|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
|Contact:||Mr Arthur Fry|
Background The Cane Corso is an ancient breed; however, it is rather new to the rest of the world. A native to Italy, its ancestors are the Roman Molossians. The ancient Romans bred dogs for hunting big game, where the Cane Corso showed power, courage and agility. The breed was also adapted well to driving cattle and other livestock, as well as being guardian of the flock. During the First and Second World Wars breeding was impossible and the breed, what remained, was genetically tortured. In 1973 Professor Giovanni B, Stefano Gandolfi, Giancarlo Malavasi and a few other experts in the field, started a risky and long lasting regaining program of re-establishing the Cane Corso. In the recent past he has found an excellent preservation area in Southern Italy, especially in Puglia, Lucania and Sannio. His name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian", "Protector".
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it for its lifetime. The Cane Corso lives up to 10 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Cane Corso is an intelligent, active and even-minded dog. Docile and affectionate with the owner, the Cane Corso is gentle and protective of children, craves regular affection, attention and interaction with its family as a dog that also enjoys quiet times at home. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. It is loyal and submissive to its family, but suspicious and aloof with strangers. They are a stable dog with a strong sense of territory and if necessary they can become a terrible and brave protector of people, house and property. This breed can be highly dominant toward other people and other dogs, but plenty of early socialisation and obedience training and they are easily trained, softens these aggressive tendencies.
Compatibility with other pets With care, this breed is good with other dogs and pets.
Care Requirements This athletic breed thrives in a house or apartment, provided its high daily exercise needs are met. The coat requires minimal weekly grooming.
Ideal Owner/s This breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. Those who have had experience raising and training dominant dogs are best suited for this breed.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Cane Corso and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.