The term Cane Corso has been used
for many centuries in Italy. Pronounced Carn-ay Corso (Cane being
Italian for 'dog' and Corso derived from the Latin Cohors meaning
protector), the breed's name literally means 'guardian' or 'protector
dog'. Historically, this term perhaps initially described a type
of dog rather than a specific breed. The Cane Corso is of mastiff
origins and was most commonly used to protect property, livestock
and family; as a dog of war; to herd stock and hunt game.
The Cane Corso type became less
popular in Italy preceding the 1950s and a subsequent recovery process
was put in place by Italian enthusiasts. The type was formally recognised
in Italy in 1987 and an approved standard was written. In 1996 the
breed was recognised on an international level. In 2003 the breed
was formally recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council
The breed's strong guarding instincts
remain. It is very dominant and will be wary of strangers. It is
an imposing breed, intimidating in its appearance and stature. A
Cane Corso bonds early with its family, and is particularly protective
of children. Due to the breed's dominant nature, obedience training
and early exposure with other dogs and humans is essential. The
breed must be controlled by owners who are prepared to have a strong
influence over it.
A low maintenance breed, the coat will shed once yearly and only
requires bathing around every six weeks. Unless the dog gets particularly
dirty, brushing is only required after bathing. Breeders claim the
Cane Corso's relatively tighter skin and lips alleviates a problem
common to mastiffs - drooling. However some Cane Corso with larger
lips may still drool.
This breed needs exercise. At least an average-sized backyard is
required, plus a daily walk.
General health good & sound, not uncommon to mastiffs typical
bone and joint problems such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
As it's such a new breed in Australia, incidence of these conditions
can not be reported, however breeders assure that they have selected
healthy dogs from Italy. Please refer to the breeder for details
on what they feed their dogs. For Diet and other general dog health