The Cane Corso, also known as the Cane Corso Italiano or the Italian Mastiff is a large boned heavy featured dog that still exhibits a natural style and grace when it moves. It has a broad head with thick and heavyset somewhat wide muzzle with a definite stop. The eyes are somewhat deep due to the heavy bone over the eyes. The ears are cropped and very small and erect, or left natural and folded over at the tips. The body is solid with a thick neck, deep chest and relatively long body for the height of the dog. The coat is thick and does not stay sleek against the body; rather it gives a slightly rough texture and appearance. The coat may be black, various colors of gray and fawn, and tubby, which is a gray/fawn stripped pattern similar to the black/brown brindle in other breeds. White is acceptable in small patches on the chest, and some colorations may have a small gray or black mask. The tail is docked short, however in many countries this practice is banned so the tail may also be left natural.
Temperament of a Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is a very gentle breed with his or her family, loving, loyal and devoted. They are naturally very good with kids of all ages and will protect them from any strangers or unknown pets or animals. While a guard and watch dog, the breed is not high strung or prone to barking. With proper early socialization and training they are excellent with other dogs and non-canine pets. The breed is very easy to train and wants to please the family whenever possible. Usually a quick “no” is all that it takes to stop a behavior and they work best for positive praise. The breed is not recommended for first time owners, as they do need to be firmly and consistently trained when young. The breed does not wander and will stay very close to the family and home at all times.
Grooming & Shedding of a Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is a very light shedding breed and never seems to have trouble with mats or tangles in their short hair. A weekly grooming with a stiff bristle brush or slicker brush is all that is required. They do like being outdoors and can be kept either indoors or out, except in extreme cold conditions.
History of the Cane Corso
This breed does not have the extensive records of some of the other breeds, so the exact origins of the Cane Corso are not known. The breed descended from the Roman Molossian breed and was used as hunting, protection and for cattle herding purposes throughout Italy. The breed has an interesting name in Italian, Cane is a version for the word meaning dog and Corso or Latin “Cohors” means protector.