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How Much Does a Cane Corso Cost? (Pup Pricing)

A Cane Corso is arguably the prototypical watchdog. Strong, sturdy, and fiercely protective of those he loves, this majestic member of the mastiff class won’t take gruff from anyone trying to do harm. But how much hurt will this breed bring to your wallet?

Cane Corsos at a Glance

Also known as the Italian Mastiff, the Cane Corso was bred to be a big game hunter and a guard dog. These attributes run strong through the dog’s veins, as he carries an eagerness to work in any environment. While proper training can make this dog into a loyal family-friendly companion, his protective and agile nature makes him a terror for wrongdoers.

What’s the Price Tag on a Cane Corso?

If you’re looking to buy a Cane Corso puppy from a breeder that provides detailed information on pedigrees, health, and temperament, expect to shell out anywhere between $1,500 to $4,000. As with all breeds, you can expect the price tag to gravitate toward the higher end of the spectrum if you’re interested in a show-quality dog.

You may also find a discounted price tag if you’re willing to forego the puppy stage and get an older Cane Corso. There are plenty of Cane Corso rescue groups out there that can help you bring a big buddy to your home.

Food and Health Costs of Owning a Cane Corso

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A Cane Corso is a big dog loaded with energy, so he's going to require a significant amount of food to be properly fueled. While the amount of food you're going to have to feed him - and, of course, pay for - will vary by the stage in his life, expect to feed an adult 4 to 5 cups per day. You'll ideally spread this food out over the course of the day.

A Cane Corso’s lifespan is 10 to 11 years and is considered a healthy breed, so you might not have to worry about excess medical costs. That said, the breed is susceptible to ailments common in large, athletic breeds like dysplasia. They are also at a higher risk of developing bloat, although the onset of this condition can be controlled by diet.

Abstract and Intangible Costs of a Cane Corso

There are few breeds that contain more esoteric costs than a Cane Corso. While this breed can be a loyal, loveable family pet, it's going to cost you a whole lot of time and energy to get to that point.

Because a Cane Corso is an eager work dog, providing him with an exercise outlet to express that energy is an absolute must. If you put this dog in a boring environment, he will punish your wallet by ripping your house to shreds. This includes your backyard, so don’t think that merely letting him roam freely back there will get you off the hook.

Because of a Cane Corso’s rambunctious nature, you should only consider this breed if you have the proper space for him. Unlike other big dogs that can acclimate to smaller living quarters, a Cane Corso needs ample room to be happy. If you live in an apartment, don't think twice about it - just move on.

While a Cane Corso is more responsive to training compared to others in the mastiff class, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to train him to be a universally friendly dog. This is a dog that will be aloof toward other animals and people outside of those he feels charged to protect.

This nature has unfortunately led to have a negative public perception, as you may encounter those who consider Cane Corsos to be nothing more than vicious dogs. This may develop into social headaches for you. Just because you take the time and energy to learn about how awesome your Cane Corso doesn't mean others will do the same.

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He’s Your Dog, and He Always Will

If you have space, patience, and willingness to exert energy, a Cane Corso will turn into your biggest fan. While this working dog has the power and the capacity to be tough, once you get to know each other, you’ll be hard pressed to find a pooch that exhibits a greater sense of loyalty towards you.


Laura Harris

Dr. Laura Harris is our resident dog health expert. She started to fact-check dog health-related information for HerePup during her internship and contributes since then. Her expertise is in dog nutrition, senior dog care, especially critical care medicine and internal medicine.

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Varun - June 23, 2018

I like dogs

Rachel - May 8, 2019

I have a cane corso as a service dog and he’s the best! I couldn’t have asked for a better dog to be my other half.

Martin - November 3, 2019

excellence dog


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