Italian Cane Corso
History: Its direct ancestor is the old Roman Molossian. Formerly scattered all over Italy, in the recent past, the breed was only prevalent in the province of Apulia and in the adjacent regions of Southern Italy. The name derives from the Latin “cohors”, which means “protector, guardian of the farmyard.
Sizes: Height at the withers: Males: 64 cm – 68 cm. Females: 60 cm – 64 cm. With a tolerance of 2 cm, more or less taller.
Weight: Males: 45 – 50 kg. Females: 40 – 45 kg.
Temperament: Guardian of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive.
Colour: Black, lead-grey, slate-grey, light grey, light fawn; dark fawn and stag red; dark wheat colour (stripes on different shades of fawn or grey); in fawn coloured and brindle dogs the black or grey mask on the muzzle should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white patch on the chest, on the tip of the toes and on the bridge of the nose is acceptable.
ANKC Breed Standard can be downloaded here