AKC Group: Working
Cane Corso dogs come from Italy and are the direct ancestor of the Canis Pugnax (the old Roman Molossian breed). They hunted large wild animals. They were then used to guard property and livestock. They were once rampant throughout Italy, but today are centered in Southern Italy. Their name comes from the Latin word “cohors” which means “guardian” or “protector.”
Size: 23.5 to 27.5 inches tall; 90 to 110 pounds
Color: Black, light or dark gray, fawn, red. Fawn and Red Corsoes should have a black or gray eye mask. Corsoes may be brindled. White patches are sometimes seen on the chest, throat, chin, toes or on the back of pasterns.
Life span: 10 to 11 years
Health problems: Bone or joint problems that typically affect large breeds, such as hip or elbow dysplasia.
The Cane Corso is a sturdy, medium-to-large sized dog. They have powerful muscles that exude strength and elegance. Cane Corsoes are loyal, eager to please, quiet dogs. They are intelligent and easily trainable. They are great with kids; they are very even-tempered, docile dogs. Extremely affectionate, yet they make effective watchdogs. They tend to stick close to their home and can be taught to be protective of people (though they don’t make great fighters). They don’t seek out a fight, but they don’t back down from one either. Early socialization is important so they don’t become aggressive with strangers. Full obedience training is recommended for a Cane Corso. They are also recommended for an experienced dog owner.
Grooming is easy: occasionally brush and comb them to remove dead hair.