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Difference between Neopolitan Mastiff and Cane Corso

08 Jun 2009 | by Koteshwar | Posted in: Wag Wiki


Hello All,

I was browsing through some sites and just got a bit confused. Can anyone tell me what is the difference between Neopolitan mastiff and Cane Corso, I know they both are different but they look alike and both are called Italian Mastiff. So which is the real Italian Mastiff because every mastiff which is from Italy cannot be called as an Italian Mastiff.


Source: en.wikipedia.org

Also I had another question with Breeder's Diploma and I had posted it a long time ago but never got any replies. Can anybody tell me what is Breeder's Diploma; if we go to KCI webpage (http://www.thekci.org/tariff.aspx) it says Breeder's Diploma is Rs. 100. Is it a special course or an exam we write to know what is breeding or is it that a person can become a breeder only if he gets a Diploma in Breeding.

Source: bridgeby.com.au


Dinkar Singh

They dont look alike and should not. Unfortunately in India due to popularity of certain breeds, their standard diminish. For example is the neopolitan mastiff a great looking dog that is if you like his looks, but there are very few good specimens in India and mostly not good specimens that one generally sees.

A Cane Corso should not resemble the Neapolitan Mastiff, he can have minimal wrinkle in the facial region. The Cane Corso can have a minimal dewlap but it should not be excessive. When he is moving you should not see a rippling of loose skin vibrating through his body, what you should see is taunt sinewy muscles being flexed with each movement. The Cane Corso is considered a medium to large sized dog.

Just because a dog originates from a country it cannot be called Italian mastiff unless so named. A neapolitan mastiff is from Italy but is always called neopolitan mastiff. On the otherhand the Cane Corso is know by different names including Italian mastiff. Another example is the French Mastiff. Its actual name is Dogue de Bordeaux, but since there is no other mastiff know in france one can also call it French Mastiff, but not the case in Italy.

This is my understanding of these breeds.

By: Dinkar Singh | 09 Jun 2009

Dinkar Singh
As for the breeder diploma, I have not heard of it but KCI did have a breeders accredited scheme, where in you have to follow some guide lines if you are a good breeder and then KCI would make you a accredited breeder, in other words you will be know as a good breeder following good practices etc. This has to be renewed every year I think. You should also call KCI and find out.

By: Dinkar Singh | 09 Jun 2009

I thank you for you reply.
I see your comments in almost all the Blogs and I appreciate it. By the way what is your full name....

As far as i have heard a Neopolitan Mastiff is called an Italian mastiff and not a Cane Corso......have read many websites on the same...........Do you have a second thought about it coz i am confused.............

I appreciate your hardwork in letting people know more about dogs by answering their questions. I also see the good work of DoggiesDude, I think his name is Anil.......but I dont know about you......

@DoggiesDude and Kasmanda.....
Tell us more about yourselves and thank you for the reply ;)

By: Koteshwar | 09 Jun 2009

Dinkar Singh
Unfortunately a lot of people may be fond of dogs but are not really into dogs. For me dogs are my love and passion and I try to pass on what ever knowledge and experience that I have. Some may agree with me and some may not.....

I am from a family where for generations we have had a lot of pets and dogs and over the years I have picked up what ever I can. My first love has always been Rottweilers, but I have kept other breeds also, but Rotts I have trained and shown myself as a hobby and not money making business. I am from Lucknow, but now spend most of my time in the foothills of the Himalayas, where it is better for my dogs also. As for my name it is Dinkar.

By: Dinkar Singh | 09 Jun 2009

Dinkar Singh
Thank you for appreciating the work I put in. It is because of people like you that I continue to share my knowledge and experience. And also in the hope that people buy pets and dogs carefully so that there are less homeless pedigree dogs.

By: Dinkar Singh | 09 Jun 2009

sujoy pal
is there any breeders of cane corso,boerboel,presa canario,ca de bou in India?

By: sujoy pal | 10 Jul 2009

Anil @ DoggiesDude
http://www.kahucanecorso.com/ Bangalore

There has been advt for presa canario also in India but i could not locate the breeder..They were from brokers which i do not feel comfo to deal with. Ca De Bou also known as mallorquin bulldog i never heard of it in India.Maybe i missed but have no idea about it. Corso,Boerboels etc are in Osuth India.Yuo can try out Bhatt Kennels, i thing they might have some idea.


By: Anil @ DoggiesDude | 10 Jul 2009

sujoy pal
Thank you Mr.Anil,I got in touch with Mr.Bhat. But he said, he does not have any information , leaving his own breeds,and suggested me to get in touch with KCI. I live in Kolkata, which is does not hold much credibility in terms of dogs.
But help me with another query- which is the best bullmastiff breeder in our country?

By: sujoy pal | 14 Jul 2009

Anil @ DoggiesDude
Well there are many breeders..One cannot say X is best as i have not much idea about BMs. Check out in dogspot for breeders...

By: Anil @ DoggiesDude | 14 Jul 2009

Hungry Paw's!
I have Seen Cane Corso and Persa Canarion in Blore !

By: Hungry Paw's! | 21 Jan 2010

J. W.
Hi JayandDiya Jones,I would like to know which the two breeders are that you trust. Please send me an email. JW201111@yahoo.deThank you! :)

By: J. W. | 08 Mar 2014

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