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Neapolitan Mastiffs,Cane Corso and Cane Da Presa Meridionale :- Important facts about the Present day Cane Corso.


We wrote about the ideal Neapolitan Mastiff cum Cane Corso in the previous article.
Now we will look at the present day Cane Corso.
The present day Cane Corso is closer in looks,form and function to the original,but not quite like the original.
In Nigeria the Cane Corso strays from the present day breed standards as we had written before due to a combination of diet,narrow bloodlines (not enough infusion of standard imported Corsos).
Present day Cane Corso,when Prime is as we have written a Regal,powerful,Great looking dog,Males and females.
Males can be up to 28 inches high,(taller than a Boerboel,Rottweiler,Doberman,Alsatian).
Males can be 55 kg of lean muscles.
However in Nigeria we come across Cane Corsos that look more like Labradors in the worst cases or like Great Danes in better cases.The ideal looks are rare and expensive.
We are however not writing about Cane Corsos in Nigeria here,instead we are looking at how the present day Cane Corso compares with the original after the “Rebirth”.
Culled from CCAA- Cane Corso Association of America and specifically from the
Written by Mike Ertaskiran
Recovery of the Cane Corso

By the 1970’s the Cane Corso near extinction survived in only the most remote back woods regions of southern Italian hinterland. These peasants that still employed him and trained him in the traditional ways kept the remnants of the breed alive. But only sparsely, few old time dog men still remembered the proud sturdy dog of their youth. Their recollections more like faded memories of childhood dreams. One such man was SIG. Giovanni Bonnetti. In 1973 SIG Bonnetti contacted DR Poalo Breber when he learned that DR Breber would be working for a time in Foggia. SIG Bonnetti wrote DR Breber “he has noticed in those places a molossiod dog different hair from the Neapolitan Mastiff, similar to the bullmastiff, likeness of the Presa Majorca” the letter went on to say “Prof. Ballotta, eminent dog lover, inhabitant of Romagna, had seen several examples of this ancient Pugliese breed” With Breber’s interest peeked he began the search for this Ancient “molossiod” by seeking out Foggiani who’s memories went back some 50 years. These conversations led Breber various works of art, illustrations poems and other historical documentation depicting the utilization of the breed. By 1974 Breber had acquired a few specimens of the elusive breed and began to resuscitate the Cane Corso.  Shortly thereafter DR Breber had the occasion to write an article in the ENCI’s I Nostri Cane magazine on his work with the Maremmano-Abruzzese in this article, two Cane Corso’s were pictured in the background. This picture drew the attention of 16-year-old student Stefano Gandolfi. Gandolfi sought out DR Breber  to learn more about this ancient Pugliese breed of dog. Gandolfi soon enlisted the services of the Malavasi brothers from Mantova, who at the time bred German Sheppard dogs. DR Breber realizing that he was not a professional breeder, agreed the center of the recovery of the Cane Corso should be in Mantova. Breber sent a number of subjects up north to Mantova, most notably Dauno, a very typical large black dog. In Mantova, Dauno was bred to a bitch named Tipsi producing perhaps the most significant litter of Cane Corso’s in modern history. In this litter were Basir, the model for the standard of the Cane Corso and his sister Babak, chosen as the model of the feminine characteristics. In 1983 the chief proponents of the breed’s recovery form a breed club for the Cane Corso, the Society Amatori Cane Corso. By 1994 the Cane Corso receives official ENCI recognition; by 1996 the breed receives FCI recognition.

Ideal Present day Cane Corso picture courtesy –





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