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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Cane Corso

Chapter 1 – Cane Corso History: How Did the Breed Emerge?

The Cane Corso and the Ancient Canis Pugnax (Ancient Roman Dog): How the Cane Corso is also known as the Roman Cane Corso

World War II: What Led to the Cane Corso’s Decline?

How They Were Revived: The Incredible Work of Dr. Breber

What is the Modern Cane Corso?

What is the Giant Cane Corso or King Corso?

Chapter 2 – What Modern Role Does the Cane Corso Fulfill?

Cane Corso as a Coursing Mastiff

Cane Corso as a Catch Dog

Cane Corso as a Hunting Dog

Cane Corso as a Guard Dog

Cane Corso as a Working Dog

Cane Corso as a Police Dog

Chapter 3 – Can You Handle a Cane Corso? A Review

Qualities of a Cane Corso to Help You Decide if It’s Right for You to Raise One

What are the Benefits of Getting a Cane Corso?

How Much Space Does a Cane Corso Need?

Cane Corso and Your family

Cane Corso and Your Kids: Will It Be a Good Fit?

Chapter 4 – What are the Cane Corso Standards and Colors? What To Look for In A Cane Corso

Neapolitan Mastiff (Mastino Napoletano) and the Cane Corso

Cane Corso Standards: Physical Characteristics to Look Out For

What are Cane Corso Faults?

Italian Cane Corso Standard

American Cane Corso Standard: How Do They Differ from the Italian Standards?

More About Colors

(Grigio Tigrato) Blue Cane Corso also Blue Coat Cane Corso

Black Cane Corso

Frumentiono or Formentino Cane Corso

(Tigrato) Black Brindle Cane Corso

Red Cane Corso

Chestnut Brindle Cane Corso

Gray Cane Corso

What are the Non-Standard Colors of the Cane Corso?

White Cane Corso

Liver or Chocolate

Tan Color

Fawn Cane Corso (Fawn Without a Mask)

Isabella or Tawny

Cane Corso Blue Eyes?

Chapter 5 – Cane Corso vs. Other Breeds: What Makes the Cane Corso Breed Unique?

Alaskan Malamute vs. Cane Corso

Australian Bulldog vs. Cane Corso

Bloodhound vs. Cane Corso

Border Collie vs. Cane Corso

Boxer vs. Cane Corso

Dalmatian vs. Cane Corso

Doberman Pinscher vs. Cane Corso

English Mastiff vs. Cane Corso

German Shepherd vs. Cane Corso

Labrador Retriever vs. Cane Corso

Pit Bull vs. Cane Corso

Rottweilers vs. the Cane Corso

Siberian Husky vs. Cane Corso

St. Bernard vs. Cane Corso

Weimaraner vs. Cane Corso

Cane Corso Mix

Chapter 6 – Cane Corso Puppies to Adults: How Can I Ensure a Smooth Transition?

Cane Corso Personality

Is The Cane Corso Affectionate?

What are King Corso Puppies?

Cane Corso Puppies or Italian Mastiff Puppies

Cane Corso Puppy’s Temperament: What Qualities Should I Expect?

Full Grown Cane Corso Temperament

Chapter 7 – How Do I Prepare My Home for a Cane Corso?

Cane Corso Puppy’s Dish

Cane Corso Dog Collar

Cane Corso Harness

Cane Corso Toys

Chapter 8 – Cane Corso Food and Nutrition: What’s Important?

Nutritional Needs




Dry Food

Canned Food

Homemade Food

Raw Bones are Healthy


Food to Avoid

Chapter 9 – What are Some of the Common Health Problems of a Cane Corso and How Can I Avoid Them?

Hip Dysplasia




Chapter 10 – How Do I Train My Cane Corso?

What are the Common Behavioral Problems of Your Cane Corso?

How to Train the Cane Corso Puppy

How to Housebreak the Cane Corso

What Is the Importance of Socialization For Your Cane Corso?

Chapter 11 – What is the Proper Grooming Routine for My Cane Corso?

Cane Corso Grooming: The Basics

Chapter 12 – Cane Corso Dogs for Sale: What Should I Look For?

Should I Buy a Puppy or a Full-Grown Dog?

How to Find and Recognize Good Cane Corso Breeders

The Signs of Bad Cane Corso Breeders

Cane Corso Adoption or Cane Corso Rescue

How Much Does a Cane Corso Cost?

Cane Corso Breeders

Best Cane Corso Breeders

Cane Corso Mastiff for Sale

Chapter 13 — Breeding & the Cane Corso: What Should I Consider?


Heat Cycles




What is Unique About the Female Cane Corso’s Temperament?

What is Unique About the Male Cane Corso’s Temperament?

What is the Life Expectancy of a Cane Corso?

Chapter 14 — Showing Your Cane Corso

How Do I Show My Cane Corso?

The Italian Kennel Club

Chapter 15 — What are the Controversies Surrounding the Cane Corso Breed?

Cane Corso and Illegal Dog Fighting

Is the Cane Corso an Aggressive Breed?

What Can I Do to Ensure a Good Experience?


Bonus: Cane Corso Trusted Resource List

Introduction to the Cane Corso

If you’re thinking of raising a Cane Corso (pronounced as “Kah-Naye Kor-so”), then you can look forward to having a special relationship with one of the most imposing breeds of dogs. It has a strong musculature that is regal and telling of its potentials. When properly trained, it can be a very able protector, guardian, hunter and work dog.

Cane Corsos are keen and intelligent animals and as an experienced owner, having them around is always a rewarding experience.

The Cane Corso, otherwise known as the Italian Mastiff, was originally bred in Italy. Its legacy stretches back to ancient times, to the realm of ancient Roman conquerors, battlefields, and farmlands. True to its alternative name, this breed has the look of a mastiff. Its large head is its most prominent feature. It also has floppy ears hanging just below the eyes, which can be cropped for a more proud and standoffish look.

As with deciding any purchase that requires a long-term commitment, you must take into consideration certain aspects like your living arrangements and expenses, as well as your personality and needs, to know if a Cane Corso is the best kind of breed for you to raise.

It takes a special kind of owner to meet a Cane Corso’s needs. Indeed, the Cane Corso is not for the weak of heart. This breed can be quite dominant and has a strong sense of hierarchy. It has a rambunctious nature that can potentially wreak havoc in your surroundings. That’s why you need to have a firm grip and control, and exude intelligence and self-confidence, for this breed to reach its fullest potential. And if you do your best, you will have a companion that displays nearly human-like qualities.

With its bulk, size, and power, it has been known as a protector of the family. Through responsible care, Cane Corsos grow up to be gentle giants that are extremely loyal to their owners. The breed has even been known to save family members in times of peril.

It is not unusual to hear of Cane Corsos doing heroic acts. As a matter of fact, the Cane Corso ranks 7th among all dog breeds when it comes to saving lives. Apart from this, the breed has an affectionate side for children. But unlike other breeds, they tend to be quite shy around kids; they give them a lot of space, only overseeing them from afar with a protective concern. With a Cane Corso around, you know the kids will be in good hands.

This breed is also a great companion for whatever activity you have because of its dual personality. Not only can they keep up with all your outdoor activities, but they can also tame themselves when you need silence and contemplation.

Cane Corsos are keen and intelligent animals and as an experienced owner, having them around is always a rewarding experience. They are very trainable—they can easily try new activities and can be taught many tricks. They even outdo other mastiffs when it comes to athleticism, agility, speed, and sense of adventure.

So, are you now excited to raise a Cane Corso? This book will help you delve deeper into the standards and specifications of this breed. You will also get a historical look at the breed’s lineage and amazing comeback in the modern world, for you to further appreciate its nature and personality. Furthermore, you will be able to pick up valuable information on diet, nutrition, and supplies, and even ways to find a reputable breeder!

There will also be comparisons with other breeds, and a tell-all of the benefits and pitfalls of owning a Cane Corso--everything to help you become the proud owner of a breed that has one of the most enduring legacies in the world.


Cane Corso History: How Did the Breed Emerge?

The Mastiff refers to a group of giant dogs with various breed types, supposedly originating from Asia. Ancient Chinese references show of the existence of Mastiffs way back in 1121 B.C. The existence of Mastiffs in Egypt in 3000 B.C. was also established with the discovery of hieroglyphics of Mastiff-like dogs.

The Cane Corso is a type of Mastiff and typically shares the characteristics and history of this type.

However, today’s Mastiff breed have roots from the Old English Mastiff, which were bred in England and were originally employed by their masters to fight off wolves and to guard property from ancient times.

Quite significantly, the Mastiffs caught Julius Caesar’s attention in 55 B.C. during his invasion of Britain. He described the dogs as having fought bravely beside their English owners.

When the Romans brought these British dogs back home, they were used for other purposes. They became objects of public combat, particularly in the gladiator arena, to fight bulls, bears, lions, tigers and even human gladiators! Although dog fighting has been outlawed in the modern era, it continues as an underground spectacle to date and until two centuries ago was quite legal and considered a “gentleman’s sport.”

The Cane Corso and the Ancient Canis Pugnax (Ancient Roman Dog): How the Cane Corso is also known as the Roman Cane Corso

The Cane Corso has a history that dates back to ancient Roman times. It has roots from the Roman war dog of the first century called the Canis Pugnax. During that period, the Cane Corso fought in ancient Roman battlefields together with legionaries of the Roman Empire. It served as a shield and protector of the warriors on the battlefield. Also, it has a reputation as a tenacious fighter in the gladiator arena, fighting humans, lions, tigers and other animals of the wild.

The Romans were not the first to use war dogs, but their militaristic minds guaranteed using the dog to its full effect. The ancient Cane Corsos wore spiked collars around their ankles and necks, adding to their fearsome visage. To fuel their ferocity, the dogs were often half-starved before unleashing them in battle towards an unsuspecting enemy. Ultimately, the Cane Corso was integral to the Roman battlefield and considered as an “auxiliary warrior.”

But when the Roman Empire saw its fall, the Cane Corso found a new purpose. It was realized that it could be just as at home in the pastoral setting, as it was on the battlefield. The Cane Corso became a reputable companion, protector and work dog for the Italians. The breed was used as a cattle driver, carrying heavy animals to the market or slaughterhouses. It also protected properties against thieves and animal predators.

In those times in the countryside, the Cane Corso was often chained to guard the stabled livestock, only allowing it a certain free range of motion. This was to protect bystanders and passersby and to keep confrontational dogs apart. After all, the Cane Corso still preserved its vicious war dog nature. The collar of the Cane Corso was often decorated with the family coat of arms. The breed was also often seen traveling alongside carts and stagecoaches, protecting the owners and contents from thieves and other attackers. With its instinct to protect, the Cane Corso earned the name Cohors, which means Guardian or Protector in Latin.

The Cane Corso was also used as a flock guardian to drive wolves away. It was equipped with a special collar to give it an advantage over wolves. Aside from that, the Cane Corso had a role in keeping animals under control, particularly in the breeding of swine. When a sow hides in a thicket to protect its young, the Cane Corso sniffs out the location, then gradually attacks and incapacitates it by biting its ear or snout. Then at the signal of the farmer, the dog releases the sow so the farmer can safely gather the litter.

Furthermore, the Cane Corso was indispensable for hunting wild boars, which were then endemic to the Italian countryside. When the boar began to attack with its dangerous tusks, the danger was very real. The Cane Corso, ever vigilant, would leap to the rescue of its master when this happened.

Back then, wild boars were also an important food source, along with badgers and porcupines, which are all native to the Italian countryside. Cane Corsos were often organized in packs to specifically hunt these wild animals.

World War II: What Led to the Cane Corso’s Decline?