Cane Corso (The Italian Mastiff) is the direct descendant of the ancient Roman molosser dogs. In the past, the cane corso dog breed was common throughout Italy, but is now found in the provinces of Foggia and Bari.
What was the Cane Corso bred for? Which breeds were involved in developing the Cane Corso breed?
Cane Corso name is derived from the Latin “cohors”, which means “protector, guardian of the farms, courtyards and enclosed property. The Cane Corso breed first appeared in the sixteenth century and was bred for hunting and guard duties.
The Cane Corso is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff. In name and form, the Cane Corso predates its cousin the Neapolitan Mastiff. It is well muscled and less bulky than most other Mastiff breeds. The breed is known as a true and quite possibly the last of the coursing Mastiff breeds.
Is Cane Corso an aggressive dog breed? Is it a good guard dog?
The Cane Corso is an excellent natural guard dog.
Cane Corso was not originally bred for dog fighting. Therefore, they are not genetically over aggressive towards other dogs and humans. However, they are a dominating breed, protective in a mastiff way and will defend their territory from intruders. The Cane Corso will intimidate strangers by its aloofness, pose and looks.
The Cane Corso is naturally protective of their owners and property. They can become very suspicious of strangers unless you spend time socializing them, both with other dogs and other humans.
Also, as the Cane Corso is a large muscular breed. Any fear or cautious reaction from a dog or human can be misunderstood as aggression soliciting a response from the dog.
Will the Cane Corso attack other humans and dogs?
A properly socialized Cane Corso will not attack without reason. However, Cane Corsos will dominate other dogs and is capable of attacking other dogs and humans if not well socialized.
Cane Corsos are intensely loyal, protective, sensitive, serious dogs and are naturally aloof and indifferent to other people and dogs and very protective of their family and home. They will not love everyone they meet.
Is this breed a good choice as a family dog? Are they good with kids?
This breed is a good choice as a family dog if you have the time and space. Cane Corsos are protective of their owner’s family and kids in the family. They are good with children they have been raised with. However, they will assume the leader’s role in the pack and need a responsible master in the family who they look up to as their boss. They may jump and be rough at times.
Do Cane Corsos shed?
Cane Corsos do not shed all the time. However, they will shed (blow) their coat two times every year. Their coats do not need much grooming or maintenance. A wash with a special shampoo for black coat will make them shine.
Does the Cane Corso slobber/drool?
The Cane Corso drools less compared to other mastiff breeds and large dogs.
Cane Corso Temperament
Guardian of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive. In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game.
Cane Corso dogs
Cane Corso Size. How big is the Cane Corso?
Height: Height at the withers, Males from 24 to 27 inches (62 to 68 cm) and Females from 23 to 25 inches (58 to 64 cm). Tolerance of inch (2 cm) more or less. Weight: Males from 92.6 to 110.2 lbs (42 to 50 kg) and Females 83.8 to 99.2 lbs (38 to 45 kg). Important Proportions: The length of the head reaches 36% of the height at withers. The dog is somewhat longer than high.
Brindle Cane Corso
Corso Coat: short (not smooth), shiny, very thick with a light undercoat.
Cane Corso Colors
Black, lead gray, slate, light fawn (yellowish), stag red, brindle; black mask is present in fawn colored dogs.
Black & Slate Cane Corso dogs
Choosing the best Cane Corso puppy
Definition of the best Cane Corso puppy depends on your requirements. Your expectations from an adult Cane Corso can be broadly categorized as follows: Confirmation for show or breeding; Obedience; Guard dog; Companion.
Although it is tempting to look for all these quality in the one puppy you are planning to buy, it is almost never possible to find all qualities in a single pup.
If you want your Cane Corso puppy to grow up to be a champion, you should look for confirmation to breed standards. Physical construction, head, proportions, bite, etc are all a priority over temperament. Look for the following physical characteristics while choosing a show quality puppy.
General Appearance: Medium to large sized dog. Robust and sturdy, nevertheless elegant. Lean, with powerful long muscles.
Head: Large and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and muzzle converge slightly. Skull: wide; at the zygomatic arch its width is equal to or greater than its length. Convex in front, it becomes fairly flat behind the forehead as far as the occiput. Stop: marked.
Nose: Black and large with ample, open nostrils on the same line as the nasal bridge. Muzzle: noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio: skull 62%-64%, muzzle 36-38%), strong, extremely square, with a flat front face and parallel nearly as wide as long lateral surfaces. The profile of the nasal bridge is rectilinear.
Lips: the upper lips hang moderately and cover the mandible so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lips.
Jaw/Teeth: jaw very large, thick and curved. Lightly undershot. Level and scissors bite acceptable.
Eyes: medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly protruding. Eyelids close fitting. The color of the iris as dark as possible, depending on the color of the coat. Expression keen and attentive. Ears: triangular, drooping, with a large set on high above the zygomatic arch. Almost always cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.
Neck: Strong, fairly thin, muscular, as long as the head.
Forequarters: Shoulder: long, oblique, very muscular. Upper arm: strong. Forearm: straight, very strong. Carpal joint and pasterns: elastic. Forefeet: cat feet.
Body: The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. Sturdily built, but not squat. Withers: pronounced, rising above the level of the croup. Back: rectilinear, very muscular and firm. Loins: short and solid. Croup: long, wide, slightly inclined. Chest: well developed in three dimensions, reaches to the elbow.
Hindquarters: Upper thigh: long, wide, posteriorly convex. Lower thigh: thin, strong. Hocks: moderately angulated. Metatarsals: thick and narrow. Hind feet: slightly less compact than the forefeet. Tail: Set on of the tail fairly high; very thick at the root. The tail is docked at the fourth vertebra. In action carried high, but never curled nor erect.
Cane Corso puppy
Fault: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. Accentuated parallelism or very marked converging of the axes of the muzzle and the skull; converging side lines of the muzzle. Pronounced and disturbing undershot mouth. Nose: partial depigmentation. Tail: ring-tail, tail in vertical position. Size: over or undersize. Movement: continuously ambling.
Disqualification: Axes of the muzzle and the skull diverging. Overshot mouth. Bridge of nose resolutely hollow, ram’s nose. Nose: total depigmentation. Eyes: partial and bilateral palpebral depigmentation, wall eye, bilateral strabismus. Tail: tailless, short tail (artificial or congenital). Hair: semi-long, smooth, fringed. Colour: all colors not indicated in the standard; white patches too large.
Cane Corso puppies
How much does a Cane Corso puppy cost? Maintenance costs?
Link: Cane Corso rescue