Cane Corso

Working Group

Cane Corso dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23.5-26 in, Males 25-27.5 in

Weight

Females 85-100 lbs, Males 95-110 lbs

Life Expectancy

9-12 yrs

History

The Cane Corso's ancestors came about during the height of the Roman Empire's power, when mollosers (big-boned guard dogs) were brought back from the Greek Islands to Italy. They were bred with native breeds, producing the close ancestor to the Cane Corso and the Neapolitan Mastiff. The Cane Corso was developed as a military dog, has since been employed as a boar hunter, farm and house guard, cattle drover, and cart-puller.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Cane Corsos will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loving and loyal to family but generally don't show interest in anyone else

Like to "talk" to their caretaker with various grunts and sounds

Will try to assume the alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise- firm, consistent, but kind training is a must

Make great guard dogs due to their strong protective instincts

Highly intelligent and can become destructive when bored or underexercised- they're happiest when they have a job to perform