Cane Corsos

Also known as Italian Mastiffs, these faithful family guardians date back to ancient Rome. Here is all you need to know about this robust, regal and loving breed.

Affectionate and tenaciously loyal to their owners, the Cane Corso breed lives up to its name, which comes from the Latin word “cohors,” meaning “guardian.” While their size and looks may deter unwanted intruders, the Cane Corso’s loving and easy-to-train personality make them ideal family protectors.  

This robust working breed dates back to ancient Rome, where they were originally bred as protectors and farmhands. Today, Cane Corso dogs still love to work and enjoy frequent play, agility sports, and accompanying their owners on athletic adventures such as jogging and biking. This ancient breed makes an excellent companion for modern, active families.  

Why We Love the Cane Corso Breed

  • The Cane Corso’s energy level is perfectly in the middle — athletic and energetic, but quiet around the house after exercise.
  • Cane Corso pups don’t bark often, but are vocal with their owners and known for holding great “conversations.”
  • Their short coats mean they barely shed and require very little grooming.
  • Cane Corso dogs love their families and give endless loyalty and affection. There’s a reason this dog has been a companion for centuries!

Things to Consider

  • These pups are confident and highly intelligent — without strong leadership, they may outsmart you and own the house! Cane Corsos need dedicated owners, but luckily, their intelligence also means they are easy to train.
  • Cane Corsos are big, lovable dogs that do best with a big yard to match.
  • This breed has very few health issues, but may be prone to hip dysplasia and bloat.  
  • As natural family protectors, Cane Corso dogs need early and continued socialization with outsiders.

Why Rescue?

Cane Corsos are extremely family-oriented and loyal to their owners, meaning they also need dedicated training and socialization to prevent standoffishness and some unwanted behavioral traits. When owners neglect to properly train and socialize their pets, they are more likely to end up abandoned or in shelters.

Aggressive over-breeding also leads to some health concerns in these pups, so whether you’re looking for a Cane Corso puppy or an older companion, help love and preserve this ancient breed by adopting a rescue instead of shopping with a breeder!

Cane Corso Rescues

If this loyal guardian is the perfect match for you, there are plenty of loveable Cane Corso rescues in need of a forever home. Here are just a few:

Intelligent, loyal & confident
Avg. Weight
90 - 110 lbs
Avg. Life Span
9 - 11 Years
Cane Corsos near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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