Cane Corso: What You Need To Know!

Noble, majestic and powerful, the Cane Corso is a property watchdog as well as an affectionate family dog.

Size: Large

Height: Males: 25 to 27.5 inches; Females: 23.5 to 24 inches

Weight: 88 to 110 pounds

Coat: Short

Energy: Medium


The Cane Corso is an affectionate and intelligent dog.


Cani Corsi are also a protective breed, so early and proper socialization with people, children and other dogs is key.
Once socialized properly, these dogs will bond closely with children.
These big dogs need a lot of exercise, and a walking alone won’t do. A brisk mile in the morning and again in the evening will keep this muscular breed in shape. Cani Corsi were bred to work and are happiest when they have a job to do.
Many Cani Corsi compete in agility, obedience, dock diving, protection sports and tracking events.


9 to 12 years


The Cane Corso’s coat comes in black, black brindle, chestnut brindle, fawn gray, gray brindle and red. They may also have a black or grey mask on their face.

All tuckered out from training!


The Cane Corso has a short, double-layered coat. Their undercoat sheds throughout the year, with a spike in the spring. Weekly brushing during shedding season will remove dead hair before it falls out.


Cani Corsi are prone to hip dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, demodex mange and eyelid abnormalities. Because of their large, deep chests, they are also susceptible to bloat.


The Cane Corso is a working dog, belonging to the subcategory of working breeds called mollosers.
This type of dog was bred by an ancient Greek tribe who needed the giant, big-boned guard dogs.
At the height of the Roman Empire, the breed was brought back to Italy from the Greek Islands and bred to native Italian breeds. These offspring were likely a cross between the modern Corso and the Neapolitan Mastiff. The ancestors were fearless dogs who would charge enemy lines with buckets of flaming oil strapped to their backs.

During the 5th century, Italians and their dogs found themselves out of work. The breed was adapted to civilian jobs like wild boar hunting, farming, livestock droving and guarding. In fact, they became a staple on farms and in pastures along the Italian countryside. Constant economic and political upheavals, along with mechanized farming, reduced the Corsi to near extinction.
In the 1970s, a band of farmers came together to revive the breed, and The Society of Amorati Cane Corso was formed in 1983. The first Cane Corso came to America in 1988.

Christmas Cane Corso Vibes!


  • The breed’s coat is short, coarse, thick like a cow’s and waterproof.
  • The Cane Corso comes from Italy.
  • “Cane” is Italian for dog and “Corso” is from the Latin word “Cohors” meaning protector.
  • Pronounce Cane Corso… “cah-ney cor-soh.”
  • The plural of Cane Corso is Cani Corsi.

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