The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Court Dog, is no other than the descendant of the Roman Moloss, in a lightened version. It is a very versatile dog that was used in Italy as a farm dog. It was used to keep the household, to drive livestock and to hunt. In earlier times, it was even used by the Roman legions and he would have intervened in the Coliseum to walk by the lions.

The Cane Corso is a pretty imposing dog of the molossoid family. The Cane Corso is not concerned by the law of January 1999 on so-called dangerous dogs.

Cane Corso

Elegant and well proportioned, the Cane Corso impresses with its imposing posture. Under its appearance of a great guard dog hides a calm and balanced personality. It is also affectionate and may be suitable for families, provided he is well educated from the start.

Athletic Molossus, the Cane Corso develops a strong and solid musculature. This dog is longer than high and according to the official standard, the male weighs 55 to 65 kg, for a height to the withers between 64 and 68 cm, and the female between 45 and 55 kg, for a height to the withers between 60 and 64 cm, with a tolerance of plus or minus 2 cm for sizes. Its tail is long but before it got banned in some countries it was very often cut. Its elegant body despite its power expresses force to resist and strength. It has a lead gray, black, light gray, slate gray, dark fawn, light fawn, fawn deer or brindle color (with gradients or stripes). The breed has a skull arched and broad, with a deep and wide snout and a stop accentuated. The triangular ears are directed towards the ground. All the particularity of the Cane Corso is at the level of its lips which are imposing and display an inverted U.

Standard FCI N° 343 / 19.02.2016 / EN

Cane Corso's caracteristics


The Cane Corso is above all a calm and balanced dog, nice and affectionate with its owners, it likes children and their family... It is also a watchdog.

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The education of Cane Corso is essential considering its size. This breed of dog needs a balanced education that focuses very young on the relationship with its owner...

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But for its well-being, its hygiene, and that of the whole family, also to keep it in good health if possible, some rules and principles must be respected, especially the vaccination calendar...

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Breed history

The Cane Corso is the old mastiff of the Roman legions. Dogs of attack, he was the protector of tax collectors and prostitutes. Subsequently, it became a big game hunter (such as wild boar), farm guard and cattle, police dogs, the Cane Corso went through all the stages where it could demonstrate its abilities and they are numerous...

For some, "corso" derives from "cohors", which in Latin in the Middle Age meant "protector", while for others it evokes the Roman "cohorts". Its appearance dates to the 16th century. It was appreciated for its hunting skills (wild boar) but also as a farm guard and for herds.

The Cane Corso were for a time the stars of the circus games before being integrated into the military strategy of war. For more information on the origins of the Cane Corso Google search will help you find as much information as you want.

Import a
Cane Corso

Dogs entering Australia or New Zealand from an approved country such as New Caledonia, considered free from rabies, must hold an import permit issued by the competent authorities. For import into Australia at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs you will find applicable import conditions, step-by-step guides and a particularly well-prepared pre-export calculator.

Regarding New Zealand it is on the website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/importing/live-animals/pets/steps-to-importing-cats-and-dogs/ that you will find all the information and documents also grouped with the step-by-step guides which are very well done. Of course, given our experience importing to New Caledonia, it requires the follow-up of a binding protocol with common points with other countries of the Pacific, it is with pleasure that we remain at your disposal to help you.