Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Italian Corso Dog

(Cane Corso Italiano)

Cane Corso Italiano


ORIGIN

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Italy.

PUBLISHED

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13.11.2015.

UTILISATION

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Guard-, protection-, police-and tracking dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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Group 2Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid
Section 2.1Molossoid breeds, Mastiff type
With working trial

UKC
Guardian Dog

TRANSLATION

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Dr. Antonio Morsiani, Dr. J.-M. Paschoud and Prof. R. Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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 Apulia and in the adjacent regions of Southern Italy. His name derives from the Latin « cohors », which means « protector, guardian of the farmyard ».
UKC
The Cane Corso Italiano is descended from the old Roman Molossian. Formerly scattered all over Italy, in the recent past the breed has only been popular in the Province Apulia and the adjacent regions of Southern Italy. The breed name is derived from the Latin ‘cohors’ which means protector and guardian of the farmyard. Today the breed is used as a guardian, protection, tracking and police dog. The Cane Corso Italiano was recognized by the United Kennel Club July 15, 2008.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium to large-sized. Robust and sturdy, nevertheless elegant. Lean, powerful muscles.
UKC
A medium to large sized, robust, sturdy dog that is somewhat elegant and has lean, powerful muscles.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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The length of the head reaches 36 % of the height at withers. The dog is somewhat longer than high.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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Guardian of property, family and livestock; extremely agile and responsive. In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game.
UKC
The breed is extremely responsive and agile. It is used as a guardian of family, property and livestock. In the past, it has been used for herding cattle and hunting big game.

HEAD

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FCI
Large and typically molossoid. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and the muzzle converge slightly.
UKC
The head is large and typically molossoid. The planes of the skull and muzzle converge slightly.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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Wide; at the zygomatic arches its witdh is equal to or greater than its length. Convex in front, it becomes fairly flat behind the forehead as far as the occiput. The medio-frontal furrow is visible.
UKC
The skull is broad; at the zygomatic arches its width is at least equal to its length. Convex in front, the skull becomes rather flat behind the forehead to the occiput. The frontal furrow is visible and the stop is marked.

Stop

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Marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black and large with ample, open nostrils, on the same line as the nasal bridge .
UKC
Large and black with open nostrils.

Muzzle

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Noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio muzzle skull approximately 1 2). Strong, square; the front part of the muzzle is flat; the lateral surfaces are parallel; the muzzle is as wide as long. The profile of the nasal bridge is straight.
UKC
The muzzle is noticeably shorter than the skull (ratio of 1:2). It is strong, square and flat, as wide as it is long, with a straight nasal bridge. There is no taper in the width of the muzzle from stop to tip. The upper lips hang and cover the lower jaw so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lips.

Lips

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The upper lips hang moderately and cover the mandible, so that the lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the lips.

Jaws/Teeth

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Jaws very large, thick and curved. Slightly undershot. Level bite acceptable, but not sought after.
UKC
The Cane Corso Italiano has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a slightly undershot bite. The jaws are very large, thick and curved. A level bite is acceptable but not preferred.

Eyes

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Medium-sized, ovoid, looking directly forward, slightly protruding. Eyelids close fitting. Colour of iris as dark as possible, depending from the colour of the coat. Expression keen and attentive.
UKC
Medium size, and oval in shape, the eyes are set to look directly forward and are slightly prominent. The eyelids are close fitting, and the iris is as dark as possible, depending on the color of the coat. The expression is keep and attentive.

Ears

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Triangular, drooping, with a wide set on high above the zygomatic arches. Often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.
UKC
The ears are triangular and drooping, wide at the set on, which is high above the zygomatic arches. They are often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.

NECK

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Strong, muscular, as long as the head.
UKC
Strong and muscular, the same length as the head.

BODY

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The body is somewhat longer than the height at the withers. Sturdily built, but not squat.
UKC
The body is somewhat longer than tall, sturdily built but not squatty. The chest is well developed and reaches to the elbow. The withers are pronounced, rising above the level of the croup. The back is very muscular and firm. The loin is short and strong and the croup is long, wide and slightly sloping.

Withers

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Pronounced, rising above the level of the croup.

Back

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Rectilinear, very muscular and firm.

Loin

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Short and strong.

Croup

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Long, wide, slightly inclined.

Chest

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Well developed in three dimensions, reaches to the elbow.

TAIL

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Set on fairly high; very thick at the root. The tail is docked at the fourth vertebra. In action carried high, but never curled nor erect.
UKC
The tail is set on fairly high, and is very thick at the root. It is generally docked at the fourth vertebrae. In action it is carried high, but not curled or erect.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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The shoulders are long, oblique and very muscular. The upper arm is strong.

Shoulder

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Long, oblique, very muscular.

Upper Arm

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Strong.

FORELEGS

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The legs are straight and very strong, with elastic pasterns.

Forearm

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Straight, very strong.

Carpus (wrist)

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Elastic.

FEET

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Cat feet, with the rear feet less compact than the front feet.

Forefeet

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Cat feet.

Hind feet

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Slightly less compact than the forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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The upper thighs are long and wide, and the back of the thigh is convex. The lower thigh is strong, and not fleshy. There is moderate angulation at the hock, and the rear pasterns are thick and sinewy.

Thigh

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Long, wide, back line of thigh convex.

Lower thigh

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Strong, not fleshy.

Hock

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Moderately angulated.

Rear pastern

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Thick and sinewy.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Long stride, extended trot. The preferred gait is the trot.
UKC
At a trot, the gait is extended, with a long stride.

SKIN

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Fairly thick, rather close fitting.

COAT

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HAIR

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Short, shiny, very dense with a light undercoat.
UKC
Short, shiny and very dense, with a light undercoat.

COLOUR

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Black, lead-grey, slate-grey, light grey, light fawn; stag red and dark fawn; brindle (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 tips of the feet and on the bridge of the nose is acceptable.
UKC
Black, all shades of grey and fawn, stag red and brindle. In fawn and brindle dogs, the black or grey mask on the muzzle should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white spot on the chest, white on the toes and on the bridge of the muzzle are acceptable.

SIZE

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UKC
Height at the withers for males is 25 to 27 inches; for females, it is 23.5 to 25 inches. One inch over or under the preferred size is acceptable. Weight for males is 100 to 110 pounds; for females, it is 88 to 100 pounds.

Height at withers

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Males from 64 to 68 cm, females from 60 to 64 cm.
Tolerance of 2 cm more or less.

Weight

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Males from 45 to 50 kg, females from 40 to 45 kg.

FAULTS

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Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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  • Axes of muzzle and skull parallel or too converging; lateral surfaces of the muzzle converging.
  • Partial depigmentation of the nose.
  • Scissor bite; pronounced undershot mouth.
  • Ring-tail, tail in vertical position.
  • Permanent amble when trotting.
  • Over-or undersize.
UKC

Head: Parallel planes of the skull and muzzle or planes that converge too steeply.
Muzzle: Tapering muzzle.
Teeth: Scissors bite; severely undershot bite.
Nose: Butterfly nose.
Tail: Ring tail, or tail carried vertically.
Size: Oversize or undersize.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Axes of muzzle and skull diverging.
  • Total depigmentation of the nose.
  • Bridge of nose very hollow, rams’s nose.
  • Overshot mouth.
  • Partial or complete palpebral depigmentation. Wall eye; strabism.
  • Tailless, short tail (docked or not).
  • Semi-long, smooth or fringed hair.
  • All colours not indicated in the standard; large white patches.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Divergent head planes. Bridge of nose that is convex or concave. Overshot bite. Nose pink, without pigmentation. Wall eyes; complete or partial lack of eyerim pigment. Tailless. Semi-long or fringed coat. Any color not specified in the standard; large white patches.
Head: Divergent head planes.
Muzzle: Bridge of nose that is convex or concave.
Teeth: Overshot bite.
Nose: Nose pink, without pigmentation.
Eyes: Wall eyes; complete or partial lack of eyerim pigment.
Tail: Tailless.
Coat: Semi-long or fringed coat.
Color: Any color not specified in the standard; large white patches.
Note: The docking of tails and cropping of ears in America is legal and remains a personal choice. However, as an international registry, the United Kennel Club, Inc. is aware that the practices of cropping and docking have been forbidden in some countries. In light of these developments, the United Kennel Club, Inc. feels that no dog in any UKC event, including conformation, shall be penalized for a full tail or natural ears.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.