Breed Group: Working Group
Shoulder Height: 23-29 in.
Weight: 88-110 lb.
Life Span: 10-12 years
Colors: Black, brindle, chestnut, fawn, gray, red
- The Cane Corso is the direct descendent of Roman war dogs, and have been used for hunting and as a guard dog.
- The breed is one of the fastest-growing breeds in popularity on an international scale since the AKC recognized them in 2010. They jumped ten spaces between 2012 and 2013 to the #50 spot in the AKC's list of most popular breeds, and is currently at #47.
- Originally a farm dog in southern Italy, industrialization almost wiped the breed out before enthusiasts painstakingly brought the breed back up to manageable levels.
The Cane Corso, the final remnant of the great dogs of the Roman Empire, is a magnificent dog with more than their fair share of desirable qualities. Since they were recognized by the AKC in 2010, they have been growing in popularity, with many pet parents finding a great deal of enjoyment in keeping one. This breed, truly, is a working dog to the core.
While the Cane Corso is not a particularly stubborn breed — indeed, they are almost slow — they are definitely not a breed for novice pet parents. Much like the herding dogs, they require strong leadership to succeed, as well as thorough socialization as a puppy. This breed doesn't readily take to strangers. They are known to be protective of their family and aloof to other people.
With good training, the Cane Corso is a lovely dog as an adult. They are extremely patient with children and get along rather well with other dogs. The AKC standard states that the Cane Corso needs to be docile around strangers and a bit on the indifferent side. It is unwise to force a member of this breed into a social situation, as they might respond resentfully. However, they are very loyal and will obey your command without question.
Their coat is quite short, given their Mediterranean origins, so grooming only needs to be done occasionally. Like any large working dog, exercise is needed to keep them happy. They can be trained to walk off the leash with appropriate social training.
Cane Corsi are susceptible to a number of problems that prospective pet parents need to be aware of.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia are common issues in the breed.
- Some of the most common health issues relate to the eyes. Cane Corsi do have a tendency to develop entropion, ectropion and cherry eye.
- The Cane Corso is also susceptible to mange and bloat or gastric torsion. Be sure to learn about this condition and if your pet develops bloat, have them treated immediately, as it can prove fatal to the dog.
- Tall NBA star LeBron James says his two Cane Corsi share his playful and fun personality, despite looking big and fierce.
- Singer, actress and author Patti LaBelle keeps a Cane Corso.
- Cane Corsi are also popular pets among NFL players, including former Kansas City Chiefs Tony Richardson and Kimble Anders, as well as Tim Biakabutuka of the Carolina Panthers.
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