The origins of the Cane Corso
Originally from Italy, the Cane Corso is part of the molossoid family. Its name “corso” refers to the Latin word cohorswhich means “protector and guardian of the farms“. It is thus the direct descendant of the Canis pugnax who accompanied the Roman legions during their battles. War dog, guard dog, hunting dog… it has also been adopted by many Italian families as a pet because of its easy-going nature. Despite all its qualities, the breed came close to extinction during the 20and century. But she was able to endure despite everything, and the breed standard was set in 1996.
The physique of the Cane Corso
- size: 60 to 64 cm (female) and 64 to 68 cm (male);
- weight: 40 to 45 kg (female) and 45 to 50 kg (male);
- hair: short and tight;
- hair color: black, dark or light gray, brindle, fawn;
- head shape: broad and slightly arched, its muzzle is deep and its lips are moderately pendulous;
- shape and color of the eyes: almond-shaped, his eyes are medium in size, dark in color in harmony with his dress;
- shape of the ears: triangular, they are set high and of medium size;
- other peculiarities: the body is compact and very muscular.
The character of the Cane Corso
Protective by nature, the Cane Corso is above all an excellent guard dog. Sweet and balanced, he is very affectionate towards his masters and children. He only attacks in case of extreme necessity. Easy to train, it can sometimes be a bit stubborn, but proper dog training with an experienced master will prove sufficient. An athletic dog with great intelligence, he needs to be stimulated both mentally and physically. If he can adapt to a city life by being out regularly, life in the countryside or in a house with a garden will be ideal for him.
The health of the Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is a healthy dog with few health problems. For him to live long and have a quality life, care must be taken to give him a highly nutritious diet, given his size and his great energy.
Note, however, a predisposition to coxo-femoral dysplasia, the most frequent pathology of this breed, as shown by numerous studies, like the thesis Le Cane Corso, monographic study (Éric Bouillot, 2005). In addition, the breed can also suffer:
- stomach dilatation or torsion syndrome
- joint problems (as you age).
The average life expectancy of the Cane Corso is between 10 and 12 years.
The price of the Cane Corso
On average, the price of a Cane Corso is 1100 euros for a male, and 1000 euros for a female. Some lines can reach a price of 1500 euros. Its annual maintenance cost varies between 1750 and 1800 euros.