FCI Standard No 343

What is a Cane Corso?

(pronounced “KAH-neh CORE-soh”)

A Cane Corso is a breed of dog from the Molosser family, also commonly known as an Italian Mastiff. *Note: The Mastino Napolitano (Neapolitan Mastiff) is also an Italian Mastiff, but they are different breeds. The Cane Corso is more agile and athletic than the Neo.

Cane Corsos (the correct plural term is Cani Corsi, but the American English version is mostly used) originated from Puglia in Southern Italy and were used for hunting, farming, herding and with a natural instinct to protect, a guardian of the family and property.