The Cane Corso


Race properties & Origin of Cane Corso.

Utilization: Guard-, protection-, police- and tracking dog.

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.

Large and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and the muzzle converge slightly. Cranial Region: Skull: Wide; at the zygomatic arches its width is equal to or greater than its length. Convex in front, it becomes fairly flat behind the forehead as far as the occiput. The medio-frontal furrow is visible. Stop: Marked

Nose : Black and large with ample, open nostrils, on the same line as the nasal bridge. Muzzle: Noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio muzzle: skull approximately 1 : 2). Strong, square; the front part of the muzzle is flat; the lateral surfaces are parallel; the muzzle is as wide as long. The profile of the nasal bridge is straight.

Eyes: Medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly protruding. Eyelids close fitting.Colour of iris as dark as possible, depending from the colour of the coat. Expression keen and attentive.

Ears: Triangular, drooping, with a wide set on high above the zygomatic arches. Often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.

Neck: Strong, muscular, as long as the head.

Body: The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. Sturdily built, but not squat. Withers: Pronounced, rising above the level of the croup. Back: Rectilinear, very muscular and firm. Loins: Short and strong. Croup: Long, wide, slightly inclined. Chest: Well developed in three dimensions, reaches to the elbow. Tail: Set on fairly high; very thick at the root. The tail is docked at the fourth vertebra. In action carried hihg, but never curled nor erect.  Limbs:  Forequarters: Shoulders: Long, oblique, very muscular. Upper arm: Strong. Forearm: Straight, very strong. Carpal joint and pasterns: Elastic. Forefeet: Cat feet. Hindquarters: Upper thigh: Long, wide, back line of thigh convex. Lower thigh: Strong, not fleshy. Hocks: Moderately angulated. Metatarsals: Thick and sinewy. Hindfeet: slightly less compact than the forefeet. Gait/movement: Long stride, extended trot. The preferred gait is the trot. Skin: Fairly thick, rather close fitting. Coat: Hair: short, shiny, very dense with a light undercoat.

Colour: Black, lead-grey, slate-grey, light grey, light fawn; stag and red and dark fawn, brindle(stripes on different shades of fawn or grey); in fawn coloured and brindle dogs the black of grey mask on the muzzle should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white patch on thechest, on the tips of the feet and on the bridge of the nose is acceptable

Hight: rue van 64 tot 68 cm, teef van 60 tot 64 cm (met 2 cm speling).

Weight: Reu van 45 tot 58 kg, teef van 38 tot 47 kg (met 2 3 kilo speling)


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Blue / Grey
Black Brindle &  Blue Brindle

Formentino / Fawn with blue mask

Red / Fawn black mask

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