Fun Facts About the Cane Corso Dog Breed

Cane Corso is one of the most misunderstood dog breeds. Let’s take some time to delve into what the breed is all about, along with some interesting facts about the breed. The cane Corso is a mastiff type of dog that originated from Italy. It was originally used on farms and for hunting and protecting the family.

Cane Corso dogs typically have floppy ears that resemble that of a rottweiler. They also have full length but not fluffy tails.

Many people prefer to clip the ears and dock the tails to make them appear a bit more imposing. As standards change and people become more aware of unnecessary procedures for dogs, many breeds such as the Corso, Doberman, and rottweiler are no longer subjected to these physical alterations.

The Corso is a very family-oriented dog. It is not for the weak or novice dog owner. As with all power breeds, the cane Corso will require an owner that is willing to work with a dog trainer and understand the strong personality and tenacity that this breed is known for.

The Corso is a working dog and does best when physically and mentally engaged.

Working dogs that are not stimulated can get themselves into trouble. These are extremely smart dogs that get bored easily. Mischievous behavior such as chewing, barking, or digging can become prevalent in dogs that do not receive enough mental and physical stimulation.

Ideal weight

Cane Corsos are typically anywhere from 90-120 pounds. Female cane Corsos range from 88-99 pounds while the male Corsos are a bit larger and 100-120 pounds.

Ideal height

Female cane Corsos are 23-26 inches in height and male corsos are 24-28 inches in height. While this is a height standard, it is possible to have a dog that is smaller or larger than this breed standard.

Typical color

Cane Corsos are commonly seen in black fur color. In some pictures, they almost appear panther-like. In addition to black, the Corso’s fur also comes in brindle, fawn, grey, chestnut brindle, and red.

Fur care

The cane Corso has fine yet wiry fur. It is very easy to groom. A simple combing will remove most of the fur that is shedding. Twice a year, the Corso will experience a “blow coat” similar to that of a rottweiler.

Owners will notice more hairs around the house, and more will come off when brushing. In some cases, the Corso will also experience a bit of dry fur from all of the shedding.

Mannerisms around other dogs

The cane Corso is a very family-oriented dog. It will bond with its family but is not always easily introduced to other dogs. It is best to introduce the Corso from a distance and slowly to other dogs. Remember, it was bred originally to hunt and protect.


Active families benefit from the high levels of physical needs that a Corso comes with. These dogs love hikes and walking. They are ideal for fetch and jogs. There could quite arguably not be a better dog for a running partner.

Lifespan and medical concerns

Cane Corsos have a wrinkly appearance to their face. As with all dogs that have face wrinkles, they are prone to eye problems. One common ocular problem is the cherry eye.

They also react more to seasonal allergies and will have watery eyes. Large breed dogs, including the Corso, are also more prone to hip dyspepsia. A healthy and well-bred cane Corso will live 10-12 years.

Where can owners acquire Cane Corsos?

Breeders are ideal when finding a Corso. Litters are typically smaller and consist of 4-6 dogs per litter. They grow fast and get large quickly. Dog adoption groups also will take in Cane Corsos. An adoptable Corso will most likely be found in either a Corso rescue, mastiff rescue, or a rottweiler rescue.

The best type of home

A Corso is a high energy dog that is inquisitive. These are not breeds that are meant for condo or apartment living. A home with some acreage or a house with a decent sized fenced in the back yard is best for a younger Corso.

Older Corso’s possibly adopted from a rescue group tend to be a bit lazier and take on mastiff characteristics as they age. These older Corsos would typically be ok in a smaller home, townhouse, or condo if the owner continually goes outside for walks.


When adding a Corso to the family, it is important to remember that this is a strong-willed dog. This does not make it a bad dog; it simply means that he or she needs an owner that will maintain the title of “pack alpha.”

The dog must be trained from early on to learn and respect boundaries. A large dog with a strong will can easily steal food, get into the trash, make itself comfortable on a sofa, or try to take over a home.

Basic training is an absolute must, but these dogs are smart, and once they learn the ropes, they are just happy to be part of the family.

Skin conditions

The Corso, along with a few other mastiff breeds including bully breeds and rottweilers, all share one common fact, skin sensitivity. These dogs tend to have a higher risk of food sensitivity as well as seasonal allergies.

Grooming by brushing several times a week will let the owner know of any skin conditions. Sometimes food must be changed, or supplements added to help combat skin allergies.

These 11 facts will help potential owners know what to expect when considering adding a Corso to their family. All are just fun facts to keep in mind so that owners will know what to expect, possibly. The cane

Corso is a strong-willed yet loving and devoted family dog for those who enjoy power breeds and faithful companions.

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