The Cane Corso is a rare breed mastiff from Italy. It is a medium to large breed with great athletic ability. Upon meeting a Cane Corso you will be left with a lasting impression of a very noble, statuesque dog. In the past, the breed was used in Italy to perform many tasks, including herding, hunting, and protection. They were very athletic in these times and should still be so today. The breed should be mentally stable to perform theses tasks as well.
Sound Body: Strong, defined, balanced. The Cane Corso should appear to be an athlete upon first site. Well tuned, strong muscle on a large bone skeleton. The body is always well defined, too large a dog would be unable to perform the tasks required on the farm. The head should be the first thing you notice, it is bold and square with minimal dewlap. The muzzle is short, wide and strong, the teeth should meet in a slightly undershot bite, though level or scissor are acceptable. The chest should be wide, and the front legs are very strong. The chest is wide and reaches to the elbows, with a tucked stomach. Hips are wide with a high tail-set. The top-line is level when viewed from the side. In a full run, the dog appears to move like a bird, with great power and little effort, reaching with the front and thrusting with the rear. The gait appears effortless with minimal roll in a single track fashion.
Sound Mind: The Cane Corso is a very intelligent dog. The perfect combination of outgoing, friendly, confident, aloof, and protective, adaptable to any situation. They should be able to discern friend from foe, bonding with the family, fearless and confident to be able protect them when needed.
The Cane Corso is a working dog, it should have the drive, willingness, energy and ability to perform any task put before it.