Cane Corso: A Complete Guide

With a noble spirit, high intelligence, and fearless protective instinct, the Cane Corso is considered as one of the best family dogs.

So, if you are looking for a big dog that is great with the kids, yet looks like it can fight a lion (which it actually can), you should definitely consider this breed as your potential pet choice.

This breed has been with us since the times of the ancient Rome. And, in Latin, Cane Corso actually means the bodyguard dog.

The name hasn’t been given without a meaning because Corsos are extremely devoted to their human families and if needed, they will show why they were used in the Roman arenas to fight against gladiators, lions, and tigers.

However, as a family pet, the Corso shows his gentle and calm side, and is actually one of the best nannies in the business.

All it needs is early training and a strong Alfa male owner, and he will gladly follow his lead.

Unfortunately, since this breed has a huge fan base, and many backyard breeders and puppy mill owners want a piece of the cake.

Therefore, finding a healthy pup with great genes can be quite tricky.

To help you out, our guide will show you what are the important things you should keep an eye on when buying a puppy, as well as offer you a better insight into all that comes with this breed.

This way, you will definitely know if he is the right choice for your family and if your lifestyle fits Cane Corso’s needs.

We will start with Cane Corso puppies. Let’s see what are the questions you need to ask before buying.

Cane Corso Puppies – Before You Buy…

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Cane Corso will try to take the role of the Alpha in the family.

Before buying a puppy of any breed, there are some things you should know. For example, does the price of the puppy you fell in love with fit your available budget?

Once you are sure you are okay with the price range, the next, maybe even more important question you should ask yourself is “can I find a reputable breeder”.

If you do manage to find such a breeder, the last question should be “can I handle this puppy?”.

When you have the answers to these 3 questions, getting from just the idea of buying, let’s say, a Cane Corso puppy, to the moment when you open the door of your home and say “Kids, I have a surprise for you!” will come easy and you will know that you made a great decision.

What price are Cane Corso puppies?

Like with everything in life, if you want something of good quality, you have to be ready to pay more. The same implies when buying a Cane Corso puppy.

You can, and definitely will find cheap offers online.

However, stay away from these because in most cases, it will turn out to be a sick puppy with no medical evidence that it doesn’t have any health condition heritage that will trouble him later in his life.

For a purebred Cane Corso puppy with great genes and all health test clearances, you will have to cash out from $1500 up to around $4000.

But, you will be sure that your pup, is of great health and comes with parents that didn’t suffer from any genetic inheritable health issues.

How to find reputable Cane Corso breeders?

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Cane Corso is an intelligent dog.

We cannot highlight this enough – A good, reputable breeder is a MUST if you want a good puppy!

Avoid the so-called backyard breeders because they in most cases don’t know enough about the breed and just decided to earn some profit by selling their pet’s pups.

They will also try and save as much as they can and won’t even bother with health tests and clearances.

Another type of “breeders” to avoid are puppy mill owners.

You will recognize puppy mills if the puppy selling ad is always active and always has pups available. This means that they have numerous litters.

This only means poor living conditions, cheap dog food, and unhealthy pups.

On the other hand, a reputable breeder that really cares about the breed and all of his dogs will give you plenty of insight into the breed you are buying from him.

Also, he will even ask you questions regarding how well you can take care of the puppy so that he is sure that his dog is going into good hands.

Furthermore, he will, without a problem, show you all the documented medical history of both the pup you want to buy and its parents, as well as health tests clearances for illnesses that are typical for this breed.

He will explain how to take care, how to train, and even give you the pups feeding schedule and tell you which food to use.

3 Little-known facts about Cane Corso puppies

Before making the final decision whether this is the breed for you or not, here are some little-known fact about Cane Corso puppies, so that you know what to expect if your choice does land on this breed.

  • They are playful

You will find the adult Cane Corso dogs to be rather serious looking most of the times. However, while they are pups, Corsos are very playful.

Corso puppies love to play more than anything and they will want to get involved in everything you are doing and try to turn it into play time.

To satisfy their need for playing, you can involve your kids and play interactive games.

  • They need a firm hand

Even though Cane Corso pups are cute and playful, they are an extremely intelligent breed and they can be willful and unruly.

You need to teach your Corso puppy that there are limits to what he is allowed to do. A strong and firm approach will result with a well behaved Corso.

  • They can be really great with kids and other pets

As we stated above, Corsos are very playful while pups. This means they can hurt kids with their sharp small teeth even though they are playing.

To get them used to kids and other pets in your household, do not separate them.

On the contrary, early socialization will allow them to get used to kids and other dogs or animals, and learn how to play properly without hurting them.

Physical Traits of the Cane Corso

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Cane Corso has a fearless protective instinct.

In this part of the guide, you will get to know how big are Cane Corso dogs actually, and what is their estimated life expectancy. A little hint, they are rather big!

How big is a full-grown Cane Corso?

With the height range going from 25 to 28 inches for the males and 24 to 26 inches for females, Cane Corso is definitely not a lap dog.

Plus, their weight range goes from 90 to 120 pounds! Definitely one large dog you don’t really want sitting in your lap.

What is the life expectancy of the Cane Corso?

When it comes to how long will this family bodyguard be around, if fed with high-quality food and proper exercise, as well as with regular vet checkups, you can expect from 10 to 12 years of happy memories with your Cane Corso.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is known as a serious breed that needs firm yet loving guidance in order to become the perfect family pet.

Once this dog goes through his adolescence “years”, training and socialization, it will become calmer and family-oriented.

This means that he won’t be that much interested in meeting every single one of your guests, but simply sit in his favorite corner of the home and keep an eye on them in case something unpredictable happens and he needs to react to protect his family.

In some cases, while they are young, you will need to find a “job” for your Cane Corso if you don’t want it to bark at people passing by your fence or digging holes all over the yard.

If, on the other hand, if you are an apartment owner, to keep your dog from chewing the slippers or the furniture, you will need to give him toys he can play with and scratch the “tooth itch” this breed sometimes has when bored or alone.

However, if you have already set your mind on this breed, there’s no reason to panic because Cane Corso is 95% of the times a docile dog.

He quickly learns what is and what isn’t allowed and follows those rules.

Also, being that this is an extremely intelligent breed, your Corso will also be an excellent babysitter and always keep an eye on the little ones so that they don’t get in any trouble.

You just need to make sure that your pup is trained early and start the socialization as soon as you get home for the first time.

He needs to get familiar with as many different sounds, experiences, people, and animals as much as possible so that as he grows up, he doesn’t mind the company of other people and animals, and so that your kids can play with him the way they like (Corsos can be so calm that they will even tolerate ear pulling from the kids).

All in all, when it comes to Intelligence, temperament and personality traits of the Cane Corso, you will find that this dog is calm, loving and extremely intelligent, which makes it easy to train.

Also, when indoors, his favorite thing to do is relax in his corner and taking a nap. But, when outdoors, his energetic side will activate and you will need to keep up if you want him to burn that excessive energy and go back to “chill mode” when you get back home.

Cane Corso Diet

If your Cane Corso pup comes from a reputable breeder, you will also get a feeding schedule that you should follow.

This way, you will make sure your pup develops the way it should and that it doesn’t upset his tummy. Of course, you can change the diet, but it has to be done after the vet confirms it and gradually, but the schedule needs to remain the same.

For example, instead of opting for free eating, where the required daily food amount is all thrown into the bowl and the pup eats whenever he wants, you should split that amount into two halves. One in the morning and the other in the evening.

This way, you will make sure your dog doesn’t overeat and suffer from obesity, as well as not have problems with bloating, which this breed tends to do.

As for the quality of the food, it should be high-quality and rich in nutrients.

Another thing, since this is a large dog breed, it is recommendable to place the feeding bowl on a higher level so that the dog doesn’t have to come all the way down to reach the food. This will allow easier eating, better digestion, and avoid bloating problems.

How much Exercise does a Cane Corso need?

The Cane Corso needs a fair amount of exercise if you want to sustain its health and muscle tone.

The recommended exercise includes a minimum of one mile of walking or running in the morning and another mile in the evening.

So, if you like to jog or ride a bike, your Corso will turn out to be a great exercise partner. However, keep in mind that you also need to challenge him mentally, or it might become uninterested.

To satisfy both his physical and mental demands, it might be a good idea to take your Corso to events such as tracking, obedience, agility, protection sport, or dock diving.

Cane Corso Health and Conditions

In general, Corsos are a healthy breed. But, as it’s the case with any other breed, they do have certain health issues that can be heritable.

Therefore, when talking to the breeder before you actually buy the puppy, here are the health issues both pup’s parents should have test clearances for:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eyelid abnormalities: cherry eye and ectropion
  • Demodectic mange
  • Gastric torsion

An important point about aggression

While the Cane Corso is not known for its aggressive or rowdy behaviour, there are still subtle signs of aggression that this breed of dogs often displays.

Sometimes a Cane Corso can start barking at every single person that might pass by the fence of your house.

Similarly, without any reason, your pet might start digging countless holes in your background.

Apart from this, your dog is also likely to destroy your household items by chewing on them aggressively.

To counter this behaviour, you need to figure out the reason behind your dog’s aggression. Make sure your dog is not acting aggressively out of pain.

Examine its body and check for any signs of wounds, bruises, or swellings.

Even if you cannot find any sign, it won’t hurt to take your pet to a vet and get it confirmed that your dog is not suffering from pain or illness.

Apart from this, your dog might be scared of strangers around it or guests in your house which is why it cannot seem to stop barking.

Moreover, the aggression in your Cane Corso can also be triggered by a leash being put on it.

Trust your dog to behave in social settings and train it well for them so that you do not need to risk its aggression by confining it with a leash.

Despite all these assessments, the Cane Corso is mostly a very docile and good-natured dog and you would not have any problems by dealing with your dog’s aggression.

My final thoughts on the Cane Corso

The health and conditions section was the last section in our complete guide.

If you read carefully, you now know that with a size of 28 inches and weight of nearly 120 pounds, as well as with an alert facial expression on the large head and noticeable muscles beneath the stiff, short coat, the Cane Corso definitely seems like a dog not to mess around with.

But, underneath that tough-looking exterior, lies an intelligent dog that just loves his family and wants to be loved back.

Sure, they are great protectors if needed, but most of the time, you will either find them beside his owner or babysitting kids while they pull his ears.

Cane Corso can be willful and will also try to take the role of the Alpha in the family, but with firm leadership from your side, he will soon take his place as the non-dominant member of the family and just live to please his humans.

Now it’s your turn to share. Are you considering of getting a Cane Corso Puppy? If so, do you have some questions about this breed? Feel free to ask them in our comments section and we will do our best to provide you with a proper answer.

Thanks for reading and if you think that your friends would be thrilled with the Cane Corso breed, feel free to share this guide on social media.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

3.5
Cost to Buy
7
Cuteness Level
8
Family Safety
7.5
Friendliness
6.5
Health Concerns
5.5
Life Span
5.5
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.1 / 10

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