Dog Breeds 101 – Cane Corso

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Dog Breeds 101 – Cane Corso
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Coming from Italy, the Cane Corso is a mastiff-type breed which was developed to hunt big game and guard property. This dog has a massive head, a heavy body and a short coat which usually comes in the colors black, gray, fawn or red. This is a giant breed; it is not uncommon for the Cane Corso to weigh 120 pounds. Large, powerful and headstrong, this dog is not suited for an inexperienced owner. [1] The breed’s name comes from the Latin words “canis” which means dog and “cohors” meaning bodyguard. [2]

It is widely believed that the Cane Corso is a descendant of the “canis pugnax” – dogs used by the Romans in warfare. Cane Corsos accompanied hunters in wild boar huts and were also used to guard property and livestock – some of them still continue to be used for these purposes today. Historically, Cane Corsos were usually owned by night watchmen, keepers, carters and drovers but they became rare in the 20th century when life changed in the southern Italian rural farms. In the late 1970’s, a group of enthusiasts began an effort to bring the breed back from near extinction. [3] The International Cane Corso Association was formed in 1993 and the breed was recognized as an official breed by the American Kennel Club in 2010. Today, the popularity of the Cane Corso continues to grow. [2]

The strong-willed Cane Corso has a naturally dominating personality making it the perfect protector of its family and home. However, these dogs have the tendency to take charge. This behavior can be troublesome for owners who are unable to establish their role as a pack leader. The ideal owner should be someone firm and is able to put the dogs in their place. The dogs are very athletic and need plenty of exercise for them to be physically and mentally fit. [1]



References:

[1] http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/cane-corso
[2] http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/cane-corso#/slide/1
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_Corso

Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_Corso#/media/File:Cane_Corso_Italiano.jpg

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