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Cane corso dog breed profile

Cane corsos are also known as Italian Mastiffs.

Whether your dog is 100% cane corso or a cane corso mix, learning about the breed can explain a lot about your pet’s personality, habits and overall health. 

Also known as Italian Mastiffs, cane corso puppies can grow to be a whopping 110 pounds. But don’t let their size fool you. According to Courtney Briggs, head trainer at Zoom Room, with early positive reinforcement and socialization, these gentle giants with a more serious demeanor make wonderful companions for experienced dog parents. If this adorably wrinkled pet has caught your eye, you’ll love these fun facts.

What is the history of the cane corso dog breed? 

Cane corso pups come from a long line of dogs meant to work as guardians and hunters, Briggs explained. Their lineage begins in Italy, where they learned to be loyal and protective of their families — a job they still take to heart.  

“Because they’re working dogs who thrive on having a job to do, lots of mental stimulation will help lead to a healthy life,” Briggs said.

What is the temperament of the cane corso dog breed?

The cane corso is a devoted dog that loves to be given tasks and will take their job seriously — especially when that job is playing fetch. They’re an intelligent and slightly independent breed of dog.

Along with a strong work ethic and protective nature comes a bold personality and an innate prey drive. While true for any dog breed, early socialization and training are especially key to promoting a happy home with a cane corso living with other pets or children.

What do cane corso dogs look like? 

The average size of an adult cane corso is between 90 and 110 pounds. They have a muscular build and require a fair amount of exercise. Other notable physical features include a wide chest and a wrinkled forehead. 

You’ll find cane corso dogs sporting a few different coat colors, including black, gray, fawn (a yellowish-tan), red or brindle (brown with patterns of dark brown to black).

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Do cane corso dogs shed?

The cane corso dog breed has a thick two-layered coat that does shed year-round. It’s easy to groom, Briggs said, and requires little maintenance.  

Common health conditions that affect the cane corso dog breed

The lifespan of a cane corso is around 10 to 11 years. Considering their large size, cane corso pups are generally a healthy breed. Talk to your veterinarian about how to prevent the following common health issues from affecting your pooch:  

As with any newly adopted pup, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian soon after arriving home to ensure a long and happy life together. 

Adopting a cane corso dog or puppy

Are you interested in adopting a cane corso, cane corso puppy, cane corso mix or any pet at all? Check out our shelter partners to find your new best friend.

The Dig, Fetch's expert-backed editorial, answers all of the questions you forget to ask your vet or are too embarrassed to ask at the dog park. We help make sure you and your best friend have more good days, but we’re there on bad days, too.

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