Cane Corso

Cane Corso

Breed Description +

Require good socialization when young and benefit from firm handling and an experienced owner. Usually very Intelligent and highly trainable dogs. Can make excellent guard or watchdogs. There have been reported incidents of Cane Corsos being aggressive with other pets or people. Very loyal to family and usually good with children though need careful supervision. May not get along well with other dogs. A short coarse coat that comes in black, gray, fawn and red colors as well as brindle variants. A black facial mask or small white patches in various body areas are sometimes also seen.
  • AKC Name:

    Cane Corso

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  • Observed Weight:

    80-120 lb

  • Show Weight:

    88 - 110 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 23 - 28 in


The Cane Corso comes from Italy and is a likely ancestor of the Roman Molosser dogs. The breed was primarily used as a catch dog, a task where the dog is used to subdue a boar or another wild animal until the farmer arrived. They may also have been used as guard dogs. The name is thought to come from the Latin "Cohors", which could either refer to a farmyard, enclosure or corral, or a bodyguard. The breed was fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 and is a member of the working group.

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