Axel’s Dog of the Month

Italian Mastiff


Axel R.

Big Black, a Cane Corso dog, enjoys listening to a good story.

A Cane Corso is wonderful dog not just because I have one myself, but because of its beautiful colors, amazing history, large size and so much more.  Come with me as we explore the history of the Cane Corso, or otherwise known as the Italian Mastiff.  The Cane Corsos’ traditional colors are black, grey, fawn (a brown), and red.  They can have a white spots on their chest, throat, chin, or on their toes.  My Italian Mastiff, Big Black, has white spots on his chest.

Adult males can range from 25 inch to 27.5 inches tall.  Females are a little shorter at 23 inch to 27 inches tall.  The males can weigh as much as 200 pounds and the females are normally a little smaller at 145 pounds. My dog, Big weighs about 150 pounds.  Italian Mastiffs are muscular and athletic.  They fast and swift despite their size.  The Mastiff has been a property watchdog and hunter of difficult animals such as the wild boar (pigs) and bears.  They are affectionate to their owner and bond closely with children and family.  They have a calm temperament when with their family.  My dog, Big, likes to lay on the couch and drools a lot.  I am lucky to have such an amazing dog!

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