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Cane Corso



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 a 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 coarse 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.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Cane Corso


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