Cane Corso: Dog Breed Profile

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a dog from Italy. Watchdog par excellence, it’s above all an adorable life companion for families with or without children. It’s gentle, caring, and loyal. It’s a sporty dog ​​who needs daily activity. It has robust health and is very easy to maintain.

Other names: Branchiero Siciliano, Italian Courtyard Dog, Italian Corso Dog

History of the breed

The Cane Corso, or Italian court dog, descends straight from the great Roman mastiffs and the Canis pugnax during Roman times. Its name comes from Latin and designates a dog “protector”, “guardian of farms”.

Long considered the ideal companion of the Italians, they used to have It by their side to guard their property, their family, their herds and to accompany them on the hunt.

The Cane Corso is still very present in the South of Italy today. In the 20th  century, the race of the Cane Corso was close to extinction, but sIt will be saved by a few breeders whom created an association in the 1970s Italy recognizes the breed in 1979.

Physical features

  • Its hair: short.
  • Its color: black, lead-gray, slate, light gray, light fawn, deer fawn, dark fawn, brindle: hence the term cane Corso blue for some of them.
  • Its head: the skull is wide and slightly arched, the stop very marked. The muzzle is very wide and deep.
  • Its ears: triangular and fall towards the front of the head. Usually chestnut-colored, they can also be white or spotted.
  • Its eyes: medium size.
  • Its body: compact, robust, and muscular.
  • Its tail: inserted rather high on the croup, it is large at the level of the root then tapering.

Behavior With Others

Intelligent, the Cane Corso is also energetic and very balancedExcellent guard and defense dog , docile and affectionate with Its master, It also loves children and their families. It only becomes a formidable defender when necessary.

Fairly easy to train if one adopts the right reflexes, It can however prove to be a little stubborn: it needs to be entrusted to a determined and experienced hand. When It’s truly convinced of the usefulness of It work, It accomplishes it with dedicated commitment.

The Cane Corso is above all a guard dog. It excels in this area and will be a perfect protector for Its master and its adoptive family. It is above all a deterrent.


The education of the Cane Corso should be rigorous but not severe. It’s known for Its robustness and Its strong temperament: if you are a beginner in training, calling on a dog trainer would be appreciated.

Its master must not be overwhelmed. It must be confident and have a confident walk,  otherwise, this canine will feel the opportunity to gain the upper hand and do as It pleases. In general, this dog has the intelligence to listen when it understands the value of exercise.

Living Conditions

The Cane Corso can live indoors, but preferably outdoors. Its hair does not fall much and It barks wisely. In addition, it does not drool, so it is very clean. The Cane Corso is a  great sportsman.

It needs spaces to play and run. Thus, It will be much more at ease in the country or in a  house with a garden. It must be able to be taken out very regularly, often for long walks. It can also accompany Its master in his jogging or bike rides.

Health & Maintenance

Strong and sturdy, It doesn’t present any particular problems, but some dogs of the same breed suffer from hip dysplasia, a condition that should be watched closely.

The life expectancy of a Cane Corso is, on average, between 10 years and 11 years.

The maintenance of the Cane Corso is reduced to its strict minimum: a little brush stroke from time to time, an inspection of the hair after each walk, and regular cleaning of the eyes and ears will be more than enough.

The Cane Corso must be accustomed to brushing and cleaning the eyes from an early age so that it gets used to it in a natural and lasting way.

The diet of this dog can be based on industrial food. Thus, high-quality croquettes suit It perfectly. It will be necessary to regulate its diet according to its daily energy expenditure.

The work of the master is important so that the puppy can then adapt to Its adult life: regular walks for this sporty dog are necessary so that It has a satisfactory balance and that It feels good with the whole family.

It can thus practice several canine activities such as agility, obedience, sports, or utility tracking. Its flair is excellent since it was used in the past as a hunting dog.

It can accompany Its master on bike rides or jogging. This will strengthen the relationship between It and Its master.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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