The Cane Corso Italiano is a medium-big size powerful dog; it is strongly built but elegant, very distinguished, expresses strength, agility and endurance. Its name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian", "Protector". It is a highly intelligent, affectionate dog breed, which makes a perfect companion to children. It makes an excellent guard dog and watchdog.
Black, plumb-gray, slate, light gray, light fawn, deer fawn, dark fawn and tubby (very well marked stripes on different shades of fawn and gray). In the fawny and tubby subjects there is a black or gray mask only on the muzzle and shouldn't go beyond the eye line. A small white patch on the chest, on the feet tips and on the nose bridge is accepted.
Short hair but not smooth, with vitreous texture, shiny, adherent, stiff, very dense, with a light layer that becomes thicker in winter (but never crops up on the covering hair). The Cane Corso doesn’t require much grooming. Occasionally comb and brush to remove dead hair. This breed is a light shedder.
Hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disorders, torn cruciates, gastric torsion ("bloat"), demodex mange (red mange), eyelid abnormalities. To minimize the risk of your Cane Corso developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Cane Corso dog from a reputable Cane Corso breeder.