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Cane Corso

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #402015: #352014: #48
Name Cane Corso
Other names Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio
Origin Italy
Breed Group Working (AKC:2010)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-11 years
Temperament CheerfulCourageousLoyalQuietSocial
Height Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm)Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm)
Weight Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg)Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)
Colors BlackBlack BrindleChestnut BrindleFawnGrayGray BrindleRed
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1500 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 2 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThe Cane Corso will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. They will be content to live outdoors provided they have adequate shelter.
Barking Tendencies 1 starsRare
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 3 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThis very athletic breed needs a lot of regular exercise. They make excellent jogging companions, and if not jogged daily, should be taken on at least one long, brisk daily walk.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming the Cane Corso is quite easy due to his short coat, though his large size means it’s a big job. Brush his sleek coat with a natural bristle brush or mitt once a week. Use coat conditioner/polish to brighten the sheen. Bathe him every three months (or when he’s dirty) using a mild shampoo.
Health Issues 4 starsLike other large breeds, the Cane Corso Italiano is 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.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Cane Corso Italiano is intelligent and easily trainable. It is versatile and can quickly learn a wide variety of tasks. Cane Corso Italianos are a fairly large animal with a mind of their own, so inexperienced owners should think twice about selecting this breed. The Cane Corso Italiano must be taught to submit to all family members. Obedience training is highly recommended for the Cane Corso Mastiff.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Coco
02 Sam Mia
03 Tank Missie
04 Loki Lady
05 Jackson Roxy
06 Oliver Chloe
07 Hank Stella
08 Henry Honey
09 Louie Sandy
10 Dexter Holly
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The Cane Corso also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.

Intelligent, the Cane Corso is easily trained. As a large and athletic breed, they need a lot of exercise. For this breed to be a well-balanced member of society, he needs extensive socialization and training from an early age. He does not do well crated all day and should have a fenced in yard for adequate exercise. They are affectionate to their owner and bond closely with children and family. The Corso requires substantial time invested and owners with an understanding of dog hierarchy.

The Cane Corso Italiano (also known as the ‘Italian Mastiff’ or ‘Cane Corso Mastiff’) is a war and hunting dog which originated in southern Italy. It likely descends from the Neapolitan mastiff and the Roman ‘Canis Pugnax’, a powerful war dog, though the Cane Corso Italiano is a lighter, more agile breed which was used by troops for hunting or as an auxiliary force (‘Corso’ comes from the Latin for ‘guardian’). The Cane Corso Italiano was also used in bull baiting, a gambling ‘sport’ wherein one or more dogs were matched up against a chained bull. The Cane Corso Italiano 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. It is most prominent in southern Italy.
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