BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION

Cane Corso Italiano
Leone Del Ecousse
Photo courtesy: Cane Corso Del Ecousse

Breed Registries:


Registration of the Cane Corso — In the United States, the majority of Cane Corsos are registered with the International Cane Corso Federation (ICCF). Cane Corsos that are imported from Italy should have ENCI registrations. ENCI is the Fédération Cynologicue Internationale (FCI) recognized registry in Italy. (Note that the FCI is not a registry but each FCI country of origin maintains it's own registry.)


Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

Note 1: — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 83 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Origin:

Italy

Height:

Male: 24 to 27 inches (62-68 cm) - Female: 22 to 25 inches (58-64 cm)

Weight:

Male: 92 to 120 lbs (42-50 kg) - Female: 80 to 100 lbs. (38-45 kg)

Breed Profile:

The Cane Corso is an Italian breed and the direct descendant of the Roman Molossian. For centuries Cane Corsos have been outstanding guardians of property, family and livestock. They defended the herds from large predators such as wolves and bears and they have also been used to hunt wild boar, stag and bear.

The Cane Corso is intelligent, stable and active. His movement is powerful and effortless and he is considered to be unmatched as a watchdog. While affectionate with his family and loving to children, if necessary, he becomes a brave protector of both his family and property. Though wary of strangers, he should never be aggressive. The true Corso is indifferent when approached by strangers and will only react if a real threat is present. According to the FCI Breed Standard, an aggressive, unfriendly, or unapproachable Corso is incorrect.

Corsos enjoy many varied activities, including: weight pulling, carting, agility, flyball, herding and tracking.

Health Issues

Like all breeds of dogs, the Cane Corso may be affected by certain health disorders, including:

  • Demodectic Mange
  • Heart Disease — There are several types of Cardiac diseases believed to be caused by genetic factors and some of which have been reported in the Cane Corso breed, including: Cardiomyopathy, Sub-Aortic Stenosis (SAS), and Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (TVD).
  • Hip Dysplasia — Canine Hip Dysplasia is one of the primary health problems found in Cane Corsos.
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Problems — The Cane Corso is a breed of Mastiff and thus has eye problems common to his relatives. The most common defects are entropion, ectropion, and cherry eye.
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Bloat — As with many of the large and giant breeds, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Cane Corso. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms — This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) — Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.

If you are considering the adoption of a Cane Corse puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The Cane Corso is a strong and dominant natured breed. Therefore, the role of leader must be established from a young age. Early socialization and training are very important for this breed.

  • Dealing with Behavioural Problems
  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Raising Cane — An online forum dedicated to Cane Corsos, allowing users to share photos, stories and information about the breed.
  • The Cane Corso Coalition
  • Ear Cropping
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More