Cane Corso Great Dane Mix – a giant in the dog world (11 photos)
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix – a giant in the dog world
What can be said about Cane Corso Great Dane Mix? If your eyes are set on sharing a life with a really large dog, this is the dog for you. A mix of two giant breeds, the Cane Corso Great Dane Mix will not disappoint as far as how much space in your house it will take. It will also take up a lot of space in your heart!
A Cane Corso Great Dane Mix is a mix of Cane Corso and Great Dane. This is quite a new mixed breed: traditionally Great Danes were not bred to Cane Corso as these are two very different breeds (apart from their size) with different purposes, although they both may have descended from the same molossus type dog. But today, when mixed breeds are becoming more and more popular, Cane Corso Great Dane Mix is definitely about to become quite popular. This is because both of the “parent” breeds are remarkable breeds that won’t leave anyone indifferent.
In this article
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix Origins
Appearance and physical traits
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix personality traits: is this a good dog for you?
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix- would you be a good owner?
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix Price: how much can you expect to pay?
While the mix itself is very new, both Great Danes and Cane Corso are quite ancient breeds. Cane Corso has been bred for centuries: their ancestors, molossus type dogs, are even mentioned in Ancient Rome documents. Despite that, the breed has almost fully disappeared and was “recreated” only 30 years ago in Italy, where its name is coming from.
Great Danes also have a long history. The first depictions of Great Dane-type dogs can be seen on the walls of the Babylon temples as far back as the 12th century BC. All dogs of this type are believed to have descended from the dogs bred in Tibet. From there they spread to India, the rest of Asia, and Europe. These were large, massive dogs with large heads, well developed Musculoskeletal system, and a deep chest.
In Middle Ages, the predecessors of today Great Danes have been bred and used mostly in hunting. In the 16th century, dog lovers in England cross-bred English Mastiff and Irish Wolfhounds which were known as English Great Danes. By the 19th century, dogs known as Great Danes were widespread in many European countries and owned not only to use in hunting but just as pets and companions.
A Cane Corso Great Dane Mix didn’t “officially” appear until just recently (and even now they are not exactly “official”.) Why should you consider this crossbreed: what is good and what is problematic about them? Let’s have a look.
If you are looking into Cane Corso Great Dane Mix, you need to be prepared to share your home with a really large dog. Cane Corso can grow as tall as 70 cm tall and weigh up to 120lbs. You can read more about Cane Corso here in my article. Great Danes are also massive dogs. Great Dane males can stand as tall as 80 cm – and that’s a short Great Dane! Females stand at least 70 cm tall and most are taller.
Some Great Danes can weigh up to 190 lbs! A Cane Corso Great Dane Mix can very well be as large as a Great Dane, but even if they are a bit smaller like Cane Corso, this is still a giant dog. If your heart is set on a Cane Corso Great Dane Mix, make sure you do have space in your house (apartment, car, and in your heart) for such a big dog.
Because both Great Danes and Cane Corso come in various colors, your dog can have very different coat colors. They can be white, black, brindle, blue, fawn, mantle, and a mix of the above, but probably something reminding either one or both of the parents 🙂 In terms of the coat length, Cane Corso Great Dane Mix has shorter, sleek coats that are easy to maintain and don’t require much grooming.
Like its parent breeds, this dog will have a massive, powerful body with strong musculature, wide and strong bones, and a large head. Like many large dogs, especially of molossus type, your pup can look a little lazy and move slow, unless they are excited about something. Be prepared that you will likely lack space on your couch when your Cane Corso Great Dane Mix grows up and takes his space on your furniture. You may need to get a large sofa!
CCGD mix personality is a perfect combo of the two parent breeds, which complement each other nicely when it comes to temperament. Both Cane Corso and Great Danes can boast a calm, stable temperament and are very friendly and loving towards their family.
These dogs are inherently not aggressive, although Cane Corso has been bred for centuries as guard dogs. They are excellent as house and bodyguards, however, that doesn’t mean that they are aggressive or evil. A well-behaved, well-raised Cane Corso will never show aggression without a reason. In fact, they are quite mellow and friendly even towards strangers. (Despite their intimidating looks). Great Danes are also very mellow and relaxed dogs.
With this sort of genetics in store, you can expect your dog to be a wonderful, well-temperamented dog that will be a pleasure to have around.
Cane Corso Great Dane Mixes are very loving and devoted to their owners. They are also good and safe with children. They can be slightly unsafe around very small children simply due to their large size.
This dog may display guarding and protective instincts when in their own territory. They won’t like seeing strangers in your house unless you have invited them. They will also be very protective of children and other pets.
Depending on whose genetics a Cane Corso Great Dane Mix inherits, they may be a more mellow and relaxed dog (like true Great Danes), or have a little bit of the Italian excitability like Cane Corso. If it’s the latter, they will still spend a large part of the day chilling n your couch. But they will also be very excited to play in the park, chase a squirrel or do anything else fun and rowdy with you. This is especially true of younger dogs, while they do certainly slow down as they mature.
This pup will want to always to be an active part of your family. They will need to know about everything that’s going on and take part in everything too. They do not tend to choose one owner to love more than everyone else but spread their love onto the whole family in even amounts. Which is a good thing because they tend to be VERY loving.
If you are looking for a dog to fulfill particular duties like guarding or service work, a Cane Corso Great Dane Mix could be a very good choice. Guarding and protecting work is something that’s deeply ingrained in Cane Corso and thus the Mix and is something that usually comes naturally to these dogs. In addition to that, they have excellent physical qualities, strength, great reaction as well as great intuition which helps them recognize a threat and react appropriately.
Of course, even if you have the smartest pup out there, you will still need to invest time and effort in training if you need them to perform serious guarding duties. This can also be an excellent dog to use in services such as search and rescue and seeing-eye dog, etc. They are highly intelligent, have excellent temperament, and usually strive to please their owners which can make them excellent service dogs.
A Cane Corso Great Dane Mix is one of those dogs that can actually be suited well for almost any type of person. They are highly adaptable and usually will take on the lifestyle that you have and be quite happy with it. Of course, the best person for such an intelligent and powerful dog would be someone who could provide the dog with enough physical and mental stimulation. An active person with a family and a number of active hobbies like cycling, jogging, or hiking could be great. If you own a house or live on a farm – that could be a wonderful environment for your dog, as opposed to a smaller apartment which will become even smaller with such a big dog in it.
Health can be a bit complicated with Cane Corso Great Dane Mix as the health predisposition of both parent breeds come into play here. This includes both weaknesses of the breed as a whole as well as genetic predispositions of the particular bloodlines. Speaking of health, it is important to only choose a good breeder that uses genetic and health screening to test the health of their breeding dogs and produce healthy puppies.
In terms of breed-specific issues, all large breeds are susceptible to musculoskeletal issues such as hip dysplasia and other joint issues. Great Danes in particular can have a lot of allergy-related diseases such as dermatitis. They can also have issues with their ears and eyes.
Proper nutrition is extremely important for a large dog like this. Your pup’s diet needs to contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals for the dog’s systems to function properly. Bad nutrition can lead to early muscle and bone wasting as well as multiple other issues. Bad food such as food with a high content of carbohydrates can cause plenty of digestive issues as well.
Dry dog food can cause dehydration and kidney issues, while increased thirst can cause problems with blood vessels and the heart. Remember to avoid dry kibble if you want to keep your pup Mix healthy. A good nutritionally balanced diet of high-quality commercial dog food or homemade food (mostly meat!) is what your dog will need to thrive health-wise.
Cane Corso Great Dane Mix is an easy dog to train. It is highly intelligent, but also very people-oriented. They usually strive to please their people so will be happy to follow commands. That is unless they get bored if you make them do the same command too many times, or if you start training them at too young of an age.
Easy trainability also doesn’t;t mean you shouldn’t pay proper attention to training. This is a very large, very strong dog, and if they grow up thinking they don’t have to listen to you and follow your commands, you will have issues. So will the people around you. If you want your dog to be a pleasure to have around and a safe dog for you, your family, and everyone else, training is absolutely critical. This gorgeous dog can make you very proud if it is well trained and well-behaved.
There is nothing better than being able to take your dog out places with you and be confident it will behave. Dogs as large as Cane Corso Great Dane Mix always attract plenty of attraction which makes good behavior even more important. If you don’t have enough time or desire to train your pup yourself, it could be a great idea to enroll them in a class or hire a dog trainer. Believe me, the money and the time you may spend on it will be very well worth it for years and years to come! Some countries even make training compulsory for large dogs.
How much you may need to pay for a Cane Corso Great Dane Mix puppy really depends on where you are located geographically, as well as on the quality of the breeder that is offering you a puppy. Good breeding is always expensive because it involves thorough planning, expensive genetic and health testing, and good puppy care.
All of that costs time, effort, and money, which translates into the high price of a puppy. You can probably expect to pay $1000 – $1500 and more for a puppy. If someone offers you a puppy much cheaper than that, they may be a back yard breeder, in which case their breeding will most likely be questionable and so will be the health and quality of the puppy. All puppies are wonderful, but you really want to avoid supporting a bad breeder that neglects the health of their dogs.