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Cane Corso Italiano Dog Breed Information


The Cane Corso Italiano Dog was bred to hunt wild boar and today it acts as a guard dog. This breed of dogs is fiercely devoted to its owner and does not care for the strangers or small animals. Italian mastiffs are more agile and athletic than other mastiffs. For starters, Italian mastiffs are giant breed, weighing up to 120 pounds. If you are considering this breed of dogs, you should read complete information about this breed.

General Information:

Breed Name Cane Corso Italiano
Origin Italy
Other Names Cane Corz, Cane Pugliese, Cane di Macellaio, Dogo di Puglia, Sicilian Branchiero, Pugliese Mastiff, Italian Mastiff
Lifespan 10 – 11  years
Breed group Working dog breeds (AKC)
Height Female: 23–26 inches (58–66 cm)Male: 24–28 inches (62–70 cm)
Weight Female: 40–45 kgMale: 45–50 kg
Temperament Quiet, Calm, Even Tempered, Reserved, Trainable, Stable
What to Feed If you are feeding a optimum-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day
Shedding Minimal
Litter size     6-10 puppies
Children Friendly No
Coat Type Short-Haired
Coat Colours Fawn, Black, Red, Grey, Black Brindle, Chestnut Brindle
Health Concern Some health issues of this breed are Gastric Torsion/Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Arthritis Skeletal Growth Abnormalities, Demodex Mange, Entropion and Ectropion
Hypoallergenic Breed No
Space Requirements House with Yard
Trainability Very Easy To Train
Energy Level High Energy
Grooming Brushing Once a Week or Less
Protective Ability Very Protective
Tendency to Drool Low
Tendency to Snore Low
Tendency to Bark High
Tendency to Dig High
Compatibility with other pets: Known to be dog aggressive; Likely to chase or injure non-canine pets;May injure or even kill other animals; Not recommended for homes with existing dogs; Not recommended for homes with small animals
Living Conditions These dogs do okay in the apartment if they get enough exercise and they are content to live outdoors provided they have proper shelter.
Exercise  These very athletic dogs need a lot of exercise on regular basis. They are excellent jogging companions, and if not jogged daily, they should be taken on at least one long daily walk.


The Cane Corso Italiano originated in Italy. Its ancestor is “Canis Pugnax” (the old Roman Molossian), of which he is the light version. They were employed in the hunting of wild animals and also as an “auxiliary warrior” in the battles. For many years, they are considered as a precious companion of the Italic populations.

These dogs are employed as cattle, property, and personal guard dog and also used for hunting purposes too. In the past these dogs were common all over Italy as an ample historiography and iconography testify. In the recent past, these dogs have found an excellent preservation area in the southern Italy, especially in Lucania, Puglia, and Sannio. The name of these dogs derives from the Latin word “Cohors” which means “guardian” or “protector.” These dogs were accepted into the AKC’s miscellaneous class in the year 2008.


Cane Corso Italiano dogs come in category of medium-big size dogs. They are strongly built but elegant, with powerful and long muscles. The neck of this breed of dogs is slightly arched and its shape is of oval section, strong, very muscular. Their body is strong, compact, and very muscular and skin is rather thick. The pigment of their nails and soles are dark. Their coat has short hair but not smooth, with shiny, vitreous texture, adherent, very dense, stiff, with a light layer that becomes thicker in winter.


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