The Canaan Dog Cane Corso Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Canaan Dog and the Cane Corso. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Canaan Dog is known for being cautious, intelligent, and devoted. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Canaan Dog or the Cane Corso? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Canaan Dog Cane Corso Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Canaan Dog Cane Corso Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Canaan Dog Cane Corso Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Canaan Dog History
The Canaan Dog was recognized as purebred by the AKC in 1997, and she holds the title of National Dog of Israel. She originated in the Middle East and has lived there for many thousands of years. During Biblical times, she served as a herder and guard dog for nomadic peoples. Although purebred, the Canaan Dog also belongs to a canine subset called Pariah Dogs. More than just a stray, a pariah dog is genetically unique. They are free-ranging and sometimes feral dogs that exist by following human encampments, usually in developing countries, and living on anything left behind.
For some years, experts have sought to capture, recognize, register and breed these beautiful outsiders, before interbreeding with purebred and other mixed-breed dogs causes their extinction.
Fun fact: Archaeologists in Israel unearthed some 700 specimens of a dog very likely to be the Canaan of today. They speculate that the dogs were held sacred by their people.
Fast-forward to the early 1930s, in what was then Palestine. A Jewish defense organization, the Haganah, approached canine authority Dr. Rudolphina Menzel with a request to develop a dog that could both guard settlements and serve in battle. Dr. Menzel immediately thought of the strong, intelligent ferals she had seen across the desert, and she began to gather up both adults and puppies and introduce them to a more domestic existence. She knew that because these dogs had survived as ferals, they would be smart, strong, fast, and supremely intelligent.
Dr. Menzel was right. The Canaan Dog proved not only highly intelligent but also easy to train. In addition to serving the military and acting as guard dogs, Canaan dogs became herders, messengers, and service dogs for the Red Cross. During World War II, the dogs were used as mine detectors, outperforming the traditional methods used to locate and neutralize mines.
Dr. Menzel established a kennel where she collected and trained about 400 Canaan Dogs, then selectively bred them. The lines she established are examples of the Canaan Dog of today.
Later in her life, while working with the Institute for Orientation and Mobility of the Blind in the Middle East, Dr. Menzel again called on her Canaan Dogs to serve as guides for blind children. In addition, Canaan Dogs assisted as police dogs and in search-and-rescue operations. Dr. Menzel’s successors continue to search the desert for examples of the ancient dog that can contribute to the gene pool.
The Canaan Dog was recognized by the Palestine Kennel Club in the 1940s; by the Israel Kennel Club in 1953; by the Kennel Club of London in 1971; and by the American Kennel Club in 1997.
Cane Corso History
The Cane Corso (plural: Cani Corsi) is a large and solid Italian breed, highly prized in his native country for his ability as a guard dog, hunter, and companion. He also is variously known as the Italian Mastiff, Cane Corso Italiano, Cane Corso Mastiff, Italian Corso Dog, and Italian Molosso. He is a large dog whose size and sometimes severe facial expression can be intimidating to people not familiar with the breed.
Fun fact: The word “corso” means guardian or protector in Italian.
Cani Corsi have kept a low profile for centuries. Throughout their history, they tended to belong to far-flung rural or wealthy owners, who appreciated the dogs’ hunting and guarding abilities. As a hunter, the Cane Corso is a catch dog, meaning he can immobilize prey with only his strength and his powerful jaws and teeth.
The Cane Corso is related to the Neopolitan Mastiff, as both dogs are descendants of the original Italian Molosser.
In the recent past, the Cane Corso was a common site all over Italy. But by the 20th century, fewer people were farming, and the dog’s numbers dwindled, although many Cani Corsi help their people guard property, livestock, and families to this day.
When the population of the Cane Corso began to dwindle in the 1960s and 1970s, a group of Italian aficionados set about restoring them. By 1994, population had risen and the breed was fully accepted by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) as the 14th Italian breed of dog. The FCI provisionally accepted the Corso in 1997, and ten years later he was fully recognized internationally.
A decade later, a man named Michael Sottile imported the first litter of Corsos to the United States. The next year, 1989, brought a second litter. In 1993, The International Cane Corso Association was born. This breed club eventually sought recognition from the American Kennel Club, which was granted in 2010. The Cane Corso Association of America now governs the breed. The popularity of the breed is growing as fast as a Corso puppy; in 2013 he ranked in 50th place in the United States in 2013, a 10-point jump from 60th place in 2012.
Height: 19 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 35 - 55 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Height: 24 - 28 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 85 - 110 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
The Canaan Dog and the Cane Corso are both loyal and affectionate. They are also very charming, so watch out! This dog will require a good training regimen as they can get excited. They are very loyal to their family. One of the best things you can do for any breed is to socialize it as much as possible. Please use positive reinforcement, it goes a long way! She should be rather affectionate and love being with you, she can also be stubborn so keep that in mind.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Canaan Dog mixed with the Cane Corso might be prone to hypothyroidism, corneal dystrophy, epilepsy, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."