Cane Corso

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    History & Overview

    There is plenty of historical evidence that the Cane Corso is descended from the old Roman war dogs, Canis Pugnax. Throughout history, these dogs were valued by hunters and farmers for their legendary courage, immense power, speed, loyalty, and willingness to work.

    The breed saw good and bad periods in its history and at one time was on the verge of extinction. Thanks to efforts of a few dedicated Cane Corso fanciers, the breed was rescued. Dr Giovanni Ventura drafted the first breed standard in the 1980s, and in 1994 the Cane Corso breed was recognized. Since then its popularity as a versatile working and companion dog has grown at an amazing rate.


    Through the Middle Ages, these dogs were known as fearless hunters and bull baiters. Today, the Cane Corso is still used on Italian farms for protecting the livestock from wild boar and guarding sheep.


    While the Cane Corso is perceived by some to be a dangerous dog, the reputation is undeserved. Aloof with strangers and fearless family protector, Cane Corso has a balanced temperament and is very dependable around children of his family.

    At A Glance:

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    Guard Dog , Protection Dog, Police Dog and a Tracking Dog


    FCI Classification: Group 2 – Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossoid breeds, Molosside breeds, Mastiff type (without working trial)
    AKC Classification: FSS


    Medium/Large (23.5 – 26.5 inches at shoulders)


    Black, lead-gray, slate-gray, light gray, light fawn; stag red and dark fawn; brindle (stripes on different shades of fawn or gray); in fawn colored and brindle dogs the black or gray mask on the muzzle; a small white patch on the chest, on the tips of the feet and the bridge of the nose is acceptable.

    Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    9 – 12 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    The Cane Corso’s short, dense coat needs minimal care.




    Fearless, protective, stable, loyal and dependable.

    Social skills:

    Will live in peace with other dogs and household animals, but early socialization is highly recommended.

    Suitability for Children:

    Cane Corsos are usually gentle with children. But considering their size, small children should never be left unsupervised around these big dogs. Puppies need to be well socialized with children from the early puppyhood.

    Exercise Needs:

    The Canes need regular exercise to maintain their powerful muscles. They love long walks and are perfect jogging companions. A fenced-in yard is a must.

    Train Ability:

    The Cane Corso is intelligent, agile and highly responsive to training.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    The Cane Corso is a very healthy breed. The breeding stock must be screened for Hip Dysplasia.

    Video Credits: Animal Watch
    Image Credits: braetschit, Pixabay


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