Cane Corso: What You Need To Know!
Noble, majestic and powerful, the Cane Corso is a property watchdog as well as an affectionate family dog.
Height: Males: 25 to 27.5 inches; Females: 23.5 to 24 inches
Weight: 88 to 110 pounds
9 to 12 years
The Cane Corso’s coat comes in black, black brindle, chestnut brindle, fawn gray, gray brindle and red. They may also have a black or grey mask on their face.
The Cane Corso has a short, double-layered coat. Their undercoat sheds throughout the year, with a spike in the spring. Weekly brushing during shedding season will remove dead hair before it falls out.
The Cane Corso is a working dog, belonging to the subcategory of working breeds called mollosers.
This type of dog was bred by an ancient Greek tribe who needed the giant, big-boned guard dogs.
At the height of the Roman Empire, the breed was brought back to Italy from the Greek Islands and bred to native Italian breeds. These offspring were likely a cross between the modern Corso and the Neapolitan Mastiff. The ancestors were fearless dogs who would charge enemy lines with buckets of flaming oil strapped to their backs.
During the 5th century, Italians and their dogs found themselves out of work. The breed was adapted to civilian jobs like wild boar hunting, farming, livestock droving and guarding. In fact, they became a staple on farms and in pastures along the Italian countryside. Constant economic and political upheavals, along with mechanized farming, reduced the Corsi to near extinction.
In the 1970s, a band of farmers came together to revive the breed, and The Society of Amorati Cane Corso was formed in 1983. The first Cane Corso came to America in 1988.
- The breed’s coat is short, coarse, thick like a cow’s and waterproof.
- The Cane Corso comes from Italy.
- “Cane” is Italian for dog and “Corso” is from the Latin word “Cohors” meaning protector.
- Pronounce Cane Corso… “cah-ney cor-soh.”
- The plural of Cane Corso is Cani Corsi.