Breed overview the Cane Corso

by Amy Cooper
Cane Corso

Are you considering getting a Cane Corso? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the Cane Corso breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.

Breed overview

Cane corso

Cane Corsos are a large and muscular Italian breed bred for protecting, guarding and tracking. They have a short coat meaning that they need minimal grooming but will shed lots! They come in many colours, but the standard colours are black, black brindle, grey, grey brindle, fawn, red, and chestnut. They stand at 23 to 28 inches to the shoulder so are classed as a large breed and have a lifespan of 9-12 years.


As I mentioned above Cane Corsos need very little grooming. So, will need the occasional brush (about once a week) and bath. But they do shed a LOT so it will be beneficial to brush them more during shedding season. Obviously, Labradors will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs. 


Cane corsos panting

Because Cane Corsos are working dogs they need a lot of exercise! At least 2 hours of walking a day. But they also need mental stimulation on top of physical exercise to tire them out. This mental stimulation can be done by training or using puzzle toys.


As with most large breeds Cane Corsos are at a higher risk of hip and elbow dysplasia. However, GDV (bloat) and several eye problems are also common in Cane Corsos. To minimise the chances of these problems all good breeders have both parents genetically tested and screened for all of the common problems mentioned above. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older. 


Cane Corso puppies

The main characteristics of a Cane Corso is that they are confident and loyal! They are also very intelligent but can be a bit headstrong. This can make training more difficult but good training and socialisation is a necessity with this breed. If well trained and socialised they make a very reliable and loving companion.

So, overall Cane Corsos can make great family dogs! But they do need owners with plenty of experience that can give them the training, socialisation and exercise they need. With a good upbringing Cane Corsos are characterful, loyal, loving and protective dogs but are not aggressive. 

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