Very loyal dogs of the Cane Corso breed, are a direct descendant of the Old Roman Great Dane. In the past, a breed widespread throughout Italy, has survived only in Pulla and in the areas adjacent to this province of mountainous Italy. And now the Cane Corso breed is widespread and popular in many countries of the world. Photo of the dog and characteristics further in our article.
The content of the article:
- 1. The history of the origin of the breed Cane Corso
- 2. Description of the breed
- 3. Character
- 4. Italian dog Cane Corso and other pets
- 5. Care and maintenance of Cane Corso
- 6. Nutrition
- 7. Cane Corso training
- 8. Diseases of Cane Corso
- 9. How much is Cane Corso?
- 10. Nickname for Cane Corso
- 11. Photos of Cane Corso
The history of the origin of the breed Cane Corso
The breed has an impressive history: their ancestors are called canis pugnas, a large Roman guard dog. The name of the breed comes from the word cohors, which can be translated as “protector, guard of the yard”. The first written sources mentioning the Cane Corso date back to 1238. Dogs were not only watchmen, but also hunters.
During the Renaissance, the Cane Corso often became the prototypes of dog sculptures, thanks to their fearlessness and courage in battles with animals. Until now, in Italy, there is a saying “brave as Corso”. In the middle of the 20th century, the breed almost disappeared, enthusiasts revived it, looking for dogs that meet the standard. In 1994 the breed was recognized by the Italian Kennel Club, in 1996 – by the FCI (dog breed standards).
Researchers of the history of mastino napolitano and cane corso have confused the situation very much, trying to trace the origin of the rocks separately, but when generalizing the known facts, it turns out that the modern mastino is nothing more than a decorative version of the southern type of cane corso.
Of course, today these breeds have acquired many differences, and mainly due to the rapid evolution of the mastino. The processes taking place in both breeds can be compared with those that took place in the development of the British Bulldogs: the working type, preserved in the southern United States (now the American Bulldog) and the English Bulldog. Fortunately, the Cane Corso avoided the vagaries of fashion and the passion for external forms, thanks to which it has preserved to this day a rare combination of the highest working qualities and harmony of constitution.
In Russia, the Cane Corso breed appeared in 1994. During this time, the dog received many reviews not only from professional dog handlers, but also from people far from dog breeding, for whom Corso became the first dog in life..
Description of the breed
Cane Corso – very harmonious and compact dog. It combines power, strength and speed in equal measure. Difference from other Molossians: the Cane Corso is not gigantic in size (a cross between a boxer and a Rottweiler), not heavy (like a Neapolitan Mastino, or Bullmastiff) and has a very characteristic head typical of Molossians. Cane Corso has an incredibly expressive and emotional “face”, on which you can always read what feelings are overwhelming your pet at the moment.
The color is black, gray in all shades (from light to lead and blue), red (from beige to red), brindle (dark stripes on a beige or gray main background). Dogs of beige or brindle color have a black or gray mask on their muzzle. Small light spots on chest, tip of tail and bridge of nose are allowed.
Dimensions of Cane Corso:
- Head in the Cane Corso it is large, typical for molossoid dogs, with a wide skull and a prominent forehead. The muzzle is straight and slightly upturned. The transition from the forehead to the muzzle is clearly defined. The upper lips form the lower profile of the muzzle: they drop moderately to cover the lower jaw.
- Ears hanging, triangular. Set high above the cheekbones on a broad base. The ears are often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle. However, in some countries docking the ears and tail is prohibited (Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and others). Consider this if you are going to take part with your dog in international exhibitions..
- Eyes oval, slightly convex, of medium size. Set on straight and close fitting eyelids. The color of the eyes is as dark as possible given the color of the dog’s coat. The look is attentive, penetrating. The nose of the Cane Corso is straight. The muzzle is massive, square. A large, with developed nostrils, the nose is located in one line with the nasal bridge. Lobe color – black.
- Bite in dogs these are breeds – a dense undershot. A level bite is acceptable (but not desirable). The jaws are massive, large, curved.
- Housing in dogs strong but not squat. Its length is slightly greater than the height at the withers. The chest is well developed, wide and deep. Drops to the elbows. The back of the Cane Corso breed is strong and muscular, very even.
- Front limbs Cane Corso are perpendicular to the ground – both when viewed from the front and viewed in profile, they are strong and durable. Front feet are round, arched toes are gathered in a tight lump. The nails and paw pads are dark. Strong nails, hard and dry pads.
- Hind limbs they are distinguished by wide and long hips with a convex back line. The shins of dogs are strong, but not fleshy. The shape of the hind legs is slightly less compact than the front legs..
- Tail thick at the base, set high. Usually docked up to the 4th vertebra, except in those countries where it is prohibited. In movement, the dog holds the tail high, but does not bend it or set it upright.
Average number of puppies in a litter: 4-6 pieces [/сolor-box]
Corses do not belong to the category of dogs with a complex character. They are predictable, agreeable, non-aggressive, and very loyal. This valuable quality of the breed has made the Cane Corso one of the most attractive and versatile breeds. According to the professional trainers, thanks to the combination of “good physical characteristics + docile character” – Kors is perfectly trained and suitable for any work: guarding the owner and his property, searching for objects, a companion for sports and a nanny for children.
A well-fenced yard is best suited for safe keeping of the Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso). If other dogs or unknown people enter the territory of this dog breed, the Canne Corso will do what they have to do, that is, defend their territory.
For all its impulsiveness and love of life, the corse will not get tangled under your feet and call out your eyes. It is easily adaptable both in an apartment and in a country house. If you live in the countryside, you need to remember that Cane Corso are not adapted for year-round living on the street and that in no case should Corso be chained. The ideal place for your dog is a lounger or mattress, from which he can observe the surroundings and keep track of all family members.
The Cane Corso is a very powerful breed and can be a challenge for the owner. The owner of the Cane Corso should always be consistent in his actions, and the family members should know well how to handle such a dog. Education and early obedience training is essential for a dog to be able to behave in the family. In general, the Cane Corso is a very loyal and desperately loving pet for its family. He often follows his master throughout the house and may even suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for a long time. Therefore, it is worth paying special attention to teaching the dog to stay at home alone..
Cane Corso are usually dominant and aggressive with other dogs. Far from their territory, they usually do not run into a fight, but if provoked, then fights cannot be avoided. It is very important that Canne Corso, already being puppies, communicate with different people and other animals in order to develop a stable temperament.
If you have small children and you want to have a dog, do not hesitate: Cane Corso is what you need! Even an adult, wise Cane Corso is, at heart, a cheerful child. He will become not only a nanny for your child, but also a playmate. Cane Corso is well aware of his strength and therefore will be neat and careful with the child. If you take a very small puppy into the house, then at first control the games and make sure that your child does not accidentally drop or step on the puppy..
Italian dog Cane Corso and other pets
Corso is very friendly and helpful. If you already have other animals, such as a dog or a cat, the Cane Corso will certainly get along with them. In relation to the weaker ones, Cane Corso prefers to be a patron and protector. Another valuable quality is the calm behavior of the dog during a walk. Cane Corso does not seek to prove his superiority, he is self-confident and will never provoke a fight with other dogs. But if a fight is inevitable, there will be no mercy for the offender!
Cane Corso is a very intelligent and powerful dog that knows its worth and this must be taken into account before taking it to your home. The modern Cane Corso is very aggressive in case of danger, distrustful of strangers, but never shows aggression without reason. Will never get into a fight with a dog weaker than him.
Care and maintenance of Cane Corso
Like any short-haired dog, the Cane Corso does not require painstaking care. The breeder will certainly tell you the basics of simple care for a puppy and an adult corso. A pleasant feature of this breed is that the corsages do not have a specific smell, do not slobber and are naturally in good health. Cane Corso can only be washed a couple of times a year and then only if it smells bad. And of course, carry out monthly prophylaxis against fleas and ticks.
Cane Corso is very easy to care for the coat, all you need to do is sometimes remove the dead coat, besides, these dogs do not shed much. The dog should be brushed weekly. The Cane Corso don’t mind living on the street if they have enough attention and a roof over their heads.
Ideally, any dog needs full, interesting and long walks. But we do not always manage to find enough time for such walks. Cane Corso is very convenient in this regard – it adapts as much as possible to your lifestyle and regulates its load itself. If you lead an active lifestyle, prefer running, cycling – Cane Corso will support you with enthusiasm! Almost all Cane Corso are very fond of swimming, and as you know swimming – it perfectly strengthens the legs and develops the chest. If you have a clean body of water nearby – visit it more often.
In nutrition, the breed is completely picky, strong jaws allow you to cope with any food. Remember the basic rules for feeding dogs: the more feeds, the smaller the portions, and also monitor the correct ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the pet’s diet.
The choice of feed – natural or commercial – is entirely up to you. The trend is now that breeders have opted for dry food, arguing that such food is balanced, practical and is liked by the dogs. Rule: Regardless of the type of food, it must be fresh, of high quality and contain the nutrients, vitamins and trace elements necessary for the dog..
Cane Corso training
Cane Corso are quick-witted, they have a stable psyche. Dogs are great for training. Sometimes you can hear fears that by teaching a dog to carry ZKS, you can raise an aggressive monster with remarkable strength. Fortunately, such opinions are unfounded, Cane Corso are non-aggressive and do not use force without the owner’s command or a real threat to him. Please note that excessive aggression is a reason for disqualification of the dog, which means that the aggressive Cane Corso is not a typical representative of the breed.
Canne Corso are extremely powerful dogs. They require a significant amount of exercise and exertion to maintain good physical shape. They do not have a very playful disposition, so it would be good to take care of creating a special training program, in which you will certainly be assisted by the breeders of the breed.
Usually classes begin with a young dog Cane Corso, but if there is a need, you can consult a specialist at any age. In the case of an adult dog Cane Corso, as a rule, we are dealing with already established habits, and it will not be so much about training as about behavior correction.
The first thing to strive for is good contact with the dog. Often, instructors are tempted to resolve many issues by force. This leads to a deterioration in the relationship between man and dog. The owner will have to learn to understand his dog, explain to her what exactly he wants in this or that case. Incentives (food, play) are just a way to maintain and strengthen the contact between the owner and the corso, as well as dosed, justified coercion.
For animals, timely exposure is significant. It is this that allows you to form a connection between what the dog does and what follows. The entire training process is based on this. Punishment delayed in time has only one result: deterioration of the relationship between the owner and his pet..
Diseases of Cane Corso
Like other breeds, which were “authored” by nature, and not genetics, the Cane Corso is free from any breed-specific diseases. The main concern of Cane Corso owners is hip dysplasia.
Never take a cane corso for jogging while it is under 18 months old, as this can seriously damage its joints.
This dog breed is also prone to diseases such as:
- thyroid disease
- cherry eye
- ectropion (eversion of the century)
- entropion (turn of the century)
How much is Cane Corso?
The range of prices starts from 35 thousand rubles, but for that kind of money, you need to carefully study the puppy’s pedigree. Pay special attention to the psyche of parents, how stable it is!
But in my opinion it is better not to save money on such things and take from trusted breeders, the cost in this case will be 50-70 thousand rubles.
Nickname for Cane Corso
Most often, owners call their dogs the following names:
Photos of Cane Corso
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