How Much Does a Cane Corso Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

The Cane Corso, or Corso for short, is one of the many Mastiff-type jobs.

Developed in Italy, this breed has said to descend from the Roman war dogs, bred to guard property and help at the farm, rounding up pigs and cattle.

Cane Corso by State Farm, on Flickr
Cane Corso” (CC BY 2.0) by  State Farm

How much does a Cane Corso cost?

While it may be common to find a Cane Corso for $200 to $500 at a local rescue group, a high-quality pedigree puppy coming from a breeder who does health testing and guarantees a temperament may charge $1,000 to $3,500 for a puppy.  As with any puppy, a breed-quality puppy with show potential can be in the $2,500 to $3,500 range, while a puppy that may not be a pedigree, but close to a show-quality, will be closer to $1,000 to $2,000.

On, an online dog classified website, for example, there were 350 active listings at the time of this publishing, with prices ranging from $700 to $3,000.

The official AKC website has a classified section, and when we checked out the postings, we saw more than 90 breeder listings, with prices averaging close to $2,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Depending on the quality, a breeder, if selling a pedigree puppy, will often dock the tail, remove the dewclaws, include the vaccinations, deworm, crop the ears, health/temperament check the parents, include a vet examination, offer AKC registration paperwork and offer a health guarantee with lifetime support.  Of course, this can all vary from one breeder to another, so it’s always important to know exactly what you’re getting with your adoption.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping is often an additional charge if you can’t personally pick up the puppy and the breeder allows it.  Shipping via an airline or even car, depending on the distance, can cost $300 to $450.  This should include the travel fee and crate.  If it’s shipped via the road, the average mileage rate is about $0.50 to $0.80 per mile.

As with any dog, food is a recurring commitment.  Generally, depending on the size and activity level of your dog, most Cane Corsos will eat up to 10 pounds of quality dog food per week.  High-quality dog food can cost $30 to $45 per 40-pound bag, depending on the brand and retailer.

They will shed twice a year, usually in the early spring and late fall as the seasons change.

The Cane Corso is not recommended for a rookie owner or one who can’t handle larger breeders due to its strength and dominance.  While the dog is considered to be intelligent, it will still require a variety of training methods and obedience classes to teach it the basics at a young age.

Ear cropping, a procedure commonly performed before adoption, is often given as an option to potential dog owners.  This procedure may or may not be an additional charge often charged by the breeder.  If so, this could cost an additional $400 to $600.

Tips to know:

Males, on average, will measure 25 to 27 inches at the shoulders and weigh 100 to 125 pounds.  Females, often one to two inches shorter than a male, can weigh as little as 85 to 105 pounds.

Available in a variety of coat colors, the most common includes black, slate, light grey and fawn.  Its coat is very short, harsh/coarse to the touch and will have a shiny-like appearance from a distance.

A reputable breeder won’t allow you to take home the puppies until they reach eight to 10 weeks in age.

Cane Corsos need at least 45 minutes of exercise per day to keep them happy and entertained.  This breed will require a fenced-in yard and won’t do well in an apartment-like setting.

Life expectancy, when in captivity, ranges from nine to 12 years.

Its temperament and character, as explained by, tends to be devoted, protective, balanced and makes a great family pet.

This breed is often restricted by some homeowner insurance policies and is even restricted in some communities.  Be sure to refer to your paperwork before proceeding with adopting.

How can I save money?

Some Corsos are often found at specialized rescue groups, which are located across the United States.  If you don’t mind adopting a dog with a defined personality, then it may be best to check out a group to not only help a dog in need of a forever home, but also help a rescue that could use your help.

While it may be rare, check out a local adoption center to see if any dogs available that closely resembles the Cane Corso.  Even if you’re not able to find a purebred, you may be able to find a dog you can fall in love with.

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