The Cane Corso dog breed is a large dog breed that has a short, stiff coat and a facial expression that can be very imposing.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Corso’s lineage goes back to ancient Roman times and the breed’s Latin name roughly translates as ‘bodyguard dog’. The dogs were bred as guard dogs and to accompany their owners on hunting expeditions.
These dogs are assertive and have an imposing appearance. They stand 27.5 – 28 inches at the shoulder can weigh more than 100 pounds. This is not a dog for a first-time owner as it’s a powerful dog that needs a firm hand.
This assertive dog needs proper training from a young age. The Cane Corso is not a friendly dog. He is extremely protective of his family, but not in the least interested in other dogs or people outside his family.
You can consult the Cane Corso growth chart to see how your Cane Corso puppy is doing.
When Do Cane Corso dogs Stop Growing
The Cane Corso is a large dog breed. Large dog breeds take a long time to reach their full height and weight.
Most Cane Corso dogs will reach their adult height around one year of age, but many dogs take longer, even up to two years, to fill out completely.
On average, Cane Corso dogs (both male and female) take around 19 months to reach their maximum height and weight. When these dogs reach 19 months they will not grow much more.
These dogs can grow up to 28 inches tall. Your dog can reach this height between one and two years of age. As you can see, there is no hard and fast rule for when a Cane Corso will reach a certain weight and height.
Cane Corso Weight Chart
When you look at the Cane Corso growth chart, you will notice that male and female dogs start out with the same weight; 0.35 – 0.5 kg. By the time they reach 3 months, both males and females weigh around 10 kg and stand 37 – 44 cm tall.
A lot of growth takes place between 3 and 4 months. Male dogs now weigh 17 – 21 kg and female dogs weigh 15 – 20 kg. The dogs now stand 45 – 51 cm tall.
At 6 months, the male dogs have gained 11 – 14 kg and the female dogs have gained 9 – 11 kg. The male dogs are now 56 – 60 cm tall and the females 54 – 59 cm.
By the time they are one year old, the dogs have grown considerably. For the most part, they have reached their adult weight and height.
You can relax if your Cane Corso’s weight is a bit more or less than any of the numbers in the chart. If he has a few extra pounds over the stated range it is perfectly acceptable, not all cane corsos may fall within the established range.
It is advised that you always check with your veterinarian if you ever have doubts.
Cane Corso Puppy Weight Chart
|Age||Male Weight in lbs||Female Weight in lbs||Male Weight in kg||Female Weight in kg|
|1 Month||5.7 lbs - 8.8 lbs||5.7 lbs - 8.8 lbs||2.6 kg - 4.0 kg||2.6 kg - 4.0 kg|
|2 Months||14.3 lbs - 22 lbs||13.2 lbs - 19.8 lbs||6.5 kg - 10 kg||6.0 kg - 9.0 kg|
|3 Months||23.1 lbs - 35.3 lbs||22 lbs - 32 lbs||10.5 kg - 16 kg||10 kg - 14.5 kg|
|4 Months||37.5 lbs - 46.3 lbs||33 lbs - 46.3 lbs||17 kg - 21 kg||15 kg - 0 kg|
|5 Months||46.3 lbs - 61.7 lbs||41.9 lbs - 57.3 lbs||21 kg - 28 kg||19 kg - 26 kg|
|6 Months||61.7 lbs - 77.2 lbs||52.9 lbs - 68.3 lbs||28 kg - 35 kg||24 kg - 31 kg|
|7 Months||72.8 lbs - 88.2 lbs||61.7 lbs - 77.2 lbs||33 kg - 40 kg||28 kg - 35 kg|
|8 Months||81.6 lbs - 97 lbs||68.3 lbs - 83.7 lbs||37 kg - 44 kg||31 kg - 38 kg|
|9 Months||86 lbs - 103.6 lbs||72.7 lbs - 90.4 lbs||39 kg - 47 kg||33 kg - 41 kg|
|10 Months||88.2 lbs - 108 lbs||77.2 lbs - 94.8 lbs||40 kg - 49 kg||35 kg - 43 kg|
|11 Months||90.4 lbs - 112.4 lbs||81.6 lbs - 99.2 lbs||41 kg - 51 kg||37 kg - 45 kg|
|12 Months||92.6 lbs - 116.8 lbs||83.7 lbs - 103.6 lbs||42 kg - 53 kg||38 kg - 47 kg|
|2.5 Years||99.2 lbs - 121.3 lbs||88.2 lbs - 110.2 lbs||45 kg - 55 kg||40 kg - 50 kg|
Cane Corso Growth Chart – What to Expect
Birth – 2 Weeks
Puppies are born blind and deaf. In the first week, puppies spend their time feeding and sleeping. They can’t bark, but they can cry if they are hungry.
When they are two weeks old, they are still blind and deaf, but their eyes will slowly start opening and by the third week, they can hear. They still spend most of their time feeding and sleeping, but they will try to stand up. Puppies grow fast at this stage.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
Puppies can be introduced to solid food at around four weeks. This is also the time when puppies cut their back teeth.
Your puppy should be vaccinated at 6 weeks. These dogs need early socialization. They need to be introduced to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences as soon as possible before the puppy is four months old.
If you don’t take care to socialize your puppy properly at a young age, your Cane Corso may react to new people and experiences with fear and aggression.
4 Months – 6 Months
At around 5 months, your puppy will start losing his baby teeth. You can also start to take your dog on short walks. Keep socializing your dog and exposing him to different places and people.
By six months, your dog should be house trained and in full control of his bladder and bowels. Teething should be over by six months and your dog should have all his adult teeth now.
7 Months – 9 Months
Your dog will now look more like a dog and less than a puppy. He should have all his adult teeth by the end of month seven.
You can take your puppy on 30-minute walks. You can also start training your dog. Cane Corso dogs are highly intelligent and very trainable. Always use positive reinforcement to train your dog.
It is extremely important to get your dog used to other people and dogs so they don’t become aggressive towards strangers and other animals.
One way to get your dog used to strangers, is to take treats with you on your walks. Give the treats to strangers you meet to give to your pup. This will teach him to associate strangers with treats.
10 Months – 12 Month
Cane Corso dogs are not suited to apartment living. If you want to keep one of these dogs, you need a home with a fenced yard where your dog can run around. Just keep in mind that these dogs can be very vocal. You need to teach your dog the “no bark” command to prevent excessive barking.
At 12 months, you can consider changing your dog to food for adult dogs.
By the time he is 12 months old, your dog has reached his adult size. He might grow a little bit taller and put on slightly more weight over the next year.
The Corso grows to a large, muscular dog with males standing 25 to 27.5 inches at the withers and females 23.5 to 26 inches. An adult Corso will weigh between 90 and 120 pounds.
The Corso is not a good choice if you have no experience with dogs. These dogs are strong-willed and need a strong, confident hand. They need a lot of socializing, training, and exercise.
This dog only lives for his family and is not interested in other people or other animals. However, he is very loyal and very protective of his family. He is a loving and loyal companion with whom you will always feel safe.
Factors That Affect Cane Corso Puppy Growth
Genetics is the determining factor in deciding the size of this breed. The Cane Corso is a large breed, so you can expect your small puppy to grow into a big dog.
Your dog will take after his parents and grandparents. Taking into account the parents’ breed, size, and weight, you will an excellent indication of how big your puppy will get in the future.
The Cane Corso is a large dog breed that needs food high in protein and relatively low in fat. The Cane Corso is prone to obesity, so don’t choose dog food that is high in calories.
Between 6 and 12 weeks, feed your Cane Corso 4 times a day. After that, you can gradually cut back first to 3 meals a day and from around 6 months you can start cutting back to two meals a day.
You can switch to adult food when your Cane Corso is a year old. If you are not sure if he’s ready for the change, consult your vet.
Physical Activity & Health
This is a breed that requires a lot of vigorous exercise on a daily basis. If you are not prepared to or don’t have the time to take your dog for exercise twice a day, then this is not the dog for you. This dog will not be happy if he can’t be active.
Fortunately, this athletic dog enjoys many different kinds of exercises. He will jog or run with you while you are cycling and will always enjoy a long walk with you. You can also introduce your dog to activities like agility, Frisbee, tug of war, tracking, and Jolly Ball.
Remember this is a working dog. The Cane Corso needs to be kept busy mentally and physically. If not, this dog can become destructive. This can take the form of excessive barking, digging, and persistent attempts to escape.
How Long Are Cane Corso Dogs Pregnant?
Like other dogs, Cane Corso Dogs are pregnant for about 63 days. You will not be able to see that your dog is pregnant in the first few weeks of her pregnancy. She may slowly start gaining weight, and her nipples may appear swollen.
It’s normal for expectant dogs to seem listless and lose their appetite. On the other hand, your dog may develop quite an appetite. Some dogs even get morning sickness.
Take your dog to the vet to make sure if you have a suspicion that she is pregnant.
How Many Puppies Do Cane Corso dogs Have?
Cane Corso dogs usually have a litter of four to six with an average of five. But larger litters have been seen. In 2019 a female Cane Corso in Russia gave birth to 19 puppies!
The size of the litter depends on a range of factors, such as the health of the mother, the age of the sire, the size of the mother, and the quality of food that the parents, especially the mother receives.
Nutrition is an important factor in the size of the litter. A balanced diet rich in protein improves the chances of a big litter.
What If My Cane Corso Is Not the Right Weight?
You can easily establish if your dog is the right weight. Start by looking at your dog from above. He should have a slight indentation at the waist. If there is a very noticeable inward curve and the bones of his hips are visible, he is underweight.
Next, view him from the side. You should notice a slight upward curve from the rib cage to the hips. If the abdomen sits very high or you can see any bones, your dog is underweight.
You can also check your dog’s condition by feeling his spine. If the knobs of his spine are very prominent, your dog is too thin. Also, feel his ribcage. You should feel the ribs but you should also feel the cushioning of the skin.
If you suspect that your dog is not the right weight according to the Cane Corso weight chart, take him to the vet for a check-up.
What Is The Life Expectancy Of Cane Corso?
Large dog breeds have a shorter lifespan compared to medium and small dogs. The average Cane Corso can live for 9 to 12 years. That is quite a high age for a large dog breed. Many large breed dogs only live for 8 years.
The average life expectancy of 9 to 12 years means just that. Some dogs won’t reach 9 years while there may be individuals that live longer than 12 years. Of course, dogs that eat a balanced diet and get enough exercise will stand a better chance of a long life.
How Much Does It Cost To Own A Cane Corso?
The price for a Cane Corso ranges from $900-$2,000 with the average price being $1,100. However, if you are looking for a thoroughbred, you are looking at a starting price of $2,500 and can the best dogs can fetch as much as $8,500.
To the price of your dog, you should add the cost of food, vet expenses, and basics like a collar, leash, toys, bowls, a bed, and a dog license.
For this breed, you must also include the cost of obedience training. The Cane Corso is a large and strong dog that is assertive and wilful. These dogs need proper training and socialization otherwise they can become a problem.
On average, you can expect your dog to cost you around $1,640 per year.
Cane Corso Genetics and Common Health Problems
Corso dogs are a healthy breed that doesn’t suffer from many ailments. However, like other large breeds, the Corso dogs are also prone to hip dysplasia, which affects the joints.
Other conditions that these dogs are prone to, include eyelid abnormalities such as entropion, ectropion, and cherry eye and skin problems like demodectic mange. Gastric Torsion or bloat is another ailment that can affect these dogs. This condition happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or liquid and then twists. It’s a life-threatening disorder.
Cane Corso dogs are also prone to seizure disorders, particularly idiopathic epilepsy. Your vet can treat the condition with medication.
You can help your dog to stay healthy by giving him a balanced diet and letting him get enough exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Consult your vet on the proper diet and exercise for your dog.