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Prior to 1988 the CANE CORSO was non-existent in America. By 2014, it ranked 47th according to AKC registrations. On this list the CANE is the first GUARD DOG to exhibit a balanced ratio of DEFENSIVE & PREY drives.
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At an average of 110lbs the CANE (pronounced ka-nee) is smaller than most MASTIFF. In recent years, 140+lbs dogs are becoming common, as long as their bred physically sound with a great temperament. Luckily for the breed, their are many dedicated enthusiasts that are focusing on working dogs rather than the show world.
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The CANE CORSO is considered the only “Coursing” MASTIFF in the dog kingdom. Coursing; a sport of hunting game animals such as hares or larger game with sight rather than scent. There some debate over their history but that’s for another post. Overall this original idea of the breed contributed to a higher prey drive and athleticism.
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The CANE excels as a personal protection and sport dog. Their high aptitude and athleticism is a potent combination and as mentioned in the beginning, the breed exhibits a balance of PREY and DEFENSE drives with the latter being useful for GUARD DOG duties. In a home setting, the CORSO is always “Johnny on the spot” and with some formal training, this breed excels as a guardian.
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A loyal and docile dog around family settings, the breed can be stubborn and do enjoy their alone time (A plus for guard dog duties) with this lending to a moody and temperamental dog at times. When around small children and other small dogs, supervision is advised.
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Some defaults: Hip & Elbow dysplasia, skin issues such a demodectic mange and gastric torsion (stomach bloat) otherwise the breed is a hardy dog with an average span of 9 – 12 years.
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