Cane Corso Breed Information History The Cane Corso like other mastiff is the descendents of the Roman Molosser. These were war and gladiator dogs of the ancient times. In Italy these dogs were used for hunting, cattle driving, personal protection and property guards. The dogs of today look very much like the dogs of old when compared to historic pictures of the time. Description The Cane Corso is a large breed yet very graceful and athletic. They are very energetic and not as laid back as other mastiff types. A breed of large bone, muscle and great strength. They give great presence of nobility and regality. The accepted colors for the breed are black, blue, brindle, fawn, red and formentino (blue fawn). Tan Points is a disqualifying fault. White on the chest, feet, toes, chin or throat is allowed. Black or gray mask is also allowed. This is a very large breed standard weights are generally 85-110lbs, however larger specimens are observed. Most important of the weight is a balance, weight should be in proportion to the individual dogs height. There are many good specimens at 120-130lbs. However most larger specimens of 150lbs+ do not show good form or conformation and have likely only been bred for their larger size. The bite is generally slightly undershot, but doesn't have a predominant under bite. Temperament and Breed traits The Cane Corso bonds very close to their family. They rarely stray from their property or home. They are territory and have a high defense drive. This makes them an excellent guard dog willing to defend property. They are also loyal and protective of their family. They are very good with children but do best when raised with them or given proper socialization. They love and protect everyone in the family but should be taught to respect every member and not be allowed to be dominant towards a child. Being a dominant breed they must be trained from an early age and given heavy socialization. This will make them manageable and well behaved when they reach their large adult weight. Even socialized they will still be weary of strangers; they will not act shy but reserved when guest arrive. This means that they will usually not be super sociable but will not act with aggression either when it is uncalled for. They are usually good with other dogs and pets, but can be a dominant towards other dogs. Fights might start if a dominant male or female in the pack is challenged. This breed also tends to have a medium prey drive, so they may be inclined to chase small animals. It really depends on the breeding and the socialization the dog receives to small animals. If they are raised with a pet cat in the home they will be accepting of that cat, but might want to chase other small animals. They are a very smart breed and highly trainable, although some can be stubborn at times. They are very eager to play and energetic so it takes patience in training and getting their attention, especially in a puppy. They can quickly problem solve. Some Cane Corsos can be demanding at times for your attention and push against you with their muzzle, climb on your lap or lean against you. Even as a large breed they believe they are family lap dogs. They must be trained to control their excitement and not jump on you as a puppy. Being large also means all kinds of reach to counter tops and tables, even as a puppy so you must train them that it is not okay to jump up to reach things from this area. They need daily play, attention and exercise. Being an athletic working breed with regular walks and play they will be happy and healthy. They do not fair well with kennel life or life away from their family. This breed makes an excellent watchdog due to their alertness and a great guard dog. As well still capable of driving cattle. Other activities in which you might see a Corso besides the conformation ring would be Shutzhund, Iron Dog, Agility, Weight Pull, and other physical activities. They do well in personal protection training and in guard dog testing/training. There are several Corsos who have also obtained CGC or passed Temperament Test. Some are also K9 Officers. Choosing a Breeder and Puppy When looking for a Corso puppy it is important to do a lot of research. You want to make the person is breeding to uphold the standard and better the breed. You will want to see that they show and/or work their dogs. As well temperament is so very important. You will see CH titles as well as CAL, GDT, SCH and possibly other titles. You should also look for OFA or HD rating to ensure the hips were tested. HD-A and OFA Excellent are the best scores you can get. This will decrease your chance of getting a puppy who will end up with Hip Dysplaysia. You should talk a long time with the breeder to make sure they care about the puppies and want to place the best pup to fit your needs. You should read over their contract to make sure you agree with everything and that they are guaranteeing the health of the puppy. You do not want a pup that is overly shy, scared or submissive. You will likely not want a pup that is always starting fights or dominating his/her litter mates unless you have had prior experience with large breeds and know how to handle and train them. As this will usually be the most dominant in the litter requiring firmer training and will test you more often.