Cane Corso

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

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



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Hair type Short
Origin Italy
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 40 kg to 45 kg From 60 cm to 64 cm
Male From 44 kg to 50 kg From 64 cm to 68 cm
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  • XENA
    Seine-Maritime (76)

History of the breed

The Cane Corso is still very present in the south of Italy today. In the 20th century, the race of the Cane Corso is close to extinction, but she will be saved by a few passionate that create an association in the 1970s Italy recognizes the breed in 1979.

Cane Corso Pictures

Photo of Moka, Cane CorsoBuffalo Bill photo from Lola's Tales, Cane CorsoPhoto by tonere, Cane CorsoPhoto of Cayenne, Cane CorsoPhoto of Austin, Cane CorsoPhoto by Lucho, Cane Corso

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Physical features

His 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.
His 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.
His eyes: medium size.
His body: compact, robust and muscular.
Its tail: inserted rather high on the croup, it is large at the level of the root then tapered.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Intelligent, the Cane Corso is also energetic and very balanced . Excellent guard and defense dog , docile and affectionate with his master , he also loves children and their families. He only becomes a formidable defender in case of necessity. Fairly easy to train if you adopt the right reflexes, he can however prove to be a little stubborn : he 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 dedicated commitment. The Cane Corso is above all a guard dog . He excels in this area and will be a perfect protector for his master and his adoptive family. It is above all a deterrent .

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The education of the Cane Corso should be rigorous but not severe . He is known for his robustness and strong temperament : if you are a beginner in training, calling on a dog trainer would be appreciated. His master must not be overwhelmed. He must be confident and have a confident gait, otherwise this canine will feel the opportunity to gain the upper hand and do as he pleases. In general, this dog has the intelligence to listen when it understands the value of exercise.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Cane Corso can live indoors , but preferably outdoors . His hair does not fall much and he barks wisely . In addition, it does not drool, so it is very clean. The Cane Corso is a great sportsman . He 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 a long time. He can also accompany his master in his jogging or bike rides.


Ease of gaining weight

Strong and sturdy , he does not present any particular problems , but some dogs of the same breed suffer from hip dysplasia , a condition that should be watched closely.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 12 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Cane Corso dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Cane Corso is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Cane Corso has two moulting periods a year. 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 returning from each walk will be more than enough.

You have to get the Cane Corso used to brushing and cleaning the eyes from an early age so that it gets used to it in a natural and lasting way.

Teeth should be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. To avoid potential pain and problems walking and running, the nails have to be trimmed regularly as well. It is best to seek advice from a veterinarian, especially because of the blood vessels in dogs’ fingernails. The eyes and ears should be checked frequently for any signs of infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Cane Corso is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,750
€ 1,800

The annual maintenance cost of a Cane Corso is between € 1,750 and € 1,800.

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The diet of this dog can be based on industrial food . High quality croquettes suit him perfectly. It will be necessary to regulate its diet according to its daily energy expenditure. His food is divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The work of the master is important so that the puppy can then adapt to his adult life: regular walks for this sporty dog are necessary so that he has a satisfactory balance and that he feels good with the whole family. . He 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 for big game. He can accompany his master on bike rides or jogging . This will strengthen the relationship between him and his master.

The famous Cane Corso breed dogs

Gandalf : this Cane Corso, belonging to dog trainer Adeline Jalade , appeared in the French film Dans la cour , directed by Pierre Salvadori and released in 2014. The dog filmed alongside actress Catherine Deneuve , who was charmed by the very affectionate and mischievous animal during filming sessions.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 2007


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