Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CANE CORSOS

Last fall, the AKC decided that they would let three new breeds get registered, and one of these breeds is called Cane Corso, which means something like "guard dog."  I will tell you about the other two breeds later on, but today I will just talk about cane corsos.  This breed is not "new" -- it is actually a very old breed.  But it's new to the AKC.  So starting on June 1, 2010, people could register their cane corsos, and then starting on June 30, they could enter them in AKC dog shows.


The cane corso is sometimes called the Italian mastiff, and it probably has the same ancestors as the Neapolitan mastiff.  It came from a part of southern Italy that is called Puglia, and at first it was mostly used to hunt stuff like boars, stags, and bears.  Later on, when there wasn't much game left, the cane corso was used on farms for herding and guarding livestock.


Then after a while, the breed almost died out.  But in the 1980s, some people started breeding cane corsos again, and that's why there are now enough of them to register with the AKC or just to have around as family pets.  Also some celebrities started getting them, so that made the breed more popular, too.



Cane corsos look kind of big and scary, but they are supposed to have an even temperament and be good with children, if they are well socialized.  They are more muscular and athletic than most mastiffs, and their skin isn't as loose and floppy.  They weigh between 88 and 160 pounds.


The most usual colors of cane corsos are black and fawn, but they can also be brindle or blue or red.  They might have white markings on their chests, toes, chin, or nose.  Their muzzles are as wide as they are long, which means they can bite really hard.  But since their skin is tighter, they don't drool as much as some breeds of dogs.  Sometimes corsos get their ears cropped, but not if they live where it's illegal to do this.  They usually have docked tails.


Anyway, that's about all I can tell you about the cane corso breed.  Personally, I think they are a little too big and fierce-looking, so I did not ask Mom if we could get one of our own.  Besides which, if we had one, I think it would eat all the dog food, so there wouldn't be any left for the rest of us!

27 comments:

  1. Wouldn't look so scary if they didn't crop the ears. Wish they would stop doing that to all dogs!
    Aunt Lynn

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  2. Dear Aunt Lynn,
    I totally agree about the cropped ears. Seems like the only reason to crop them would be if the dogs were used for fighting (which would not be a nice thing to do), but I didn't read anywhere in my research that this breed was used for fighting, except maybe by the Ancient Romans.
    Piper

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    1. The corso was used to protect from wolves in Italy..the wolves found out the only weak link to the dog is its ears..so cropping the ears made them oblivious to pain..

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  3. My mom has met a Cane Corso dog. She said he was nice, but a bit reserved and a LOT of dog. I did not get to met him, but I'm sure I could charm him. ;-)

    Zest, superstar in training

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  4. Hi Piper - Diane Morton here! I know you're use to reading what my mom/your AP writes, but mom is tired today and told me I could do the writing. I am soooo excited, well...as excited as I can get - which to humans looks like I'm bored to death. First, I MUST be honest with you and tell you that I'm a "cat." Uh oh...did you just sign off? Give me a chance...please! Mom won't let Dodi, my brother, write because he's always in trouble and mom just thinks you would accpet my personality over Dodi's, as he's a bit over-whelming to say the least! Anyway, your AP told me to tell you that the Corner Cafe DOES allow dogs, however, only guide/service dogs. I have a great idea (actually Dodi's idea) - if your mom could act like something is wrong...maybe we could convince the Corner Cafe people that you are a guide dog?? Please don't tell my mom I wrote this or that Dodi asked me to, because my mom would NOT want you thinking she's making fun of those with physical challenges! :) oops, I haven't commented on today's blog...those are BIG DOGS! My mom does not think she's heard of them before. She also likes the photo of the puppy and the photo to the two together (3rd photo down). Time to go, please sleep on the idea of accepting me substituting for my mom sometimes. OK?
    Also - please call me "Di" as Diane is to formal. Have a good night.
    Your soon-to-be-friend, I hope - Di, oh...mom says to also add: Love, AP

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  5. Dear Di,
    I promise not to hold it against you that you are a cat. I think that some cats can probably be pretty nice, but my brother Gabe does not agree. I like our foster kitty Charlie, who is black-and-white, like me, and I have even been nose-to-nose with him when he came out of the cat room, but then Gabe chased him back into the room. Brothers can be a pain in the butt, don't you agree? At least you only have one brother, but I have three of them!

    I will talk to Mom about how I can be disguised as a service dog so that I can come to the Corner Cafe sometime. I think I'm supposed to have a special vest or something. If Mom's sewing machine weren't broken, she could make me a vest like that.

    You can write to me anytime about my blog, and I don't mind. But your mom still has to write sometimes, too.
    Love, Piper

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  6. I have 2 cane corsos. Great family dog.. My male likes to meet people, my female does NOT want to meet new people.
    as for there ears both of mine are cropped.. That is there look and has been since Roman times.

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  7. CROPPED EARS;

    ok people, there is a reason behind the cropping. it's not for fighting nor for looks, the corso is a working class dog. mastiff bodies do not interpret pain as others dogs do, and in the field it isn't uncommon for dogs to rip their ears right off.

    on top of that, corsos are a large breed dog so cropping the ears actually eliminates any possibility of infection or mites. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

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    1. Educate yourself. I am a surgical technician for animals including exotics. Before you instill your wisdom on the public, have you ever observed an ear-crop surgery. I did them daily in Santa Ana, CA. The ear crop procedure is not like other surgeries! Dogs start waking up under anesthesia and cry. Then when the surgery is over, you have to put a splint-like support that is placed in the ear and then special taping that they cry when being taped. This is absolutely unecessary and painful to the animal. I wish people would stop this. It's for your own selfish desire and is a cosmetic procedure.

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    2. I don't know where you work but I work at a vet clinic and we do ear cropping procedures often. However our dogs never start waking up and cry during the procedure. It is all about pain management and with high pain control pre, during and post surgery you (or at least we) don't have those problems.

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  8. hi, i have a cane corsos also, he's now 7,5 month and he stil think he's a puppy.
    I agree with comment aove, its a lot of dog and looks scary, but never had a dog with such a kind caracter, the only thing he want is cuddling(60cm high and want to sit on my lap,LOL).
    great dog, but also very strong, he pulls me if he want al over the streets.
    niels from holland

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  9. I am happy that so many people who have cane corsos are writing comments in my blog to tell about their dogs. All of these dogs sound really nice, and I think that if you can't have a basenji (which is the best kind of dog ever), a cane corso might be a good choice, too!

    Piper

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  10. We just lost our Apollo and boy did it hurt. My husband is devastated. We need time to heal but after sometime we definitely will get another. He was so good with the kids. Even whrn he became sick and the day before he died, he was still wagging and leaning against yoy for love.

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  11. I am very sorry to hear that you lost your Apollo. He must have been a very wonderful dog, and I understand why you miss him so much. I think that Apollo would want another dog to have the same kind of loving home that he had, but you should wait until you are ready.
    Sincerely, Piper

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  12. I have a Cane Corso as well. Just a heads up if your interested in this breed. Get their hips checked. I love my Bonnie to death and I hate to see her suffer with hip dysplasia. It is very common in large breeds such as this one.

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  13. Posted on Facebook, May 2011

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  14. Hi I just stumbled along this posting when googlin the breed - I hhave 6mth old cane corso whos a silver brindle georgeous when the light catches the silver, and i agree with the ear docking it makes them look to aggressive we didnt his ears just his tail great breed VERY and i mean it attentive and guard dog like it takes Dozer a few visits to warm up to you. I hvae children under 5 and I dont care what breed I never leave them alone in a room with any dog mine or anyone elses dogs are to "ify" but he gets along great with our kid and lil shihpoo n hes so submissive to poor gizmo he gets pounced on like a kangaroo lol

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    1. My Cane Corso is a12month old blue submissive lap dog. We did not get her ears cropped simply because I loved her soft floppy ears. Her name is Tinkerbell and she is completely unaware that she is over 3lbs. Btw, she's pushing 80lbs, all muscle. I also have a 7 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. They are extremely rough on pets. We got a mastiff to be able to withstand their level of rough housing, cause lets face it, in our home a purse dog wouldn't stand a chance. The kids jump on Tinkie, mess with her teeth and stump of a tail, she just wiggles with her entire body and sees it as the best games ever. She was very easy to teach. I have put a waffle up against her mouth and she doesn't attempt to take it until she hears the words " you can have it ". My Tinkerbell is just the best itty bitty baby puppy ever.

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  15. The reason the ears were cropped to begin with was in protecting livestock...wolves and other such predatory animals would often bite the ears OFF of the Cane Corso's, because they were large and floppy. Get over the "ooooo" I wish they would stop cropping the ears of dogs. And by the way...many SHOW dogs HAVE their EARS cropped, I know...scary isn't it?

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  16. i've had my corso mix for three years now when properly trained these dogs are very social and can live in various living enviorments.. other than him having a little speration anxiety hes basically a perfect dog. <3

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  17. I don't know why people get so upset about others opinions of cropping the corso's ears, back in the day i'm sure it was a must for game and sport and well being of the pup but these days cane corso's are more indoor pets and nice companions and protectors and cropping their ears is merely a choice of looks in the owners part so ppl chill out and let's not act like fools when we try to sound like we know more than others and tell people to educate themselves because we have different opinions. Cane Corso's are a gorgeous wondeful breed with both cropped and floppy ears. They are simply masterful!

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  18. This is my first experience owning a Cane Corso. I have to say I am in love! Gracie is now 2 and she is the most loving, social dog. I got lucky and rescued her from the ASPCA at 4 months old. I cant imagine life without her. She is a chocolate brown brindle, and he best friend is a rat terrier. She is a great guard dog but only barks when she feels a true threat. I simply adore my Cane and I am considering adopting another.

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    1. my family rescued and also named her gracie lol wonderful dog

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  19. My boyfriend and I have had our Cane Corso for just over a year he is almost 2 years old over 90lbs and definitly still thinks he is a puppy. He is the most loveable cuddly dog and is always trying to sit in our laps when watching tv. He is a great gaurd dog only barking when people come up our drive way, but never being agressive with people as long as he doesn't feel a threat. I would recommend this breed to anyone that is looking for a larger sized dog with lots of personality and has lots of time to cuddle.

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  20. How many of you owners here has had problem with their hips?

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    1. I am having some with mine. I am unsure but the weather has some effect and giving him room to run and play each day looks to be helping him. Or it could just be that the weather is getting better so he is in less pain and playing more.

      He jumped onto the bed for the first time on his own today. (The bed is 6 to 8 inches higher than his head.)

      Only had him for a short time hope this helps.

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  21. Hi, i Am new With my cane corso i Have had him less than a month. He has a hip problem that comes with bad weather and when he first wakes up. Let him move around more and he tends to have less problems with it.

    He loves children and will stand by them just to be close and this makes him happy.

    He is my service dog in training and is learning quick and does well in public and on his leash. Off leash take care of new dogs or people because if you get startled its a good chance he will protect you even if it may not be needed, but he is only looking out for me. I cant speak for the bread but (Mack) my Cane is a very smart dog and in the short time I have had him I have no fear of him running off leash once called back.

    Only took a few days to learn his new name and a week to start a bond with me. He is a rescue and to speed the process he goes everywhere with me and sleep in my bed.

    I thank John and Piper for their help with my dog and could not be happier.

    I will keep watch to see if his hip problem continues to get better or if its just because the weather is nicer.

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