75-115 lbs
United States
Cane Corso Italiano
Rotti Corso
The Rotticorso is a cross between a Rottweiler and the Cane Corso Italiano dogs, both who are strong large dogs. The Rotticorso inherits the rugged strong good looks of both dogs. They are best when they are busy; they are a dog that needs a job. Rarely content to sit idly by, they are ideal at herding, guarding or when engaged in rigorous training. Strong willed yet loyal and devoted, the Rotticorso can be a handful to train as they want to be boss, but handled patiently and with firm but kind methods they will respect you as the leader and be willing to obey. Rewards, lavish praise and affection for when they have done well will always work better than harsh methods, which should be avoided for any dog training. These dogs tend to be family oriented; they are devoted, affectionate and protective of the whole family. But they tend to be politely standoffish with friends or extended family members. They get on well with children but always supervise them together, and ensure your dog has had plenty of early socialisation as a young puppy; the more people and animals they meet during their youth the more rounded in personality they will be. The Rotticorso is not a dog for an inexperienced owner, they need firm leadership and the correct training to bring out the best in them. Neglected, they can become aggressive and unruly.
Working Dog, Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
Cane Corso Italiano, Rottweiler

Rotticorso Health

Average Size
Male Rotticorso size stats
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 80-120 lbs
Female Rotticorso size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 75-115 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Osteosarcoma
Occasional Tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Biochemistry Profile
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Rotticorso Breed History

The Rotticorso dog is a new hybrid or designer dog and as such does not have a history to trace his development. For their personality traits we must look to the parent dogs. The Rottweiler ancestry goes back to when the Roman legions crossed the Alps, taking their dogs with them to guard their livestock. They were also used to hunt wild Boar. By the Middle Ages, these dogs had arrived in the German town of Rottweil and had been crossed with local sheepdogs to create the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, otherwise known as the Rotweil Butcher's Dog. Local butchers used these strong dogs to drive and guard their livestock as they made their way between towns. Cattle driving became illegal in the 19th century in Germany, and the hardworking Rottweiler became less popular and declined in numbers. That was until 1914 when they proved their usefulness and bravery when used for the war. It was in the 1930's when the breed came into the United States, and in 1935 the Rottweiler was accepted by the American Kennel Club. Rotties are known for their agile and capable running and jumping prowess as well as their bravery and courage. The Cane Corso Italiano dog is a powerful athletic dog developed to guard property and hunt big game such as wild boar. They are descendants of the Mastiff type dog that were Roman war dogs. A true working dog, they also became a good all-around farm hand and useful dog. The word 'cane' is Latin for dog and is derived from the word 'canis'. Corso is from an old Italian word meaning sturdy or robust. Changes in farming methods brought the Cane Corso dog almost to the point of extinction, as mechanisation replaced the use of working dogs. But in the 1970's dog fanciers began work to rebuild the Corso. They formed a society in 1983 and the breed was recognised in 1996. It was a man by the name of Michael Sottile who imported the first litter of Corso's to the United Stated in 1988, which was followed by a second litter in 1989. The International Cane Corso Association was formed in 1993 and the breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 2010. The breed is now governed by the Cane Corso Association of America. For now, it seems this hardy proud breed has a place amongst its peers and has a devoted following of dog owners.

Rotticorso Breed Appearance

The Rotticorso has a solid strong body shape, slightly longer in length than it is in height. Their attractive short straight haired coat fits tight to the body and compliments the dog's appearance of power and strength. Their legs are solid but elegant and their paws are rounded and well padded, allowing for quick action from standing to the chase. Their chest is deep and supports a muscular neck. The Rotticorso has a blocky shaped head, with a strong narrow muzzle and teeth that meet in a scissors bite. Their eyes are a deep amber or brown, and often lined in black which gives them a very expressive face. The nose is black with wide set nostrils. The ears can vary depending on the parent dogs genetic influence but usually they are held out from the face and are triangular in shape, that are flopped over at the top. The Rotticorso has the look of a dog that is comfortable in his skin, and is intelligent and affectionate as a companion and hardworking when required.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rotticorso eyes
amber Rotticorso eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rotticorso nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Rotticorso coat
brown Rotticorso coat
fawn Rotticorso coat
brindle Rotticorso coat
sable Rotticorso coat
red Rotticorso coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rotticorso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rotticorso Breed Maintenance

The Rotticorso is relatively easy to groom and maintain, they do have a seasonal shedding that will mean instead of a weekly brushing they will require a daily brushing, but other than that, they are minimal care. During the brushing it is a great time to check your dog over to ensure that they have no cuts or abrasions that need attention. Their ears need constant checking in case infection sets in and check that their eyes are clear and free from weeping.The Rotticorso dog needs a bath only when they are dirty or have rolled in something that smells unpleasant. Using a mild dog shampoo will maintain the health of their skin and preserve the natural oils. Oral hygiene requires your dogs teeth to be brushed at least twice each week to keep their teeth healthy and their breath sweet. Lastly, a slight clipping of the nails will finish your Rotticorso's grooming, and reward your dog with a healthy treat for being such a good dog.
Brushes for Rotticorso
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rotticorso requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rotticorso Temperament

Although a big dog, the Rotticorso dog doesn't like being left alone for long, they get bored easily and want to be with their owners and family - the 'pack', if you will. They are devoted and loyal dogs, and are very active dogs, coming from a working dog background. These dogs are best in a home with a secure yard for them to explore and make their own. They will follow you around the property and though the house just to see what you are up to. The Rotticorso dog is intelligent, a little stubborn, and will try to be the boss. They need a strong owner who can put them in their place, someone they can respect. The savvy owner can bend the Rotticorso dog to do their bidding by lavishing praise upon them when they do well, and rewarding good behaviour and obedience with yummy treats. Your dog will soon be only too willing to embrace training if it is fun and they get your undivided attention. These dogs are good family dogs, often forming strong bonds within the family group but may remain reserved and politely aloof with family friends or distant members. Socialising your Rotticorso dog while still a young pup will help them to become a balanced dog in nature. Ensure they meet a variety of people and other dogs so they are used to the noise and activity of a group of people and pets. The Rotticorso dog has strong hunting instincts so will chase the neighbours cat and other small animals. Keep them behind a strong fence and contained to avoid any problems and keep them on a leash when out walking. While your Rotticorso dog looks impressive, acts impressive and no doubt is impressive in personality, they can also be a mellow softie when it comes to affection and cuddles.

Rotticorso Activity Requirements

The Rotticorso dog comes from a working back ground and as such they are not the sort of dog who wants to sit idle all day. These dogs require a daily walk or two if possible, to wear off some of their energy. They make ideal jogging or cycling companions, and will happily accompany you around your training area. Keep them on a leash though as they have strong hunting instincts and may take off after a quick moving small animal that they regard as prey. Having to chase after your dog to regain control is not much fun! They will enjoy games at home in a well fenced yard ( these dogs need that fence to restrain them) and will even love a few toys to play with. The Rotticorso can be reserved with strangers including children, as well as other dogs so make sure you are there to manage any play. They are a  big dog and can be unintentionally rough with small toddlers so supervise their playtime in case little ones get knocked over and hurt. The Rotticorso dog will also enjoy water play, and will love cooling off in summer in a river or the sea. Keep these dogs well exercised and working and you will have a mellow, affectionate pooch.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
80 minutes

Rotticorso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.80 - $2.20
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $54.00

Rotticorso Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rotticorso size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Rotticorso size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Male Rotticorso size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Rotticorso size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Male Rotticorso size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 100 lbs
Female Rotticorso size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 95 lbs

Rotticorso Owner Experiences

2 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
Off leash
My boy is 100% mommas boy even when off leash or at the park he will continue to stop and run back and check up on me. He is very curious loves to watch people out the window and play with his cat brother. Training him was easy as he is very food motivated and now he can do anything with no reward other than a yes or good boy. I have to maintain a schedule with him so his behaviour is well mannered. There is times where he does not know his strength but also times when he refuses to use it. He has had many many food allergies even being on raw other than that his health is good the only baths he gets are when hes muddy or stinks. About once a month he needs his nails trimmed. Overall a great dog.
1 month ago
13 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
Tug of war
Obedience training
Sophia is still very young, yet i can tell already shes extremely intelligent (as much so as my kelpie x blue heeler) extremely affectionate and obedient. She loves taking orders and does so enthusiastically. She is definitely a dominant personality and quite confident. She is happiest when as close to me as possible. Her legs are brindle and she has a white patch on her chest.
3 months ago
14 Months
5 People
going on walks
Tug o war
Playing fetch
Blitz is great and extremely loyal, but also extremely high energy and seems quite anxious. Very needy and very jealous as well. None of these however are “cons” so to speak. He just just loves too much. He is an amazing guard dog and a great workout buddy for cardiovascular exercise.
5 months ago
5 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Copper was a rescue from an animal shelter and most likely was abused. When I got him home it was immediately apparent he had resource guarding issues. However with a firm hand and constant praise he has turned into a wonderful addition to our family. He is a big boy (135lbs) and still a work in progress. But we love him and are happy to have him around. Great guard dog by the way.
10 months, 1 week ago
4 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Got Bamse a week before Christmas 2017. He's a very good boy, nice tempered and intelligent. Indoor training so far is sit, paw, lie down, stay, play dead, turn and roll over. He's taken it all very quickly, some tricks he'll do after just minutes of training. He's a joy to walk with, hardly ever pulls his leash, playful and friendly with other dogs, and attentive to person he walks with. Letting him go without the leash has been good too, he doesn't run off too far, and he comes right back when I call him.
11 months, 1 week ago
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