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Description of Cane Corso

´╗┐The Breed History

One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed's name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian" and "Protector." He was a property watchdog and hunted wild boar. Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was known only in southern Italy, and was considered very rare, but has still been featured in many paintings throughout Italy's history. AKC recognition occurred in 2010.

Breeding for Function

The Cane was developed to perform multiple tasks from combat to herding of cattle, and guard dog. He was employed in the hunting of large wild animals and also as an "auxiliary warrior" in battles.

Physical Characteristics

Height at withers: Males: 25 to 27.5 inches (63.5-70 cm); Females: 23.5 to 26 inches (60-66 cm).

Weight: Males 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg) Females 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg).

Coat: The breed's coat is short but not smooth, very coarse and thick in order to be perfectly waterproof. It can be black, gray, fawn or red, with brindle variations and a black or gray mask also acceptable.

Longevity: 10-11 years.

Points of Conformation: A muscular, balanced, large-boned dog, rectangular in proportion. The head is molossus type; its total length reaches approximately one third of the height at the withers. Eyes are medium-size, tight, almond-shaped, brown, not round or bulging. Ears are set well above the cheekbones. Nose is large, black or grey, with well-opened nostrils. Lips are firm, with upper lips moderately hanging. The bite is slightly undershot to level. There is only a small amount of dewlap. Depth of the ribcage is equal to half the total height of the dog, descending slightly below the elbow. The rump is round due to muscling. The tail set is an extension of the backline, thick at the root with not much tapering at the tip. The legs are strong and muscular. Elbows are parallel to the ribcage, neither turning in or out. Feet are round and well arched. The gait is free flowing and powerful, effortless, with strong reach and drive, and a single track at full gait.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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