Noble, majestic, and powerful in presence, the Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed. One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed’s name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian" and "Protector." The breed's coat is short but not smooth (like the coat of a cow), very coarse and thick in order to be perfectly waterproof. It can be black, gray, fawn or red, with brindle variations and a black or gray mask also acceptable.
Intelligent, the Cane Corso is easily trained. As a large and athletic breed, they need a lot of exercise. They are affectionate to their owner and bond closely with children and family. Cane Corsos are light shedders, which make grooming simple – all they need is an occasional brushing.
Cane Corso’s benefit from routine bathing and grooming. This powerful dog can be bathed weekly up to every six to eight weeks depending on his lifestyle. The Cane Corso has a short coat, but it is not a single coated breed. The undercoat will shed throughout the year. With this short-coated breed, regular bathing is essential to minimize shedding and to maintain healthy skin and coat.
Finishing the Dog: Tools and Finish Grooming
The Cane Corso should be bathed and groomed on a regular basis in order to keep the short coat in prime condition and to minimize shedding. Grooming the Cane Corso is quite easy due to his coat. However, his large size makes the bathing and grooming process a big job. As a finishing touch, use a grooming mitt and message in a circular motion to stimulate the release of natural oils in addition to the removal of any loose hairs. Then finish with the hydrating spray.