A Cane Corso and a Boerboel are two separate popular domestic dogs that are similar in a variety of ways when compared. They can both be trained to be hunting or farm dogs, and, if properly raised, both dogs make good family pets.
However, these two separate breeds also have many key differences, which we will be exploring further in this article. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between the Boerboel and the Cane Corso.
Comparing Boerboels and Cane Corsos
Although the Boerboel and the Cane Corso have many similarities, there are some other variations that can help you tell the Boerboel and the cane Corso apart. Let’s compare the two!
|Key Differences||Boerboel||Cane Corso|
|Size||Large to Giant||Large|
|Weight||150 to 200 lbs.||90 to 110 lbs.|
|Coat/Hair Type||Shiny, smooth, and dense||Dense|
|Colors||Cream, Reddish Brown, Brindle, Tawny||Chestnut, Brindle, Grey, Fawn, Black, Red|
|Temperament||Smart, Confident, Obedient, Territorial||Playful, Loyal, Social, Quiet|
|Trainability||Very Trainable||Highly Trainable|
|Life Expectancy||10 to 12 Years||10 to 11 Years|
|Energy Levels||Average Energy Levels||High Energy Levels|
Boerboel vs Cane Corso: 8 Key Differences
There are several differences between Boerboels and Cane Corsos to be aware of. First, while both dogs are quite large, Boerboels can weigh between 50 and 100% larger than a Cane Corso. In addition, while Boerboels are usually cream, tawny, or brown, Cane Corsos are often brindle, grey, or black. If you’re looking for an energy dog, Cane Corsos have high energy levels while Boerboels have more average energy.
Let’s dive into each of these differences one by one.
Appearance and Basic Info
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Size
Although both breeds are large dogs, the Boerboel is considerably larger than the Cane Corso, by about 50 lbs. on average! Male Boerboels come in between 25 to 28 inches tall, while male Cane Corso’s are around 22 to 26 inches tall.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Weight
Weight is one of the few variations between the Cane Corse and Boerboel. The Cane Corso weighs between 99 and 110 pounds, but the Boerboel is much larger, weighing between 154 and 200 pounds.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Coat Hair Types
The Boerboel has a short, shedding coat that is easy to keep clean. The Cane Corso also has a short coat that is like the Boerboel’s, but his hair is denser and coarser, whereas the Boerboel’s fur is silky to the touch.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Colors
The Boerboel tends to be lighter in color than the cane Corso, typically cream to reddish-brown or tawny color. The cane Corso has much darker colors in the coat ranging from brindle and grey to black, although some have reddish or chestnut colors.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Temperament
Although both are highly intelligent breeds, the cane Corso tends to be quirkier than the Boerboel. The Cane Corso is very playful, while the Boerboel is more territorial. The cane Corso tends to do better being the only dog in the family, as it requires a lot of attention and is not keen on strangers.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Trainability
Both the Cane Corso and the Boerboel are easy to train, however, the Corso is more active and tends to be more open to learning social skills. The Boerboel can be trained with weights to build their muscles for sporting and hunting. Just keep in mind, both breeds are strong-minded dogs that are not to be pushed around.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Life Expectancy
Both breeds are similar in life expectancy, although the Boerboel is known to live a bit longer. Both the Boerboel and the Cane Corso can live past 10 years, with many living up to 11 or 12 years old. This is about the average for most dog breeds. It should be noted that the Boerboel tends to run into more health issues than the Cane Corso, and other dog breeds in general.
Boerboel vs. Cane Corso: Energy Levels
The Boerboel is an extremely active dog, especially when it is young. This breed excels at agility challenges, obedience competitions, rallies, therapeutic visits, protection exercises, and agricultural labor, to name a few. The Boerboel thrives as a pet at a home with a well-fenced yard and plenty of room to run around. The Boerboel is a tough breed to own and is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
Corso’s have worked as battle dogs, large-game hunters, guardians, agricultural workers, and more throughout their lengthy history, thanks to their huge physique and protective disposition. They have recovered popularity in recent years after nearly disappearing during the postwar period and are now among the top twenty-five most popular dog breeds in the United States.
Both the Boerboel and the Cane Corso are fiercely protective of their loved ones and their property. They’ll warn you about anything they think is suspicious, and they’ll put themselves between you and anything or anyone they think is a threat. Because of their intelligence and desire to be trained, both Canines are very playful, fetching, or even used as show dogs on occasion.
The Corso is a bit silly and ungainly, while the Boerboel is nimbler and more athletic. However, the Corso tends to run into fewer health issues and is more playful and social. Either way, they both make good family dogs, although the Cane Corso seems to be a better fit for more experienced dog owners.
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