Cane Corso Mastiff

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Breed Group: Working
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The Cane Corso Mastiff is believed to have descended from the old Roman war dogs, Canis Pugnax. They were highly valued by hunters and farmers because of their immense power, loyalty, speed, courage, and willingness to work. Throughout the Middle Ages, these dogs were terrific hunters and wonderful bull baiters. The Cane Corso Mastiff today is still used on farms and hunting purposes. This breed is very powerful and sturdy giving him a bad reputation of being aggressive.
The Cane Corso Mastiff is somewhat fearless and is very devoted. Due to the power of this breed, he is not recommended for everyone but does make a lovely companion given the right training and socialization. This breed is a fearless family protector but does make a wonderful companion given the right environment. The Cane Corso Mastiff has a very balanced temperament, and despite his size and all around appearance, makes a great family pet.
Aloof around strangers, protective, and loyal, this breed does make a good companion. The Cane Corso Mastiff does make a lovely companion, but should not be left unsupervised around children due to his sheer size and power. He is very dependable around children in his family, but can be protective around others. The Cane Corso Mastiff can live in peace with cats and other dogs however should not be trusted around very small animals.
The Cane Corso Mastiff is a very light shedder making grooming very simple. A wipe down with a damp cloth and occasional brushing and/or combing with a firm bristle or rubber brush should be sufficient. The Cane Corso Mastiff requires minimal grooming, although around the mouth should be cleaned regularly as this breed has the tendency to drool quite a bit. The eyes should also require care professionally as they are very droopy which can cause irritation.
The Cane Corso Mastiff has a very short, smooth and dense coat that should be harsh to the touch, and somewhat coarse. The coat should remain shiny, however should never be silky. The hair should never be smooth, but be very dense, rough, and shiny. This breed sheds little hair so removing it should be fairly simple using a specially designer rubber glove.
The Cane Corso Mastiff is not recommended for the average handler. He is very powerful and can be dominant if not in the right home. The handler should always remain firm and consistent. A variety of training methods work best with this somewhat willful breed. A dominant handler is a must. The Cane Corso Mastiff is very trainable being agile and intelligent. He is very responsive to training, however obedience classes are recommended at an early stage in life.
The Cane Corso Mastiff needs lots of exercise to stay healthy and active. This breed requires a fenced in yard to maintain his powerful muscles and immense strength. The Cane Corso Mastiff is an ideal jogging companion and loves to go on long hikes with his master. This breed requires at least 90 minutes of exercise per day, however more is recommended to keep his muscles in great shape.
80-140 lbs
22-28 inches
black, black & tan, tan & fawn, red, chocolate, and brindle
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How much do Cane Corso Mastiff puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Cane Corso Mastiff varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Cane Corso Mastiff puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Cane Corso Mastiffs sold is $1,100.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Cane Corso Mastiff with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,500 upwards to $8,500 or even more for a Cane Corso Mastiff with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Cane Corso Mastiffs sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,100.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $2,500.00 to $8,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 7482 Cane Corso Mastiff puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Cane Corso Mastiff puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Cane Corso Mastiffs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Cane Corso Mastiff Names for 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 7482 Cane Corso Mastiff dogs.
  • 1. Sasha
  • 2. Sparkle
  • 3. Bella
  • 4. Simba
  • 5. Beauty
  • 6. Sweetie
  • 7. Stella
  • 8. Precious
  • 9. Baby
  • 10. Star
  • 11. Thunder
  • 12. Bambi
  • 13. Blue
  • 14. Candy
  • 15. Diamond
  • 16. Gem
  • 17. Lola
  • 18. Molly
  • 19. Pretty
  • 20. Princess

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We are located in Central Florida. All of our dogs are members of our family and we have a strong devotion and love for this mighty breed. We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the Cane Corso breed. We are not a puppy mill or back yard breeder, and we do not rely on dog breeding for income. We are very involved in AKC Dog Showing and Obedience Training. We provide a clean and disease free kennel for our puppies and they receive lots of family love and care from the moment they arrive. Previous breedings have produced exceptional puppies that have acquired Champion and CGC titles. Currently we have 3 Cane Corsos and a Boxer. They live inside our home with us and are very interactive in all areas of our lives. Dogs have always been a big part of our world and we've had all different kinds of mutts and rescued animals, as well as purebreds. We offer lifetime breeder support to all of our puppy buyers and consider them to be a part of our extended dog family! If we don't know the answer to a question, we have an awesome network of breeder/mentors and trainers that we are constantly learning from. Our lives have been richly blessed by the joy these dogs have brought to our world!

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Anonymous asked:
Do Cane Corso Mastiff ears have to be cropped?

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The short answer is no. The Cane Corso, unless being shown in confirmation competitions does not need to have their ears cropped. Many breeders are happy not to have them done and you can ask to have your puppies ears left natural when you decide on a breeder.

Anonymous asked:
I'm an older man who walks with the use of aide, Cane or sometimes a walker. I'm looking at a Cane Corso for a brace and support dog. I've owned a wide variety of dogs in the past so I'm not coming in with no experience, just not this breed. How fast do these boys take to training? In your opinion would this breed make a good support/service dog. Thanks for any input.



I have a client whom has a Cane Corso as her service dog. She also needs a dog for balance and bracing; to be able to help her throughout her daily life. The Cane Corso is a fantastic breed for a service dog, as long as they are bred correctly and trained from a pup. It can take up to 1 1/2 years for them to be fully certified as it will take longer for this breed to grow. Because of that, they can not be a brace-dog until they've reached full maturity.


Although it's true this breed can make a great service dog, not every Cane Corso will have the right personality to be able to handle the rigors of being a service dog, just like not every Labrador or Golden Retriever will have the right personality for service dog work. It takes a specific personality to be able to do the work of a service dog regardless of the breed and not every puppy is going to have the necessary disposition to fulfill such a demanding job. Even though you are only looking for your service dog to provide a single task (physical support and bracing), the reality is that in order for your service dog to properly provide support and counter balance they must have meticulous attention to detail and be able to accomplish a complex chain of behaviors that require a high level of precision and exactness. And that doesn't even include learning the basics that all service dogs are required to meet such as proper behavior and interaction with the public, temperament requirements and ability to focus amid distractions. Because of this, it is always in the individuals best interests to contact an organization that screens potential service dogs and starts their training to ensure which ever breed of dog you choose, it has the temperament and personality to be able to provide such a service, as not every dog will have that regardless of their breed. You need more than just a big, strong dog to do the job...


Agree 1000% with the above post. While Corsos are a fantastic breed, it’s not a breed that will always make a good service dog.

Anonymous asked:
What should I expect to pay for an akc registered Cane Corso. Will I have to pay more for a Blue?



The average price for an AKC registered Cane Corso puppy is between $1250.00 - $1700.00. But every breeder is different and some may sell their puppies for more or less. The blue coloration is considered harder to get in this breed, so a blue puppy will normally cost more, yes.


NO!! NO!! NO!! Color should not determine price of a puppy - EVER!! Blue is not a rare color in the breed either, so don’t follow that rabbit into the hole. A well bred puppy with health tested (Penn-Hip/OFA Elbows, etc) with titled parents will start around $2000 for a pet. Health and temperament should be your first and foremost concern over color. Reputable breeders DO NOT sell based on color, they match each home with the proper tempermanted puppy.

Anonymous asked:
I have just adopted a Cane Corso from a shelter that was picked up as a stray and is approximately 2-4 years old. He is a very loving boy and seems to have bonded with me already. My girlfriend is moving in next month and has two cats 8 and one-year-old. He seemed to ignore the cats at the shelter. Besides introducing them with the cats in the crate and him on a leash is there anything else I can do to ease him into his new roommates?



First off, thank you for adopting your new fur-baby. Start swapping blankets, so that both the dog and the cats get used to each other's scent before your girlfriend moves in. Also, allow the cats to adjust to their new home in a room with a closed door for at least 3 - 5 days before letting them out of the room. Cats don't do well with change and need time to adjust to the biggest things first, which will be the move. Then, place a baby gate at the door and open it, allow the cats to leave the room when they want, but the baby gate will keep your dog from invading their space. After 1 - 2 weeks of having the baby gate up, you can move the cats things into the house. Make sure to have lots of high up spaces for the cats to go too so that they can watch the dog and household. Getting a couple cat tree's will give the cats and yourself piece of mind.


I would not recommend this dog with small children. Two reasons: Cane Corsos want to be in the center of what you're doing. They are most happy following you around. They generally form a very close bond with handler/owner. If you are not experienced at training dogs, especially big dogs, it is not recommended with children. They will bowl the baby over, often, most likely. Reputable Cane Corso breeders would not place a CC within a home with children. They would not be viscous but may snap if your baby is in its food. If you had to absolutely own one, always choose female. Females are generally less naughty in the house and gentler. Males are big clods. Well, that's my opinion, for what's worth. I've trained large dogs since 1985 to present. Rottweilers, rescued Pitbulls I was fostering, German Shepards, Huskies and most importantly owned 4 Cane Corsos. I wish you much luck and strongly recommend private training.


I highly recommend this dog to most. My Bella who actually had come from Italy was a fantastic companion. She was great with children, other pets, and people. She was easily trainable and was fantastic to be around. My Bella just passed away yesterday at the age of 13 going on 14 of old age and I miss her terribly. She was a brown/fawn brindle. The neighborhood children always came over and asked for Bella to come out and play and she loved my grandchildren laying on her and playing. I am hoping to find another female with docked tail, but full ears of the same color regardless of age, soon. I do not want the dog for breeding purposes as I would have her spayed.


I have a two year old male Cane Corso now and had a male Cane Corso for ten years before this one. Both are and were good with children. Old one would knock down kids because they played rough with him when he was a puppy and would push him away from balls etc. So he would slow down when he got older and body kid away from ball. One I have now has never knocked down a kid. Both overly protective of babies. I will own no other breed. Easy to train and very loyal.

Anonymous asked:
Do you cut their ears? Also, I'd want to know how "hard" you breed bitches.



The ears of the Can Corso can be cropped by a licensed and specialized vet when the puppies are born. Same goes with docking of the tails, however; unless the dog is for show, many breeders are leaving the tails and ears natural so that the dogs looks do not stigma the dog as aggressive and scary. As per your second question, your terminology is confusing, sorry. But this breed goes into heat an average of every 6 - 9 months for females that are intact if that is what you are asking.


Cropping and docking are both done at 12 weeks. Later it is not recommended. Cropping and docking are amputations of those parts. As pups get older, it's pretty traumatic. As for breeding, please don't. And encourage others as well. They are a rare breed, very specific breeding to get the right temperament. Backyard breeding is what you would be doing. Unless you are purchasing champion sired, show quality or with official pedigree. It will show the breeding lines of its ancestors and champion titled dogs along the line, hopefully. Breeding a female is done starting around 3 years. That's when they have fully developed and can handle pregnancy and the toll it puts the dog through. Breeding is done every other year. Or at least a 12-month hiatus. They come into heat, as stated above, every 6 months. Back to back breeding is not the best for that dog. Also, she should be paired with a champion male. Inferior breeding will destroy this dog. They are not bred for fighting or aggression, ever. If bred indiscriminately, they will become a dangerous dog that is 110-115 lbs. you want the dog banned? That's what it will happen. They were saved from distinction in Italy because they were quite versatile and even made good pets. Breeders that carefully do their breeding and pedigrees to better the breed. Let them breed.


Tails are docked between the age of 3-5 days, and ears can be done up to 12 weeks of age by a licensed veterinarian. The second part of your question I do not understand.

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Updated: 8/14/2018