General Information  

A Cane Corso should be intelligent, active and even-minded, he is an unequaled watch dog and protector.  Docile and affectionate with the owner, loving with children and family.  The Cane Corso is easily trained and typically a light shedder.

Are you ready for a Cane Corso?
 - Can you provide firm, consistent discipline? This breed needs a confident, assertive owner who is not afraid to be in charge.
 - Can you provide your dog with attention and proper training? This breed must have obedience training.
 - Are you able and willing to socialize your Cane Corso for the rest of its life? Socialization is a must for the Cane Corso. Their guarding instinct can make them overly protective of their family. A puppy without adequate socialization may develop behavior issues such as fear of strangers or even fear aggression.
 - Do you work long hours or leave your home for long periods of time? A Cane Corso should be with its owner. They are a social breed and need the companionship of their family.

What is the next step, finding a good reputable breeder?  At a minimum, here are some items you should expect from your future breeder:

 - Be comfortable with how your future puppy/dog is raised whether its inside or outside or a combination.
 - During your visit to the breeder's place, were you able to interact with the potential parents or available puppies?

 - Copies of the official health results of the parents, siblings and other dogs in their breeding program.
 - A promise in writing that the breeder will take back your dog/puppy at anytime if you are unable to continue caring
    for him/her during its lifetime.
 - A request to contact personal and veterinarian references.
 - A requirement to spay/neuter pet quality puppies when age appropriate.
 - The breeder should want to know who will be responsible for the puppy's care and training.
 - The breeder should encourage you to visit with the dogs prior to purchase.
 - The breeder should want to know why you feel the Cane Corso is a good fit for you or help you understand if it is the right breed for you.
 - The breeder should provide a written contract for you to review prior to taking home your puppy/dog and offer continued guidance after you have taken your puppy/dog home.

 - The breeder should provide you with all of the puppy/dog's current veterinary history.


See OFA website, CERF website for some results.
PennHip does not post results online at this time - you need to ask the breeder for a copy.
Don't just go by what they say.

NEVER pay a deposit on a puppy without being provided pedigree, health tests and photos of
the parents if you are unable to visit the breeder in person.


What You Should Expect from Your Breeder

 - Photos of both parents of potential puppy.

 - Parents names and information of both dogs being bred.

 - Actual results of specific health testing and titles or copies provided upon request.

 - What titles and health testing has the breeder has done with the dogs THEY PERONALLY OWN, not just the ones they have bred.

 - Additional information about the breed besides a copy of the breed standard. 

Here is a link to hip ratings - comparision for most countries. (Link)

Common Health and Genetic Issues
Cherry Eye Protrusion of the tear gland associated with the third eyelid.  
Entropian A conformational defect resulting in an "in-rolling" of one or more of the eyelids which may cause ocular irritation.
Ectropian A conformational defect resulting in eversion of the eyelids, which may cause ocular irritation due to exposure.
Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia is associated with abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the joint.
Elbow Dysplasia Characterized by varying degrees of elbow incongruity, bony fragments (bone chips), and ultimately, severe arthritic change.
DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease) Arthritis
Panostetis Generalized inflammation of the long bones. Sudden lameness, usually in a front leg, self limiting. Dogs "outgrow" the condition. Pain can often be greatly reduced by restricting activity, i.e. rest is often the best medicine. Dogs that exhibit signs of lameness should be taken to a vet promptly for diagnosis.
Bloat A very dangerous condition where even 10 minutes can make the difference between life and death. Gas accumulates in the stomach to the point where it becomes obvious on external examination. The real danger is that the internal pressure cuts off the blood supply to the stomach and other internal organs causing tissue to die and the dog to go into shock.
Hypothyriodism Hypothyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance found in dogs. It has so many symptoms that it often is called 'the great impersonator'.
Congential Heart Disease Birth defect of the heart.
Murmurs Serious murmurs are caused by heart valve disease of birth defects. Not all murmurs are serious.

Thanks in part to the SACCI organization, the Cane Corso is now a CHIC breed as of late 2014!
To find out more information about what it means to be CHIC certified, go to their website at


Tips and Information

ICCF vs. CCAA - ICCF is the abbreviation for the International Cane Corso Federation.  It was the main registry for the Cane Corso before they became an AKC (American Kennel Club) breed in July 2010.  Just because a dog is ICCF registered does not mean it is AKC registered.  CCAA is the Cane Corso Association of America.  It is the parent club for the AKC.  The CCAA does not register dogs as that is the job of the AKC. 

FCI Registered -  FCI stands for Federation Cynologue International.  It is the governing body of many foreign country dog registries.  Each country has their own dog registry.  FCI does not provide dog registry therefore, is is not technically possible to have a dog "FCI registered". 

FCI Champion - See FCI Registered.

Price of the Cane Corso from a reputable breedere who titles, health tests and works to improve the breed are $2,000 - $3,500 for pet quality.  Cane Corso puppies sold for less than $1,500 are typically from breeders of poor quality dogs, unregistered parents, unhealth tested and lack of breeder knowledge and support, we highly suggest saving your money and waiting to purchase from a reputable breeder.


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