The Cane Corso Italiano
FCI recognized Italian dog breed (Nr.343, Gr.2, Sek.2.1)
Origin and history
The origin and descent of the Cane Corso (also often called "Italian mastiff" or "Italian moloss") has not yet been proven with certainty. A descent from Mastino Napoletano, which is itself referred to as a variant of the Cane Corso, is controversial. What is certain is that there was a form of the dog in southern Italy and Sicily as early as the 4th century (Italian shepherd dog) and that the canis pugnacis (or Roman Molossian dog / Cane di Macellaio), the greatest possible ancestor of the Cane Corso, was considered the ancient Romans for centuries War and herding dog accompanied. According to the latest research, Cane Corso and the Mastino Napoletano are said to be descendants of the old canis pugnacis (colloquially "Roman Molossian dog"). In 1996 it was provisionally recognized by the FCI. On May 24th, 2007 the time had come, the breed was officially recognized by the FCI
Description of the Cane Corso
Large, strong, clearly molossar-like dog that should be a little longer than high overall. The hair is short, shiny, very dense, little undercoat in black, lead gray, slate gray, light gray, light fawn, deer red, dark fawn, brindle in all shades with a gray or black mask that should not extend beyond the eyes. Broad, molossoid head, prominent forehead heel with visible furrow and pronounced eyebrow arch, slight undershot, muzzle / skull ratio 1 to 2. Ears were previously cropped and are set high without cropping, triangular, hanging, carried with a broad attachment.
Posture of the Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is listed as a listed dog in breed lists in Bavaria, Brandenburg, Liechtenstein and the Swiss canton of Valais.
Before buying a Cane Corso, you should consider that this graceful and spirited dog needs sufficient space and exercise.
Use & essence of the Cane Corso
In Italy these dogs often work in packs and are kept as family, guard, herd driver or herding dogs and are unfortunately still rarely found outside of Italy. They are regarded as docile, happy to work, calm, fond of children, loyal, cuddly, playful, sporty and behave rather indifferently and uninterested towards strangers insofar as their families or their property are not threatened. They are excellent watch dogs and have natural instincts to protect the house and pack. The Cane Corso is therefore ideal as a guardian of the house and yard, and is therefore rather unsuitable as a pure apartment dog in an apartment building.