When researching the perfect breed for my partner and myself, I have come across many Mastiffs and one of my top candidates was the Cane Corso.
Small side note: in the end we went for a beautiful female Rottweiler, but the Corso definitely came in second place.
After delving deeper into the breed, I noticed a huge discrepancy in the Cane Corso size charts.
Everyone had a different opinion and I was quite shocked to see that the differences in size made a huge difference in what the breed looks like.
Don’t get me wrong, every breed has smaller and larger individuals, but with the Cane Corso it’s just the Wild West.
I have seen relatively short (in height) and incredibly stocky types that look more like American bullies.
The real Corso (whatever that means depends on whose book you read or who you listen to) is quite large, athletic, and bears little resemblance to bully dogs.
The confirmation came when I asked breeders who bred large, healthy types (judging by their health tests and athletic abilities).
These males weighed up to 150 pounds instead of the 100 pound maximum you will often read about!
Keep in mind that most dogs at this weight are simply overweight.
So I rationalized it by thinking that European breeders had just bred a different type of Cane Corso.
Even the AKC has no guidelines on the Cane Corso’s weight, instead saying only that it should be “proportionate to its length.”
So keep these things in mind:
- Research the Cane Corso types and see which one suits you best
- Stocky or tubular types can top out at 100 pounds, while those with strong bone structure can reach 120-150 pounds
- The AKC has no guidelines other than “proportional height/weight”
- Most Cane Corso growth charts you will come across are not from breed experts
Yes, that last point is unfortunately true.
Aside from the difference in final weight for Cane Corsos, I have seen websites mention that 8 week old puppies weigh between 26 and 36 pounds, which is way too heavy.
Funny enough, according to that chart, they only gain about 4 pounds per week (about half of what they actually gain), which gives the same final weight.
Having a relatively accurate growth chart is important to prevent your Cane Corso from being underweight (or worse, overweight).
Vets are not usually familiar with the Italian Mastiff and it is your responsibility to ensure that your pup is a healthy weight and is getting all the nutrients as well as age-appropriate exercise.
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Cane Corso Growth Chart
This Cane Corso growth chart will help you track your puppy’s growth, which usually occurs at around 1kg (2.5lbs) per week for several months and should be proportional to his height.
If your Cane Corso is +/- 5 kilos off as a puppy or 10-15 kilos off as an adult, you don’t have to worry as long as your dog looks healthy.
Likewise, I haven’t given ranges, but instead averages, which means that if your dog is an inch taller or shorter, that’s not a problem at all, as long as it’s proportional.
You can easily tell if your Cane Corso is growing properly if you can see the outline of his ribs, see that his belly is tucked in and, if you look from above, can clearly see the waist.
In addition to looking from the side and above, you should also be able to locate the ribs, spine, hips and tail base by feel.
Your Cane Corso may be underweight if you can clearly see a sharp outline of the ribs.
Conversely, if you cannot see and easily feel the ribs, your pup may be overweight.
In that case, the side profile is one flat line without that neat spot where the belly dips, which often creates an athletic look.
How fast do cane corsos grow?
Cane Corso puppies grow about 1-2 kg per week as puppies, but their weight gain slows and growth in height stops after 10 months. From then on, their chest or head may widen as the body ‘fills out’. ”.
Bone growth is complete around 18 months. That’s why it’s so important to wait at least until that point before neutering.
You can certainly disrupt the usual Cane Corso growth chart if you opt for early neutering.
During this time, your dog will also go through many behavioral stages.
Mental stimulation is just as important for your dog as exercise, so don’t neglect a Cane Corso’s cognitive development.
Their increasing size correlates with changing behavior as the hormones take effect.
However, sometimes the problem is that they are getting bigger and still acting like a puppy (i.e. pulling on the leash, excitement level, etc.).
Your task is to properly navigate all the stages, and this includes fear stages, because mental development in large dogs lasts until the age of 2-3 years.
How big will my Cane Corso get?
How big your Cane Corso will grow depends on their genetics, diet and exercise. If you want a large Cane Corso, don’t choose the smallest of a litter or a litter whose parents are not large themselves.
Female Cane Corsos usually weigh 90-110 pounds (40-50 kg) at the age of 2 years and measure approximately 23.5-26 inches (60-66 cm) in length.
If you already have a puppy (or have had previous litters to compare your puppy to), you can check the Cane Corso Growth Chart to see if your Corso falls below or above the range.
Sometimes a dog can make incredible leaps in the space of two months, but if you suspect a growth problem, consult your vet. Health problems can also prevent your dog from growing properly.
The best way to put on weight for your Cane Corso is a healthy diet and age-appropriate exercises, such as swimming or training with weighted vests, but only after your dog’s bone growth is complete around 18 months.
It’s fine to desire a strong and healthy looking Cane Corso, but there’s a fine line for having an overweight dog.
Being too bulky is not helpful at all for dogs and in large breeds like the Cane Corso it can cause irreversible damage to their hips and elbows.
Instead, aim for an athletic frame and don’t try to force a specific appearance.
Some people just naturally look more muscular.
Even within athletic breeds there can be differences, so don’t worry about your Cane Corso growing up too quickly.
Comparison of Cane Corso sizes
The growth charts and dimensions of dogs such as the Rottweiler, Bullmastiff, Presa Canario and Great Pyrenees are very similar to the growth chart of the Cane Corso.
Assuming you’re comparing females of each breed.
Men are a slightly different story.
This is for male Cane Corsos study has discovered that their growth rate matches that of three giant dog breeds: Saint Bernard, Great Dane and English Mastiff.
However, in most cases these dog breeds are slightly larger than the average Corso.
That definitely doesn’t mean the Cane Corso is a small dog, they are definitely among the largest around, especially when you consider the 150 pound males.
Many first-time buyers rush in thinking they need the biggest and baddest watchdog, but that also comes with a huge responsibility and financial obligation.
Be prepared to occasionally monitor your Cane Corso’s growth rate and undergo an occasional weigh-in. Vets usually have a bowl big enough for these big guys and gals.
Did you know?
Similar to the weight and height difference between males and females in the Cane Corso, there is also a significant size difference between male and female Rottweilers.
Disclaimer: This blog post does not and does not intend to replace veterinary attention. I am not a veterinarian or pet nutritionist. If your dog shows signs of illness, call your vet.