The Cane Corso is a lean, molosser type dog. It is an Italian breed used predominantly as a guard dog. It is not as bulky as other Mastiffs and is much more athletic looking.
The Cane Corso stands 23 to 27 inches high and weighs 88 to 110 pounds. The ears of the breed naturally drop forward, but they are cropped in some cases to stand upright. The Corso also typically has a docked tail.
The coat of the breed is one of two basic colors, black or fawn. When diluted these colors become blue and formentino. The coat can also be brindled. With most coat colors, the nose should be black, but if the coat is blue the nose may be a gray color. Small white markings are also seen in the coat of the breed.
The breed originated in southern Italy as a farm dog and was probably derived from the same stock as the Neapolitan mastiff. It was once used as a guard dog as well as a hunting dog. At one point it was close to extinction; however, it was recovered by enthusiasts in the 1980′s.
The Cane Corso is a very quiet breed which is very loyal to its owner. It can tend to be shy around strangers and be sad when its owner leaves, often suffering from separation anxiety.