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Cane Corso


Overview of Cane Corso

The Cane Corso's ancestry goes back to ancient Rome, and the breed's name roughly translates to 'bodyguard dog' in Latin. Known for their wide frame, large size, and muscular legs, the Cane Corso dog is a Molosser type breed - a group of breeds that encompasses bully breeds and Mastiffs. Often weighing more than 100 lbs, the Corso's accentuated head and physical stature make them intimidating and alert watchdogs. Bred initially as all-around farm dogs in Italy, Cane Corso Dogs today excel at a range of canine sports and enjoy hard work. They are the least bulky-looking breed compared to their Mastiff cousins. A Cane Corso puppy’s coat comes in black, fawn, chestnut, gray, brindle, and red. Although their coat is short, they still shed and blow their coat twice a year. If you want a tidy dog, the Cane Corso may not be for you - they drool occasionally and tend to make a mess during mealtime or when drinking water!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cane Corso

Epilepsy in dogs:

Is a fairly common inherited condition that results in seizures. Certain breeds such as the Cane Corso are more susceptible to epilepsy and motor control issues.

Recommendations for Epilepsy in dogs in Cane Corso Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cane Corso

Demodectic mange:

If your dog has a weakened or compromised immune system, they can be susceptible to developing demodectic mange. Symptoms include patches of red, scaly, skin combined with hair loss on the head, neck, and front legs.

Recommendations for Demodectic mange in Cane Corso Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cane Corso

Dog ear infection:

The Cane Corso’s naturally floppy ears make them susceptible to ear infections. Their ears should be checked regularly to keep them clean and free of debris.

Recommendations for Dog ear infection in Cane Corso Dogs:



While some find Cane Corsos intimidating to look at, they are actually affectionate softies that love to be with their families. With outstanding agility and strong prey drive, these dogs should never be left off-leash or unattended. Corsos may not be the best choice for first-time owners due to their high exercise needs. The key to owning a Cane Corso puppy is to socialize them early and introduce them to as many people and places as possible when they are developing to encourage a well-rounded companion. Corsos have a large bark so keep that in mind if you live somewhere with sound restrictions. Cane Corsos are not for everyone, but if you want a Mastiff-type dog that excels in dog sports and has energy to burn, you may want to book a ticket to Italy to get your hands on this rare breed!

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