The Cane Corso has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years. While this breed can make a great family companion it is important to choose the right dog and start obedience training right away.
Because of their popularity there are many breeders of this breed who contribute to health and temperament problems due to a lack of breeding skill. Seek out reputable breeders when choosing your Cane Corso.
The history of the Cane Corso breed is shrouded in mystery. The Cane Corso is likely to have descended from the same root stock as the Neapolitan Mastiff, the infamous Roman war dog “Canes Pugnax”.
This breed was used originally on farms for stock control and as watch dogs and they were sometimes used as hunters for larger game animals.
The breed nearly went extinct but was saved through the efforts of enthusiasts for the breed in the 1980s.
Appearance and Abilities
The Cane Corso is medium to large molossus dog. Compared to other mastiffs, it is leaner and more finely muscled. They are considered athletic with a balanced combination of speed, agility, and strength.
They have big, strong bones. The male Cane Corso is about 27.5 inches in height at withers and 26 inches for females. They have an alert and attentive expression and oftentimes their face wrinkles to a frown when they are observing.
The Cane Corso has a short and shiny coat that is stiff, dense, and adherent. They have a light undercoat that thickens when in cold weather. Acceptable coat 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.
Temperament and Tendencies
The Cane Corso is a naturally docile breed with an even temperament. They are alert but steady and calm and they will not spring into action unless real threat is present. Their guarding instincts are high and they may seem indifferent at first but they will warm to you as time goes by. The Cane Corso are wired to be suspicious especially to strangers but they will usually remain quiet until provoked.
They are very intelligent and easily trained and they are loyal and devoted to their master and will protect their family at all costs. They are noble and majestic in their actions; their presence is imposing. When they are with his family, they are warm and affectionate even with little children. The Cane Corso is a dependable and faithful companion.
The Cane Corso has an impressively high tolerance to pain. They are bred to guard; but they are not considered a fighting breed but they will not back down to any challenge. They are very courageous and they believes that it’s their purpose to protect their masters and their master’s property.
Training and Care
With strong guarding instincts, the Cane Corso requires early and extensive socialization. Socialization will not make it less of a watchdog but it will make the dog less aggressive and more tentative to spring into hostile action. A poorly socialized Cane Corso will become too aggressive and may lose its composure even to the most trivial things. Lack of socialization will make the Cane Corso believe that almost everything is a threat.
Natural authority must be imposed to the Cane Corso. Always assume the pack leader status. The dog will be happy to serve his leader. If the Cane Corso knows his place in the pecking order it will be easier to train and manage. Well-trained Cane Corsos are wonderful to be around. Owners will feel secure and blessed to have a Cane Corso at their side.