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Cane Corso Italiano – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 88 to 110 pounds
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Longevity: 11
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Cane Corso Italiano, Dog Breed Guide


The Italian dog that can trace its origins to the Cani Pugnax, the ancient Roman Molosser dog breed which were used by Roman Legionnaires to hut large and wild animals as well used as an auxiliary warrior, the Cane Corso Italiano is a dog breed that is tough and strong. Romans and, as the years go by, Italians in general enjoys having these large, muscular and very powerful dogs as companions and guard dogs. They got their name from the Latin word Cohors, which translates to “protector”

Official Name

Cane Corso Italiano
Other Name
Cane di Macellaio
Sicilian Branchiero
Italian Mastiff
Cane Corso
Italian Cane Corso


Date – Ancient Times / Country – Italy
Family / Group – Guardian, Mastiff

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
American Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The large-sized Cane Corso is a muscular and powerful dog that is longer than it is tall. This is an ancient breed descended from Roman mastiffs. It came close to extinction following World War II but has been revitalized by breeders. It was used as a hunter of large predators, a cattle drover and a guard of home and livestock.


This is an even-tempered trainable and quite dot that is loyal and affectionate with its family, including children, but extremely wary with strangers. These Italian mastiffs can be very protective, and possesses high intelligence. They are often aloof but will do fine with other animals as long as it is well socialized.

Bred For

Guardian dogs for property, cattle and people. Historical records show their hunting background as well. They were also used a companion dogs as well as war dogs by the Ancient Roman Legion.


The Cane Corso can adapt to apartment life if it receives enough exercise


The thick skin does not wrinkle, and the coat is short and stiff, thus making their grooming needs not as demanding compared to other dogs.


This is a breed that is highly intelligent and very trainable.


Tendency to bloat and get severely overweight, cherry eye, demodectic mange, ectropion, entropion, hip dysplasia are some of the breed’s common health problems,


The Cane Corso Italiano is naturally very athletic and requires a lot of regular exercise. For owners who are joggers, you will love the company of the Cane Corso dogs as they are known to be excellent jogging mates. At least one long, brisk daily walk is recommended.