cane corso


ca·​ne cor·​so ˌkä-nā-ˈkȯr-sō How to pronounce cane corso (audio)
: any of a Italian breed of large, muscular dogs having a short, dense, stiff coat and a large head with a short, broad, square muzzle and powerful jaws

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The victim, who was not identified by authorities, had worked at the home before with no incident, but was attacked by three Belgian Malinois and a cane corso Tuesday, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said in a statement. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2023 About the Company: Bully Beds is named after the owner’s dog, Bull, a cane corso mastiff. Dallas News, 22 Dec. 2022 The other cane corso, a female, Nova, 3 years and 9 months old, weighed 88.7 pounds . Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 26 July 2022 The cane corso breed is an Italian breed of mastiff usually owned as a companion or guard dog. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 26 July 2022 Hunt’s criminal charges stem from the alleged extreme weight loss of two cane corso breed dogs that boarded with his facility over several months, the warrant affidavit says. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 26 July 2022 The cane corso, which wasn’t recognized until 2010, has since climbed from 51st to 21st. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 Breeds on the move include the cane corso, a heavy-duty guard dog that broke into the top 25. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cane corso was in 1834

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“Cane corso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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