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Cane Corso

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Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is also known as the Italian Mastiff. They are a noble, majestic and powerful dog. The breed's coat is short and very coarse and thick. It can be gray, black, fawn, red or brindle. They have a large head and usually have some wrinkling of the forehead when alert. The eyes are medium in size and are almond shaped. The ears sit high above the cheek bones and may be cropped or uncropped. The muzzle is broad and deep. The upper lip hangs over. The chest is broad and the back is wide. The neck is slightly arched and is very muscular. The body is strong, compact and very muscular. The pads of the feet and nails must be dark. The tail is set high and is normally docked at the fourth vertebrae.

Temperament This intelligent breed is easy to train. Large and athletic, they need lots of exercise. They are very affectionate with their owners and will bond closely with the children of the family. They are protective but gentle. The breed has a very even temperament but makes an excellent guard dog and watch dog. They will not wander far from home and normally stick close to their masters. These dogs were bred as powerful working dogs and are not considered a fighting dog. They will not go looking for a fight but will not back down from other dogs who might try to dominate them. This breed requires an experienced owner who is firm, confident and consistent. They need daily mental and physical exercise. They can be aggressive around strangers if not properly socialized. This breed's ears are very sensitive but are normally impervious to pain otherwise, making the use of an invisible fence useless.
Height, Weight Male Height: 25-27.5" ; Weight: 99-110 lbs.
Female Height: 23.5-26" ; Weight: 88-99 lbs.
Health Problems The Cane Corso has the same health problems as other large breeds including hip dysplasia, ectropion, mange and bloat.
Living Conditions This breed will do okay in an apartment as long as it gets enough exercise. They prefer to be outdoors, guarding their home, and should have adequate shelter.
Exercise This strong and athletic breed needs a lot of daily exercise. They make excellent jogging companions or at least require a long, brisk daily walk.
Life Expectancy About 10-11 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom. They are light shedders and only requires occasional brushing.
Origin The Cane Corso originated in Italy. It is one of the native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces. Its name comes from the Latin word "Cohors" which means Guardian or Protector. Originally bred as a property watchdog, they were also hunters of fierce game such as wild boar. Many years ago, the breed was common all over Italy, but during the 1970s, the Cane Corso was near extinction. In recent times, they have found an excellent preservation area in Southern Italy. They were first brought to America in 1988. They are recognized by the FCI, the UKC and received full recognition in 2010 from the AKC.
Group AKC-Working, UKC-Guardian