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Cane Corso

Breed origin: Italy
Original purpose: Property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as the wild boar.

AKC recognized: Not yet
AKC group: Miscellaneous Class

Size: Height: males 25 to 27½ inches; females 23½ to 26 inches
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Color: Black, gray, and fawn or red with a black or gray mask.

General characteristics/temperament: The Cane Corso is intelligent, noble, powerful, and an unequaled protector of his property and owners. They are easy to train, docile and affectionate to their owners, and loving with children. However, they can be reserved and sometimes aggressive toward strangers. Because of their large and powerful built, as well as their tendency to be strong willed and dominant, it is extremely important to provide consistent and extensive socialization and training beginning from early puppyhood.

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Good with children? Yes, but because of their very large size, training and proper supervision are very important.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, Demodex mange, entropion, ectropion, cherry eye, gastric dilatation volvulus.

Additional photos of Cane Corso

Recommended books for further reading:

Cane Corso (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Emily Bates and Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2004
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Cane Corso Association of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Cane Corso Association of America Rescue

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