All About the Cane Corso Breed's Look and Personality

by Amy DeYoung

Thinking of adding a Cane Corso to your pack? Here's everything you should know about the extra large breed.

At first glance, Cane Corso dogs can seem standoffish and even intimidating with their large, muscular frame and cool look. However, the Cane Corso is affectionate, bond deeply with their loved ones and gladly act as the loving protector of the household. 

Keep reading to learn more about the impressive and intelligent Cane Corso, care recommendations, their behavioral traits, and much more. 

What are Cane Corso Dogs? 

Cane Corso dogs, also known as The Italian Mastiff,  are the offspring of ancient war dogs and the Neapolitan Mastiff. 

With a heritage like that, it’s no surprise that the Cane Corso is a fearless dog well-suited to work as a bodyguard, war dog, and other heavy-duty civilian jobs like guarding henhouses, driving livestock, and hunting massive wild boars. 

Cane Corso Physical Traits

It’s hard to miss a Cane Corso with their stocky, large build and alert expression. Some say that Cane Corso dogs have an almost intimidating look, but if you look closely, you’ll find that the Cane Corso breed is eager to please and fiercely loyal to their loved ones. 

Cane Corso dogs have massive heads and pronounced muscles which calls back to their breeding for bodyguard and security work. Their coats are short but thick and coarse, protecting them from the rain and cold temperatures. 

The Cane Corso can have a black or gray mask with coats in various colors, including gray, black, fawn, red, black brindle, and gray. 

Male Cane Corso dogs stand at 25 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder, while females stand at 23.5 to 26 inches at the shoulder. Their weight is proportional to their height, and many Cane Corsos weigh over 100 pounds! 

The Cane Corso has a life expectancy of nine to 12 years.