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AKC Meet the Breeds: Cane Corso

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Noble, majestic, and powerful in presence, the Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed. One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed's name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian" and "Protector."

The breed's coat is short but not smooth (like the coat of a cow), very coarse and thick in order to be perfectly waterproof. It can be black, gray, fawn or red, with brindle variations and a black or gray mask also acceptable.

A Look Back
The Cane Corso is a native of Italy. He was a property watchdog and continues that job today. They also had the job of hunting wild boar and fighting along soldiers in ancient battles. Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was known only in southern Italy, and was considered very rare, but has still been featured in many paintings throughout Italy's history.

Right Breed for You?
Intelligent, the Cane Corso is easily trained. As a large and athletic breed, they need a lot of exercise. They are affectionate to their owner and bond closely with children and family. Cane Corsos are light shedders, which make grooming simple – all they need is an occasional brushing.

  • Working Group; AKC recognized in 2010.
  • Ranging in size from 23 1/2 to 27 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Property watchdog; large-game hunter.

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