Cane Corso Information


For centuries valued highly throughout Italy as a guardian, hunter, and loving companion, the Cane Corso is an Italian dog breed that is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff. As a large and athletic breed, the Cane Corso is known for being affectionate to their own and bonding closely with children.

Despite not being a common breed in the United States, the Cane Corso is steadily growing in popularity for families looking for a guardian and powerful protector. Before deciding to open up your household to this big breed, it is important to have a solid understanding of the following characteristics that are common to the Cane Corso. 

Cane Corso
Basic Info
NameCane Corso
Other Name Cane Corso Italiano, Dogo di Puglia
Size Type Medium Dog Breeds
Breed Group Working Dog Breeds
Life Span10-11 years
TemperamentHeadstrong, powerful, active, intelligent, alert
Height23.5 to 27.5 inches (at shoulder)
Weight88-120 pounds
ColorsBlack, gray, fawn, red
Puppy Price$500-$1500

Cane Corso

Physical description

Body Type

The male Cane Corso typically has a shoulder height between 24 to 28 inches with a weight from 95 to 110 pounds. On the other hand, Females range from 23 to 26 inches in height and usually weigh slightly less between 85 and 100 pounds. According to the breed standards, the Cane Corso is expected to be correctly built with a weight that is proportional to their height. Since most people seeing a Cane Corso for the first time up close and personal figures they are taller and heavier than these ranges, some find their appearance to be somewhat scary, intimidating, or even ferocious. 


This dog breed comes in a wide variety of colors, including various shades of black, fawn, gray, brindle, blue, and chestnut. Some of the Cane Corso breed has distinctive white markings on the chest, throat, back, chin, and toes. When the dogs are solid fawn or red in coloring, the Cane Corso should have a black or gray facial mask that cannot be seen extending beyond the eyes. 


The Cane Corso has a dense double coat with a light, soft undercoat that becomes must thicker in cold weather as well as a short, shiny, and coarse topcoat. Although the Cane Corso should be moderately tight skinned, it is common for some dewlap to form on the neck and the bottom of the jawline to be characterized by a hanging lip. 

Good with Kids
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Hypoallergenic  No


While it is often a general rule of thumb that dogs should only be bathed once every three months, the Cane Corso may need to be cleaned more frequently about every eight to 12 weeks as their short coat tends to produce a distinctive “doggy” odor. If shedding is excessive during certain times of the year, high-velocity dryers are excellent at removing the hair to reveal a fresh-smelling and shiny coat. Like other short-coated dogs, the large ears of the Cane Corso are prone to infection, so they must be checked and cleaned with a cotton ball regularly. 


Believed to be direct descendents of the Canis Pugnax breed used by the ancient Romans in acts of warfare, the Cane Corso is a smaller, lighter version of the old Roman Molossian dogs. In addition to be utilized as an auxiliary warrior in battles, the Cane Corso was employed in the hunting of large wild animals, herding cattle, and personally protecting property. While the breed was once common throughout Italy and provided precious companionship to Italian residents for centuries, the breed has recently been limited to districts in the southern region of Italy, including Basilicata, Puglia, Sannio, Campania, and Lucania. The Cane Corso has recently been recognized by the American Kennel Club into the miscellaneous class in 2008. 


As an extremely athletic breed, these dogs require an extensive amount of regular exercise on a daily basis to burn off excess energy. It is usually recommended that the Cane Corso is taken on at least one long, brisk walk daily, but the dogs make even better jogging or running partners. Although the Cane Corso could live comfortably in an apartment if provided enough exercise, the breed is just as content to live outdoors if given adequate shelter. 

Interesting Cane Corso Facts

  • Cane Corsos are generally insensitive to pain, so most owners are disappointed to find that invisible electric fences are ineffective at containing their Cane Corso.
  • The World Wars and Industrialization brought about the decline of the Cane Corso and nearly ended in its extinction with only a few dogs in southern Italy.
  • Luckily, Dr. Paolo Breber took an interest in the breed and began a breeding program in the 1970s to contribute to the breed’s growth ever since.