Cane Corso Italiano

Breed Characteristics

An unequalled watch and protection dog with high guarding instincts. They will not provoke a fight, but neither will they back down from other dogs that try to dominate them. The Cane Corso Italiano is generally quiet around the home if given enough exercise. Not for beginners.

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Italy, ancient times. Its direct ancestor is the "Canis Pugnax" (the old Roman Molossian), of which he is the light version engaged in the hunting of large wild animals and also as an auxiliary warrior in battles. In the past this breed was common all over Italy, in the recent past he has found an exceptional preservation area in southern Italy, especially in Puglia, Lucania and Sannio. His name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "guardian," "protector." Also known as the Italian Mastiff.

Original Purpose

Cane Corsi were originally bred as working dogs. They were used for a variety of tasks, including guarding property, herding livestock, and hunting large game. Cane Corsi were also used as war dogs by the Roman Empire.

Behaviour and Temperament

Intelligent, even-tempered, loyal, protective, confident, aloof. Cane Corsi are known for their loyalty and protective nature. They make excellent guard dogs and family companions. Cane Corsi are intelligent and trainable, but they require early socialisation and training to ensure that they grow up to be well-behaved adults.

What are some Physical Features of the Cane Corso Italiano?

The Cane Corso typically stands 58.5 to 70 cm tall and weighs between 38 to 50 kg. Colours are black, grey, fawn, red. They have a muscular build with a broad chest and powerful legs. Cane Corsi have short, dense coats that are easy to care for.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Coat is short, stiff, shiny. Outer coat is dense and undercoat light. Requires minimal grooming. A weekly brushing is sufficient to remove loose hair and distribute skin oils. Cane Corsi should also be bathed regularly, but not too often, as this can dry out their skin. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Cane Corso Italiano

The average life expectancy of a Cane Corso Italiano is 9-11 years.

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Health Concerns

Cane Corsi are generally healthy dogs, but they are prone to certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems. Cane Corsi should also be regularly tested for heart disease and thyroid problems.

Exercise Needs

High; the Cane Corso is a very athletic breed that needs plenty of exercise. Makes an excellent jogging companion. If not jogged daily, he should be given long and brisk daily walks. Cane Corsi also enjoy training and can be involved in a variety of activities, such as obedience, agility, and therapy work.


Best in rural or suburban, but apartment life is possible with enough exercise. The Cane Corso should not be left alone for long periods of time, as they can become destructive.


Devoted to his family. Great with children. Suspicious of strangers. Can be territorial and dominant toward other dogs. It can be aggressive with strangers and other dogs if not socialised, however if well-balanced, a Corso will put up with strangers if the owners are present.


Although highly trainable, they do best with owners experienced in handling protection breeds. They need early and continuing socialisation. Highly recommended to be fully obedience trained.

Recommended Activities

Weight pulling, tracking, agility. Cane Corsi are intelligent and versatile dogs that can be involved in a variety of activities. They make excellent companions for active people who are willing to provide them with the training and exercise they need.

Scheduled Dog

The Cane Corso Italiano is classified under the Part II Scheduled Dogs in Singapore. This requires the dog to be leashed and securely muzzled when in a public place. The dog has to be micro chipped. The owner is required to take up an insurance policy for at least SGD100,000 coverage against injury to persons and damage to property. In addition, the owner must take up a banker’s guarantee of SGD2,000. This banker’s guarantee would be forfeited for any non-compliance, after which a new banker’s guarantee of SGD2,000 is required. All newly licensed Cane Corso Italiano must undergo obedience training.