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Name : Cane Corso

Other Names : Italian Mastiff

Origin : Italy

Size Type : Giant Dog Breed

Breed Group : Working dog breeds

Life span : 9-12 years

Litter Size : 6-10 Puppies

Temperament : intelligent, Energetic, Playful

Height : Males stand 25 to 27.5 inches at the withers; females 23.5 to 26 inches

Weight : Weight is proportionate weighing from 90-120 lbs.

Colors : black, Black Brindle, Chestnut Brindle, Fawn, Grey, Grey Brindle, Red

Puppy Price : $500-$2,000

Body type

They are a gigantic dog reaching up to two and a half feet tall. They are an athletic breed that is very agile, and does well in a home where they can be active. The corso has floppy ears that are sometimes cropped for cosmetic reasons. This breed has long legs, with a slim body, most likely they have dark blue/ Green eyes that sit upon there head that many people can find intimidating. The corso is very recognizable to most trained dog enthusiasts, with there gigantic size, while still being elegant.


They have a short coat, that's easy to maintain with minimal shedding besides twice a year, where they are heavy shedders. The coat is shinny and resembles that of the American Pitbull Terrier. They stay fairly clean, it's advised getting them use to the tub at an early age, it can be a real struggle to get all 100 lbs in the tub when they are full grown.


Good with Kids : 66 %
Cat Friendly : 50 %
Dog Friendly : 50 %
Trainability : 83 %
Shedding : 33 %
Watchdog : 100 %
Intelligence : 100 %
Grooming : 16 %
Popularity : 66 %
Adaptability : 50 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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The Cane Corso is a large sized working breed that originated in Italy where they were prized as guard dogs, and used for hunting large game. They can be intimidating to the average eye as they reach up to 28" at the shoulder. This is the most agile and athletic mastiff breed, they can reach up to a 100Lbs ,but are slim in build. The corso takes a responsible owner who has time to entertain. As a working breed they must have a job to be happy whether that's competing in dog sports, or herding animals. They are typically a health breed,


The Corso comes in a variety of colors, black, Black Brindle, Chestnut Brindle, Red, Gray, Fawn, Gray Brindle, with either black or grey mask markings.

Health Problems

The cane corso is a typically healthy breed, purchasing from a responsible breeder can almost minimize all risks with significant health issues. They are prone to hip dysplasia, a range of eye defects and less serious gastric defects, (bloating).


Exercise is a must with this breed, daily exercise is needed. A big fenced yard is also ideal, they love to be free and be able to run around and play.


They originated in Italy, descending from Roman war dogs. They were bred to guard, hunt and work around the farm. The word "cane" deprvied from the word "canis." the word "corso comes from the word "cohors," meaning bodyguard. The cane corso was almost distinct, until the breeding programs in the 19th century brought this great breed back, to it's present point.
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