The Cane Corso is known for being protective and having an imposing appearance. But this ancient breed has other traits that may surprise. Taken together, these qualities can make this dog a perfect companion for the right owner. Here are 10 Cane Corso facts to know.
1. The Breed’s Name Traces to Latin
This Italian breed’s name is derived from Latin. “Cane Corso” approximately translates to “bodyguard dog” or “robust dog.” And if you have more than one, you have Cani Corsi.
2. This Is a Large Dog
According to the AKC Cane Corso breed standard, male dogs stand between 25 and 27.5 inches tall, while female dogs stand between 23.5 and 26 inches. Their weight should be in proportion to their height.
3. Size Isn’t the Only Thing That Makes Them Formidable
They have a large head with an imposing expression and a strongly muscled body. The breed is dominant and fiercely protective.
4. This Is An Ancient Breed
Dating back to ancient Greece, Cani Corsi were warrior dogs. When the Romans conquered the Greek islands, the legionnaires brought the dogs back to Italy and bred them with Italian dogs. Over the centuries, the breed became well-rounded farm dogs, guarding property, droving, and hunting game.
5. They Can Be Loyal and Affectionate
This is not a dog that becomes the best friend of everyone they meet. In fact, they’re often indifferent to other dogs and people not in their family. But they are intensely loyal and protective of their owners.
6. The Cane Corso Is Sensitive to Their Owners
A Cane Corso will be very attuned to your moods and feelings and may even think they are the cause of your happiness, grief, anger, or pride. Cani Corsi owners describe the relationship as one of subtlety and depth.
7. Cani Corsi Love Having Work to Do
The Cane Corso thrives on stimulation, both mental and physical, and will shine if given a job, whether working on the farm or “helping” with the children. In fact, the breed excels at dog sports like tracking, agility, and scent work.
8. Training Is Key
It’s important to work with your dog in training sessions on a consistent basis. You may want the help of a trainer experienced with the breed, but your Cane Corso must learn to work with and obey you.
9. The Breed Vocalizes
You can expect snorts, snuffles, howls, and a “roo-roo” sound somewhere between barking and singing, which Cane Corso owners know very well.
10. They Will Expect to Share Your Home and Life
Bred to work alongside the family, your Cane Corso will want to spend every minute of their waking hours with you. They thrive on companionship and want to be wherever you are — and as close to you as possible.