The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large majestic guard dog and breed of my very own four legged child Zeus. These dogs have had my love since the first time I saw one. They are giant, powerful, beautiful and loyal dogs.
Cane Corso (kha-neh kor-so) derives from the Latin word Cohors which means protector or guardian. Cane Corsi originate from Italy. They were bred to act as a catch dog for large animals, typically used for wild boar hunts or working livestock.
Kennel Clubs that Recognize the Breed:
- American Kennel Club (AKC): Recognized in 2010
- The World Canine Organization (Fédération Cynologique Internationale [FCI]): Recognized in 2007
- Italian Kennel Club (Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana [ENCI]): Recognized in 1994
Cane Corsi are intelligent dogs and are not an ideal choice for novice dog owners. These dogs require an assertive owner who will hold their ground. They are loyal and protective and wary of strangers and new circumstances. Heavy socialization should be done as puppies to train the dogs to remain calm in new situations. Cane Corsi are affectionate with those they know well, making them a great family dog.
Weight: Males weigh between 99-100 lb (45-50 kg), Females between 88-100 lb (40-45.4 kg).
Height: Males stand 24-28 in (62-70 cm) at the withers and females 23-26 in (58-66 cm).
Coat: Cane Corsi are light shedders and have hair that is short and stiff. Coats come in a variety of colors including black, blue, fawn and red (brindle pattern can be present in any of these colors).
Ear Cropping/Tail Docking: A short equilateral triangle ear crop is the traditional look for the breed. Full ears should lay flat against the head.Tail docking at the fourth vertebra in the tail is also a traditional look for the breed.
Lifespan: 9 to 12 years
Grooming: Cleaning ears and clipping nails should be done regularly. Because of their short coat, brushing is only needed occasionally.
Common Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bloat, and cherry eye are common health issues found within the breed.
Exercise: Cane Corsi have medium activity level and require regular exercise. Adults need enough exercise so they keep off excess weight. Puppies should appear lean, but over-exercising should be avoided as too much could stress growing joints. Cane Corsi who do not receive enough exercise can become destructive. Finding the correct balance can be difficult and will vary by each dog.
Well trained Cane Corsi make terrific companion or working dogs. Untrained Cane Corsi can become difficult or aggressive.
The breed is not recommended for novice owners. Cane Corsi are very intelligent and will push owners to see what they can get away with. A Cane Corso requires an experienced owner capable of demanding commands to be obeyed.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
- Royal Cane Corso – Washington
- Castleguard Cane Corso – Colorado
- Black Pearl Cane Corso Breeders – Michigan
- Mad River Cane Corso – Ohio
- Shipley Cane Corso – Ohio
- Sorvana Cane Corso – Georgia
- Red Rock Canyon Cane Corso – Nevada
- Alcor Cane Corso – Ohio
- Hierarchy Cane Corso – Georgia
Note: These breeders are of my own finding and have dogs that I find fit the breed
Similar Breeds: Boerboel, English Mastiff, Great Dane, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and Neapolitan Mastiff.
Commonly Mistaken For: American Staffordshire Terrier, Boerboel, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Chinese Shar-Pei, Presa Canario, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
I have had an extremely positive experience with Cane Corsos. They are loyal, protective, affectionate and beautiful giant dogs. My dog Zeus has filled my life with so much joy. If I could, I would bring home another Corso in a second. I love so many dog breeds for various reasons, but I believe that I will forever have a Cane Corso in my life.
We found Zeus at a small hobby breeder out of Washington State. Check out Royal Cane Corso if you are ever considering adding one of these amazing dogs to your family!