The Cane Corso was used in herding cattle & swine, in boar hunting and bear fighting. This breed was almost extinct and then brought back from enthusiasts in the 1970’s. The breed today looks different than the breed prior to the 1980’s. The breed is more bulky today with a shorter muzzle. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 2010 and made part of the Working group.
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Weight: 90 - 140 lbs
- Height: 24 - 28 inches
- Color: The two colors of the Cane Corsos coat is black and fawn. Genetic pigment dilution then creates some other colors which include blues and different fawn colors. There is also different color brindles that may occur. The nose color on the blue puppies can appear gray but the nose color on the other colors should be black.
This is an intelligent breed which is loyal and protective. Cane Corsos train easily and are very eager to please their owners. They are large and scary looking but are sweet as a button to their family and people they know. Cane Corsos are leery of strangers or anything suspicious, so aggressive behavior should never be acceptable or encouraged. They will be happy to have love and affection from their owners (including children) and to be close to them as much as possible.
The Cane Corso life expectancy is between 10 – 12 years. One of the largest health concerns with this breed is hip dysplasia. Other health issues are:
• Elbow Dysplasia
• Orthopedic Problems – panosteitis, osteochondritis, luxating patella, cruciate ligament rupture and Wobbler’s Syndrome
• Heart Disease
• Eye Disease
• Skin Disease
Their coat is thick, dense, short but not smooth.
The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth and occasional brushing and/or combing with a firm bristle brush is all the coat-care they will need.