Cane Corso is very old breed from Italy. Their ancestors are the ancient war dogs of the Roman Army – sometimes named as the Roman Mastiffs. But it is believed, that they already started out in the Tibetan Highlands, where The Roman people discovered this dog and were so impressed by it that they brought it back to Rome, where they crossed it with the Roman Mastiff.
Cane Corso had two main purposes – to be the best property guard and to hunt large game such as wild boars. And guess what? The breed’s name comes from the Latin term „cohors“ which means guardian or protector.
3) Not for Novices
Cane Corso is poor choice for novice or even first time dog owners. The first reason is their size and strength. If you fail training and socialization with dog this big, you are in enormous trouble. The other reason is, that they are not pushovers to train and they have pretty independent mind.
Cane Corso is a large, muscular and powerful dog. Their height should be between 24-28 inches which is 60-70 cm and their weight should be between 90-120 pounds which is 40-55 kg. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
This is intelligent and confident dog, with stable temperament and loyalty to its owner. The natural tendency for the breed is to take charge, so its very important to be the leader in your house – and the dog must understand it. Cane Corso typically have no problem with kids and they are okay with other dogs as well. Since they were bred as protectors, it is only logical, that they are suspicious towards strangers, but they are very friendly towards their people.
It might not look like it, but cane corso is a working dog which needs moderate amount of exercise. They need some form of activity every single day. Long daily walks are enough, but cane corso will gladly go with you for a jog. It is important, that your dog is not bored, because than he might become destructive and even depressed.
You will have to také special care about Cane Corso puppies and their bones. While they need to burn off their energy and you must také them for a walks, it is important to keep the walks short. It is because their musculoskeletal system isn’t fully developed. By doing this you can prevent some serious joint and bone problems in the future. And you should feed them with the right amount of quality dog food!
8) Legal issues
Before you will get Cane Corso, it is important to check the laws in your country. It is because they are still viewed as „dangerous, vicious and agressive“ and they are banned in some regions and states.
Cane Corso have short, coarse and solid coat and they come in different shades like black, grey (both light and dark), and red. Any of these colors may have a brindle pattern: irregular streaks of light and dark color. Cane Corsos do shed, so its recommended to brush them regularly to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding.
Cane Corso breed suffers from some health issues – the most common are hip and elbow dysplasia. Bloating is also common with this breed. Other health problems includes eye disorders and skin allergies.