Cane Corso Information


The Cane Corso Italiano (also known as the ‘Italian Mastiff’ or ‘Cane Corso Mastiff’) is a war and hunting do, which originated in southern Italy. The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff had declined to near extinction by the 1980’s, but since then an intentional effort to rescue the breed has increased the dog’s numbers substantially. Still, most prominent in southern Italy.


The Cane Corso, Italian Mastiff, has a shoulder height of 24-27 inches for males and 23-25 inches for females. Males weigh 99-110 lbs, (sometimes more) and females 88-99 lbs. The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff is large, lean, and athletic in appearance, with ‘V’-shaped ears that flop forward, a long wide, muzzle, pronounced stop, and arched neck.


The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff has short, dense, stiff hair in black, gray, fawn, or striped. It may have a black or grey muzzle or white markings on the chest and feet. The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff is a light shedder.


The Cane Corso Italiano Mastiff is a highly intelligent, loyal and protective dog that is very versatile and trainable. It is even tempered, alert, and confident, making an excellent guard or watchdog.   The Cane Corso Italian Mastiffs are not aggressive, but will defend for their owners fiercely when or if necessary. They are nearly unstoppable in a fight due to their unusually high pain tolerance.


The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff is loyal, docile, and affectionate toward its family, especially children. The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff should be socialized when young to minimize aggression with strangers and other dogs, but even with training Cane Corso Italian Mastiff are usually on edge/guard around those they don’t know.


The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff does not require much grooming—only an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs is required. Cane Corso Mastiffs don’t mind living outdoors as long as sufficient socialization and shelter is provided. Like other large breeds, the Cane Corso Italian Mastiff can be susceptible to hip dysplasia. It is also prone to bloat, so avoid overfeeding and space meals throughout the day. The Cane Corso Mastiff has a life span of 10-11 years.


The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff is intelligent and easily trainable. It is versatile and can quickly learn a wide variety of tasks. The Italian Mastiffs are a fairly large animal with a mind of their own, so inexperienced owners should think twice about selecting this breed. The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff must be taught to submit to all family members. Obedience training is highly recommended for the Cane Corso Mastiff or working with them yourself consistently when they are young.


The Cane Corso Italian Mastiff is athletic, requiring a substantial amount of daily exercise. It has high stamina, making it a great companion for long jogs or hikes. A fenced in yard is recommended; an apartment may not provide sufficient space.


Clipped ears to make them look a little more fierce or leave ears floppy. If you chose to clip the ears most vets recommend doing the procedure at 13 weeks.  Tails are clipped after a couple of days after their birth. A quarter, dime, or nickel is used to measure the length. Not clipping the tails can result in the tail being too long and strong.