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Cane Corso Mastiff

General Description:

The Cane Corso is a 'smaller' mastiff breed originating as a farm working mastiff in Italy.

The Cane Corso has a very discerning nature that can lend them to be wary of strangers but they should never be aggressive. Wary is defined as - marked by keen caution, cunning, and watchful prudence especially in detecting and escaping danger. Wariness does not include any form of aggression. An aggressive, unfriendly, unapproachable Corso is incorrect according to the breed standard. The Cane Corso should be a functional member of society and be able to accompany its family in any public location without incident. The standard describes a well rounded, stable dog that, when necessary, will take on the role of protector. The Cane Corso often possesses a dominant behavior. Both sexes may challenge for the role of leader among their human family and canine pack.

They should be indifferent when approached and should only react when a real threat is present. The Corso is a working breed originating on Italian farms and were historically required to function under high levels of stress. A Corso that cannot maintain its dictated temperament under stressful situations is one with incorrect temperament.


The average male is 26-28 inches in height and 115-135 lbs. with the average female being 24-26 inches in height and 95-105 lbs.



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Cane Corsos love children, but they can inadvertently step on or knock over a toddler, so supervision is important.

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The coat is short, sheds twice a year like most breeds.



Best with:

These are strong, dominant dogs and the role of leadership by the owner needs to be well established. They are best suited for the experienced dog owner.

Not for:

New dog owners


They enjoy being included in family activities and make excellent jogging and hiking companions.


They cannot tolerate solitude. Isolating the Cane Corso can lead to nuisance barking, destructive behavior and other temperament problems.

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