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Cane Corso: History and Appearance
The Cane Corso is the 165th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is one of the more recent breeds, only becoming eligible for registration as a working breed in 2010. Prior to that, the Cane Corso was allowed to compete in the Miscellaneous Class as of 2008. In 2005, the breed was eligible to compete as a Companion.
Despite its modern recognition, the breed has a long history. Known only in Italy until 1988, the Cane Corso’s name comes from the Latin word “Cohors” which translates as “guardian” and “protector.” For a time, the breed was considered to be very rare.
It is believed that the Cane Corso’s descendants go all the way back to the Roman Empire. The breed is said to be a light version of the “Canis Pugnax,” which is also known as “the old Roman Mollossian.” The Cane Corso is considered to be a lighter version of the Roman dog. The Mollossians were often featured in the Roman arena, where they would fight lions or other animals. They were valued as war dogs and guard dogs. There is evidence of the breed’s history in Italy is found in poems, history, and other writings. The breed was also featured in many paintings.
The Cane Corso, throughout history, was used to hunt big game, such as wild boar, stag, and bear. As big game hunting declined in popularity, the breed found a home as a farm dog. Cane Corsos were versatile farm dogs, able to assist in driving livestock to market, guarding livestock from animal and human predators, and guarding the family and estate as well.
As agriculture changed and the rural areas began to decline, so did the breed. In the 1970’s, it was feared that the Cane Corso would become extinct. The breed had been reduced to modest number, and was no longer considered stylish by dog fanciers. In 1976, an enthusiast for the breed named Dr. Breber, brought attention to the Cane Corso by writing several articles for the Italian Kennel Club magazine.
As time went on, other breed enthusiasts began working toward saving the race. Over several years, and much upheaval, discussion, and disagreement in regards to the breed’s standard, there was little progress. Finally, after some time, several good subjects for breeding were found, and there was a rebirth of the breed.
The Cane Corso soon became internationally known, and there was an increased demand for breeding. Unfortunately, with the increase in breeding and a lack of oversight and record keeping, the quality of the breed began to suffer. Efforts are still being made to ensure that bloodlines are monitored and that the standard is met for these dogs.
The Cane Corso is now an internationally recognized breed, and no longer limited to southern Italy. It is still valued as a working farm dog, guard dog, and hunting dog. Cane Corsos are also valued as family companions.
The Cane Corso is a sturdy and strong dog. Despite its large size, it has an ease and grace to its movement, and presents a balanced appearance. The males grow to roughly 28 inches, while the females grow to 26 inches. These dogs have large heads, with medium, almond shaped eyes. They have an alert and attentive expression, and occasionally will have some wrinkling of the forehead. The dogs may have light or dark brown eyes, depending upon the color of their coats. The ears may be cropped or uncropped, and are set above the cheekbones. If uncropped, they are medium and triangular in shape. The Cane Corso has a very broad muzzle. It is 1/3 of the length of the head, and the depth is more than 50% of the length of the muzzle. The nose is large, with open nostrils. The pigment of the nose matches the color of the coat.
The Cane Corso has a broad, muscular chest. The back is wide, and the neck is slightly arched with a mild dewlap. The legs are strong, with oval shaped feet. The rear dewclaws are always removed. The tail extends from the backline, and is thick at the root, and does not taper. The tail is carried low; otherwise it is only slightly higher than the back. The tail is docked at the 4th vertebrae. Tails may be natural, but the tip should not reach below the hock.
Cane Corsos have coats that are short, shiny, and stiff. There is a light undercoat that thickens when the temperature becomes colder. The top coat lies flat to the skin. The coat comes in a variety of colors, including black, light and dark gray, fawn, and red. The coat can be brindled. Masks on the face are acceptable. Fawn and red dogs may have black or gray masks. White patches might be on the backs of pasterns, toes, chest, throat, and chin.
Showing the Cane Corso
Although fairly new to the American Kennel Club, the Cane Corso is still held to specific standards when showing. The dog should not have a narrow head or muzzle. Eye color cannot be yellow or blue. Natural ears should not extend below the jaw bone. The pigment of the nose should match the coat; black for black coats and gray for gray coats. Nose pigmentation should be complete, without any speckling or mottling. The dog should be well muscled, and neither thin nor overweight. Natural tails should not be knotted, twisted, or too thin. The dog should not have missing teeth; more than two are considered a major flaw. The jaw should not be undershot more than ¼ inches. The rear dewclaws are always removed.
The Cane Corso’s gait should be powerful, yet elegant. There should be freedom to the movement. The motion is not jerky or clumsy. During acceleration, the motion should be single track. The expression should be alert and intelligent. As a working breed, the Cane Corso should demonstrate strength, as well as an ability to follow commands.

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