Dog breeds: Cane Corso dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: Cane Corso dog temperament and personality

Cane Corso dog

The Cane Corso dog è una bellezza italiana (an Italian beauty) developed to be a guard and to hunt big game. This large Italian breed is also known as Italian Mastiff. 


The original purpose of breeding this Mastiff-type dog was for him to be an all-farm dog. Some say that he is a direct descent from Roman dogs. He is a lighter version of this Mastiff cousin, the Neapolitan Mastiff.  

When farming became more mechanical, the breed almost disappeared. However, dog breeders brought him back in 1970. Michael Sottile imported the first litter of Cane Corsos to the United States in 1988. The American Kennel Club gave him official recognition in 2010.

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Physical characteristics

The Cane Corso dog is a Mastiff but less bulky. However, it is a well-muscled dog with a large characteristic head. The two basic coat colors of the Corso are black and fawn. Males are usually 25 to 28 inches tall and females are 23.5 to 26 inches. Their weight is proportionate to height and goes from 90 to 120 pounds. 


The first thing you notice about a Cane Corso dog is that it is majestic. He is loyal and affectionate if placed in the right hands. He is never aggressive. However, if there is no consistent leadership, these dogs can be a danger to the public.

The Corso is nice with children and pretty affectionate. He is a working dog and is developed to perform during high levels of stress

Caring for a Cane Corso dog

This dog is not appropriate for anyone who cannot handle a large dog or simply does not like them. This imposing dog needs exercise, so plan on taking him for a walk in the morning and another in the afternoon. He can make a great jogging companion or even if you are riding a bike. Always take him out on a leash. Never allow a Cane Corso dog to run loose. Make sure you have a secure fence. 

Mentally and physically stimulate this dog. Provide him with toys and spend at least 20 minutes a day playing with him.


Training for this dog is imperative. A well-trained dog has all the characteristics described above. You must be a figure of leadership but never hit him. This will not only send the wrong message but it is also pretty dangerous with such a large dog. This is a very smart dog and responds well to voice commands and positive reinforcement. Italian standards say that this dog should be indifferent when approached by strangers and should only react to real threats. 

We do not recommend the Cane Corso dog to first-time owners. As a large dog he is, be prepared to make large expenses and also expect bigger turds. Here in Dogalize we have resources to help you take care of your Corso and other large, medium or small dogs. We have everything you need to know about dogs and dog care