1. The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large breed of dog that originated in Italy.
  2. The breed was originally used for hunting wild boar and as a guard dog, but has since become a popular companion and family pet.
  3. Cane Corsos are known for their loyalty and protective nature, making them great watchdogs.
  4. They are also highly intelligent and trainable, but require an experienced owner who can provide them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
  5. Despite their size and strength, Cane Corsos are generally good with children and other pets when socialized properly.
  6. They have a short, shiny coat that comes in black, fawn, gray, or red, and they shed moderately.
  7. Cane Corsos have a lifespan of around 9-12 years, and are prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia and bloat.
  8. The breed’s name “Cane Corso” is derived from the Latin term “Cohors”, meaning “protector” or “guardian”.
  9. Cane Corsos are often used in law enforcement and as therapy dogs due to their calm and confident temperament.
  10. They are also known for their impressive athleticism and have been trained in agility and obedience competitions.
  11. Cane Corsos were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2010.
  12. The largest Cane Corso on record weighed over 160 pounds and stood at over 28 inches tall at the shoulder.
  13. Despite their tough exterior, Cane Corsos are often affectionate and love to cuddle with their owners.
  14. They are also known for their deep, rumbling bark that can be heard from far away.
  15. Cane Corsos are descendants of ancient Roman war dogs, and were also used by Italian farmers to protect their livestock.
  16. The breed was nearly extinct in the mid-20th century, but was revived by Italian enthusiasts in the 1970s.
  17. In Italy, Cane Corsos are still used as working dogs on farms and in vineyards.
  18. Cane Corsos have a strong prey drive and should be kept on a leash when out in public.
  19. They are generally not recommended for first-time dog owners, as they require a firm and consistent hand in training.
  20. Despite their tough exterior, Cane Corsos are often referred to as “velcro dogs” due to their desire to be close to their owners at all times.