Cane Corso

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Cane Corso History

The Cane Corso is a fairly new Italian breed of domestic dog that was created in the 1800s as a Molosser-type guard and war dog. The Cane Corso is recognized by the FCI as a scenthound. The Cane Corso is resistant to hot weather and disease. The origin of the name “Cane Corso” is unclear. It has been speculated that the name originates from the Latin word “cohors” (meaning “guard”). Others believe that the name is a reference to the reddish-brown colour of a dog that was owned by King Victor Emanuel II of Italy.

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Cane Corso Physical Characteristics

The Cane Corso is a very large, medium-to-large-sized breed of Italian origin. It is similar in appearance to the Neapolitan Mastiff and the bullmastiff. It has a slightly shorter muzzle and a slightly broader head than the mastiff. The breed has been commonly used as a guard and fighting dog. The Cane Corso is very active, intelligent, alert, and naturally protective, making it work as a security or police dog. It is loyal to its family, but should not be trusted around other dogs or small animals.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 24 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 99 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 88 – 99 lbs

Cane Corso Health

Description of breed health.


10-11 yrs

Cane Corso Health Concerns

Bloat, Bone And Joint Problems

Cane Corso Temperament and Behaviour

The Cane Corso is brave, independent, and dominant. They are fearless and protective and make great guard dogs. They tend to be aggressive toward other dogs or animals that they do not know, but can become very attached to their owners. They are highly intelligent and can learn quickly, but they can also be headstrong and stubborn.

Cane Corso Activity Requirements

The Cane Corso is a medium-large, muscular Italian breed of dog. They are known for being strong and courageous, and they are extremely fast runners. The Cane Corso was developed as a guard and attack dog, and they still retain many of their protective instincts. The Cane Corso’s athleticism and strength make them ideal companions for activities such as hiking, running, and carting. While they are not as playful as some other breeds, they do enjoy spending time with their owners. A daily walk or jog is a great way to give your Cane Corso some exercise and mental stimulation. If you are thinking about adopting a Cane Corso, make sure you have the energy to keep up with their active lifestyle. This is an athletic, high-energy breed that would benefit from being walked or jogged regularly.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Cane Corso is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cane Corso is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Cane Corso is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Cane Corso is part of the Working Dog group.

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