Cane Corso Mastiff

The Cane Corso Mastiff Breed


The Cane Corso Mastiff goes by many names; The most popular being Cane Corso Italiano, Siciliano Branchiro, and Rare Breed Italian Mastiff. But how did this Mastiff make it onto the scene?

Cane Corso MastiffThe Ancient Roman Molosser, which looked much like the mastiff we know today, were used as war dogs and to hunt lions and ward off bears In Rome. Sometime after the fall of the Roman Empire, the ancient breeders started to crossbreed the hounds with the Molossers. The result was a shorter and athletic dog primed for working and functioning as a hunter and guard dog.

The breed continued to evolve with history and was commonly used in farm work throughout Italy. You’ll find the Cane Corso mentioned in Italian literature during this time. Unfortunately, the breed found near extinction with the decline of agriculture in Rome and other regions of Italy during the industrial revolution. But the Cane Corso found a revival with the help of passionate enthusiast breeders and the opening market of keeping dogs as pets rather than just practical work animals.


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The Cane Corso is also known as the coursing mastiff of the modern age, as this particular breed can run almost without effort and has the nimbleness of dogs that are much smaller.

A Large dog may be an oversimplified description of the Cane Corso. The appearance is leaner and athletic than say the English Mastiff. The breeder standards set the Cane Corso’s highest part of the back at a range of sixty to high sixty centimeters. The weight of this breed ranges from eighty to one-hundred-ten pounds. The Cane Corso is bred for agility and power, and it will show physically.

You’ll find that the ears of most Cane Corso’s are cropped short and close to the head so that the stubs that remain stand upright. In the natural case, the ears will be a triangle shape and hang forward. The tail will sometimes be cut to the fourth vertebra or shorter, these are breeder standards, but pet owners usually like there Cane Corso in one piece.

The coat of the Corsos vary in color quite a bit but the most common being a fawn (yellowish-brown) and black. Marking may be found on the toes, chest, and chin in white; breeders preferring smaller patches.


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The cane corso is relatively relaxed and quiet, but they do suffer from “separation anxiety” because they love being around their owners. Many claim this breed to be aggressive but, in my opinion, they are naturally reserved and will act indifferently towards strangers unless trained differently. So the Cane Corso makes an excellent companion.

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About the Author Joycey

All my life I've been in love with one big dopey Mastiff family member after another. No other breed has given so much pleasure, so it's a joy for my team and I to research everything there is to know about them in this blog. We hope you enjoy the reading as much as we enjoy the writing :)

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Maury Cheskes says January 19, 2019

I like the “coursing mastiff of the modern age” dub. The separation anxiety is kind of cute and endearing. I’m sure this breed would make a fine pet. Thanks for sharing.

svaltblog says January 20, 2019

You can see that he is an excellent companion and will undoubtedly never leave you, very tender that he is a very dependent pet and sees you as the center of attention.
Without a doubt it is a pet that I would like to have in addition to its appearance.

joy says January 20, 2019

Mastiffs are natural-born protectors, I would say. Their size alone is enough to intimidate would-be troublemakers. I cannot say that I disagree with you completely about Cane Corsos’ tendency for separation anxiety. I believe if it is trained and socialized properly right from puppyhood, such behavioral issues won’t be a problem. Nice article, nonetheless.

Scott Summers says January 20, 2019

Wow this looks like a bruiser. It would fit as a cop dog or at least someone that can guard the house. I like it.

Buenaflor says January 20, 2019

This dog is really great and cute, and the most charming dog I’ve ever known, they’re a great buddy to everyone and the best thing is they love to protect us humans especially pregnant women and babies. This breed is much better than I had before it is a real guard to our house and it it very easy to train them. We train them since they were a little until they got used and applied it when they grow. My Cane Corso Mastiff is the best dog I’ve ever had and I never regret having one. Such a great anxiety reliever and the a dog that can comfort you in so many ways.

rayman says January 20, 2019

This is one of a kind great dog. Good companion and great pet as well. I love to have this kind of dog.

peace says January 20, 2019

I like cane corso because it a relaxed and quiet dog and they love being around their owners which is one thing I love about this breed.They make excellent companion.

Felix Luthor says January 20, 2019

I didn’t know this breed’s origin is Italian. Wow really interesting, I want to get one already!

Kelly says January 20, 2019

I know about the cane Corso breed and I have been of the opinion that they’re aggressive at least for the ones I have come across. It was good of you to write in detailed about this breed.

thewanderrunner says January 20, 2019

Love how it looks like and pretty strong breed.On my next perspective dog to look at.

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