Origin of the Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is a friendly and impressive dog that attracts a great deal of attention wherever it is found. This is a vastly intelligent breed, full of life, that enjoys learning and taking an active part in the family life. In the home the Cane Corso is an easy-going, calm dog and hardly noticeable. Despite its size it behaves in the home with impressive gentleness. The Cane Corso is able to keep itself occupied for long hours and yet it very much enjoys being petted and spoilt and it can play for hours. This is a friendly, loyal breed with a steady calm nature and it is easily trainable. The Cane Corso is also very friendly to other animals and enjoys playing with other dogs.
This is a loyal family dog and it gets along extremely well with children and the family members and displays no aggressive tendencies towards animals in general and dogs in particular.
It is very important to begin the discipline training of the Cane Corso at a young age, as this breed is known for its great strength and the correct education (training) will enable better control of the dog and will enable the owner to derive great pleasure from the dog. The Cane Corso has a very calm easy-going nature, however it will not hesitate to vigorously defend its owner or alternatively anything within its own territory. Like the members of the mastiff breeds, the Cane Corso too is a dog that develops slowly over a period of some three years. Like the other large breeds, this is a sensitive dog and the wrong training or socialization can severely damage its easy-going and friendly character.
Description of the Breed
The Cane Corso is a medium-large dog, with a short coat and a firm, muscular body. Its athletic and elegant form gives him a noble and impressive look and creates the impression of a larger dog than it really is.
The mail reaches the height of 62-70 cm and a weight of 42-54 kg. The females height is between 58-64 cm and its weight is between 38-46 kg. Until not long ago the custom was to cut the tail and the ears, but today this is prohibited by law in many countries around the world, Israel among them.
The Cane Corso has a short and shiny coat in a number of different colors: brown, red (beige), black, blue (grey) or a spotted mixture of the above colors. Under good breeding conditions the Cane Corso can live for about 10 years and we know of a number of dogs who lived a few years more.
About The Breed
The Cane Corso is an ancient dog considered to be the prototype for all the European Molosser dogs. It belongs to the Molosser family whose roots can be found in the Roman Empire. There are people who claim that this breed is the most authentic descendant of the Roman empires war dogs from which evolved two breeds that are very different in their form and nature, one very muscular and athletic – the Cane Corso, and the second heavy and clumsy – the Mastino Napoletano.
The source of this very ancient breed is in Italy. Nobody knows exactly when this breed was created, but it is estimated that it was already in existence around the 12th century. During the last years of the 1980s a few dozen dogs were discovered in Italy whose form and shape was very found in ancient drawings from the 13th century, and since then Italian researchers have been studying the past of the Cane Corso breed.
In Italy the Cane Corso was used for different and varied jobs that, on the one hand were adapted to its steady and friendly nature and on the other hand to its impressive physical capability and its durability under especially severe conditions. They were used as guard and protection dogs, because an alert and active, but also steady and obedient dog was needed for these kind of jobs. They were used as guard dogs, as large animal hunting dogs, and as cattle dogs. Because of the great and rare variety of different qualities and exceptional intelligence, the Cane Corso could use could be used as an excellent work and guard dog outside, and as a gentle dog, patient with all the family in the house. Very soon the Cane Corso became the companion to farmers in southern Italy and an inseparable part of the rural family.
Uses of the Breed
the Cane Corso is a healthy breed with no specific tendency to any kind of disease. The reason for this is that the breed has not yet undergone the process of crossbreeding of related bloodlines as has happened with other breeds. As with the other large breeds, the Cane Corso may also develop pelvic problems and, therefore, when purchasing a puppy it is important to ensure that both the parents have undergone pelvic x-rays and were found to be in order.