The Cane Corso is an Italian guard dog, also known as the Italian Mastiff, used both for hunting and as a guard dog. They are thought to be the last of the coursing (hunting dogs that track via scent) Mastiffs. Originally bred down from a dog used by the Romans during warfare, the Cane Corso was used as a catch dog for cattle and swine.
Adults range from 88 to 110lbs, and can stand 23-28 inches tall. Traditionally both the ears and tail are docked, but recently the docking of ears has become less popular and floppy ears are more common. Black and fawn are the two dominate coat types, but they are bred to modify the colors into further varieties. The Presa Canario signifies a coat type as well as region of breeding.
The Cane Corso is not a breed recommended for first time or novice dog owners, as they require extensive training and strong leadership to ensure a well socialized and well behaved dog. Their history and breed use as a guard dog means they can be very protective of owners and property when a perceived threat is present.
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