A direct descendant of the ancient Roman Molosser, the powerful Cane Corso derives its name from cane da corso, an old Italian term for dogs used to control cattle and swine. For centuries, its distribution was south of Rome in the Southern Italian regions of Basilicata, Campania, and Apulia.
This Cane Corso predates its cousin the Neapolitan Mastiff, but in the 20th century rural Southern Italy changed and by the 1970s it was near extinction. Fortunately, a group of Italian enthusiasts revived the breed and it was recognized by the AKC in 2010.
Today, the Cane Corso is primarily used as a guardian, for protection, tracking and as a police dog
Weight: Female: 88–99 lbs (40–45 kg) Male: 99–110 lbs (45–50 kg)
Height: Female: 23–26 inches (58–66 cm), Male: 24–28 inches (62–70 cm)
Coat: Short, coarse, thick and waterproof.
Color: Black, Fawn, Black Brindle, Grey, Chestnut Brindle, Red.
Life span: 9–12 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Reserved, Stable, Quiet, Calm.
Health: Healthy breed, but may be susceptible to hip dysplasia, idiopathic epilepsy, demodex mange, and eyelid abnormalities.
• Ancient Romans used the Cane Corso to charge enemy lines with buckets of flaming oil strapped to their backs.
CKC: Group 3, Working
UKC: Guardian Dog Group
FCI: Group 2, Section 2.1 Molossian: Mastiff type #343