Is a Cane Corso Right For You?
Are you a Cane Corso enthusiast looking to expand your knowledge about this magnificent breed? Or maybe you are considering adopting a Cane Corso and want to know more about their traits and characteristics. In this post, we have gathered 12 interesting facts about the Cane Corso that will enlighten you. From their history and origin to their unique physical features and temperament, we will delve into the fascinating world of this ancient Italian breed. So, get ready to discover some fascinating facts about the Cane Corso!
The Cane Corso is a large Italian Mastiff
that is closely related to the Neapolitan Mastiff. They also share a common ancestor with Boxers and, to a lesser degree, German Shepherds.
The Cane Corso is the “Athletic Mastiff”
as they are well muscled and less bulky than most other Mastiffs breeds. With a chiseled muscle structure, this dog can look very intimating-but they are a very loyal, proud, protective breed.
The name “Cane Corso” comes from the Italian
language, and its literal translation is “corso dog.” The word “cane” means “dog” in Italian, while “corso” refers to the breed’s place of origin, which is the Corso region of Italy (between Taranto and Brindisi). In English, the name “Cane Corso” is often translated as “guard dog” or “protector dog,” from the Latin word “cohors,” which reflects the breed’s traditional use as a guardian and protector of property and people. The name “Cane Corso” is simple yet powerful, and it perfectly captures the essence of the breed.
The Cane Corso dog breed nearly became extinct
after the devastation of World War II in Italy. The breed was popular in the southern parts of Italy, especially in the countryside, where they were used as guard dogs, hunting dogs, and as companions. However, after the war, the breed’s popularity decreased significantly, and many of them were abandoned or killed. Additionally, modernization and urbanization led to a decrease in the need for large and powerful dogs for rural tasks.
By the 1970’s there were only
a few Corsi remaining in Italy. Fortunately, a group of dedicated breed enthusiasts worked to revive the breed. They searched the countryside for any remaining Cane Corso dogs and carefully selected the best specimens to breed. They also began a breeding program to create a standardized breed that would be recognized by kennel clubs. The two key individuals who played a crucial role in the breed’s recovery were Dr. Paolo Breber and Dr. Carlo Sottile.
This breed should not be left alone
they require extreme socialization. Owners who get Cane Corso’s because they are “cool” looking dogs are making a big mistake. While cute as a puppy, this is a breed that grows well over 100 pounds. They may not like everyone they meet (dogs or people) and are generally VERY protective. By nature, this breed has a socially dominant temperament.
The Cane Corso is not a beginners dog.
Many breeders will tell you that Cane Corso’s are very intelligent and will “push the limits” to see what they can get away with. If you are intimidated or not firm and consistent-they will run you and your house. These dogs (as with most) live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). You will need to assume that role.
Males usually weigh a bit more than females
The general coat colors of Cane Corso’s are black and fawn but there are variations such as brindle and “blue”. According to AKC breed standard-
“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. Any color with tan pattern markings as seen in black-and-tan breeds is not acceptable.”
In research, the Black Brindle Cane Corso has been shown to live the longest.
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Cane Corso’s need exercise.
This is a big, muscular breed that reeds regular exercise to maintain their muscle tone and general health. They were bred to work and, as such, require a job or task to keep them happy. This is not a breed to leave out in the yard for 10 hours a day or locked in a crate.
While the Cane Corso is generally a healthy dog breed
they are also prone to certain health conditions that could affect their well-being. A few of these are Hip Dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, bloat and various eye issues.
Cane Corso Humor!
The AKC conducts 100 yard dog racing
competitions called the Fast Cat. In those races, the average speed of a Cane Corso was 22.9 mph. The fastest Cane Corso named Pirates Den Jean Lafitte Don’T Fail Me Now ran at a speed just under 30 mph! Can you imagine s full grown Cane Corso charging at you at 30 mph ?
The can make some interesting sounds.
From snuffles, snorts, grunts and snoring-the Cane Corso is a master on unique sounds. They tend not to be heavy barkers (unless given a reason) but do make some other interesting noises.
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