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Cane Corso Fun Facts You Never Knew

By Mawoo Pets · 15 Mar · 8 mins read
Cane Corso Fun Facts You Never Knew

If you've ever seen a Cane Corso, it's an encounter you'd hardly forget. This magnificent breed, originally from Italy, combines strength, agility, and nobility in a uniquely harmonious package. Rarely do you find such a blend of beauty and power!

But what else is there to know about these Italian Mastiffs? Buckle up — because they're about to surprise you!

From being renowned Roman war dogs with a history as rich as some civilizations, to having an almost uncanny understanding of human emotions, there are tons of things about this breed that remain lesser-known. Ready to uncover more fascinating insights about the Cane Corso breed? Let's go deep into the less explored corridors of the Cane Corso's life and history. 

21 Fun Facts about Cane Corsos

1. Ancient Roman breed 

Did you know that the Cane Corso belongs to a breed that dates back to ancient Rome? Yes! They're said to be the direct descendants of the 'Canis Pugnax,' a stout dog breed that Roman soldiers used in war.

2. Historically served as warriors

The Cane Corso was originally bred as a war dog. Romans used these dogs as frontline warriors or “canis bellicus", capable of charging into battle against the enemy.

Cane Corsos were also engaged in fierce spectacles in Roman amphitheaters. They were admired for their courage, strength, and agility. Although these practices have ended, the athletic prowess of Cane Corsos endure and is apparent today. Talk about a fierce ancestry! 

black and white photo of cane corso in ancient warCane Corso as a Roman Warrior 

3. Their name holds a clue

The name 'Cane Corso' actually provides some insight into the breed's temperament. Originally, 'Cane' derives from the Latin 'Canis' which means 'dog', and 'Corso' is from 'Cohors' which translates as 'protector'. Quite fitting for this loyal and protective breed, don't you think? 

4. Their ears were historically cropped for practical reasons 

Ever seen a Cane Corso with ears cropped in a triangular shape, and wondered why? Historically, this breed’s ears were cropped to prevent them from being grabbed during boar hunting or battle confrontations. This practice is less common today, but you might still spot a few Cane Corsos with cropped ears due to breed standards in certain countries.  

5. There's a reason for their strong jaws 

Cane Corsos have particularly strong jaws, and it's clear from their face's structure! If you're wondering why, it's because their early ancestors were used for hunting big game, like wild boar, and those strong jaws were absolutely necessary to secure and hold their catch

. In fact, the Cane Corso's bite force can reach 700PSI, one of the highest of any dog breed. 

6. They are surprisingly sensitive 

Contrary to what their physical appearance might suggest, Cane Corsos are sensitive souls at heart! Who would have thought that such a robust canine could have a soft side? Despite their tough exterior, they're known to be emotionally intelligent and respond closely to the moods of their human companions. 

7. Splendid swimmers 

How about a fun fact that might surprise you? Cane Corsos love water! This beautiful breed has an innate ability to swim, making them splendid swimmers. Imagine enjoying a cool dip with a powerful pet like the Cane Corso!

 cane corso swimming in a pool

8. Extremely protective and loyal 

Cane Corso’s strong instincts make them fabulously effective guard dogs. Instilled with natural protective instincts, this loving breed forms deep bonds with their human families and won't hesitate to jump into action if their families come under threat.  

9. They possess a unique coat color spectrum 

The Cane Corso's breed coat comes in several shades, ranging from black, light grey, and dark grey to fawn, black brindle, chestnut brindle, and even a rare blue. That's quite a colorful cane rainbow to marvel at.  

10. Cane Corsos can adapt to city living 

Cane Corsos are here to debunk the myth that "large dogs can't thrive in a city!" With proper training and socialization, they can adapt smoothly to city living. However, remember that they still need their regular exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. 

11. They have been famed cinema stars 

Last but not least, did you know Cane Corsos have graced the silver screen, featuring in films such as 'Goodfellas’ and ‘The Omen’? Talk about star power! With their captivating gaze and impressive physique, they've proven that they can indeed be movie stars in their own right. Hollywood, anyone?

12. A sense of smell only second to Bloodhound 

The sense of smell in a Cane Corso is something to marvel at. Often touted as second only to the Bloodhound, their olfactory prowess can put many other breeds to shame. This keen sense of smell was historically used for tracking and hunting, and even though most Cane Corsos today lead a more sedate, domestic life, the trait is still inheritably strong. 

cane corso dog sniffing the grass

13. Excellent truffle hunters 

Given their excellent sense of smell, Cane Corsos have historically been trained and utilized in Italy as truffle hunters. Given their superior sense of smell, these dogs proved incredibly useful in sniffing out the coveted, and notoriously elusive, truffle mushrooms. Who needs a pig when you have a Cane Corso? 

14. Cane Corsos have an "awkward teenager" stage

Interestingly, Cane Corso puppies don’t beeline to adulthood like some smaller breeds. Rather, they have three distinct growing stages. First, as puppies, where they are all ears and paws. Then, they enter an ‘awkward teenager’ stage, where they often appear to be tripping over their own size. Finally, they mature into their majestic adult form. This longer route to adulthood translates into an extended period of puppy-like mischievousness and playfulness; so gear up for those extra puppy snuggles! 

15. Exceptional climbers 

Given the size and bulk of the Cane Corso, it's easy to assume that they'd be more grounded than agile. However, you might be surprised to learn that these dogs are actually skilled climbers. Although it's not recommended to encourage this tendency (for the sake of your furniture), it certainly emphasizes their versatility and strength. 

16. They recognize their reflection in mirrors 

Unlike many breeds, Cane Corsos often recognize their reflection in a mirror and do not react as if it's another dog. This points towards their high cognitive abilities and their understanding of self.

17. Cane Corsos have distinctly expressive faces 

Cane Corsos have uniquely expressive facial ranges. With their eyes radiating warmth, intelligence, and curiosity, they can "talk" without uttering a single bark. Just a simple look into those expressive eyes, and you'll likely know what's on their mind. 

cane corso puppy with toy in mouth looking mischievous

18. Featured in numerous works of art 

Here's a fun fact: did you know that the Cane Corso has found its place in numerous works of art throughout history? Spanning centuries, this dog breed has been portrayed in paintings, sculptures, and even literature, highlighting their indelible mark on human civilization. From modern painters to ancient sculptors, artists have been drawn to the noble profile of the Cane Corso. 

19. They founded an entire new breed! 

The Cane Corso played a significant role in the creation of a whole new breed, the Boerboel. This South African dog breed shepherded its way into existence in the 1600s when Dutch settlers brought Cane Corsos along with them to South Africa, and they mingled with the local canine population. A genetic merging like that is quite remarkable, wouldn't you agree?

20. Cane Corsos are masters in reading human emotions 

Cane Coros are astonishingly good at perceiving their owners' emotions and adapting their behavior accordingly. Feeling blue? You might just find your Cane Corso offering you some canine comfort. This is certainly one of the draws of this breed -- having such an emotionally connected companion.  

21. Cane Corsos are champions of obedience training 

Observe a Cane Corso in obedience training, and you'll be amazed at its prowess. Not only can they follow regular commands with ease, but also they can reach impressive levels of discipline with consistent guidance. However, it's important to start obedience training early to get the best results.

cane corso dog and puppy playing togetherConclusion

So, next time you meet a Cane Corso, you'll see not just a dog, but a fascinating creature with a narrative as captivating as its persona. Whether it's their history as warriors, their talent for truffle hunting, or their deeply expressive faces—there's always something fascinating to learn about this admirable breed. 

Undeniably, Cane Corsos continue to captivate us, reminding us of the enduring bond between humans and their canine companions. What a truly extraordinary breed. 

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