The Cane Corso Breed: A Great Dog for a Life of Solitude

Updated on January 23, 2018
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

A Cane Corso puppy.
A Cane Corso puppy. | Source

This Cane Corso is a great dog breed we sometimes find on the beaches of Brazil. The dog is as large as the Brazilian Mastiff, with males weighing around 50 kilograms (110 pounds) and standing about 27 inches tall at the withers. The breed originally comes from Italy, where it was used as a guard, a livestock herder, a hunter of big game, and also for personal protection.

Most of the Cane Corsos I seen now are personal protection dogs, as well as being pets. They are great at their job.

A fawn Cane Corso.
A fawn Cane Corso. | Source

The Cane Corso history

Do Cane Corsos have a long history?

Some Cane Corso breeders will tell you that the dog is descended from the Roman war dogs, and this is probably true, but the dog was almost extinct by the 1970s. The Cane Corso we have now is a product of a breeding program that used other types of dogs, and the resulting breed is quite a bit different than the old type.

The Cane Corso Italiano breeding program has tried to maintain a lot of the characteristics of the older variety, though, and they do look a lot like the drawings of the older Cane from Roman times.

What do they look like?

The Cane Corso looks strong and makes an excellent watchdog both because of his personality and his looks. The breed is large and muscular, with a short muzzle and a wide skull. They have short hair and are usually solid black or fawn, but can be brindle. Their tails are docked (but not too short) and their ears can be cropped short or left long.

Is the Cane Corso the right dog for everyone?

I am not trying to promote this breed and hoping it will take the place of the Labrador retriever. Although they are impressive, the Cane Corso is a great dog but definitely not for a first time dog owner, and definitely not for everyone.

Young dogs are easy to train but when they become large they can become overwhelming. If the owner does not understand how to handle this dog he may become too aggressive with other dogs and with strange humans.

Are Cane Corso puppies expensive?

A Cane Corso puppy is expensive, but remember that he will cost you a lot more than the purchase price. He is a large dog so will eat a lot of food, require strong fencing, and if there are any medical costs they will be high. Some Cane Corso owners end up hiring trainers to help them with their dogs. One of the main reasons people have to give up their dogs are the excessive costs.

The AKC now recognizes this breed and it is available in many areas, and if you cannot afford a puppy you can look into getting an older dog through or a Cane breed rescue. (Type in the breed and your location into your search engine.) The purchase price will vary, depending on where you are at, but do not forget all of the additional expenses.

A Cane Corso at play.
A Cane Corso at play. | Source

All dog breed descriptions are just generalizations. I describe the Cane Corso in this way because that is how most of the dogs I have worked with act. The dogs I have met and worked with are among the type that guarantee a life of solitude. This does not mean an individual Cane Corso will act like this description, nor does it guarantee that a puppy you obtain is going to act in this way. It is a fair generalization, however, and there are several dog trainers who will tell you that the Cane Corso is like “Mike Tyson in his prime”.

Think about this before you purchase this great dog.

Questions & Answers


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      • Efficient Admin profile image

        Efficient Admin 

        5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

        Yes that is so correct - all puppies are indeed adorable!!

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        But arent all puppies cute? I adore this little guys, but then again I want about every little puppy I see.

      • Efficient Admin profile image

        Efficient Admin 

        5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

        They sure are adorable as puppies!

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Good comment, wetnosedogs. I don't even think having a lot of land is enough. If the owner is not willing to get one of these dogs and take him for long walks every day, it is just not a good idea for the dog.

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        6 years ago from Alabama

        What a beautiful dog. In the video that one dog that was chained up looked so sad. I can't imagine chaining up a dog like that. Cane Corso would be an awesome dog to have, like the mastiff, but it wouldn't be fair to the dog, so I can't. If I had lots of land, it may be a different story.

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Thanks for commenting. I am writing another article on preventing aggression in these dogs because if they are not handled properly they are going to be banned just like the Pit Bull and Fila Brasileiro

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        Catherine Dean 

        6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

        I have only seen these dogs on a few shows. They seem to be wonderful family dogs just like my pit bull. Great job educating everyone on such a rare breed of dog. Lovely.

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Thanks for the comment and vote! I appreciate your visit.

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        6 years ago

        Wow, great Hub here, very informative. I did not know there was such a breed: Cane Corsos. LOVE the pics, and yes the last one is my favorite, those blue eyes are amazing and the dog's coat as well.

        Voted up for awesome and useful. Thanks

      • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

        Dr Mark 

        6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

        Hi Georgie! Can't you picture one of these dogs dragging you all over the woods there in upstate NY? A dog like that would keep you from sitting down and writing more hubs, that's for sure.

        I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

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        GH Price 

        6 years ago from North Florida

        Oh, that last photo kills me! They're beautiful animals. I'd never heard of the breed, but I know I can't handle a dog that big. Thanks for the information!


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