The Cane Corso is an intelligent, powerful, and athletic molosser type dog that is a direct decendant of Canis Pugnax, the roman war dog. The Cane Corso originated from southern Italy with strong ties to the farm functioning as a protector of the farm, it was also used for the hunt of big game such as boar and bear. The Cane Corso is very loyal to its master and will protect him ferociously. At the same time he is docile and loving to his family and for this reason he makes a great companion and protector.
The Cane Corso requires a commited and strong leader that will train and socialize him well. We recommend first time buyers to research the breed in great detail before making a decision of bringing one home.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: His direct ancestor is the old Roman Molossian. In the recent past preserved and prevalent in the provinces of Foggia and Ban. His name derives from the Latin “cohors”, which means “protector, guardian of the farm-yard”.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium to large-sized dog. Robust and sturdy, nevertheless elegant. Lean, with powerful long muscles.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The length of the head reaches 36% of the height at withers. The dog is somewhat longer than tall.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Guardian of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive. In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game.
HEAD: Large and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and the muzzle converge slightly.
Skull: Wide; at the zygomatic arch its width is equal to or greater than its length. Convex in front, it becomes fairly flat behind the forehead as far as the occiput. The medio-frontal furrow is visible.
Nose: Black and large with ample, open nostrils on the same line as the nasal bridge.
Muzzle: Noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio skull 62%-64%, muzzle 36-38%), strong, extremely square, with a flat front face and parallel nearly as wide as long lateral surfaces. The profile of the nasal bridge is rectilinear.
Lips: The upper lips hang moderately and cover the mandible, so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lips.
Jaw/Teeth: Jaw very large, thick and curved. Lightly undershot. Level and scissors bite acceptable.
Eyes: Medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly protruding. Eyelids close fitting. Color of the iris as dark as possible, depending from the color of the coat. Expression keen and attentive.
Ears: Triangular, drooping, with a large set on high above the zygomtic arch. Almost always cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.
Neck: Strong, fairly thin, muscular, as long as the head.
Body: The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. Sturdily built, but not squat.
Withers: Pronounced, rising above the level of the croup.
Back: Rectilinear, very muscular and firm.
Loins: Short and solid.
Croup: Long, wide, slightly inclined.
Chest: Well developed in three dimensions, reaches to the elbow.
Tail: Set on of the tail fairly high; very thick at the root. The tail is docked at the fourth vertebra. In action carried high, but never curled nor erect.
Shoulder: Long, oblique, very muscular.
Upper arm: Strong
Forearm: Straight, very strong.
Carpal joint and pasterns: Elastic.
Forefeet: Cat feet.
Upper thigh: Long, wide, posteriorly convex.
Lower thigh: Thin, strong.
Hocks: Moderately angulated.
Metatarsals: Thick and narrow.
Hind feet: Slightly less compact than the forefeet.
Skin: Fairly thick, rather close fitting.
Hair: Short (not smooth), shiney, very thick with a light undercoat.
Color: Black, lead grey, slate, light fawn (yellowish), stag red, brindle; black mask is present in fawn colored dogs.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
Height: Height at the withers Males from 62 to 68 cm, Females from 58 to 64 cm.
Tolerance of 2 cm more or less.
Weight: Males from 100-125 lbs, Females from 88-100 lbs