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General Description

With their good looks and willing nature the Cane Corso is increasing in popularity. They have a classic big dog look without being extreme in any of its features. Since they lack the mammoth size of some other Mastiff breeds, this breed is more ideal for indoor living. The Cane Corso is an athletic, agile dog that requires regular exercise. While they drool less than other mastiff breeds you should be aware that it still occurs, especially when they are excited, agitated, have just had a drink of water or have just eaten.

The Corso has a squared off head with a muzzle to match. The neck is long and powerful, body is heavily muscled, and slightly longer than it is tall. The frame is dense and supported by strong, tight feet. The average male is 26-28 inches in height and 115-135 lbs. with the average female being 24-26 inches in height and 95-105 lbs. The coat is short, sheds twice a year like most breeds, but when a big dog sheds lightly, it can add up to a lot of hair to vacuum.  They require only the occasional bath.  Accepted colors include black, blue, fawn and red, with or without brindle markings.

They are a devoted, protective, & obedient companion. They have a very discerning nature that can lend them to be aloof with strangers. Due to their wary tendency, the Corso must be introduced to other animals and people early in its development. They are a very powerful breed & must be handled sensibly. Obedience training and extensive socialization from an early age is mandatory. The Cane Corso often possesses a dominant behavior, and both sexes may challenge for the role of leader among their human family and canine pack. The Corso is best suited for the experienced dog owner who has the dedication and time needed to properly socialize and train.

Extremely loyal to its' family, the Corso is an excellent watchdog. Their guardian instinct is focused greater on person rather than property. The bold and noble look of the breed is a serious deterrent for anyone thinking of doing harm. When alarmed their bark is loud and powerful enough to unnerve most.

Their desire is to be with the family and do best living indoors. Though they are tolerable of most weather conditions, they cannot tolerate solitude. Isolating the Cane Corso can lead to nuisance barking, destructive behavior and other temperament problems. Cane Corsos love children, but they can inadvertently step on or knock over a toddler, so supervision is important. They enjoy being included in family activities and make excellent jogging and hiking companions.

For centuries the Cane Corso has been a versatile friend to Italian Farmers. They have traded green pastures for asphalt, but have definitely found a niche in the 20th century.

The above general description describes the typical Cane Corso. Like humans, Cane Corsos are individuals. Each has its own genetic and environmental history that effects its attitude, temperament, health and responses to stimuli. This information is provided with the general breed characteristics in mind. For more detailed information, including possible temperament and health problems, please review the remainder of the website.



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