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.

Is the Cane Corso Italiano allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



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

Guard dog.

Behaviour and Temperament

Intelligent, even-tempered, loyal, protective, confident, aloof.

What are some Physical Features of the Cane Corso Italiano?

58.5 to 70 cm; 38 to 50 kg. Colours are black, grey, fawn, red.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short, stiff, shiny, dense outercoat and light undercoat. Low maintenance. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Cane Corso Italiano

9 to 11 years.

Have a Cane Corso Italiano?

Health Concerns

Allergies, bloat, ectropion, elbow dysplasia, entropion, epilepsy, heart murmur, hip dysplasia.

Exercise Needs

High; the 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.


Best in rural or suburban, but apartment life is possible with enough exercise.


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.

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.