Also Known As
The (Extremely Handsome) Bodyguard
Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Smart, Affectionate, Majestic, Protective
Related Breeds
Mastiff, Great Dane, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Dogue de Bordeaux
Best Breeds For
An active family with a great yard! They love playing outside and aren’t super into alone time.
Very smart and easily trained.
Cane Corso are too large and athletic to be happy crated all day—they really need a fenced-in yard to get the activity they crave.

Breed Popularity

Chow Chow
Scottish Terrier
Cane Corso
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History of Cane Corso


Cane Corso are ancestors of the ancient Italian dog, the Molossian. It’s only in the last forty years that they’ve been loved around the world. Before that, they served as guard dogs and hunting dogs who helped catch wild boar, badger, and porcupine all over Italy. The first litter of Cane Corso was imported to the United States not so long ago—it was only in 1988.
Facts about Cane Corso

Good To Know

A Cane Corso will probably eat four or five cups of high-quality dog food a day. They’re big dogs with a big appetite, but just like people they won’t all eat the exact same amount. Talk with your vet about your dog’s size and weight and your feeding routine.
In terms of noise, they’re pretty quiet, but like talking to their family with woo woo woo noises and little snorts.
Cane Corso health and care

Health & Care

Height: 23” to 28” at the shoulder
Weight: 90 to 120 pounds
Lifespan: 9 to 12 years
They’re mostly healthy dogs, but be on the look out for hip dysplasia and bloat.
Grooming is very easy; they just need an occasional brush down with a soft bristle brush. Otherwise, keep their teeth brushed, their nails trimmed, and their ears clean!
Cane Corso personality


The Cane Corso is a serious dog that’s also seriously good looking. They’re majestic, handsome, and athletic, and have an air of unflustered confidence. Altogether they’re a lot like a finely suited Secret Service agent. Their resemblance to a bodyguard actually makes a lot of sense—the Cane Corso breed has been a guard dog in Italy for centuries. Their name even comes from the Latin word for guardian or protector.

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