The Cane Corso is not a breed you will see every day, or every year, but it is a well known dog in it’s native Italy. Considered an ancient breed, the Cane Corso goes back to the old Roman Molossian or Canis Pugnax. The Cane Corso was used to hunt large game such as boars and bears and to guard livestock. They also fought alongside their gladiator owners in battle.
Corso ears were originally cropped to help protect themselves from wolves while protecting livestock. Like most dogs, their ears are more sensitive than the rest of their bodies, so they were cropped to remove that area of vulnerability. Corsos are virtually impervious to pain and many Corso owners are surprised to find the fancy “invisible fence” systems don’t even slow their dogs down a bit.
The Cane Corso was not bred to fight, they were livestock and property guard dogs. That said, they will not back down from a fight if one is started. So, be aware of this part of their nature. Tis is a powerful, headstrong breed that was cultivated to act first, while thinking, but act first they will do! They are not for a first time or “soft” dog owner. The Cane Corso deserves an owner that can and will be this powerful dog’s partner in life and be able to keep them under control at all times. The Cane Corso Club has more info on living with a Cane Corso here.
The Cane Corso was accepted into the AKC’s miscellaneous class in 2008. Below is the AKC standard for the Cane Corso.
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Ancient Italian breed medium-large size Molossus Dog. Sturdy, with a strong skeleton. Muscular and athletic, it moves with considerable ease and elegance. It has always been a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as the wild boar.
Size, Proportion, Substance
A muscular, balanced, large-boned dog, rectangular in proportion. The length of the dog, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of buttock is approximately 10% greater than the height of the dog measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the ground.
Molossus, large, its total length reaches approximately one third of the height at the withers. Planes of the skull and muzzle are slightly convergent; they are not parallel. The circumference of the head measured at the cheekbones is more than twice the total length of the head; skin is firm and smooth. Skull: Viewed from the front, skull is wide and slightly curved; width is equal to the length. From the side, a prominent arch begins above the eyes and then flattens backward toward the occiput. Viewed from the top, it has a square appearance due to the zygomatic arches and powerful muscles swathing it. Stop: Well-defined due to developed and bulging frontal sinuses and prominent arch above the eyes.
Muzzle: Very broad and deep, width is almost equal to its length, which reaches approximately one third of the total length of the head; the depth of muzzle is more then 50% of the length of the muzzle.
Neck, Topline, Body
As a whole, they are powerful and strong, in harmony with the forequarters. Straight when viewed from the rear or front.
The coat is short, stiff, shiny, adherent and dense with a light undercoat that becomes thicker in cold weather.
Acceptable colors are black, lighter and darker shades of gray, lighter and darker shades of fawn, and red. Brindling is allowed on all of these colors. Solid fawn and red, including lighter and darker shades, have a black or gray mask. The mask does not go beyond the eyes. There may be a white patch on the chest, throat, chin, backs of the pasterns, and on the toes.
Disqualification: Any color with tan pattern markings as seen in black-and-tan breeds.
The movement is free flowing and powerful, yet effortless, with strong reach and drive. As the dog accelerates, the feet converge toward a center line of gravity in a near-single track. When viewed from the side, the topline remains level, with minimal roll or bounce.
The Cane Corso as a protector of his property and owners is unequaled. Intelligent, he is easily trained. Noble, majestic and powerful his, presence is impressive. He is docile and affectionate to his owner, loving with children and family.
The overall conformation of the dog should be well-balanced and proportionate. The foregoing description is that of the ideal Cane Corso; any deviation from the above described dog is penalized to the extent of the deviation.
Approved: October 20, 2009
Effective: June 30, 2010
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