Cane Corxer

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Cane Corxer History

The Cane Corso (Italian pronunciation: [kaˈne korˈtʃɛːro]; Latin: Canis Pugnax), also called Italian Mastiff, is an extinct ancient Molosser-type breed of working and guard dogs. It is also known as the Neapolitan Mastiff. The origin of the name “cane corso” is disputed: some claim that it derives from the Italian “cane di guida”, meaning “dog of guidance”, while others claim that the name is a compound of “cane” and “corso”, which means “course”. The coat color ranges from black to blue, fawn or brindle. The cane corso served as both a working and as a family guardian and house dog. The cane corso was a large, powerful, muscular, and well-muscled Molosser-type mastiff, with a coarse and thick shorthaired coat. The dog was usually heavier than those of the related Neapolitan Mastiff and Italo-Spanish Mastiff. The height of an adult was close to 55–72 cm and weight was 55–85 kg. It had a long, straight and slightly arched neck, strong back, and a shorter croup. The head had a well-defined stop, a deep muzzle, and prominent cheekbones. The tail was set low, hanging down, and carried in a curve. The legs were powerfully built, with angulated pasterns and well-developed

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Cane Corso, Boxer

Cane Corxer Physical Characteristics

The Cane Corso is a very large, muscular, and agile working breed that is typically between 28 and 30 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 130 and 200 pounds. They have a thick, short, coarse coat that is fawn or red with white markings on the head, neck, underside, and feet. They have a straight, wedge-shaped head and a squared, firm muzzle. The Cane Corso have dark eyes, a long tail, and dewclaws. They are intelligent, strong, and territorial dogs.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 65 – 110 lbs

Cane Corxer Health

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10-12 yrs

Cane Corxer Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Mitral Valve Disease, Demodectic Mange, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Congenital Heart Defect

Cane Corxer Temperament and Behaviour

The Cane Corso is a dominant and protective, but dignified and graceful, breed of dog. They are fearless and courageous and have great endurance. They are often very aloof with strangers, but can be very affectionate with their owners. They are very intelligent and can be trained for just about anything. This makes them a great all-around, multi-purpose working dog.

Cane Corxer Activity Requirements

The Cane Corso is a large, muscular Italian dog that is known for its strong protective instincts. They are often confused with the Neapolitan Mastiff, but the two breeds are quite different. While they are not as high energy as other large breeds, the Cane Corso still needs regular exercise. They require at least one hour of vigorous activity every day. This can include playing and interacting with their owners. The Cane Corso is best suited to a home with an active owner. A home with a fenced yard is ideal for this high-energy, protective breed.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cane Corxer is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cane Corxer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cane Corxer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cane Corxer is part of the Unclassified group.

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