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The Cane Corso in an ancient breed, one of the two native Italian mastiff-type dogs descended from the canis Pugnaces of Rome. These dogs are extremely athletic, loyal, and versatile, traits that developed because of their role as all-around farm dogs in rural Italy. The breed is known for its muscular physique and imposing appearance, but here are some things that may surprise you:

1. The Cane Corso is a regal dog that maintains an air of serious decorum at all times.

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Except snuggle time…

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And maybe snack time.

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2. Despite his protective nature and tough exterior, the Cane Corso is a very sensitive dog where his loving family is concerned.

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3. For their size, they are truly and astonishingly fast and agile.

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4. They drool occasionally, especially when a potential snack is involved.

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5. They are goofy and fun loving.

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6. The are excellent listeners.

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7. They make decent foot warmers and even better couch warmers.

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8. They are willing to do just about anything with their person.

9. They are pleasers. In spite of the occasional adolescent stubbornness, they always aim to please their people.

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10. The Cane Corso’s No. 1 priority (even above snacks) is to be with his family, as much as possible and as close as possible.

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Annie Wildmoser is a member of the Cane Corso Association of America‘s Board of Directors.
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