Belonging to the molossoid family, the Cane Corso impresses with its imposing posture. Beneath his air of a great watchdog, however, hides a calm and balanced personality. He is also affectionate and suitable for families, provided he is well educated from the start.
Characteristics of the Cane Corso
An athletic hound, the Cane Corso develops strong and solid muscles. This dog is longer than tall and has a size between 60 and 64 cm for females and 64 and 68 cm for males for an approximate weight ranging from 40 to 50 kg.
His elegant body despite his power expresses resistance and strength. He wears a lead gray, black, light gray, slate gray, dark fawn, light fawn, deer fawn or even brindle (with gradation or stripes) dress.
The breed is provided with a more or less arched and broad skull, with a deep and broad muzzle as well as an accentuated stop. The triangle-shaped ears fall down. All the peculiarity of the Cane Corso is at the level of its lips which are imposing and display an inverted U.
A strong and independent personality
If he receives a good education, the qualities of the cane corso will stand out: he is docile, playful, loyal, and loves children. As a good watchdog, he does not tolerate strangers, either human or animal, on his territory. Apart from that, these dogs are rather reserved, they tend to ignore strangers, or even reject them. Their family means everything to them, and they will defend it in case of trouble. A cane corso is never aggressive without reason, but will defend its territory and its relatives without compromise.
Because of its strong protective instinct, the cane corso is listed in some parts of Germany and Switzerland as a dangerous dog, and those who want to adopt one must meet certain conditions.
But with a strict upbringing and a clearly established hierarchy, the cane corso will be a loyal companion.
History of the Cane Corso breed
The Cane Corso is native to the south of Italy, from the Puglia region. Originally, it served as a war dog or game against lions during the Roman era. This breed was also used for bear hunting, cattle driving, wild boar hunting or simply as a watchdog. He has as close cousin the mastiff of Naples, formerly called Cane Corso also.
Compared to the etymology of the breed, the name “Corso” does not mean Corsica but rather means Roman cohort (Praetorian bodyguard).
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Cane Corso
Even if it is not one of the dangerous dogs as defined by the law of 1999, the Cane Corso is a mastiff watchdog and good defender, which must be trained from a very young age to avoid extreme behavior , even aggressive, because the animal is a little stubborn. He will watch his territory with vigilance and discretion. Faithful and loyal, he will enjoy living in families with children.
He can quite live in an apartment provided he enjoys very regular walks and games, because he is a very active dog whose energy needs to be channeled. The advantage is that it barks very little so you will have no problem with your neighborhood. And if you are new to dog training, it is best to entrust this component to a specialist.
Food and main Cane Corso health problems
The Cane Corso is a model of strength and robustness. He can live up to 12 years if he receives appropriate care and a careful diet. As such, it must be given highly nutritious food given its size and overflowing energy. This should prevent the onset of digestive disorders, skin problems or even being overweight.
Regarding the diseases that can affect it, this breed may have coxofemoral dysplasia.