Cane Corso

About the Breed

The Cane Corso is a large Italian Mastiff breed that has been around for hundreds of years. This loyal and protective breed is highly valued for its guarding abilities, but also makes a wonderful family companion. In this article, we will cover the temperament of the Cane Corso, who the breed is ideal for, its history, healthy weight and important health checks for this breed. Temperament The Cane Corso is an alert and confident dog who loves to stay close to his family members. He is naturally protective of his family and will bark or growl if he senses any intruders near his home or property. This breed can be wary of strangers but with proper socialization from an early age they can learn to become more accepting and friendly towards people outside their inner circle. The Cane Corso loves to play outdoors and needs plenty of exercise every day in order for him to stay fit both mentally and physically. Ideal Owners This breed requires experienced owners who are willing to dedicate the time necessary for training him properly from a young age in order to bring out the best in him. He does not do well with children as he can be very strong-willed so its best if he lives in a home with adults only or older children who know how to behave respectfully around dogs. The Cane Corso also needs lots of socialization early on so they can learn how behave with other animals as well as unfamiliar people when they meet them outside their home environment. History The Cane Corso was first bred in Italy centuries ago where it was used as a guard dog by farmers and shepherds alike due its large size, strength, loyalty and guarding capabilities. Today this breed is still used as watchdogs but often kept as pets too thanks to their sweet nature when trained correctly from puppyhood onwards by experienced owners only. Healthy Weight The average weight for male Cane Corsos ranges between 88-99 pounds while females range between 88-88 pounds. Its important that these dogs are fed correctly according to their size and activity level since being overweight can lead them easily develop health problems such as joint problems or heart issues due their large size already putting pressure on these organs over time if they get too heavy. Important Health Checks As with all breeds its important that regular vet checks are done annually at least once per year where your vet will check your dogs overall health including teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, body condition score (BCS )and more. Additional tests may be recommended depending on your dog's age like blood tests, xrays, ultrasounds etc. Its also important that you feed your dog healthy food without overfeeding since obesity can quickly develop leading onto further serious health issues. Lastly make sure you provide plenty of physical exercise daily which should include both mental stimulation activities such walking or playing different games indoors when weather doesn't permit going outdoors. In conclusion the Cane Corso makes an excellent guard dog due its natural instincts yet it's also very loyal towards its owners making it great pet option too given that proper training methods are used from puppyhood onwards by experienced owners only plus providing plenty of physical exercise daily along with mental stimulation activities throughout life should keep this sturdy yet sensitive giant happy!

Healthy weight:

50-70 pounds

Recommended Food

Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Black
  • Gray
  • Fawn
  • Brindle
  • Red

Ideal for owners that

  • Patience
  • Strong Leadership Skills
  • Ability to be Consistent with Training
  • Commitment to Exercise and Socialization
  • Ability to Provide a Secure and Loving Home

Health Considerations

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Heart Disease
  • Eye Problems
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bloat
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Allergies

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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