WHAT TO EXPECT
Life expectancy; 9-12 years
Colours; There is no preferred colour in this breed; none should be preferred over another provided all are in standard.
The Cane Corso comes in four base colours and patterns. Acceptable colours are black, lighter and darker shades of gray, lighter and darker shades of fawn and red. Brindling is allowed on all of these colours. Solid fawn and red, including lighter and darker shades, have a black or gray mask; it does not go beyond the eyes. There may be a white patch on the chest, throat, chin backs of the pasterns and on the toes.
Height; Females; 58-66cm Males; 62-70cm.
Weight; Females; 40-45kg Males; 45-50kg. Proportional to their height.
THE CANE CORSO
First and foremost, the Cane Corso is a guard breed and he takes his responsibilities seriously. The Cane Corso is a Mastiff breed from Italy. He is a complex, powerful dog with special needs. Being under the umbrella of the Large breed dogs, he was created to hunt large game and guard property. The Cane Corso has a large head, heavy rectangular body and a short stiff coat.
The Cane Corso is not an appropriate choice for an inexperienced dog owner. This breed, as mentioned, is large, very powerful, intelligent, active and headstrong. A Cane Corso needs a leader who can guide him with firmness and consistency without using force or cruelty.
The Cane Corso loves his family and will want to be near you but is not demanding in terms of attention or physical touch.
Early socialisation is an absolute must for this breed and pups should be exposed to many household sights and sounds. Introducing him to friends and neighbours and taking him on outings will be the only way he can learn to be discriminating between what is normal and what is truely a threat.
The Cane Corso has a moderate activity level and needs a job to do, which can be anything from being your companion on a leash for a walk or run. He will easily keep up with you on your 2km daily run. in addition to this, he will need at least 10 minutes or so of training practice. He will not be satisfied to lie around and do nothing all the time.
The Cane Corso has a high prey drive and a territorial nature, so he needs good fencing to keep him from chasing the neighbours cat.
Although he may chase a cat he doesn't know, the Corso can live with cats that are family. Ours live more than happily with our cat and horses. The Cane Corso should spend plenty of time with his family
HISTORY OF THE CANE CORSO
Italy is the place of birth for the Cane Corso, descended from Roman war dogs. After the fall of the Roman Empire, he worked as a farm hand, flock guardian, property and family guardian and hunting dog to large game such as wild boar, and bear. By the 1970's only a few remained in remote areas of Italy. Dr Paolo Breber took an interest to the breed and so acquired some of the dogs and began a breeding program.
By 1996 the breed had achieved recognition by the Federation Cynologiave International. At the time, some of the dogs had been brought into the U.S. In 1993 the International Cane Corso Federation was formed and more dogs were imported from Italy. In 2010, the Cane Corso was declared a recognised Breed.
CANE CORSO HEALTH
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems. In saying that, some of the health conditions that have been seen in the Cane Corso are hip dysplacea, entropion or ectropion of the eye/s and a tendency toward Gastric Torsion -Bloat.