The breed occasionally produces males under 125 lbs. The lighter the males under 125 lbs, the less numbers of them are produced by the breed. And the weightier the male over 140 lbs., the less numbers of them produced by the breed. Some breeders have begun producing the rare heavier ones which are sometimes NO TALLER than those of lesser weights which causes them to have a short squat bulkier build & appearance. This particular type which falls outside the normal or average height to weight ratio are encumbered with a barrel-bodied stumpy-legged build that cannot be as fleet-of-foot as the Cane Corso was developed to be. I simply can't picture a short, squat, stumpy-legged Cane Corso keeping up with the more athletically built leggier CC's as they chase a deer through the forest. The rare weightier Corso should obviously be proportionately taller, retaining their athletic look and ability.

In early 1999, another Cane Corso breeder imported 2 ENCI male Cane Corso from Italy, each of which weighed 135 to 140 lbs. As far as head type and overall appearance goes, I felt like I could have been looking at 2 littermates of our 1988 U.S. foundation litter so much do they resemble in size & appearance that 1st litter of Cane Corso in America. It's instructive to note that the height/weight averages noted on the foregoing page are the actual averages that you will find whether speaking of Cane Corso in the USA or in Italy. Regardless of the MUCH smaller, unaturally narrow, cookie-cutter conformation range stated in the NEW so-called "Italian" standard with its ridiculous and unhealthy 11 pound spread minimum to maximum which states males to be 99-110 lbs., the ACTUAL AVERAGE height/weight info I've described on the previous page is applicable to BOTH the American lines of Italian Cane Corso as well as to FCI/ENCI Cane Corso still in Italy. This is the Cane Corso that has been bred in Italy for centuries and is what the Italian breeders are still breeding and producing today! The few men who established the SACC club in Italy have attempted with the putting forth of their new narrow conformaion standard, to change the breed into their own personal idea of what they think the breed OUGHT to be. Their standard is NOT what the breed IS and HAS BEEN for CENTURIES, but rather what they want to see the breed CHANGED TO. Luckily for the breed called Cane Corso, most of the breeders in Italy and all but maybe 2 in America, disagree with that new standard that touts itself as "the 'Italian' standard, and still produce the Cane Corso to the original ancient form and size range.

___________________________1996, Randall C. Todd___________________________