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The past and present of Cane Corso

Cane Corso is one of the most rear, expensive and prestige guarding breeds in the world. Cane Corso Italiano is one of the most ancient representatives of molosser-type. The first mention about Cane Corso came from the ancient times. In the written sources this breed was mentioned from the year of 1238. In the times of Roman Empire these dogs were used for gladiator fights, for guard and hunting for big wild animals. At present it is called a «dog-body-guard». There are a lot of sufficient and available information about the origin, way of formation and development of this breed for the person taken interest in the history of Cane Corso.

Obtaining a dog we first of all choose intelligent and noble creature, but not an article of prestige, so we are interested in the character of Cane Corso, features of its behavior and ability to get alone with folks, kids and pets. At present Cane Corsos are held in respect and headily move to the peak of glory and recognition by the best cynologists of the world. There is an intense export of these dogs from Italy to the USA, Canada, Austria and European countries, where they are used for the work in police, as guards for offices, elite bars and restaurants, jeweller's, expensive stores, private cottages and apartments. By the way, Cane Corso is the favorite breed of the Italian and American   mafia. At home it is an elegant panther, at work – an enraged lion. The breed is comprehensively developed and universal in use. Cane Corso combines the power, might, outstanding personality and even from the appearance makes frighten expression. This athletic dog with strong bones and relief muscular system has steady health. This dog possesses amazing plastics, very swift, dynamic and graceful.

Athletic appearance of this dog isn’t a single merit of this outstanding breed. Specialists and fanciers pay high tribute to its working characteristics. Cane Corso is an excellent guard. The dog well recognizes its territory and its boundaries. Corso never steps back in the face of danger. It is able to think, evaluate situation, grasp owner's thoughts and take independent decisions, if necessary. Main features, intrinsic to the breed in the ancient times, have fully preserved and are highly evaluated nowadays. One of the most attractive features of this dog is strong affection for home and family.

Breeding and training of Cane Corso can be easily handled by any beginning dog-breeder. The dog has excellent nervous system, steady mind, ability to training.

Cane Corso is extremely devoted and obedient.

Cane Corso adore kids. They let them any pranks and tricks well realizing their own strength and might. In the thick of a game such a giant will never drop a child, it is not literally breathing guarding a baby and letting itself make any jerk. Purchasing a dog, please, check thoroughbred of your future pet. Because in spite of pedigree you can get a dog, resembling Cane Corso just in appearance, but mind and temper can be different. First of all pay your attention on the parents of the puppy and previous generation, if possible. Your striving for saving on a dog can lead to unpredictable conflicts and misunderstandings from both sides in future. Overvalued or underestimated price doesn’t mean anything in relation to the quality of dog; everything depends on the breeder’s honesty and his aims. 

Cane Corso history can’t be called usual. Despite of thousands of its existence this breed is rather young and just begins to get its lost and well-deserved recognition. There were times when the breed was on the verge of extinction. By the 70-th of our century Cane Corso had been preserved in singles in the far districts of southern Italy. Owing to local enthusiasts and devoted fanciers, the breed became intensively reappear. In 1973 by joint efforts, on convincing some authoritative scientists “Società Amatori Cane Corso” (SACC) was established. Dr. Antonio Morsiani produced a detailed breed standard, accepted by the National Association of Italian cynologists in 1984 as a temporary standard. Besides in 1984 the first show of dogs bred in Mantz was held. In 1988 at the exhibition in Italy there were 50 dogs presented for the first time. Over 500 dogs corresponding to the chosen standard were registered in 1992. In January of 1994 Cane Corso breed was officially recognized by Italial Kennel Club. On October 12, 1996 Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) registered CANE CORSO breed under the number 343.

Cane Corso Italiano is one of the most ancient representatives of molosser-type. One glance at pedigreed dog is enough to understand that this breed appeared not yesterday. The first mention about Cane Corso came from the ancient times. In the written sources this breed was mentioned from the year of 1238. In the times of Roman Empire these dogs were used for gladiator fights, for guard and hunting for big wild animals. According to the remained evidences from the Renaissance CaneCorso due to their abilities and fearlessness in the fights with wild animals became the object of attention of artists and sculptors. Cane Corsos took part in military campaigns: on the back and chest they had iron armor and containers with tar, which were set fire. Dog-carriers of fire were sent to the hostile cavalry. Successful pedigree work of any breeder depends on the knowledge of all historical stages of a breed. By present working characteristics of Cane Corso has been improved; and outstanding personality intrinsic to this breed has been remained. The strength and might of this dog are worthy of respect. Cane Corso can be used as a working dog, therefore the accent in breeding is set on the strict observance of breed standards. It means that it doesn’t have any damp, friability, roughness and heaviness (slobbers, dropped red eyelids, excessive riffles).

Temperament
This breed is oriented to the protection and security. The dogs are strong, enduring and very intelligent. They can distinguish a threat from game and will never leave its owners.  Cane
Corso adore kids. They let them any pranks and tricks well realizing their own strength and might. In the thick of a game such a giant will never drop a child, it is not literally breathing guarding a baby and letting itself make any jerk. They love its family. It is the meaning of their life. The best features, intrinsic to the breed in the ancient times, have fully preserved and are highly evaluated nowadays. One of the most attractive features of this dog is strong affection for home and family. Cane Corso has inborn defense reflex, excellent intuition and will certainly feel any threat in advance. It is reliable and incorrupt. This breed is famous for its ability to think and take self-dependant decisions. But it won’t express an aggressive behavior without serious reason or owner’s order. 

Purchasing a puppy, one can collide with the greed of people, spoiling the breed with wrong pedigree usage, breeding for money. In order to find a puppy of corresponding quality it is necessary to reject the dogs of many clubs and kennels. Obtaining a dog we first of all choose intelligent and noble creature, but not an article of prestige, so we are interested in the character of Cane Corso, features of its behavior and ability to get alone with folks, kids and pets. Purchasing a dog, please, check thoroughbred of your future pet. Because in spite of pedigree you can get a dog, resembling Cane Corso just in appearance, but mind and temper can be different. First of all pay your attention on the parents of the puppy and previous generation, if possible. Your striving for saving on a dog can lead to unpredictable conflicts and misunderstandings from both sides in future.

Brief standard

This dog is rather large, athletic, powerful, very elegant, with pronounced relief muscular system, strong bones and good slender extremities, smooth corners. Main proportions: extended format, body length exceeds its height (body length is 1/4 more than the height at the shoulder). Height at the shoulder: 64-68 cm. Female dogs: 60-64 cm. Allowable variation is +/-2 cm to any side, big variation is a serious defect. A head is of typical molosser-type with pronounced superciliary arches. The scull is flat, square and very broad. It has deep «stop» (nasal bridge). Muzzle is noticeably shorter than the skull. Muzzle shortening leads to the tendency of teeth formula shortening, problems with breathing and heart. Parallelism of the forehead and muzzle lines is a serious disadvantage. Jaws are massive, very strong, undershot bite. Level bite – «claw» is possible. Eyes are as dark as possible, ovoid, directly and broadly set, with closely fitting eyelids. Look is intelligent and attentive. Ears are high-set. Nice and strong neck makes the dog look proud and grand. Withers are pronounced, higher than croup. Back is straight, very muscular and flexible. Loin is short and strong. Croup is long and wide. Slightly inclined. Tail is set fairly high. Strong and thick at the root. Coat is short, thick and very dense, rather waterproof and with a light undercoat. Traditional coats: black, brindle, different shades of grey and fawn with dark mask, white marks of the chest, possibly on the paws and muzzle. Cane Corso has an outstanding dynamics and plastics. It strides and moves with the extended trot. Preferable pace is trot. Constant ambling is a serious defect. Cane Corso has enviable health. They are not allergic, unpretentious in food and able to quick adaptation.

Breed mission

From the second half of XX century Cane Corsos became police dogs in Europe. It has excellent health and wide physical abilities for search, arrest and guarding. This dog possesses outstanding working characteristics. Even-tempered psyche and ability to quick training distinguish Cane Corso from other guard dogs. Natural enduring, infectious diseases resistance, ability to quickly adapt to any conditions allow using Cane Corso even in hunting for big animals. It is an ideal home dog. Its cleanliness and absence of smell let keeping this dog both in the country cottage and in city apartment.  Just one thing: it is not winter outside keeping because of the absence of thick coat. Cane Corso easily reaches understanding with other your home pets. It will fittingly join their troop. For small kids it will be the best nurse and tutor, reliable and attentive friend. With its natural power and quick wit Cane Corso can keep you company in a walking tour, fishing and other kinds of rest. Having steady temper, it won’t give any troubles or demand additional attention. You can use this dog as a companion in some kinds of sport (swimming, skiing, running, etc.). Cane Corso is wise, intelligent and steady dog. Grown-up Cane Corso, knowing about its strength, is calm and self-confident, full of selfrespect and intelligence. Cane Corso actions seem to be thoughtful and prove its nobility.

Cane Corso is infinitely devoted to its owner. Behind its vigorous appearance there is unlimited tenderness and faithfulness to his family, but in danger it will fight for its family and property to the last in spite of anything.

In the article materials of Free Encyclopedia Wikipedia  are used.

 


 

 

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