Cane Corso is the direct descendant of the ancient Roman
molosser dogs. In the past, the breed was common throughout Italy, but is
now found in the provinces of Foggia and Bari. His name derives from
the Latin cohors, which means �protector, guardian of the
courtyards and enclosed property. The breed first appeared in
the sixteenth century and was used for hunting and guard duties.
to large sized dog. Robust and sturdy, nevertheless elegant. Lean, with powerful long muscles.
of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive. In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and
hunting big game.
Height at the withers, Males from 24 to 27 inches (62 to 68 cm)
and Females from 23 to 25 inches (58 to 64 cm). Tolerance of inch (2
cm) more or less.
Males from 92.6 to 110.2 lbs (42 to 50 kg) and Females 83.8 to
99.2 lbs (38 to 45 kg).
The length of the head reaches 36% of the height at withers. The
dog is somewhat longer than high.
short (not smooth), shiny, very thick with a light undercoat.
black, lead grey, slate, light fawn (yellowish), stag red,
brindle; black mask is present in fawn coloured dogs.
and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the
skull and muzzle converge slightly. Skull: wide; at the zygomatic arch
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-fontal
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 : skull 62%-64%, muzzle 36-38%), strong, extremely
with a flat front face and parallel nearly as wide as long
lateral surfaces. The profile of the nasal bridge is rectilinear. Lips: the upper
lips hang moderately and cover the mandible, so that the lower profile of
the muzzle is determined by the lips. Jaw/Teeth: jaw very large,
thick and curved. Lightly undershot. Level and scissors bite acceptable.
Eyes: medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly
protruding. Eyelids close fitting. Colour of the iris as dark as possible,
depending from the colour of the coat. Expression keen and attentive.
Ears: triangular, drooping, with a large set on high above the
zygomtic arch. Almost always cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.
fairly thin, muscular, as long as the head.
long, oblique, very muscular. Upper arm: strong.
Forearm: straight, very strong. Carpal joint and pasterns:
elastic. Forefeet: cat feet.
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 solid. Croup: long, wide, slightly inclined.
well developed in three dimensions, reaches to the elbow.
thigh: long, wide,
posteriorly convex. Lower thigh: thin, strong.
Hocks: moderately angulated. Metatarsals: thick
Hind feet: slightly less compact than the forefeet.
on of the tail fairly high; very thick at the root. The tail is
docked at the fourth vertebra. In action carried high, but never curled
departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree.
parallelism or very marked converging of the axes of the muzzle and the skull; converging side lines of the
disturbing undershot mouth.
ring-tail, tail in vertical position.
of the muzzle and the skull diverging.
of nose resolutely hollow, ram's nose.
partial and bilateral palpebral depigmentation, wall eye, bilateral strabismus.
tailless, short tail (artificial or congenital).
semi-long, smooth, fringed.
all colours not indicated in the standard; white patches too large.
animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.