Cane Corso Lifespan: 9 – 12 years
Cane Corso Weight: 90 – 110 lbs.
Cane Corso Size: 23 – 28 inches
Do I shed?: Yes
Personality: Watchdog, confident, assertive, intelligent, loyal
Common health problems: Bloat, demodex mange, hip dysplasia
Cane corsos strike an imposing figure and give off an air of cool intelligence. Thoroughly muscled and always alert, few would mistake the cane corso for anything other than what it is: the preeminent watchdog.
The cane corso’s coat is often darkly colored, ranging from black and gray to chestnut and red.3 They may sometimes have a “mask” of darker or lighter coloration on their face. Whatever the color, their coat is always short and smooth.
Cane corsos grow a double layer of fur during the colder months, then shed it in the spring.3 They require regular brushing year-round to remove dead fur and promote new growth. Their nails should also be trimmed regularly.
The ears of the cane corso are set high above the cheekbone. In their natural state they are of medium size, triangular, and fall to the jawbone.3
As might be expected of dogs their size, cane corsos tend to drool often. Expect to get slobbered on as part of their affection.
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The cane corso temperament can be described as intelligent and collected. Their coolness can sometimes gloss over their demanding exercise needs. Likewise, the imposing stature of a cane corso hides the heart of a big softie. These pups love their family and will happily return affection that’s given to them.
Early socialization and obedience training is key for cane corsos. Otherwise, their intelligence could lead to a domineering personality that’s hard to control. Cane corsos have a naturally protective nature, so they may try to become the boss of the house if left untrained.
Cane corsos require a high level of daily exercise.3 They’re just as happy on long hikes as they are on a walk or run each morning and evening. They also need plenty of mental stimulation. Cane corsos were bred to be workers and aren’t happy unless they have a job to do. Canine sports, like agility or tracking, can be a good outlet for their ambitious spirit.
As natural protectors, cane corsos can be a good fit for children aged 6 and older. Due to their size, however, they are not recommended for families with kids younger than 5.
As long as they have been socialized early, most cane corsos should get along just fine with other dogs.3 If you have more than one pooch in your furry family, your cane corso may take it upon themselves to lead the pack.
The cane corso can be quite vocal, especially when fulfilling their guardian instincts. Take steps to help them recognize what is and isn’t worth barking about.
This storied breed has seen the rise and fall of empires. Originally bred for warfare by the ancient Romans, cane corsos have since become a renowned workhorse.3 They were popular throughout Italy as hunting dogs and herders, until the mezzadria sharecropping system collapsed in the 1960s.4,5 It wasn’t until the 1980s that a sizable population was bred again. In 1983, the Società Amatori Cane Corso breeding society was formed to further their return.
Decades later they were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010.3 Today there are between 3,000 and 4,250 cane corsos registered with the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana.5 Despite the centuries that have passed, this breed still lives up to its Latin name: “cane,” for “dog,” and “corso,” derived from “cohors,” or “guardian.” Literally, “guardian dog.”6
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Cane corsos are a hardy breed, but still may experience a variety of health issues, including3:
As a large-chested dog, cane corsos are prone to bloat. Canine bloat occurs when the dog’s stomach fills with gas, but its exact cause is unknown. If the condition worsens, it can cause gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), a life-threatening condition in which the stomach twists on itself to block the entrance and exit of the organ.
If afflicted with GDV, emergency surgery is required as quickly as possible to save the dog’s life. Because cane corsos average over 100 lbs, they are 20% more likely to experience bloat.8 Opening a dog insurance policy as early as possible is the best way to make sure you’re prepared should the worst happen.2
This variation of mange is caused by Demodex canis and Demodex injal, parasitic mites that live in a dog’s hair follicles. All dogs have some Demodex living in their hair follicles. It only becomes a problem if the immune system is compromised or immature, allowing the mites to rapidly multiply. Thus, younger dogs (12 — 18 months) are more prone to demodex mange.9 If you adopt a cane corso puppy, pet insurance could help cover the cost of mange treatment.2
To learn more about how a pet insurance policy could help keep your cane corso healthy, read our breakdown of what pet insurance does and doesn’t cover. With flexible options and even family plans, MetLife Pet Insurance makes it easy to give your furry family the care they need.1,2