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 large dog known as the Mastcorso. They are large and muscular, leading them to be very intimidating. However, they are loving and loyal to their owners. With proper socialization, they are great family dogs.
Keep reading to learn more about the Mastcorso, and the two breeds that made it possible, the Cane Corso and the Mastiff.
Comparison Table for the Cane Corso, Mastiff, and the Mastcorso
|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
Cane Corsos are large dogs, weighing up to 110 pounds and no more than 27.5 inches tall. They are very protective of their family, muscular, and very dominant. They aren’t great with strangers or other dogs, but very loyal to their family members.
These dogs have been around since ancient times. They were warriors that dated back all the way to the time of ancient Greece. When Romans took over, these warrior dogs were bred with other dogs from Italy and where they became farmers, guards, and hunters.
Because of their history, they work best with a job. In modern times, they help with the farm, keep an eye on the children, and 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.
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, and 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 harsh 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 during Caesar’s reign. 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 area.
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 watch dogs.
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 watch dogs.
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, Mascorsos 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.