Cane Corso

Other names : Italian Mastiff, Can Corso Mastiff, Cane Corso Italiano, Italiano Molosso

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Life expectancy

The Cane Corso has a life expectancy of between 10 and 11 years




Adult size

Female Between 23 and 25 in
Male Between 24 and 27 in

Adult weight

Female Between 88 and 99 lb
Male Between 97 and 110 lb
Coat colour
Black Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Cane Corso costs approximately 1110£

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Cane Corso: Origins and history

The Cane Corso is a direct, slightly smaller, descendant of the Roman “Canis pugnax”. He was used in big-game hunting and also as support in the war. For centuries, he was held in high esteem by Italians who used him as a property and flock guardian, as well as for hunting and personal defence. Formerly widespread throughout the peninsula, as evidenced by many engravings and historical accounts, he is still very common in southern Italy. His Italian name "corso" actually has nothing to do with Corsica - the origin of his name probably comes from the Latin term "cohors", the Roman cohort of the Praetorian Guard, indicating the ancient history of this guard dog.

FCI classification of the Cane Corso

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Cane Corso

A very intelligent dog, the Cane Corso can prove stubborn if he sees no interest in obeying. It is therefore very important that his owners provide him with coherent, fair and firm training to obtain the best results.

Cane Corso: Purchase price

The price of a Cane Corso depends on his origins, age and sex. You should budget around £1100 for a Cane Corso. These dogs are not recognised by the Kennel Club. 

As for your monthly budget, you should set aside an average of £70 a month to be able to meet the needs of this large Italian dog, providing him with a high quality diet and keeping him in good health.

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