The Cane Corso is a wonderful life companion. Excellent family guard dog, he will take care of his family and their property. This big, stubborn dog must still be well trained. With an iron fist in a velvet glove, you will have a well-trained dog that will bring joy and happiness to the whole household.
Quick Overview of the Cane corso
- Balanced, energetic and rational
- Absolute calm
- Tendency to be dominant
- Strong structure, hound-like appearance
- Strong and resilient
- Short, but not shaved
- Very large head
- Excellent health
- Tough as a rock
- No particular problem
Temperament of the Cane corso
This big hound, in spite of his rough appearance and size, is a very easy-going dog. Naturally balanced, rational and energetic, he will be an excellent family and guard dog.
His rational side makes him analyze any situation and he intervenes only if he feels this is absolutely necessary to protect his own. Otherwise, he will be totally calm.
Fairly easy to train, he still has a tendency to dominate. He therefore needs an early, firm and very rigorous education so that he knows from a very young age exactly where his place is in the household.
Under no circumstances should he become the dominant person in the family. With a good education, he will be the best of companions and will obey instructions as soon as they are given. He will always carry out his task with great commitment and fidelity.
Of medium size and despite his hound-like appearance and strong structure, the Cane Corso is very elegant. His long and powerful muscles give him a very distinguished and special look. He displays an impression of strength and resistance with great flexibility.
Between 62 and 68 cm (24.41 to 26.77 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 64 cm (22.83 to 25.20 inches) for the female
Between 44 and 50 kg (97.00 to 110.23 pounds) for the male
Between 40 and 45 kg (88.18 to 99.21 pounds) for the female
The dress of the Cane Corso can vary from black to different varieties of fawn or grey. It can also be brindle (similar to the tiger with different gradations of grey or fawn).
The hair of his coat is still very short but not shaved.
The head is very large. The eyes are medium size and vary in colour according to the colour of the coat. The ears of the Cane Corso have a triangular shape and are drooping when not trimmed. The muzzle is broad and its color can vary according to the coat.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #343
Characteristics of the Cane corso
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Balanced, intelligent, rational and very energetic, the Cane Corso is a very pleasant hound. He loves family and children. He is naturally devoid of aggressiveness but he must be given the proper education so that he maintains his sense of rationality once he's mature.
He must be socialized at a very young age to avoid spontaneous reactions to strangers. He is sometimes stubborn so we must ensure that education is firm and rigorous but still affectionate to avoid developing his aggressiveness.
A good education and diet, regular exercise and lots of affection will make him very happy and maintain a balanced character. He can live very well in a big garden or in a modest apartment.
Since he barks only when absolutely necessary, he can live close to neighbours without too much trouble.
Health of the Cane corso
Without any particular problem, the Cane Corso has excellent health and robustness. Obviously, due to his size, it is preferable to provide him with an adequate diet high in protein to ensure good growth.
His coat does not require any particular care. As the Cane Corso has a short coat, he will enjoy being brushed and this will eliminate unwanted hair but does not have to be intensive or daily.
Regular maintenance of eyes, ears, claws and hair is the same as any dog breed without any particular requirement.
The only time when brushing becomes essential is during the moulting period. It will be more convenient for the dog to get rid of excess hair and more pleasant for the owner to avoid hair accumulation on the floors.
History of this breed
The Cane Corso is a member of the Great Dane category. He is used as a tracking, defence, guard and police dog.
Originally from Italy, this great dog comes from the Puglia region of Southern Italy. He was widely used on the farm to herd cattle, guard, hunt and, in the past, for fighting. The breed was threatened with extinction but it resisted and became very popular afterwards.
A direct descendant of the Roman hound "Canis pugnax", the Cane Corso has become a lighter version of his ancestor. The Italians greatly appreciated him for his excellent qualities as a herdsman and for the many tasks he could perform as a member of the family and on the farm.
Even if his name Corso evokes Corsica, this island in the Mediterranean Sea has nothing to do with the breed. The Cane Corso is more related to the Latin word "cohors", meaning the Roman cohort still coming from his ancestor "Canis pugnax".
The appearance of the breed dates back to the 15th century, and the Cane Corso was the dog of the Roman legions of the past, who adored him for his many abilities. After the breed almost disappeared in the 1970s, the ENCI registered the first official specimens of the breed as we know it today in 1979.
In 1988, France welcomed him and the breed was officially recognized in 1996.
Gone through all stages of activity, the Cane Corso has become very popular with families who now use him as a companion dog and adopt him as a family member.