Cane Corso and Mastiff Mix A Complete Guide

Cane Corso and Mastiff Mix

Cane Corsos and Mastiffs are both large dogs, easily ranking in the top 10 largest dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.

They make excellent watchdogs and protectors and both have a long history of being warriors in ancient Greece and Rome. 

When bred together, we get an equally massive dog known as the Mastcorso. They are large and muscular, leading them to be an intimidating presence. However, they are loving and loyal to their owners. With proper socialization, they are great family dogs. 

Read on to learn more about the Mastcorso, and the two breeds that made it possible, the Cane Corso and the Mastiff.

Cane Corso, Mastiff, and the Mastcorso Comparison Table

  Cane Corso Mastcorso Mastiff
Height 23.5-27.5 inches 24-28 inches >27.5 inches
Weight 88-110 pounds 90-160 pounds 120-230 pounds
Life Expectancy 9-12 years 8-10 years 6-10 years
Colors Black Fawn Gray Red Black brindle Chestnut brindle Gray brindle Brindle Fawn Red Black Apricot Brindle Fawn
Coat Type Smooth, double coat Short length Double coat Short length Double coat Short length
Affection levels Pretty affectionate Average playfulness Very affectionate Average playfulness Very affectionate Average playfulness
Shedding Level Less shedding Average 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 Skin allergies Eye disorders Demodex mange Cancer Bloat Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Cancer Degenerative myelopathy von Willebrand’s disease Seasonal allergies
Trainability Pretty easy to train Average trainability Average trainability
Exercise Pretty high energy Pretty high energy Average energy levels
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 Greater drooling Greater drooling
Mental Stimulation Average mental stimulation Average mental stimulation Average mental stimulation
Barking Level Average barking Less barking Barks to alert

About Cane Corsos

About Cane Corsos
Cane Corso Dog

Cane Corsos are large dogs, weighing up to 110 pounds and no more than 27.5 inches tall. They are lovingly possessive of their family, muscular, and very dominant. They aren’t great with strangers or other dogs as a result, but, sometimes, overwhelmingly loyal to their family members. 

Few people recognize how old Cane Corsos are as a breed – these dogs have been around since ancient times. Dating way back to the time of ancient Greece, these dogs often served side by side with humans in armies of eons past.

When the Roman empire grew and its influence extended far and wide, Cane Corsos were brought back to Italy and bred with other dogs to create breeds that worked around farms and with hunters.

Because of their history, they work best with a job. In modern times, they still help with the farm, keep an eye on the children, and can participate in various sporting events like tracking, agility, and scents. 

With a dog this big, you might expect something quiet, but they are very vocal. They don’t bark more than other dogs, but howl, snort, and other forms of vocalization to connect with their family. 

These are not good dogs for anyone that isn’t highly experienced with training and taking care of a large pet. They need a lot of strict training and obedience lessons so that your dog learns to respond and work with you and your commands. 

About Mastiffs

About Mastiffs
Mastiff Dog

If you thought Cane Corsos were large, you’ll be shocked to learn about the Mastiff. They can easily top 200 pounds and their shortest height is the Cane Corso’s largest at 27.5 inches tall.

Unlike a lot of dogs, they take a long time to reach maturity and take over three years until they are full-sized. Since they are still growing, they shouldn’t undergo extreme exercise with a lot of jumping until they are closer to two years old. 

They were also known as warriors in ancient times, well used by Caesars during the peak of Roman power. They also were used as guards and hunting dogs.

Despite their history, they are calm, easygoing, and gentle with their family members, even children. They are very patient and loyal to a fault. 

However, they can be very protective and need proper socialization and training early on to prevent aggression. The Mastiff is quick to be suspicious of strangers and doesn’t do well with people in their preconceived territory. 

They need a fair amount of exercise, though they tend to be on the lazier side. Taking them on walks is best for you and your dog. They don’t need a job like many other dogs, and just love being a part of your family.

However, they also will work if given a task and do good as search-and-rescue, obedience, conformation, tracking, carting, therapy, and watchdogs. 

About The Mastcorso Dog Mix

Mastcorsos are large dogs, sitting between the size of a Cane Corso and a Mastiff. They are between 90 and 160 pounds and are up to 28 inches in height.

They are big dogs that aren’t good for anyone who isn’t able to train their dogs to obey and stay the alpha. 

However, despite being a little stubborn, they are very easy to train. They are also brave, playful, and cheerful. Mastcorsos are very protective and make excellent guards and watchdogs. 

What Are Common Health Issues of Mastcorsos?

Mastcorsos have a large number of health issues, thanks to their parent breeds and large size. One common issue is that they are prone to food and environmental allergies, which can be costly to prevent the symptoms. 

As is common with all medium and large dogs, Mastcorsos face chances of having bloat, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. All dogs have a risk of cancer and eye disorders. Demodex mange is rare in dogs, but still possible. 

What Kind of Socialization and Training does a Mastcorso Need?

Mastcorsos need a lot of training and socialization at an early age. They need to know to listen to your commands. They also need to know the appropriate behaviors around strangers and other dogs to prevent them from acting out.

It is recommended they get 1 to 2 hours of training almost daily for the best results while they are growing up. 

Are Mastcorsos Good Around Small Pets?

Mastcorsos are very gentle, and they are not likely to harm a small child or another dog. However, they are both hunting dogs. This means that with small animals such as rodents or birds, Mastcorsos may be quick to chase them. 

They aren’t mean dogs, and may never mean to hurt the other animal. But with their instincts, they will chase and try to catch the other animal, leading them to accidentally harm the other pet in their excitement quite often. It is best to separate these animals or to not have them both as pets at the same time. 

With proper training, you can try to teach your Mastcorso to ignore the other animal, but that isn’t 100% foolproof, especially if the small pet starts to run around.  


The Mastcorso needs a lot of socialization and training early on. If you don’t get them as a puppy, they can be difficult to take in public.

However, if they are trained properly, they can make excellent family dogs. Their playfulness and careful natures make them great around all ages.

Both the parent breeds are protective, so you know this dog won’t let a stranger come into your home while you sleep.