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

Updated on July 18, 2019
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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 and a great dog, the Cane Corso is 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 he 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, 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

  • Do Cane Corso's shed a lot?

    They are short-haired dogs, so although they do shed it is not a lot like a thick-haired Golden Retriever. The shedding is similar to other short haired dogs like the Great Dane.


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      Karen T 

      17 months ago

      We have one of the exceptions for a Cane Corso in that she is QUITE lazy and is very happy with apartment life. We have our own entrance and it’s a suburban area so there are lots of walking paths and parks. However my silly beast(it’s a term of affection I swear) will just plant herself when she’s done walking! She won’t go in any direction but home.

      This may also be due to the fact that she had VERY early onset hip dysplasia (diagnosed at 7 months) and issues with her right knee. HD is a huge disorder to look out for when shopping for a reputable breeder. We were told with how bad her hips were we should start saving money for a possible double hip replacement by the time she was 4-5 years old. Luckily, she is 6 now and her hips are doing great! But...she did tear ALL of the ligaments in her right knee being silly(it was a happy dance). We had a really tough time finding a surgeon that could/would accommodate a dog of her size and we’re near a major city. Once we did, we were looking at $7,500-$8,000 for pre-surgical exams, surgery, post-op care and post-surgical care for a TPLO. We got very fortunate and found an amazing surgeon that’s also a professor at our local university vet school and his prices were half of what we were quoted elsewhere.

      So when Dr. Mark says they can be expensive, this is the kind of price range just for repairs! However even if I were paying off that bill for the rest of my life, she’s really an amazing companion. Not perfect by far, but loyal, loving and really funny.

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      Dr Mark 

      18 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Hamza, CC are not usually considered a good dog for apartments as they are not lazy enough. A walk is not enough either, since they are big dogs and a walk at a human pace is not adequate.

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      18 months ago

      can i get cane corso in an apartment, i also have a farm but i don't go there. should a daily walk be enough, also i can take him to the park

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      Dr Mark 

      19 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Nini, this is more than one puppy? If the puppies are valuable to you, I would recommend taking them to the state university veterinary college for a second opinion. I cannot give this without a physical exam.

      Your regular vet is required to give you the medical records for the puppies and the mother. He should give you a referral to the veterinary college and can call one of his colleagues there and discuss the puppies condition.

      Best of luck.

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      19 months ago

      What can i do for my 6 old week old puppies that aren't able to place their body weight on their hind legs. I have been to my vet countless times and I've been given amoxicillin and metacam for the first week. Now they're on dexamethasone and clavamox. Im unsure what to do next if this medicine doesn't work. Any help or advice would be appreciated

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      19 months ago

      We have had two cane corsos and they are wonderful! If trained properly they are grest with the family.

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      Michelle Dee 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

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

    • DrMark1961 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Mark 

      7 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.

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      Michelle Dee 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      They sure are adorable as puppies!

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      Dr Mark 

      7 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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      7 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.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 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 

      7 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.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

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

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      7 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

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      Dr Mark 

      7 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 

      7 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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