cane corso

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Its direct ancestor is the old Roman Molossian.  Formerly scattered all over Italy, in the recent past, the breed was only prevalent in the Province Apulia and in the adjacent regions of Southern Italy.  His name derives from the Latin « cohors », which means protector, guardian of the farmyard.
(Fédération Cynologique Internationale)

FCI Standards

GENERAL APPEARANCE :Medium to large-sized.  Robust and sturdy, nevertheless elegant.  Lean,powerful muscles. IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :The  length of the head reaches 36 % of the height at withers.  The dog is somewhat longer than high.
​BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Guardian of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive.  In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game.

AKC Standards


CANE CORSO  General Appearance Ancient Italian breed medium-large size Molossus Dog. Sturdy, with a strong skeleton. Muscular and athletic, it moves with considerable ease and elegance. It has always been a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as the wild boar. Size, Proportion, Substance A muscular, balanced, large-boned dog, rectangular in proportion. The length of the dog, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of buttock is approximately 10% greater than the height of the dog measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the ground. Height: Dogs: 25 to 27.5 inches; bitches: 23.5 to 26 inches. Weight: Proportionate to height. 

Breed Standards.