The Cane Corso is a powerful and athletic Molosser breed, without being too heavy and “over-muscular” as its larger cousin the Mastino Napoletano. For centuries the breed has been used as a multi-purpose dog, and it can still be used as such.
The Corso has a stable mind, is alert and protective and is doing well in obedient training, it is submissive to its human family, yet suspicious, alert and threatening to strangers, which makes them formidable family guardians.
The Cane Corso shall be longer than its hight, his head large and clearly show that he belongs to the Molosser-group. The drooping ears are almost always cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle. The tail is set fairly high, is very thick at the root and is usually docked at the fourth vertebra.
The Corsos has a very thick shiny coat with a light undercoat. The colour given in the original standard is black, plumb-grey, slate, light grey, light fawn, deer fawn, dark fawn and tubby (very well marked stripes on different shades of fawn and grey). In the fawny and tubby subjects, there is a black or grey mask only on the muzzle and shouldn’t go beyond the eye line. A small white patch on the chest, on the feet tips, and on the nose bridge is accepted.
Height at withers for males is 64-68 cm. (25-27 in).
Height at withers for females is 60-64 cm. (23,5-25 in).
Weight for males range from 45-50 kg. (99-110 lbs), ratio weight/size O.710 (Kg/cm).
For females the weight ranges from 40-45 kg. (88-99 lbs), ratio weight/size 0.680 (Kg/cm).