane Corso

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Is the Cane Corso right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Italian Mastiff; Italian Molosso; Cane Corso Italiano; Cane da Macellaio

The basics:
The Cane Corso is a large, intimidating breed recognized by the AKC in 2010. Developed as a guardian or protector, it has seen a rise in popularity that is, unfortunately, somewhat linked to its exploitation by irresponsible owners and breeders. This powerful and assertive dog with an innate need to protect its own humans can represent a danger to others if not properly trained and socialized. This is not a dog for people who don't know what they are doing. If you need a powerful watchdog, you should get the proper training, both for yourself and for your dog, to make sure you end up with a well-socialized animal.

Before you even consider owning this dog, check with your insurance agent and check your local laws. It may not be legal for you to own a Cane Corso in your neighborhood or, even if it's legal, your insurer may consider having this breed grounds for cancelling your insurance.

Appearance / health:
The Cane Corso Italiano is a medium-sized, strong, and elegant dog. Its appearance denotes superior agility and endurance. Overall, it is a compact and muscular animal that is longer than it is tall. The muzzle is broad, and almost as wide as it is long. It has a prominent stop. The strong and muscular neck is slightly arched, and without a dewlap. The skin is rather thick. The soles and the nails are usually dark.

The Cane Corso requires occasional combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush. Wiping the coat with a damp cloth helps remove dead hair. This breed is a light shedder. The area around the mouth may require regular cleaning because of the breed’s tendency to drool.
This is an athletic breed that needs regular exercise to stay healthy. Cane Corsos will benefit from a fenced in yard where they can run off the leash. At least 90 minutes of exercise daily is necessary for this breed.

The Cane Corso suffers from some of the bone and joint problems found in the bigger breeds. They are commonly predisposed to hip dysplasia (a crippling hereditary disease caused by a malformation of the hip joints). Cherry eye, a condition where the red tissue under the eye erupts into a little red ball, also occurs in the breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Cane Corso is a protective yet gentle dog that is loyal to its owner. With its stable temperament, it makes a good watchdog. It usually does not wander from home. Usually not the one to initiate a fight, if attacked by another dog, the Cane Corso will fight with spirit.

The Cane Corso is intelligent and can be trained easily. However, it requires early socialization as a pup, and obedience training. The Cane Corso does well with an experienced owner.

They are generally quite calm and quiet.


good guard dogs, family oriented breed, great watch dog, loving nature, comitted owner family


domineering dog, novice owner, dog aggression issues, bad hips, alpha animal, domination factor


deep growl, intimidating growl, powerful animal, weight pulling, proper training

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