The Cane Corso, also called the Italian Mastiff, has exploded in popularity over the last several years in large part thanks to their AKC recognition in 2010, making them one of the newest breeds in the registry despite their long history. The Corso's we know today are descended from ancient Roman war dogs turned farm dogs after the fall of the empire were nearly extinct by the mid 19th century. At that time, they could only be found in a very small backcountry region of Italy until the 1970s when a group of fanciers came together to resurrect the dying breed.
Since then, the breed's popularity has skyrocketed, and their genetic pool has significantly expanded across the world. Today, the Corso isn't recognized in a group with the Kennel Club based in the UK but is still ranked 49th out of 244 breeds here. The American Kennel Club, however, recognizes the Corso as part of the working group and ranks them as the 32nd most popular out of 196 breeds. Keep in mind that while they are an exceptional breed, they are best for experienced canine leaders that are calm and consistent with boundaries. They also don't do well alone for long periods of time so make sure you watch my other videos on these gorgeous dogs before bringing one into your home.
Now let's get into the size of these massive dogs because make no mistake, even the smallest are still pretty big. The AKC standards dictate that male Corsi (the plural of Corso) stand between 25"-27.5" at the withers, while females can be slightly smaller and range from 23.5"-26" tall. The KC standards dictate that male Corsi stands between 24.5"-27.5" at the withers, while females can be slightly smaller and range from 22.8"-26" tall. This variation between UK and US standards is common, and many breeds are somewhat larger in the US than their UK cousins. Being such a newly recognized breed, there is still quite a bit of variation in size across the globe, but they are becoming more standardized.
The AKC standards dictate that a Corso's weight should be proportional to their height but don't give concrete guidelines in terms of pounds. You'll find current owners in Facebook groups report full grown weights for either sex range between 90-150 pounds. The KC has a much more narrow range, with male Corsi weighing between 100-110 pounds, while females can be slightly smaller and range from 88-100 pounds. They are a lean and powerfully muscled breed, so they need plenty of low-impact exercises every day along with a high quality diet. I suggest the raw diet and have a course that goes over everything you need to know when considering and transitioning to a raw diet for your Corso's health and longevity.
The most common health tests relate to hip and elbow dysplasia, which are quite common in Corso's, and many other large breed dogs. You may also want to screen for heart defects though they can be hard to test accurately for depending on the potential condition and severity. Watch for eye issues that are common in breeds like this with loose skin and digestive problems like bloat that can also occur with these larger canines. Because of their size, you'll find that any health issues they do have (and even routine vet visits) can cost more, so quality pet insurance would be a wise investment to consider as well.
You can expect to pay $1000-$3000 for a well bred Corso from a quality breeder, but you'll find them outside of that range as well, depending on your location, the pedigree, and their registration status. Keep in mind that you'll likely need to invest in training, high quality food, pet insurance, heartworm medication, and other things that tend to be more expensive given their size. Getting your new Corso will be the lowest cost, so be prepared for the ongoing expenses.
If you'd like more in-depth information about any of the things we talked about here today, keep watching the other videos on this channel to learn more. Don't forget we also have the Cane Corso education bundle that includes my training courses, raw diet class, and a complete guide specific to Cane Corso's. Make sure you do your research thoroughly before adding this powerful canine with a gentle heart to your home.