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The Cane Corso, an imposing dog of the molossoid family

Belonging to the molossoid family, the Cane Corso impresses with its imposing posture. However, underneath its large guard dog appearance lies a calm and balanced personality. It is also affectionate and can be suitable for families, provided that it is well trained from the start.

Characteristics of the Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is an athletic dog that develops a strong and solid musculature. This dog is longer than it is tall and is between 60 and 64 cm for females and 64 and 68 cm for males for an approximate weight of 40 to 50 kg. Its elegant body despite its power expresses resistance and strength. It has a grey-lead, black, light grey, slate grey, dark fawn, light fawn, stag fawn or brindle (with gradations or stripes) coat.

The breed has a more or less arched and wide skull, with a deep and wide muzzle and a pronounced stop. The ears in the shape of a triangle fall downwards. All the particularity of the Cane Corso is in its lips which are imposing and display an inverted U.

History of the Cane Corso breed

The Cane Corso originated in the south of Italy, in the Puglia region. It was originally used as a dog for warfare or to play against lions during Roman times. This breed would also have been used for bear hunting, driving cattle, hunting boars or simply as a guard dog. It has a close cousin in the Naples Mastiff, also known as the Cane Corso. In relation to the etymology of the breed, the name "Corso" does not mean Corsican but rather Roman cohort (praetorian bodyguard).

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Cane Corso

Even if it is not a dangerous dog as defined by the 1999 law, the Cane Corso is a watchdog and defense dog par excellence, which must be educated from an early age to avoid extreme or even aggressive behavior, because the animal is a bit stubborn. He will watch his territory with vigilance and discretion. Faithful and loyal, it will be happy to live in families with children. He can live in an apartment as long as he gets regular walks and games, because he is a very active dog whose energy needs to be channeled. The advantage is that he barks very little so you won't have any problems with your neighbors. And if you're new to dog training, it's best to leave this part to a specialist.

Feeding and major health problems of the Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a model of strength and robustness. It can live up to 12 years with proper care and feeding. As such, it must be given highly nutritious food given its size and its boundless energy. This food should prevent the appearance of digestive problems, skin problems or overweight.

Concerning the diseases that can affect it, this breed can be affected by a coxo-femoral dysplasia.