Facts about Cane Corso Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Cane Corso puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Cane Corso Information and History

The breed, also known as the Italian Mastiff, originated in Italy. It's believed it got its name from the Latin word "Cohors" which means "Guardian" or "Protector."

It's a direct descendent from "Canis Pugnax", an old Roman war dog that belonged to the Mastiff type of dogs and was probably used to create another famous Italian breed -- the Neapolitan Mastiff.

Cane Corso dogs were used to fight wild animals, including lions, in arenas all over Italy. The breed has also been used as a hunter of large animals and, later, a cattle drover and a guard.

The breed came close to extinction after WWII, but was revitalized in the 1970s through the efforts of breeders working hard to preserve it.

It was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1980s.

Physical Characteristics of Cane Corso Puppies

The Italian Mastiff is a powerful and muscular dog that looks more athletic than any other mastiff.

Its body is longer than it's tall. It has a wide head with strong jaws, a short and wide muzzle, dark eyes, and a black nose. The upper lips form an upside down "V" and there is a slightly undershot bite. The ears are medium-size and are usually cropped erect. The tail is usually docked.

The coat is short and coarse, and comes in black, fawn, gray or with stripes of fawn and gray.

    Height Weight
  Male 24.5 - 27 inches 100 - 110 pounds
  Female 23.5 - 26 inches 90 - 100 pounds


This is an intelligent, even-tempered, and quiet dog.

It's affectionate with its family, including children, but wary with strangers.

It will do much better with other pets and strangers after dog socialization and basic dog obedience training while it's still young.

Like all mastiffs, it has a very strong protective instinct and will not hesitate to fight to protect what is his, including his family and property.

These dogs are almost resistant to pain. Therefore, a lot of training devices such as electronic dog collars and electronic dog fencing don't have much of an effect on them.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

The Cane Corso requires an experienced, calm and firm owner who can establish his or her dominance while the dog is still a puppy. In fact, every member of your household must be higher up in the hierarchy than your dog.

Some Cane Corso breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Cane Corso is a very energetic and athletic breed and needs plenty of exercise.

If you have a fenced yard, your pet can get plenty of exercise by playing and running outdoors. An electronic fence (also known as an invisible fence) is not very useful with this breed. Check why here.

If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, take your pet along (on-leash).

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.

With enough exercise, these dogs can adjust to an apartment lifestyle.


Cane Corsos shed very little and are easy to care for.

Only an occasional brushing or combing is needed. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Cane Corso is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip dysplasia, cherry eye, and joint problems. Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.

Bloating is another potential problem. Feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Cane Corso breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for healthy Cane Corso puppies is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Cane Corso rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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