Blue Cane Corso: 10 Things You Should Know

by Vivvy A
Blue Cane Corso

Blue Cane Corso refers to a breed of dog that is identifiable through its muscular appearance and strong personality. Cane Corsi were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 and the United Kennel Club in 2008.


What is a Blue Cane Corso

Blue Cane Corsi are a subspecies of working dogs known as Molossus dogs, believed to have been bred by the Greeks to have big bones and strong muscles for farm work. The dogs were then brought to Italy by the Romans and, when bred with local Italian species, formed the Cane Corso breed.

Blue Cane Corsi were originally used as guard dogs because of their agility, strength, and loyalty. The Romans often traveled with Blue Cane Corsi. Thus, the dog became known as a ‘war dog’ and a ‘guard dog.’ The breed remained popular for centuries until it nearly went extinct in World War II.

The modern Blue Cane Corso was saved in the 1970s by Italian breeders who wanted to save the breed from going extinct. Because of this, the modern Blue Cane Corso looks a bit different than those of the past. All the characteristics of the Blue Cane Corso remain the same, however, and the breed was introduced to the United States in 1987. The breed became popular among experienced dog owners almost immediately.


Blue Cane Corso Puppy

Blue Cane Corso puppies are typically separated from their mothers at around eight weeks, and from there, undergo rapid maturity. Blue Cane Corso puppies are highly energetic and are trainable. Being guard dogs, the puppies also become very loyal. The puppies are sensitive and should be handled with care. Most puppies require 3-6 feedings per day, gradually lowering this number to 2.

Typically, Blue Cane Corso puppies cost between $1,000 and $4,000 when bought from a breeder. Adopting a Blue Cane Corso puppy will only cost around $100 to $300.


Blue Cane Corso Temperament

Although the Blue Cane Corso breed initially served as a guard dog, the breed itself is not necessarily aggressive. Good training is certainly a must with the Blue Cane Corso, but the breed can easily be trained not to lash out against strangers or other dogs.

In fact, with good training, Blue Cane Corsi are not any more aggressive than other big dogs. The dog is highly intelligent, which makes the training process slightly easier. However, the dog has a natural ‘bossy’ instinct, which must be considered when getting a Blue Cane Corso.

One of the most important factors to remember about a Blue Cane Corso is that the breed is a natural guard dog, and any fear or unnatural movements by others may make the breed become defensive. Blue Cane Corsi are also incredibly loyal and have a deep love for their owners.

Blue Cane Corso With Toy in Mouth
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The breed is also highly alert and pays close attention to all that goes on around it. Because the Blue Cane Corso was bred as a working dog, the breed has a high tolerance for stress. Most sounds and sights shouldn’t overwhelm the dog.

Blue Cane Corsi make for a good family dog when trained properly. Because of the breed’s loyalty, along with the general docile manner of the dog, Blue Cane Corsi can get along with families quite well.

However, the dog’s intelligence and the general ‘bossy’ attitude mean that the dog should be trained thoroughly before introduction to a family. Without proper training, the Blue Cane Corso does tend to dominate family life. Blue Cane Corsi may, however, have issues with smaller children due to the unpredictability of small children.


Blue Cane Corso Appearance

Blue Cane Corsi all have a similar appearance. For starters, Blue Cane Corsi are known for being a large dog. Most dogs will weigh up to 120 pounds. Blue Cane Corsi have a large head, short hair, and rectangular body. Most dogs will be around 2 feet tall. The Blue Cane Corso is typically a gray-bluish color.  Blue Cane Corsi have a medium-short coat, but it’s important to brush your dog due to shedding. Brushing should be done at least once a week to ensure a healthy, happy dog.

Many people have different opinions about if the blue Cane Corso exists at all, and some believe it’s the Cane Corso’s light black pigment grey that makes the Cane Corso look blue and thinks that the Blue Cane Corso is a gray coat coloration produced by a “recessive mutation in the melanophilin gene (MLPH).


Blue Cane Corso Care Guide

Food

Blue Cane Corso puppies should be fed 3-6 times a day, but by the time they reach adulthood, Blue Cane Corsi should only be fed once or twice per day. Blue Cane Corsi should be eating between 4 to 5 cups of food per day.

Most dry dog food is okay to feed a Blue Cane Corso, as they are not super sensitive to different types of food. Blue Cane Corsi are susceptible to being overweight, so it’s best not to leave food out all day for the dog, and it’s crucial that the dog’s appetite is monitored.


Exercise

Blue Cane Corsi are highly intelligent, meaning that they require mental stimulation every day in order to remain healthy. Cognitive toys are perfect for this type of dog.

As for physical activity, the Blue Cane Corso requires a lot of physical activity in order to remain healthy and happy. Because they are bred to be working dogs, Blue Cane Corsi require long walks. Blue Cane Corsi should also always be kept company, as they do not do well alone. Blue Cane Corsi should be walked at least a mile twice per day.


Training

Blue Cane Corsi should be trained in order to avoid aggression and other behavioral problems. The dog is best trained from a young age and should be exposed to early socialization situations to get used to other dogs and people. Blue Cane Corsi are responsive to training and generally are easy to train because of their intellect and loyalty. Training is a crucial aspect of owning a Blue Cane Corso.


Health

Blue Cane Corsi are typically healthy dogs, but proper care must be taken to ensure that your dog lives a long and healthy life. Much like any other breed of dog, Blue Cane Corsi are prone to a variety of diseases and illnesses.

These include hip dysplasia, eye problems, demodectic mange, and bloating. Some of the ailments are hereditary, such as hip dysplasia, and the breeder should provide paperwork proving that the puppy does not suffer from such ailments. Proper feeding can help to prevent or treat gastrointestinal issues.


Blue Cane Corso Summary

Blue Cane Corsi are large dogs with a rich personality. Originating in Ancient Rome as a ‘war dog’ and surviving centuries as loyal guard dogs, the Blue Cane Corso is a loving dog that will treat its owner well.

The breed isn’t particularly rare, but that doesn’t take anything away from the joy of owning a Blue Cane Corso. The breed can be difficult for novice owners due to its incredible intelligence and stubborn attitude. Even the best trained Blue Cane Corso can be difficult for a first-time dog owner.

Blue Cane Corso

The dog itself is incredibly intelligent and requires intense mental stimulation to avoid boredom and depression. The dog is also intensely loyal, leaving it subject to separation issues. The dog also requires a lot of physical activity in order to remain healthy. Overall, the breed is typically healthy and, with proper care, usually lives 9-11 years.

Blue Cane Corsi can make for a good family dog, but proper training is a must. Without proper training, the dog can potentially be aggressive. Overall, the dog is best for experienced owners and families who understand the potential risk of aggression. The dog is highly alert and attentive and easily picks up on nervousness or unnatural actions.

Blue Cane Corsi are an intensely loyal and loving dog, an ideal pet for those who have experience owning similar dogs and understand the physical and mental demands of the Blue Cane Corso.

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