Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) Breed Information with Pictures

Smiling Cane Corso

The Cane Corso or Italian Mastiff is medium to big in size. It belongs to the working groups of dogs. It has a very muscular built and has thick, short and waterproof coating. The Cane Corso is available in black, grey, red, brindle or fawn.

Only the Cane Corso and the Neopolitan Mastiff is the descendant to the Roman War Dog. It is the last breed of the coursing Mastiffs. Overall, the Cane Corso looks like a very powerful and athletic dog. Its most vital feature is its head which is big and very regal. His eyes are shaped like an almond and his muzzle is rectangular. The ears are usually cropped and will stand in a triangular shape. The Cane Corso is usually available in 2 colors – black and fawn.

Breed Facts

  • This dog is the descendant of the Canis Pugnas – the types of dogs that were used for the Roman Warfare.
  • The name Cane Corso was derived from the term ‘cane da corso’ meaning dogs that hunt for boar or fight bears.
  • Many people choose to take care of Cane Corsos because they are very good watchmen companions.
  • The Cane Coro’s ears are cropped because it helps them ward off wolves when protecting the livestock of their masters. They are very resistant to pain so it’s alright for their ears to be cropped. Even containment systems like invisible fences won’t hurt these dogs.
  • This dog is very popular for dog lovers because it easily adapts to any environment.

Breed Temperament

The Cane Corso is very easy to train. This is why many dog breeders love taking care of this dog. This is one of the most intelligent dogs that there is. This is why watchmen love working with them. They are also considered as guard dogs. Once you get your pup, make sure to train the right away.

These dogs tend to be very suspicious. A simple sound or scratch can make them search for the source and this may be very detrimental to your house. So make sure to consistently train your Cane Corso with socialization skills. When they learn how to socialize, you won’t have problems with them being suspicious anymore. They will just end up being very aloof around people they don’t know. They won’t be aggressive anymore. They only become aggressive when a real threat presents itself. So teach your friends and household visitors not to provoke the Cane Corso because stressful situations can create very bad results.

The Cane Corso is generally very quiet. It is affectionate when it comes to its owner. In fact, if trained properly, it can be a very sweet dog. He becomes the main protector of the family. And if his masters are around, he will be able to put up with strangers.

Focus on positive reinforcement when training. Giving them stressful situations will create temper problems in them. Don’t shout or yell at your Cane Corso. Give them a pat in the back when they do something good instead. Rewarding is always better than punishing.

Common Health Concerns

The Cane Corso is susceptible to many kinds of serious ailments. First and foremost, you must recognize the fact that they can have problems with their joints and bones. One common disease you may encounter with a Cane Corso is CHD or Canine Hip Dysplasia. Some veterinarians may term this as Degenerative Joint Disease or DJD. Basically, the joint coxofemoral joint becomes very sloppy because it is slowly degenerating. If you plan on buying a Cane Corso, make sure that you check the medical history of the parents of the pup because CHD and DJD are hereditary. To avoid this, you need to make sure that your pup gets the right kind of nutrition and exercise.

Another common ailment is growing pains or Panrosteitis which is a very self-disease that can be traced to stress, infection or autoimmune diseases. To avoid growing pains, make sure to avoid excessive dietary supplements. Another one is bloating or gastric torsion. This is the condition when the stomach gets filled with gas. The stomach then rotates around its axis and brings the spleen along which could be very dangerous. Torsion happens when the stomach ruptures in the process.

Canine Epilepsy also happens to Cane Corsos often. This is the recurrent and unprovoked seizures that are usually genetic. There are 3 types of epilepsy in dogs. The first one is the reactive epilepsy cause by low blood sugar or kidney and liver failure. The second one is the symptomatic epilepsy which is caused by strokes or a brain tumor. The third one is idiopathic epilepsy that has no known cause.

Breed Care

Cane Corso’s are not so sensitive when it comes to weather. They can tolerate cold or warm weather but this does not mean that they should not be housed properly. It’s best to place them inside the house along with the whole family so that it does not end up hurting other pets outside.

Regular exercise is needed for a Cane Corso. They love to run and brisk walk. 30 minutes a day would do. They have the tendency to drool or slobber when it’s hot.

There is no special maintenance needed for their coat. They are very light shedders and all you need to do is to brush them occasionally to make sure that all the dead hair is removed. Choose a dog shampoo to bathe them.

How the Breed Acts Around Children and Other Pets

Despite how a Cane Corso looks likes, it is actually very sweet and affectionate to children. However, it is important not to introduce them to kids if they are not yet trained. Full obedience training is a prerequisite before they are introduced to children.

These dogs are aggressive around other pets if not trained properly.

Breed Pictures

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