Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Cane Corso demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog, Fighter, Hunting Dog and Retriever and is known by its nick name the "Italian Mastiff". The origin of the Cane Corso dog breed was in Italy where it was developed in the Ancient Times. There are Limitations of ownership of the Cane Corso in some USA States.
Cane Corso Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group: The Cane Corso is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group. The Cane Corso was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2010.
Other names for the Cane Corso: The Cane Corso is known by the nickname of the "Italian Mastiff". Other names for this breed of dog include the Cane Corso Italiano, Italian Mastiff and Sicilian Branchiero. History facts and info about all the Mastiff breeds
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Cane Corso" derives from
The Cane Corso originated in Italy. The word "cane" derives from the Latin word "canis" meaning 'dog'. The word "corso" is derived from the word "cohors" meaning a cohort (from the Latin cohors) that was an ancient Roman military unit of the Roman legions. As its Latin name indicates the Romans used the Cane Corso as a military or War Dog.
Cane Corso History and Origin: The country of origin of the Cane Corso breed was in Italy during the Ancient Times. The Cane Corso is described as a Molosser dog that shares a common ancestry with the large, powerful dogs of antiquity including the, now extinct, Alaunt breed. The lighter Cane Corso and the heavier Neapolitan Mastiff and the are the two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descend from the Roman 'Canis Pugnaces', a Latin phrase meaning Fighting Dogs or War Dogs. The powerful Cane Corso was used as an Italian fighting dog and fought in the Roman amphitheatres , such as the Colosseum, against exotic wild animals such as tigers, lions and wolves and even fought against Roman Gladiators.
The terrifying Cane Corso was also used as a War Dog, or military dog by the legions of the Roman armies. The Cane Corso dogs of war were trained in combat and wore armor and spiked metal collars. The Cane Corso accompanied the Roman legions across the Empire, giving rise to an assortments of different mastiff breeds. (For additional facts refer to the History of all the Mastiff breeds).
Following the Fall of the Roman Empire the fierce Cane Corso was used to assist man in hunting a variety of animals such as the porcupine, wild boar, bear, wolves and badgers. A dog similar to the Cane Corso is depicted in a wild boar hunt on a 4th century Roman mosaic at the Villa del Casale. Conrad von Gessner (1516-1564), considered the father of modern zoology, wote about the Cane Corso in his Historiae animalium (1551–1558) stating that "...when a Corso has his teeth in a boar or bull he cannot be separated him without strong interference from the hunter to his jaws".
The Cane Corso went on to undertake various other roles such as working on farms herding livestock and in a hauling capacity as 'Butcher's Dogs'. Following WW2 the Cane Corso nearly became extinct as people found limited value in the old roles of the dog. By 1974 a dog breeder called Giovanni Bonnetti acquired some of the the elusive Cane Corso breed and established a breeding program to protect the breed. A breed club for the Cane Corso, the Society Amatori Cane Corso, was established in 1983. By 1994 the Cane Corso received official recognition from the ENCI Italian Kennel Club and the breed received Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognition in 1996.
Cane Corso Modern History: The modern history of the Cane Corso moved on and the breed is now used as a Watchdog, Guard Dog, Hunter and Retriever. This dog can be dangerous and there are therefore Limitations of ownership of the Cane Corso in some USA States.
Cane Corso Height: The Cane Corso breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 24-28 inches (62-70 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 23-26 inches (58-66 cm).
Cane Corso Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 99-110 lbs (45-50 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 88-99 lbs (40-45 kg).
Cane Corso Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as a short, stiff, dense coat.
Cane Corso Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include black, red, gray, fawn colors. Many Cane Corso dogs have a Melanistic Mask (a dark coloration of the skin or hair typically on the muzzle and face of the dog) because of a high concentration of melanin. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Cane Corso Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Cane Corso are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Cane Corso are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the Cane Corso on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Cane Corso Litter Size: The litter size of the Cane Corso dog breed ranges from 4-8 puppies. Cane Corso puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Cane Corso puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Cane Corso Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Patient, Calm, Even Tempered, Reserved and Composed.
Cane Corso Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Cane Corso requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has a long, controlled, effortless gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.
Cane Corso Diet: A fully grown Cane Corso should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Cane Corso Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Cane Corso breed include Hip dysplasia, Eye problems, Gastric torsion. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Cane Corso dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Cane Corso Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Cane Corso breed is 0 to 14 years.
Cane Corso Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Cane Corso breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Cane Corso names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Enzo *** Chase *** Luciano *** Sergio *** Zeke *** Dario *** Vito *** Carlo *** Koda *** Luigi.
Cane Corso Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Cane Corso girl dog. Our top choice of good female Cane Corso names are Zoey *** Marta *** Caterina *** Gaia *** Lilly *** Dixie *** Marika *** Isabella *** Lucrezia *** Rosie.