The Cane Corso (pronounced kha-neh kor-so) from Italian Cane means (dog) and corso means course also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, guard dog, and hunter.
The Cane Corso is an ancient breed, direct descendant of the Roman Canis Pugnax, Roman War Dog of the first century. It was used in the battlefields as an auxiliary warrior and guardian. In the arenas, the Cane Corso was used to fight lions, bears, bulls, other wild animals and even gladiators. Cane Corso were also used to guard property, livestock, and families, and some continue to be used for this purpose today. Historically it has also been used by night watchmen, keepers, and, in the past, by carters and drovers. In the more distant past this breed was common all over Italy.
This Italian mastiff was bred to hunt wild boar and today acts as a guard dog. Fiercely devoted to his family, Corsos are aloof of strangers or small animals. More athletic and agile than other mastiffs, he’ll sit at your feet with impressive weight.
The breed has been featured in many paintings, including ones by Bartolomeo Pinelli. Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was known only in southern Italy, and was even considered very rare. The Cane Corso is an ancient Italian Molossian.
The overall impression should be of power, balanced with athleticism. A Corso should be moderately tight skinned; however, some dewlap on the neck is normal, and the bottom of the jawline should be defined by the hanging lip.
The head of the Cane Corso is arguably its most important feature. It is large and imposing. The tail of the Corso is traditionally docked fairly long, at the 4th vertebra. Again, with trends in cosmetic surgeries for dogs changing, many Corsos now have full tails, which should be carried erect, but never curled over the back.
Cane Corsos appear in coat colors: Black, Fawn Grey. where the mask is blue/grey) colors. Brindling of varying intensity is common on both basic coat colours as well, creating (black brindle), and (blue brindle). White markings are common on the chest, tips of toes, the chin, and the bridge of the nose. Large white patches are not desirable.
The Cane Corso is not recommended for novice dog owners. As a puppy, it requires strong leadership and consistent training and it is highly encouraged to begin socialization as soon as possible. Ideally the Cane Corso should be indifferent when approached and should only react in a protective manner when a real threat is present.
Cane Corsos are loyal, loving family pets who are good with strangers who do not offer a threat to the family. Despite it’s size, Cane Corso are often calm and behave well around children.Type your paragraph here.
History of the Cane Corso