Also known as the Italian Mastiff, the Cane Corso is a large breed of mastiff, originally bred to hunt wild boar and protect property.
The breed is characterized by their short fur and strong, muscular build, similar to that of the close cousin breed, the Neapolitan Mastiff. The Cane Corso lacks the skin folds and drooling nature of the Neapolitan but retains many of the same traits. The breed is very rare in Australia.
Personality: The high energy Cane Corso is completely devoted to their family or owners and no one else outside of that sphere. The dog is hardworking and can’t be left to his own devices. The highly intelligent breed require training and socialization from a young age to avoid destructive behaviours later in life.
A great dog for: Experienced dog owners who are willing to train and can handle a large dog. They breed make a great work companion, especially for farmers.
Backyard requirements: The Cane Corso requires a large and securely fenced backyard. Don’t expect this breed to sit still for very long.
Grooming: The short coat of the Corso sheds once to twice a year and requires brushing weekly. Ears and eyes should also be checked weekly for any signs of infection. The breed are stubborn and should be trained to learn bathing and grooming requirements from a young age to avoid developing a dislike for them.
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