The Cane Corso is a large dog with an impressive build. A true force of nature, that little can stop. Discover all the physical characteristics of the Cane Corso below.

Cane Corso Size

The Cane Corso is undeniably a very large dog. Moreover, its size classifies it as a giant dog breed, like the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Great Dane. As can be expected, this means its measurements are both impressive and imposing. In adulthood, the Cane Corso measures between 60 and 68cm at the withers, which is to say without the head.

There is a slight difference between males and females. Adult males measure between 64 and 68cm at the withers, while females measure between 60 and 64cm at the withers. The weight of the Cane Corso also varies very slightly depending on the sex of the dog. Males generally weigh between 45 and 50kg, and females between 40 and 45kg. Given the size of your Cane Corso, dog training is essential from an early age. Aim to set up a regular and patient training plan for your Cane Corso. Remember that you need to be in control of your dog at all times.

Cane Corso Growth

The Cane Corso's growth peak occurs at around 7th months old. At this point, it's usually possible to estimate the size your dog will reach in adulthood. A seven-month-old puppy weighs two-thirds of its adult weight. Cane Corsi finish growing at around 19 months old.


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Cane Corso Colours

The Cane Corso is easily recognisable thanks to its beautiful coat. The breed standard accepts many different colours of coat. You may find:

  • Black

  • Plumb-grey

  • Slate

  • Light grey

  • Light fawn

  • Deer fawn

  • Dark fawn

  • Brindle

The colour of the coat is also associated with the colour of the mask, on the face. Fawn or brindle Cane Corso have a black or grey mask, only on the muzzle, which shouldn't reach beyond the eye line. A small white patch on the chest, toes, and, in fawn-coats, the nose is accepted. The nose is always black. 

Certain shades of grey are sometimes considered to be descended from blue-coat Cane Corsi, but this colour coat itself is not accepted by the breed standard. These are slate, brindle grey, and plumb-grey. Blue Cane Corsi are quite rare, which means breeders may request a higher price for them. It’s better to have a blue puppy from black parents, to limit the risk of genetic problems. When adopting a puppy, the choice of colour coat can of course be taken into account, but it should never be the main factor in any adoption. Instead, focus on the dog's character and behaviour. After all, looks aren't everything!

Ear Cropping and Tail Docking

The Cane Corso has medium-sized triangular ears, which naturally hang forward. Some owners choose to crop the ears, citing practical or cosmetic reasons. Cropping involves cutting off the floppy part of a dog's ear and is usually performed on anesthetised dogs between 6 and 12 weeks old. There is huge debate around this practice, with many regarding it as inhumane. Ear cropping is illegal in the UK but remains in effect behind closed doors. Some people even go abroad to get it done. Ear cropping should be reported to the RSPCA if discovered.

Similarly, the Cane Corso breed is historically subject to tail docking. This involves the removal of a portion of a dog's tail when they are still a puppy, and is also done for cosmetic reasons. Tail docking can be done in two different ways: via surgical removal or by using medical-grade bands to restrict blood flow to the end of the tail until it naturally falls off. Tail docking is also illegal in the UK and must be reported to the RSPCA.

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