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The Cane Corso vs The Rottweiler!

Cane Corso
In this comparison we will look at the following criteria-size,strength,stamina,Jaw/bite strength speed,agility,general combat ability and guard dog ability.
The Cane Corso is a large working dog,descended from the ancient Roman Molossus.An Italian dog breed,a fighting dog in times past.
The Rottweiler is essentially now a German dog breed.
1.  Size
Cane Corso
Height, Males 24.5 – 27 inches (62 – 68 cm) Females 23.5 – 25 inches (61 – 64 cm)
Weight:  Males 45 – 50 kg Females 40 – 45 kg
Rottweiler
Height: Males 24 – 27 inches (61 – 68 cm) Females 22 – 25 inches (56 – 64 cm)
Weight: Males  43 – 59 kg Females  38 – 52 kg
About same height but the Rottweiler has a slight weight advantage.This advantage is however because the Cane Corso is naturally a leaner dog.

2. Strength – All things being equal,more weight in the animal world translates to more strength as long as there is no case of obesity.But in this case the Cane Corso is the marginally stronger dog.

3.  Stamina-Without doubt the leaner Cane Corso has more stamina for fight or flight.

4.Jaw/Bite Strength – The Rottweiler is said to have the second strongest jaw in the dog world.Which dog has the strongest?-The Boerboel?The Kangal?The American Pitt Bull?-We will write on this in latter postings.
For this comparison,the two dogs matched up have about similar Jaw/ Bite strength,especially for the Box head German Rottweilers.Not so for the leaner American Rottweilers.

Points 5,6,7 i.e. Speed, Agility, and General combat ability – The Cane Corso is much faster,much more agile and marginally more combat capable,it bears pain much better than a Rottweiler and indeed much better than almost all other dogs.

8.  Guard dog ability-In a previous article,we wrote that the Cane Corso edges out the Rottweiler marginally in the area of guard dog ability,however we must point out that the Rottweiler is a great guard dog and is more bite ready than the Cane Corso.

Cane Corso picture- courtesy dogsarena.net

20 comments on “The Cane Corso vs The Rottweiler!

  1. The jaw strength of these to breeds DO NOT match up. Cane Corso a type of mastiff has a proven jaw strength of over 552psi, were the rottweiler has a proven jaw strength of 328psi that is a considerable difference.. I have owned both of these dogs. Owning a corsi now. My corso weighs 170lbs. and stands 32 1/2 inches at the withers.. NO he is not a mutant freak and yes he is a pure breed. His father weighs 168lbs. We also previously owned a 235lb english mastiff. after the passing of our english mastiff we decided to go with the corso thinking he would be much smaller, he is smaller but not as small as we thought… Our vet has assured us that there is nothing wrong with his size and that its not that uncommon to have a corsi be much bigger then average breed statistics.. all i can say is that yes the rottie is a big dog but i’ve never seen one remotely close to my corsi’s size and i’ve yet to meet the rottie that can crack a golf ball in half with its teeth in under 3 mins. Final thought i’d rather take my chances with a rottie going after me then a corso, the absolute strength he has is unbelievable.. The corso is much more protective and very aloof with strangers.. Repair men are nervous wrecks when they see him looking out and barking.. I can see a difference in the guarding of our family and home .. Yes the rottie is a great protector, but theres just something about the corso that honestly puts me at more ease with him watching over us.. He will not back down to anything or anyone .. all i can say is i feel sorry for the person who would ever try and harm my family….

    • Yes the Cane Corso is a formidable dog breed.Remember a long time ago the Corso was both a gladiator and a catch dog for hogs during hunting.We will review based on recent inflow of details.I am however a little worried about the size of your Cane Corso,I am good with 28 inches withers height and 52kg maximum weight for a lean adult male.

    • My Corso is 164 lbs and he would most definitely protect me with his life. The only drawback to his size is he takes up way to much room on the bed when he sneaks on it at night.

  2. I have recently own a rottwieler and my neighbors to the right of owned a blue cane corso and my neighbors to the left owner a pitbull. All three of these dogs where peer bred and my rottwieler has fought both and he killed the pit bull and dang near the cane corso so a rottwieler is stronger than a cane corso

    • Your right denzel me owning a male rotty atm and owning a cane corso in the past i can clearly see the differance the rotty is much powerfull and is more protective i aint saying the cane corso is bad it just that it aint as steady powerfull than the rott and the root surly has more strenght as they were use for pulling carriges around with a load on there so me here votes for the strongest dogs between these is a rott

      • Cane corso bite force– 552 lbs psi.
        Rottweiler bite force — 328 lbs psi
        Similar in height and weight but the corso is much more muscular and leaner and a heck of a lot quicker with much more agility.

      • Many dog owners throw the bull just as many car owners about how fast their cars are and the gas mileage of their cars. They both are b/s artists .

    • First of all.u are a scumbag who should never own a dog in the first place.dog fighting is sadistic and very cruel.want to test ur dog strength? Take him hunting with u in a forest or use him as a herding dog if u own livestock.

    • I own a Cane Corso crossed with Akita/Pitt weighing in at 120. He’s lean and can jump to get a sandwich 8 feet in the air. The Rotty can far out weigh a cane corso and I agree, size makes a big difference. Though a tug a war champ and pitt bull manhandler, I would not allow my boy tangle with a 150 lb rotty. I wouldn’t want him to face off with any close to his size, except an average great dane or large lab with an ego problem.

  3. There’s no such thing as an American Rottweiler. You either have a good rott or a shitty rott. In any breed of dog to come to a acccurate result you would need to test hundreds or thousands of each breed and compile the data. I own a Corso and have many friends who own Rottweilers. Both are very strong Mastiffs and can be dominant guarding protectors. From what I have experienced the males are more guarding more protective. I’ve seen aggressive protective females as well. But in my opinion what sets the corso apart from any other Mastiff is when you read about the breed characteristics TRAINABLE is one of them.

    • I do agree with most of what you have said, however the Rotty is easier to train than the Corso based on the fact, the Rott is more intelligent.

  4. I have a cane Carso they are powerful dogs my cane Carso and me went hunting and he killed a bear all by himself

  5. After reading the above I couldn’t resist putting my two cents worth in. I have had 9 Rotties in my life time, breed two of them and showed some in the ring. I can honestly say I have had some of the smartest dogs anyone could possibly have had, and I can honestly say I have had probably the dumbest dogs on earth. I mean absolutely not trainable but nice and friendly with not one mean bone in their body. I think that a lot depends on what breeder you get your dog from, and what the genetics look like from the parents, kinda like people. Today, I look forward to finding the right breeder for a Cane Corso for my future pet.

  6. I currently own a 145 pound corso and don’t get me wrong he is a formidable guard dog and a great all around companion but with that being said he wouldn’t have lasted 5 seconds against Wattson my 160 pound deceased Rottweiler. He was so smart loyal and when he was in attack mode nothing could stop him. He survived being hit by a car with nothing more than bruised and also survived being shot accidentally by a hunter with a. Small caliber riffle! All in all he was the toughest dog on earth

  7. I have owned both Corso’s and Rotties though both were great guards and super intelligent, my Rhodesian Ridgeback is by far the best dog. Super alert and very quick to problem solve. Last year we had to get a plumber into repair a leak at our house, after about an hour my wife shouted to the plumber to see if he wanted another cup of coffee while he was carrying out the repair, she heard nothing then looked out the window to see if he was getting tools out of the back of his van, however his van had gone too. We were shocked (why had the plumber left), I grabbed my cell phone to call him as I did I wandered up to the bathroom (where he was working on the leak) well I nearly fell over with shock at what I saw. Prime our Ridgeback was underneath the sink with a spanner in his mouth fixing the leak, it was as incredible, it really was. I phoned the plumber and he said he thought it was a joke at first but was amazed at what he saw. Really clever dog, we wouldn’t be without him…

  8. some remarksvare pure poppycock. Both are great dogs. innate characteristics vary between individuals, They also take their cue from their masters. Enough said. Breeders are the next vsriable to include. some breeders breed for size, temperament, confirmation, intelligence.

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