The Cursinu is a primitive type of sheepdog with incredible versatility. Always appreciated for his hunting & herding qualities but also for company; he is now found more and more in other disciplines and activities such as the different types of searches (truffles, blood, mantrailing…), agility sport, Cani VTT…

Height 46 to 58 cm
Weight 20 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 11 years

Quick Overview of the Cursinu


  • Proud and faithful
  • Endearing and docile
  • Intelligent and balanced
  • Very calm


  • Medium and well-proportioned silhouette
  • Muscular build
  • Dense mid-length coat
  • Oval shape eyes and floppy ears


  • Robust and solid
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Cursinu

His great devotion to his owners and his natural distrust of strangers also makes him a very good watchdog. Great importance must be given to his education, which requires consistency to make him an ideal companion.

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Breed Appearance


This rather hardy dog is characterized by his short neckline giving him a very special look.

His medium and well-proportioned silhouette gives him a beautiful allure.

His muscular build shows his great aptitudes for the job.


Between 46 and 58 cm (18.11 to 22.83 inches) for the male
Between 46 and 55 cm (18.11 to 21.65 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


The dress of the Cursinu is generally a beautiful reddish color. It can be in all shades, from red to auburn.

It can also be in the shade of black marked with russet or sand.

Sometimes the mask is also present. There may also be white spots located at the extremities of the limbs or on the chest.


The mid-length or short dense coat is sometimes endowed with fringes, but not always.


The head of the Cursinu has a flat skull and a slightly accentuated stop.

It is of lupoid type, therefore in the shape of a pyramid with an elongated and straight muzzle, reminiscent of a wolf.

His oval shaped eyes are a pretty hazelnut to dark brown color.

His drooping ears, broken in a v, folded like a rose, or semi-drooping are triangular and medium length.

His large nose is black. His entire tail is medium to long. It is dense and rolls up on the back in action while falling back down at rest.

According to the SCC he belongs to Group 5, section 7 and he wears the # 125420. 

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Cursinu puppy: between 500 ‚ā¨ / $ 1 / ¬£1 and 700 ‚ā¨ / $ 1 / ¬£1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Cursinu: 120 ‚ā¨ / $ 1 / ¬£1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Tips About this breed

The Cursinu is compatible with all family situations. He loves humans, big and small, and likes the presence of children. Affectionate and loyal, he is constant and exudes a beautiful energy. He can live just about anywhere as long as he benefits from daily exercise where he can release his energy. Once the exercise is done, he can easily live indoors alongside his loved ones.

Guardian and protector, he needs a good, firm and adequate education in order to properly contain his aversion to strangers. He deters strangers by barking most of the time and is by no means overly aggressive. This magnificent guide dog, intelligent and faithful knows how to protect and watch over his family.

Health of the Cursinu

Robust and very strong, he generally enjoys excellent health and is rarely sick.

The breed does not apparently suffer from any particular pathology.

His life expectancy is not listed.


His coat is easy to maintain and a good regular brushing is more than enough.

No other special maintenance is required.

History of this breed

The existence of Cursinu goes back at least to the 16th century. Illustrations and writings confirm the presence of the breed at this time.

He was first used on the island of Corsica for guarding Corsican herds, at least until the 20th century.

He was subsequently appreciated for many other functions. Hunting was one of his primary functions at one time.

The versatility of the Cursinu helped increase his popularity until the 1950s or so.

The breed then suffered a decline in popularity facing growing numbers of continental breeds, but the 1980s saw him rise again, especially as a hunting dog.

Around 1989, the Corsican Dog Protection Association was created and in 2003, the breed was recognized by the Société Centrale Canine but it is still not recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).

First used for herding, he became a hound for hunting, duly appreciated but also a sought-after family pet by residents of the Mediterranean region.

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