Cane Corso

Working Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos, and editing of the below profile, are the courtesy of  Apex Cane Corso Italiano

The Cane Corso is traditionally a loyal protector of property and hunter of difficult game such boer.  Because it is a large breed it requires socialization and training at an early age.  The breed will challenge an owner to become the “Alpha dog”, so the owner must be strong and consistent in leadership.  Once the Alpha is established it will not continue its challenge.  When socialized he does well with children and seems to understand their helplessness.  It will get along with other dogs with which it was raised but may not be so forgiving to unknown dogs.  It will not back down from a challenge.  The Cane Corso needs exercise such as long walks, jogging and swimming.  It would be grateful for a 30-45 minute “burst of energy” in a fenced enclosure or working environment not incumbered by a leash or an owner’s inability to keep pace.  It is not recommended for apartment life, but does well with a family if allowed to be a full participant in the family’s life.  The Cane Corso seldom barks except to alert.  It is a moderate shedder.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
24-27 1/2
Impressive, yet docile and affectionate to his family.
Short, course and thick Minimal, moderate shedder Needs a strong “Alpha” owner.  Should have a safe area to run.


Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Cano Corso Association of America

Cane Corso Talk  A non political Cane Corso site for new owners to join and learn in a friendly online environment and help rescues in need.

Cane Corso Gallery.  An online gallery for Cane Corso photos of all shapes, sizes and colors.


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.

If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.