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Surname: Cane Corso Italiano
Alternative namesImage: Italian mastiff
Original origin: Italy
FCI group: Pinscher and Schnauzer
size: up to 70cm
size: up to 65cm
Mass () : 42 - 50kg
Mass () : 38 - 45kg
Life expectancy: 10 - 14 years
litter size: 7 - 10
coat color: black
coat type: shiny, tight
coat length: short
Character / essence: calm, loyal, eager to learn, balanced
attitude: consistent education necessary
Cane Corso Italiano - introduction information
The exact origin of the Cane Corso Italiano is not clearly researched until today. He probably comes from a southern Italian shepherd dog, which was bred in the fourth century in Sicily and Apulia. The Cane Corso Italiano is closely related to the Mastino Napoletano, a likewise dog-like dog of similar appearance. Both are the latest findings according to direct descendants of the canis pugnacis or Roman Molosserhundes used by the ancient Romans as herding and war dog. Only since 1996 is the Cane Corso Italiano recognized as an independent dog breed internationally.
This Molosser is a medium-sized dog with a powerful musculature that can reach a body weight of fifty kilograms at a shoulder height of up to seventy centimeters. Despite its sturdy stature and wide skull, the Cane Corso Italiano impresses with its extremely elegant and proud appearance. This is not only due to his clearly defined body contours, but also to his short and shiny coat, which can usually appear monochrome in black or different shades of gray, rarely red or brindle. Specimens with a light coat color usually have a dark face mask. Noteworthy are his lop-eared pendulous ears of triangular shape, the deep crease on his forehead and his pronounced eyebrows.
Despite its powerful appearance, the Cane Corso Italiano is a playful and extremely affectionate and loyal dog that is considered to be very fond of children and therefore ideally suited for keeping in a family. His pronounced protective instinct makes him a talented companion and watchdog. He acts indifferently to strangers to distant people, as long as he sees no danger for his caregivers. Since he was bred as a pure working dog, he makes some demands on the attitude. In order to maintain its good nature, a consistent and yet loving education from puppy age is required. However, he is very eager to learn and is therefore suitable for training in the dog school and for sports activities. The education and employment should be varied, because the Cane Corso Italiano is fast boring, which sometimes he can lay problematic behavior patterns because of its size. Despite its balanced and good-natured nature, the Cane Corso Italiano is listed on the racial list in some states, making the purchase associated with expensive character tests and permits. With respect to species, he can reach a considerable size of up to fourteen years for his size.