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A Guide to the Cane Corso Dog, The Roman Watchdog

What Makes This Breed Effective Guards

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Is the Cane Corso right for you?

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    The Cane Corso dog wasn't well-known in America even a quarter of a century ago.

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    Now the sturdy dog has a profile more in line with their big bones.

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    Cane Corsos require a lot of exercise but don't need much grooming.

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    With proper training Cane Corsos do particularly well with children.


The Cane Corso is an Italian breed and descendent of the Canis Pugnix, which is thought to be the now extinct breed used by the ancient Romans in war. Used for their ability to apprehend large game, like boars and mountain lions, as well as their skill in the battlefield, these dogs were declining in population until a resurgence in the 1960s. Despite their extensive history, they were not recognized by the AKC until 2008.

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    10 - 11 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    24 - 27 inches

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    Male Weight

    99 - 110 pounds

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    Female Height

    23- 25 inches

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    Female Weight

    88 - 89 pounds

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    Litter Size

    4 - 6 puppies on average


The very model of power, the Cane Corso is a strong, almost aristocratic breed with a certain endurance that sets it apart from other mastiff types. Their body is medium sized, muscular, and compactly built. They have very thick skin that is covered in dense, short hair that is glossy and rigid. On average, the Cane Corso stands about 25 inches high and weighs somewhere around 100 pounds.


The Cane Corso is a loyal, intelligent, and obedient dog that loves to please their owner. By their nature they are a very protective breed and should go through obedience training early to prevent them from becoming overly so. Typically a quiet animal, this breed rarely exhibits aggressive tendencies. With proper training, the Cane Corso can be a good companion for children and can act as a superb guard dog.


The Cane Corso can be black, black brindle, chestnut brindle, fawn, gray, gray brindle, or red.

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health concerns

Major health problems commonly seen among this breed include:

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