Male vs. Female Cane Corso: 5 Key Differences

Written by Kristin Hitchcock
Updated: August 21, 2023
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Cane Corsos are known for their strength and loyalty. They’re very large Italian dogs that were bred for protective purposes. Therefore, they’re still very imposing and towering today.

While there are some differences between the males and females of this breed, they are mostly the same. Males are a bit bigger, but that is the biggest difference. Individual personalities and characteristics will vary from individual to individual. They do not necessarily have anything to do with their sex.

Key Differences Between Male vs. Female Cane Corso

Let’s take a look at the differences between these two sexes below, though they are minor. Remember, every dog is an individual, so these traits aren’t necessarily set in stone.

AspectMale Cane CorseFemale Cane Corse
Size & WeightLarger & heavierSlightly smaller
TemperamentMore assertiveMore protective
AggressionDominance tendeciesDominance tendencies
Training & SocializationConsistent cues vitalMay need extra socilaization
Energy LevelsMay be slightly lowerMay need extra socialization

1. Size and Weight

Cane Corsos are just


dogs in general.

©Claudio Domiziani / CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED – License

In many dog breeds, males tend to be larger and heavier than females. This is also generally true for the Cane Corso. Adult male Cane Corsos typically weigh between 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 54 kg) and stand around 25 to 27.5 inches (64 to 70 cm) tall at the shoulder.

Adult females are usually slightly smaller, weighing between 80 to 100 pounds (36 to 45 kg) and standing around 23.5 to 26 inches (60 to 66 cm) tall.

Of course, sizes can vary, and not all males are larger than females. Therefore, even this varies somewhat, though it is the most “definite” difference between these dogs.

2. Temperament

Both male and female Cane Corsos are known for their protective and loyal nature. However, there can be some differences in temperament between the genders.

Males might be more assertive and dominant, especially around other dogs of the same sex. Females might exhibit more territorial behavior, especially if not spayed, and can be more protective of their home and family. But this isn’t very set in stone at all.

Males are more likely to wander, as they may be on the lookout for in-heat females. However, females will also wander when they are in heat. They may also go through more hormonal changes as their hormones go up and down with their cycle.

3. Aggression

A fawn colored Cane Corso mastiff dog with cropped ears sitting outdoors

Cane Corsos should not be aggressive, but they are protective dogs that need extra socialization. Otherwise, they may see everything as a threat.

©Mary Swift/

It’s important to note that while Cane Corsos are generally not aggressive without reason, they are naturally protective dogs.

Male Cane Corsos, especially intact (unneutered) males, might be more prone to territorial and dominant behavior, leading to aggression if not properly trained and socialized. Female Cane Corsos might show aggression if they feel their pups or territory is threatened.

Generally, these dogs are just protective individuals. Therefore, working on socialization and training from an early age is important.

Male Cane Corsos tend to be more aggressive towards other males, while females tend to be more aggressive towards other females. Therefore, while they can be kept together, it’s best if differing genders are chosen.

4. Training and Socialization

Both male and female Cane Corsos require proper training and socialization from a young age. Early training and exposure to various people, animals, and environments are crucial for a well-adjusted adult dog. There is perhaps nothing more important than socialization for this breed.

Males might require slightly firmer handling due to potential dominance tendencies, while females might need careful training to manage protective behaviors. However, they tend to be pretty similar regarding training needs.

5. Energy Levels

Brindle Cane Corso puppy staying outdoors on a trampoline and holding a soft bear toy

Despite being large, these dogs have moderate activity levels, especially as puppies.


Energy levels can vary among individual dogs, but females might generally have slightly higher energy levels than males. This is because they are smaller, and smaller dogs tend to be more energetic than larger dogs.

For instance, a smaller female may be more active than a larger male.

However, this difference might not be very pronounced and can easily be managed with proper exercise and mental stimulation. These dogs don’t have high energy needs, anyway. Having a male instead of a female may only shave 3 minutes off your daily exercise routine – not enough to really matter.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Natalia Fesiun/

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About the Author

Kristin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering dogs, cats, fish, and other pets. She has been an animal writer for seven years, writing for top publications on everything from chinchilla cancer to the rise of designer dogs. She currently lives in Tennessee with her cat, dogs, and two children. When she isn't writing about pets, she enjoys hiking and crocheting.

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