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Cane Corso French Bulldog Mix: Info, Pictures, Traits, & Facts

Rachel Giordano

By Rachel Giordano

Cane Corso French Bulldog

Height: 23–27 inches (Cane Corso), 12–16 inches (French Bulldog)
Weight:  84–110 pounds (Cane Corso), 16–28 pounds (French Bulldog)
Lifespan: 9–14 years
Colors: White, cream, fawn, piebald, black, gray, gray-brindle, red, black-brindle, chestnut brindle
Suitable for:  Active families, those looking for a low-shedding dog, families with children
Temperament:  Loyal & loving, intelligent, friendly, affectionate, eager to please

Designer breeds, also known as mixed or hybrid breeds, have many possibilities, with one being the Cane Corso and French Bulldog mix. The French Bull Corso, as it’s sometimes referred to, is an interesting mix because both breeds have many differences and not many similarities. For example, the Cane Corso is assertive, noble, and can be intimidating, while the French Bulldog is playful, charming, and can be a goofball.

While there is not much information about this particular hybrid breed, we’ll explore both parent breeds’ genetic components to give you an idea of the temperament should you find one.

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Cane Corso French Bulldog Puppies


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3 Little-Known Facts About the Cane Corso French Bulldog Mix

1. Both Parent Breeds Come From Different Origins

The Cane Corso comes from Italy, while the French Bulldog comes from England. Interestingly, the French Bulldog comes from both England and France. England provided the modern French Bulldog, while France perfected the smaller version that we have come to know and love.

2. Both Breeds Can Be Stubborn

We mentioned earlier that there are not many similarities between the two breeds; however, one trait they both carry is stubbornness, which can make training a bit of a challenge.

3. Both Breeds Have Exceptional Size Differences

The Cane Corso is a very large breed that can reach 27 inches in height with a potential weight of 110 pounds or more. On the other hand, the French Bulldog only reaches a height between 12 to 16 inches, with a weight between 16 to 28 pounds—that is a huge difference! There is no way to determine how big this hybrid breed will be, as it will depend on the dominant gene.

Cane Corso French Bulldog Mix
Image Credit: Left: (Cane Corso) Hoika Mikhail, Shutterstock, Right (French Bulldog) otsphoto, Shutterstock

Divider 5Temperament & Intelligence of the Cane Corso French Bulldog Mix

We’ve established so far that the parent breeds of the hybrid mix do not have many similarities, but one they share is stubbornness. Apart from that, there are many differences between the two. The Cane Corso is dominant, protective, and can come off as aggressive toward strangers, while the French Bulldog can be spunky, playful, and generally good around strangers.

Both parent breeds are intelligent, which makes training a little more doable, however, the Cane Corso needs a strong and firm owner who knows how to establish being the alpha in the pack. With the French Bulldog’s stubbornness, an owner must have patience and make training fun.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Both parent breeds are good for families, but both breeds have different temperaments you need to know. We’ve already discussed that the Cane Corso is dominant and protective, and they can also be a little skittish with children. Eventually, the Cane Corso will get used to children, but it’s important that any children in the household treat the Cane Corso with respect. You should also supervise children with this breed until the Cane Corso gets used to them.

The Cane Corso is an excellent guard dog, and with their intimidating look, any intruder will surely flee when spotting this dog. The French Bulldog is an excellent watchdog who has no problem alerting you to danger or if someone is around that they don’t know. While they can be territorial, don’t expect them to be good guard dogs. The difference between a watchdog and a guard dog is that guard dogs will attack if need be, whereas a watchdog will only alert you to danger, but it ends there. In short, any family can benefit from either one.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Both breeds can get along with other pets with the proper early socialization, which is key to a harmonious household. Be careful with small pets, such as guinea pigs or hamsters. Both the Cane Corso and French Bulldog have a high prey drive and may mistake the pet for a rodent he needs to kill.Divider 5

Things to Know When Owning a Cane Corso French Bulldog Mix:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

All dogs require a complete and balanced diet consisting of a high-quality protein as the first ingredient, followed by the necessary vitamins, minerals, fats, and carbs mixed with grains, fruits, and vegetables needed for a healthy life.

You can consult your veterinarian on what to feed if you’re in doubt. With so many options on the market today, it can be overwhelming to choose the right dog food, but as a general rule, all dogs need a complete and balanced diet.

Exercise 🐕

Here’s where it gets interesting. The adult Cane Corso requires at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Long walks, playing fetch, or going on hikes are excellent ways to keep this breed physically and mentally stimulated. However, the French Bulldog requires minimal exercise due to their exercise intolerance.

Flat-faced breeds tend to have brachycephalic airway syndrome, which makes breathing in hot temperatures difficult, and if your Cane Corso French Bulldog mix has the typical flat face of a French Bulldog, you should limit the exercise.

Training 🎾

As we’ve mentioned, both breeds can be stubborn, but that doesn’t make them non-trainable. Both breeds are relatively easy to train due to their intelligence, and you shouldn’t have a problem getting the desired results you’re seeking for a well-behaved dog using positive reinforcement. Keep in mind that the Cane Corso requires a dominant owner who can establish being the alpha.

Grooming ✂️

The Cane Corso requires a once-a-week brushing, but maybe a little more during the shedding season. In general, they do not shed much due to their short, double-layered coat. The French Bulldog is similar, requiring the same requirements.

Dental hygiene is important for any dog, and you should aim to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week. You can also use dental wipes daily, as well as dental treats in between brushings. Always use dog toothpaste rather than human toothpaste, as human toothpaste may have ingredients that are harmful to dogs.

Check the ears every couple of weeks to ensure they are clean and debris-free.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Cherry eye
  • Entropion
  • Skin allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat

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There’s not much difference between males and females. Regarding the Cane Corso, females are not as aggressive as males, but they both have a protective nature. Males may be more stubborn to train, as well. In regard to the French Bulldog, the males tend to be more playful and rambunctious, while the females tend to be more timid and affectionate.

Divider 5Final Thoughts

Many mixes of the Cane Corso exist, with the Cane Corso and French Bulldog being one of them. There’s no way to determine the temperament you’ll get when it comes to hybrids, as the possibilities are vast. These two breeds, however, will make an interesting combination due to the size difference.

If you’re interested in finding this hybrid breed, check with your local animal shelter often, and if you go through a breeder, ensure the breeder is reputable. In the end, positive reinforcement training is key with any dog. Plus, you should ensure you establish being the alpha dog due to the Cane Corso trait.

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Featured Image Credit: Left (Cane Corso) Sbolotova, Shutterstock ; Right (French Bulldog) Tanya Consaul Photography, Shutterstock

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