The Cursinu is a breed of domestic working dog that originated from Corsica in the sixteenth century. The breed declined in number during the twentieth century, but was brought back to healthy numbers by the group L’association de Sauvegarde du Chien Corse. In 2003, it was recognized by the Société Centrale Canine as a primitive breed, but it is not recognized by any major clubs.
The Cursinu reaches a height between eighteen and twenty-three inches at the withers, or shoulder blades, with females growing smaller than males. The coloring of this breed can be a mixture of black, tan, light tan, or black. The breed standard allows for white markings on the legs and chest, as well as a melanistic or black mask on the face. It does not have any major health issues and is still used for a variety of jobs including herding and hunting.
Image Caption: Cursinu, a dog race from Corsica. Credit: Küchenkraut/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)