About The Cane Corso

Is the Cane Corso Right For Me?

At nearly 28 inches at the shoulder and often weighing more than 100 pounds, with a large head, alert expression, and muscles rippling beneath their short, stiff coat, Corsi are at a glance intimidating creatures. Their imposing appearance is their first line of defense against intruders. As one writer put it, “An understated air of cool competence, the kind of demeanor you’d expect from a professional bodyguard, is the breed’s trademark.”

Corsi are intelligent, loyal, eager to please, versatile, and intensely loyal to their humans, but are also assertive and willful, and can end up owning an unwitting owner. As with any other big guardian dog, responsible breeding and early socialization with people and other dogs is vital.


Personality: Smart, trainable, and noble of bearing; assertive and confident, Corsi are peerless protectors

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Quick, athletic, powerful, these big bruisers enjoy their exercise time

Good with Children: Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 25-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-26 inches (female)

Weight: Proportionate to height

Life Expectancy: 9-12 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


A mastiff type breed, the Cane Corso is relatively rare, better known in his native Italy. Bred to be a hunter and protector, he's large, muscular and powerful. Your Cane Corso puppy is smart and easily trained and will form close bonds with the family. As a natural athlete, he needs lots of exercise. Grooming is easy; his thick coat rarely sheds and is completely waterproof.