Cane Corso and Doberman Pinscher Mix: A Complete Guide

Doberman Pinschers and Cane Corsos make excellent guard dogs. Protective, loyal to a fault, and laser-focused, they will make sure no one comes into their territory without proper warning.

Despite coming from vastly different lineages, they have pretty similar personalities. However, they have distinct looks that create different appearances in their puppies. 

cane corso and doberman pinscher mix
Cane Corso and Doberman Pinscher Mix: A Complete Guide

When you mix a Cane Corso with a Doberman Pinscher, you will get a dog that will be incredibly loyal. They can be anywhere between lean and thin, or stocky and short, and even their snouts can be long and narrow or flat and wide.

However, no matter what they look like, there is no denying that the Dobercorso will protect you and make for an excellent family dog. 

Keep reading to learn more about the Dobercorso, the Cane Corso, and the Doberman Pinscher.

Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, and the Dobercorso Comparison Table

 Cane CorsoDobercorsoDoberman Pinscher
Height23.5-27.5 inches23-28 inches24-28 inches
Weight88-110 pounds60-110 pounds60-100 pounds
Life Expectancy9-12 years10-12 years10-12 years
ColorsBlack Fawn Gray Red Black brindle Chestnut brindle Gray brindleBlack Brindle Fawn Gray RedWhite Black and rust Blue and rust Red and rust Fawn and rust
Coat TypeSmooth, double coat short lengthSmooth Short lengthSmooth Short length
Affection levelsPretty affectionate Average playfulnessPretty affectionate Pretty playfulVery affectionate Pretty playful
Shedding LevelLess sheddingAverage sheddingHigher amount of shedding
TemperamentVery protectiveVery protectiveVery protective
Health IssuesBloat Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Demodex mangeBloat Hip dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Albinism von Willebrand’s diseaseBloat Hip dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Albinism Hypothyroidism von Willebrand’s disease
TrainabilityPretty easy to trainVery easy to trainVery easy to train
ExercisePretty high energyVery high energyVery high energy
Friendliness to PeopleAlright with strangersAlright with strangersPretty good with strangers
Friendliness to DogsAlright with other dogsAlright with other dogsAlright with other dogs
Drooling LevelsAverage droolingAverage droolingLess drooling
Mental StimulationAverage mental stimulationHigher mental stimulationHigher mental stimulation
Barking LevelAverage barkingAverage barkingAverage barking
Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, and the Dobercorso Comparison Table

About Cane Corso

Cane Corsos make excellent guard dogs. They are muscular, oversized, and overall intimidating. They are more than happy to spend their days running around protecting the home and yard. 

With their large size, they do best in a larger home where they have plentiful amounts of space to walk around and roam outside.

They are eager to be useful and do their best with a job or task to fill most of their time, but they also enjoy lounging around and spending time with their family members. 

Out of all Mastiff-type breeds, they are the fastest and most athletic. They make excellent exercise partners if you enjoy hiking or long walks. In the past, Cane Corsos have been known to be farm, hunting, guard, and war dogs and they carry these behaviors with them still today. 

This means they may not do well with smaller animals around the house without proper training from an early age.

They are quick to chase anything that runs because of their high prey drive. They may also not be great with other dogs and frequent guests unless they get a lot of socialization at a young age. 

Since these dogs aren’t easy to control due to their size and strength, they must get a lot of training and socialization at a young age.

Otherwise, they may be highly territorial and situations can quickly get out of hand. Thankfully, they are eager to please and easy to train as long as you are willing to stay in charge without showing fear when handling them. 

About Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers are excellent police dogs. They are also known as German Pinschers because they originated in Germany. Their name also comes from their original breeder, Louis Dobermann.

They are thought to be a cross between many breeds as he had a lot of strays to work with since he owned a pound.

The theory was that dogs such as Rottweilers, Great Danes, German Shepherds, English Greyhounds, and even Manchester Terriers were all mixed to create the Doberman Pinscher. 

They are another large dog, weighing around 75 pounds on average and standing nearly 26 inches tall. They were bred to be very protective and loyal guard dogs.

They have also been used as police, rescue, therapy, and even military dogs, showing their patience and protectiveness. 

They are excellent family dogs as well since they are quick to pick up any tasks or tricks their owners challenge them with. These activities also help improve the bonding between a Doberman and its owner.

They are very loving and treat-motivated so it is pretty easy to teach them. They benefit from having both brawn and brains, ranking in the top five for most intelligent dogs. 

They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation so they tend to do best with a constant job or task. They are great for agility, rally, and obedience competitions.

For exercise, they need a few hours of strenuous exercise a day. A walk is nothing more than a quick warm-up and won’t stop them from being destructive when bored or full of energy. 

About The Dobercorso Dog Mix

Dobercorsos are large dogs with a lot of spunk and personality. They make wonderful family dogs, working hard to make their family happy by doing tricks and protecting the house. Though they have many different ways they can look, their sensitive, eager-to-please personalities are relatively consistent. 

They are, however, very needy dogs and do well with their family spending a lot of time with them. They also need a ton of exercise.

Many owners of Dobercorsos and similar breeds find themselves resorting to treadmills or driving around while their dogs walk alongside them to burn enough energy. 

Are Dobercorsos Dangerous?

It is no secret that Dobermans are listed as one of the most aggressive dog breeds. This doesn’t mean they are naturally aggressive or will attack anyone that comes up to them. But it does mean that they need a lot of training and socialization. 

The same is true of their offspring, especially the Dobercorso. Both Cane Corsos and Dobermans are protective. If they aren’t socialized with other dogs, people, and places early on and often, they may handle new situations with stress and aggression.

They need to know to always listen to you and anyone else in your family, as well as how to handle different situations.

Learning when they are meant to be protective and when they aren’t is key to this dog being a friendly and non-aggressive pet. 

cane corso and doberman pinscher mix
Cane Corso and Doberman Pinscher Mix


Dobercorsos are premier protectors, with an intimidating look and a strong jaw. However, they are no danger to their family members. They are loyal and faithful and are quick to step in for their family, even if it risks their own life. 

They do have a high prey drive and don’t always get along the best with other dogs, especially smaller ones that they can easily hurt without meaning to.

Despite their frightening form and protectiveness, they are very sensitive dogs that can get upset if you are not happy with them, and will do almost anything to please their owners. 

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Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.