Cane Corso vs Rottweiler

Compare the Cane Corso to the Rottweiler. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cane Corsos and Rottweilers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Neither the Rottweiler or the Cane Corso are ideal for new owners, but the Cane Corso is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Rottweiler is very child friendly. The Cane Corso does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Rottweiler.
  • Grooming - Both the Cane Corso and Rottweiler are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Rottweiler has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Cane Corso vs Rottweiler
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Breed NameCane CorsoRottweiler
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-11 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height23½-27½ in.22-27 in.
Weight88-110 lb85-130 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryItalyGermany
Origin Year1137 AD100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighLow-High
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph22 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCane CorsoRottweiler
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCane CorsoRottweiler
Lifespan
Lifespan10-11 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Aortic StenosisNoYes
ArthritisYesNo
BloatYesYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
EctropionYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCane CorsoRottweiler
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Chestnut BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
GreyYesNo
Grey BrindleYesNo
Red & BlackYesNo
Black & MahoganyNoYes
Black & RustNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
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