Cane Corso and Great Dane Mix A Complete Guide

Cane Corso and Great Dane Mix

Both the Great Dane and the Cane Corso were used to hunt large game such as boars. Their strength, surprising speed, and large size made them excellent companions to take along for hunts.

These dogs have other similarities as well, including being protective, loving, and loyal. Great Danes are thought to have been bred down from Mastiffs – a category that Cane Corsos fall under as well, so their similarities start to make sense under the circumstances. 

When you mix the two breeds, you get a combination of their looks and temperaments. Dane Corsos are giant dogs that are affectionate, patient, and ideal for hunting.

They tend to be easy to take care of as long as they are given proper training and socialization, and have no excessive health issues to be concerned about. 

Continue reading to learn more about the Dane Corso, and the breeds that make it possible, the Great Dane and Cane Corso.

Cane Corso, Great Dane, and the Dane Corso Comparison Table

  Cane Corso Dane Corso Great Dane
Height 23.5-27.5 inches 27-34 inches 28-32 inches
Weight 88-110 pounds 90-140 pounds 110-175 pounds
Life Expectancy 9-12 years 8-10 years 7-10 years
Colors Black Fawn Gray Red Black brindle Chestnut brindle Gray brindle Black Blue Brown Fawn Black Blue Brindle Chocolate Fawn Harlequin Merle Silver White Mantle Merlequin
Coat Type Smooth, double coat Short length Smooth Short length Smooth Short length
Affection levels Pretty affectionate Average playfulness Pretty affectionate Average playfulness Very affectionate Pretty playful
Shedding Level Less shedding Less shedding Average shedding
Temperament Very protective Very protective Very protective
Health Issues Bloat Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Demodex mange Bloat Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Hypothyroidism Heart conditions Eye disorders Cancer Bloat Hip dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Hypothyroidism Autoimmune thyroiditis
Trainability Pretty easy to train Average trainability Average trainability
Exercise Pretty high energy Pretty high energy Pretty high energy
Friendliness to People Alright with strangers Alright with strangers Alright with strangers
Friendliness to Dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs
Drooling Levels Average drooling Average drooling Greater drooling
Mental Stimulation Average mental stimulation Average mental stimulation Higher mental stimulation
Barking Level Average barking Average barking Average barking
Cane Corso, Great Dane, and the Dane Corso Comparison Table

About Cane Corsos

About Cane Corsos
Cane Corso Dog

Cane Corsos are large dogs that may seem intimidating to own at first. Their large size isn’t just for show either with thick muscles and swift reflexes. However, don’t let their looks fool you, these dogs are sweet and protective.

As with any other dog, they need a lot of socialization and training during the early stages of life or they can grow to be too much to handle. 

Cane Corsos fought in wars with the Romans. As times changed, so did their role, shifting to support humanity as guard, hunting, and farmhouse dogs. In more modern times, their primary jobs are as watchdogs and companions. However, they still do best with a job. They can still be used for big game hunting, guarding property, and competitions if that’s your goal. 

If they are given a job for mental stimulation and enough exercise, then they can easily become excellent family dogs. They are generally docile with kids and other members of their family.

However, early socialization also ensures that they can handle other dogs and people outside of their family with little to no issues. Without proper socialization and training, they can become aggressive to strangers and other dogs. 

Cane Corsos can be stubborn because of their intelligence. They are eager to please but are quick to take advantage of weaknesses they see in their owners.

If you aren’t willing to be an alpha and take the time to train and exercise them properly, these are probably not the dogs for you.

However, if you are an alpha and know how to provide strict training while also being patient with your dog, a Cane Corso can be a confident companion for your family that also keeps you safe. 

About Great Danes

About Great Danes
Great Dane Dog

Despite what their name implies, Great Danes have no known connection or association with Denmark and the Danish people.

They are German-born and bred for at least 400 years and it was German fans of the breed that produced the finest individuals measuring up to the standard set forth by the American Kennel Club.

The French people used many names all referring to the same breed such as “Dogue allemand” which means German Mastiff for years. Eventually, the English translation of “grand Danois” (literally big Danish) became the norm.

Great Danes are working-type of dogs, and one can understand why when they learn that they were bred for hunting powerful wild boars throughout continental Europe.

These days they are certainly more of a family dog even though their size and weight can be imposing for those who don’t know the dog’s true nature.

They are extremely affectionate toward their owners but can be wary around new people and strangers which makes them excellent guard dogs but they require a firm hand and significant training to prevent any aggression problems from arising.

These are not dogs recommended for novice dog owners as they will benefit most from consistent training that not everyone can provide.

Their size can be a problem for families with small children or other small pets even with proper training – they may not intend to harm others but could accidentally do so purely because of their size.

About The Dane Corso Dog Mix

Also known as the Italian Daniff, Dane Corsos are a relatively new mix of two parents with a long history. They are very large dogs, easily weighing in at over 100 pounds and standing between 27 and 34 inches in height. 

Though they are a new breed and don’t have much standardization yet, the Great Dane side does seem to be more dominant, at least as far as looks.

Most Dane Corsos tend to be taller and skinnier than the Cane Corso parent, though they may have larger, thicker chests and are more muscular than purebred Great Danes.  

What Kind of Home is Best For a Dane Corso?

Dane Corsos do best in large homes with a big, fenced-in yard they can spend time in. Due to their large size, apartments tend to be far too cramped for them, as well as most houses.

By giving them plenty of outdoor space to roam, your home will feel a little less cramped and your dog will get to explore and wander the yard as they please. 

What is a Dane Corso’s Temperament

Though many people never thought about breeding Dane Corsos before, they have great temperaments due to the complementary personalities of their parents. They tend to be very stable and calm. With their family, they are gentle and loving. 

Although Cane Corsos were bred as guard dogs, Dane Corsos tend to not be very aggressive, though proper training and socialization are always important. 


Dane Corsos were likely an accidental breed, as many breeders never thought about mixing two dogs with such different histories and traits. However, this dog is likely to quickly climb in popularity. Despite their large size, they are loving and gentle and have fairly calm personalities. 

If you want a dog that looks intimidating but is often nothing more than a big softy, this gargantuan lap dog might be the one for you.