What is an Italian Corso?


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An Italian Corso is a medium to large guard dog that's native to Southern Italy. Its name is derived from the Italian "corso," meaning "enclosure," referring to the breed's role as a dog assigned to an enclosure for guarding purposes.

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Italian Corsos are also known as Cane Corsos, as "cane" is the Italian word for dog, and traces its roots to the ancient Molassian breed. Corsos are still used today as guard and protection dogs due to their powerful build and stable temperament. Most resembling the mastiff breed, the Corso became an American Kennel Club-recognized breed in 2010. While the Corso is easily trained, it does not do well crated all day and should have a fenced area to exercise regularly. The breed, which provides excellent protection and guard services, is also affectionate with owners and bonds well with family members and children.

Corsos are bred in a wide variety of colors and markings, and their coats are short but very thick, like that of a cow, providing the breed with protection from inclement weather. The breed was not known outside of Southern Italy until 1988, and was considered rare. However, the AKC website provides an online list of recognized breeders that can be searched by ZIP code.

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