Cane Corso’s upbringing and temperament present a few challenges that you can overcome with a consistent and understanding approach:
It is imperative that you socialize your Cane Corso Italiano early and familiarize them with other dogs and animals as well as people. Then he will develop into a pleasant and friendly contemporary.
The Corso can have a certain hunting instinct, but with the right training, you can control it.
Keep in mind that owning a Cane Corso will take a lot out of you, your physical condition, and your willingness to lead. If you’re more affectionate nature, the size, weight, and confident nature of the Italian dog breed could put you in awkward situations.
The Cane Corso Italiano requires a consistent and experienced dog owner who can boast of a great deal of patience. We, therefore, do not recommend the breed, which is associated with many challenges, to beginners.
The origin of the Cane Corso Italiano is not clear. In any case, it is certain that the big dog is a very old breed of dog. Already at the time of the high cultures of Mesopotamia between the Euphrates and Tigris people carved the likeness of similar dogs in stone.
From these ancestors, the Molosso Romano apparently arose in the Roman Empire, from whose line the Cane Corso probably arose. His duties were primarily guarding the house and yard and large herds of cattle. However, it was also used as a war dog, pulling loads and serving as a hunting dog to hunt down large and well-fortified games.
In the following centuries, however, the Cane Corso fell into oblivion until only a few specimens were left. However, the breed experienced a renaissance in the 1970s. It was not until 1996 that the definitively recognized standard was laid down.
The largest cynological umbrella organization "Fédération Cynologique Internationale" lists the Cane Corso Italiano in Group 2 "Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid - Swiss Mountain Dogs" and in Section 2.1 "Molosser, mastiff-like dogs". The FCI specifies the following breed standards:
Males reach a size of 64 - 68 cm. The females are slightly smaller at 60-64 cm.
Males should weigh around 45-50 kg and females around 40-45 kg.
The body of the Cane Corso is only slightly longer than the height of the stick measure measured at the base of the neck.
Its withers are higher than its croup, which extends to the high set, strong tail carried in a horizontal to the slightly sloping line.
The Corso's imposing chest runs down to his elbows.
His shoulders are very muscular and merge into his forelegs, which are also strong.
The Cane Corso Italiano has short, straight hair. His coat can be a variety of colors: black, lead grey, slate grey, light grey, deer red, fawn, and brindle. He also has a gray or black mask that shouldn't extend past his eyes.
The head of the Schutzhund clearly shows that it belongs to the Molossians, as the width exceeds the length in some places.
Its short but very broad muzzle is separated from the skull by a clearly recognizable stop.
The Cane Corso's jaw houses a scissor bite.
The ears are triangular and pendulous, with a wide set-on above the cheekbones. The hanging parts used to be mostly docked, which is now forbidden in Germany.
The eyes of the Italian Mastiff are medium-sized, round, and preferably very dark.