Known for their majestic looks and courageous spirit, this ancient Italian breed was little known outside its native country until fairly recent times. They are source of national pride and have been featured in many paintings throughout Italy’s history. The Cane Corso is an imposing breed of considerable size, strength, and intelligence that has been primarily used as a property protector and boar hunter. They are very trainable and affectionate with their families but due to their innate suspicion of strangers, need very proactive socialization that continues throughout their lives. Their short coat, which comes in a wide array of colors, is course and waterproof and does not shed much – an occasional brushing is all that’s needed. Since they are an athletic breed they require daily exercise for their health and general well-being.