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Cane Corso History

Race history

Description of the breed
The Cane Corso is a medium dog – large, short-skinned and muscular and solid. His athletic and elegant form compares to him a noble and impressive appearance and creates the appearance of a larger dog than it really is.
Height of male between 68 – 62 cm and weight 54 – 42 kg. The height of the female ranges from 64 – 58 cm and its weight between 46 – 38 kg. Until recently, it was customary to cut off the tail and ears, which is currently prohibited in many countries in the world, including Israel.
Buy a short, shiny fur Corso in several different colors: brown, red (beige), black, blue (gray) or mottled mixture of the above colors. .

Origin of the breed
The Cane Corso is an ancient dog considered to be the prototype of all European mollusks. It belongs to the Molosser family whose roots are related to the Roman Empire. And muscular, this is the Kana Corso and the other, heavier and more clumsy – the Neapolitan Masatino.
The origin of this ancient breed is in Italy. No one knows when exactly the breed was created, but it can be estimated that at the latest it already existed around the 12th century. In the late 1980s, several dozen dogs were discovered in southern Italy whose shape was known from ancient paintings of the 13th century and since then Italian scholars have begun to explore the past of this fascinating breed.

The breed standard

FCI-Standard Race Regulations No 343 / 12.03.1999

Source: Italy.
Role: Watchdog, defense, police dog and stalking.
Classification according to FCI: Group 2 Pinzer and Schnaubzer, Type-Mussulians and Swiss Mountain Dog and Shepherd, Sub-Group 2.2 Sex-Mollusians.

A brief historical summary
Cane Corso is an ancient race considered the prototype of all European moles.
It belongs to the Molosser family whose roots are related to the Roman Empire. This breed is the most authentic scion for the Roman Empire war dog. Common throughout Italy and mainly preserved in southern Italy in Foggia and Bari. Its name is derived from the Latin word “cohors” which means “farm keeper” “shield”.

General appearance: Medium to large, elegant, sturdy dog, powerful, athletic and very muscular.

Important relationship: The length of each head reaches 36% of the dog’s height. Body length exceeds 12% -10% over height. 62% -64% bore pulley ratio (mouth + nose) 36% -38%.

Behavior / temperament: property dog, livestock and family. Active, smart and easy to train dog. Has very well developed senses and used to be a shepherd dog and a big hunter. A loyal and well-behaved family dog ​​with children and households without a particular tendency for aggression toward animals in general and dogs in particular.

Head: Large and wide of the mucosal type is characterized by a clear STOP. The width of the pulley is equal to or greater than its length. The upper longitudinal axes of the pulley and the bow meet and are not parallel.

Pulley: Convex at the front and quite clearly flattened from behind to forehead. There is a clear groove in the forehead.

Nose: Wide black nostrils open in the same line of the bow.

The bow: considerably shorter than the skull (pulley ratio 62% -64% bow (mouth + nose) 36% -38%) strong and very square.

Lips: The top lip covers the bottom lip so that it forms the bottom profile of the bow (nose + mouth).

Jaws / Teeth: Wide, thick and strong jaws. Moderate chin bite (up to 5 mm) Pliers bite is obtained.

Eyes: Medium-sized versus dog-sized, egg-like looking forward with a smart, alert look. The color of the iris from dark brown to light brown to yellow varies depending on the color of the fur. The eyelids are closed respectively.

Ears: Triangular shape, medium size relative to head volume and dog size. Their position is high above the zygomatic. It was customary to cut short like Dogo Argentino is currently prohibited by law in Israel.

Neck: Strong, quite thick and muscular in length along the head.

Body: Very strong and the length of the body exceeds its height.

Back: Very muscular and solid. The front (neck connection) is slightly higher than the back (the buttocks).

Waist: Short and firm.

Breech: long, wide, slightly sloping.

Chest: Well developed and extended forward between the front legs and slightly convex in three dimensions, reaching down to the elbow.

Tail: The tail base is very thick and is inserted on the back of the tail. It was customary to cut down on the third or fourth link nowadays prohibited by law. The tail should not be curled or over-erected.

Anterior legs: Long, sloping and very muscular shoulder. The arm is strong. Foot: Closed fingers similar to a cat’s foot.

Rear legs: Very strong and muscular. Moderate angulation.

Skin: Thick adjacent to the muscular body. Head without wrinkles. The skin is stretched on the muscular neck without unnecessary folds.

Fur: ​​Short but not smooth hair. Brilliant, very dense and stiff. Average length 2.5 cm.

Color: Black, gray, shades of gray, yellowish brown, deer brown (red), mottled, black mask exists in yellowish brown shades on the bow and does not need to cross the eye line. A small white stain is acceptable on the chest, feet and nose bridge.

Height: Males 62-68 cm, females 58-64 cm ± 2

Weight: Males 42-50 kg, females 38-45 kg.

Deficiencies: Any deviation from the points presented above shall be considered as the defect of reference in accordance with the degree of deviation and severity.

Severe defects:
Head: Exception is highlighted on the pulley and bow lengths.
Bite: prominent and interfering chin, scissor bite.
Nose: Partial lack of pigmentation.
Tail: Tail curled or upright.
Size: More or less than the device.
Movement: limp, slow and energyless.

Disqualifying flaws:
Head: Head and bow axes move away.
Bite: Epic bite (upper jaw longer than lower).
Nose: Full pigmentation.
Eyes: Partial or bilateral pigmentation in eyelids, strabismus in both eyes.
Tail: Lack of tail, short tail of three congenital or artificial vertebrae.
Hair: half long, smooth, irregular colors, white stain too large.