What is it like to own a cane corso

Cane Corso Breed Description: Character & Co

Cane Corso Breed Description: Character & Co

Italian moloss and Italian mastiff are other names for the Cane Corso dog breed. The dog breed comes from southern Italy and is intended for dog owners who have canine experience. The breed characteristics of the Cane Corso and why the dog is intended for sporty owners will be explained in more detail below.

Cane Corso - origin

The Cane Corso is considered a descendant of the herding dog Canis Pugnacis, who was also known as the Roman Moloss. Cane Corsos are sturdy and were previously used as drive dogs and guard dogs. The dog breed was also used as herd guardian dogs. The Cane Corso has been an independent breed since 1996 and has been recognized by the FCI. Nowadays the impressive dog breed, which likes to work in packs, is used as a tracking and protection dog. The dogs are also used in Italy as police dogs and for hunting big game. The strong four-legged friends can also be found as guard dogs on farms. The breed is only slowly becoming known outside of Italy.

What are the breed characteristics of the Cane Corso?

If you want to buy a Cane Corso, it makes sense to know how big the animal will be and what characteristics the Italian Molossus has in general.

Cane Corso list dog

In Austria the Cane Corso is not considered a list dog. In Germany he is listed in Brandenburg and Bavaria as a fighting dog in the second category. This means that a character test is necessary to refute the dangerousness of the animal. In Switzerland, keeping, breeding, importing and purchasing the Cane Corso is prohibited in a canton. In other cantons, keeping is either permitted or a cantonal permit is required.

The Cane Corso is a breed of dog that can be optimally kept as a protection dog. Your Italian Molossus needs good education, socialization and employment. It is advisable to go to a dog school with a young dog and only keep the dog breed if there is sufficient dog experience. The Cane Corso is not a beginner dog.

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alternative name Cane Corso, Italian Corso Dog, Cane di Macellaio
origin Italy
Life expectancy 10-12 years
Care requirements easy to care for
Activity level average
FCI Molossoids
AKC Working group
KC Not acknowledged


Character of the breed of dog

The Italian Moloss needs clear but sensitive guidance and is not intended for novice dogs. If you raise and care for your Cane Corso well, the animal will show numerous positive character traits. The following positive character traits are known:

  • loyal
  • playful
  • docile
  • fond of children

However, you have to note that the Cane Corso does not tolerate any unknown people or animals, which makes the dog breed the ideal watchdog. In an emergency, the Cane Corso defends his family. The protective instinct is strong, which is why the dog breed needs consistent training.

Raising a cane corso is essential

The Cane Corso needs a good education with know-how. The dog breed is not suitable for beginners because of the enormous protective instinct. A clear upbringing is a must and the owner should handle the animal responsibly and consistently. Early socialization of Cane Corso puppies is imperative. The dog breed should also be kept busy. The Cane Corso is sporty and can be used as a riding companion dog, medical dog or tracking dog. The dog breed is also suitable for obedience training.


What diseases are typical for the dog breed?

If you want to buy a Cane Corso, then you should visit a reputable breeder and ask him about disease prevention. The dog breed is prone to elbow and hip dysplasia. In a reputable Cane Corso breed, the risk of disease is reduced through selection. This also applies to possible heart diseases of this breed. If you notice shortness of breath, increased tiredness or even cough in your beloved animal, you should visit a veterinarian and have the animal examined for a heart disease. The dog breed also has sensitive eyes, which is why drafts should be avoided. You should be careful with Cane Corso puppies that have a pure white coat color. The coat color is not up to standard and the animals can be deaf.

Care and nutrition

The strong dog breed should only get used to new food slowly. The new feed should first be mixed in small portions with the known feed from the breeder. You can always add a little more of the new food over several days. Cane Corso puppies should use special dry food that is also suitable for large breed puppies. Food without an optimal protein content leads to skeletal problems in the dog breed. Do not give your Cane Corso any grain pet food, but pay attention to a high meat content.

The Cane Corso should be freed of loose hair during the coat change. A trimming knife, for example, is suitable for this purpose. Otherwise it is sufficient to brush the animal every now and then. Dental care snacks from specialist retailers can be used to care for your teeth.

Buy Cane Corso

A Cane Coros puppy costs around 800 and 1200 euros.

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  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint in fast-growing dog breeds

  • Heart muscle disease

    In large breeds of dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is by far the most common heart muscle disease

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Canine hip dysplasia or hip dysplasia (HD) is an abnormal development of the hip joint

  • He has a bite force of 224PSI which is very high and is considered a list dog and potentially dangerous breed in some countries. However, a well-behaved Cane Corso has a very calm mind and can be very fond of children.

  • A cane corso is on some country lists and is popularly referred to as a fighting dog.

  • A Cane Corso needs average exercise. However, species-appropriate keeping requires a few hours of activity a day.

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