Basics of Dog Breed : Cane Corso

Posted on September 30 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Cane Corso

Of Italian origin, the Cane Corso is often used as a watchdog, defense, police and tracking. It was used to keep cattle in the Italian courts.

Breed Information:

Other names: Branchiero Siciliano, Italian Court Dog, Italian Corso Dog
Origin: Italy Italy
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds
FCI number: 343
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Carree

Race history

Descending from the Roman "Canis pugnax" (Molossus), it represents the light version. Long regarded as the ideal companion of the Italians , they used to have him by their side to keep their property, their family, their flocks and to accompany them on the hunt. Cane Corso is still present today in the South of Italy.

Physical characteristics

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

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 40 kg and 45 kg Between 60 cm and 64 cm
Male Between 44 kg and 50 kg Between 64 cm and 68 cm

A Cane Corso dog is classified as a giant .

Behavior and character

Intelligent, the Cane Corso is also energetic and very balanced . Excellent guard and defense dog , docileand affectionate with his master , he also loves children and their families. He becomes a formidable defender only in case of necessity. Easy to train if you adopt the right reflexes, it can however be a little stubborn : it needs to be entrusted to a determined and experienced hand. When he is truly convinced of the usefulness of his work, he accomplishes it with a dedicated commitment.


The education of Cane Corso must be rigorous but not severe . He is known for his robustness and his strong temperament : if you are a beginner in terms of dressage, to call on a canine educator would be appreciable.


Strong and strong , it presents no particular problems , but some dogs of the same breed suffer from hip dysplasia , an affection that must be closely watched.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The maintenance of the Cane Corso is reduced to a bare minimum: a small stroke of brush from time to time , an inspection of the hair at the return of each walk and regular cleaning of the eyes and ears will be enough.


It is necessary to accustom the Cane Corso to the brushing and the cleaning of the eyes at a very young age so that it gets used in a natural and durable way.

Physical activity

The job of the master is important so that the puppy can adapt to his adult life: regular walks for this sporty dog are necessary for him to have a satisfactory balance and that he feels good with the whole family .

Living conditions

Cane Corso could live inside , but preferably outside . His hairs fall little and he barks wisely . In addition, it does not drool, so it shows a very appreciable cleanliness.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1000 € 1500 €

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