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FCI Standard No. 343


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  • About the breed
    • Breed history
    • Standard
    • Comments by E. Shlychkova (President of the National Club of Cane Corso) to the breed standard
    • G. Wandoni comments on breed standard
    • Interview with Dr. Mazzilli (President S.A.C.C.)
    • Interview with V. Indiveri
    • Interview with R. Tavola (Vice President S.A.C.C.)
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Brief historical background:

Her immediate ancestor is the Great Dane. Formerly widespread throughout Italy, in the recent past, the breed was widely represented only in the province of Puglia and in the neighboring regions of southern Italy. Its name comes from the Latin "cohors", which means "protector, guard of the estate".

Above average height. Strong and strong, yet elegant. Dry powerful muscles.

Brief historical background

Cane Corso is a direct descendant of Canis Pugnax (Roman watchdog) and is its light variety, designed for hunting big game and for use in hostilities. For centuries, she was an indispensable friend for the Italians, who used it to protect their possessions and cattle, for hunting and personal protection. Distributed, at one time, on the entire peninsula, as historiography and surviving illustrations widely testify, Cane Corso was widely recognized in Pulla, Lucania and Sannio where it took root and survived as a breed. It owes its name to the Latin - cohors, which in translation means guard, protector.

The dog is quite large, strong, powerful and at the same time elegant, with clearly defined relief muscles.

Front part:

Nose: Black and large with wide open nostrils, in line with the nose.

Muzzle: Noticeably shorter than the cranial part (the length of the muzzle refers to the cranial part as approximately 1: 2). Massive, square, with a blunt edge. The sides of the muzzle are parallel. The width of the muzzle is equal to its length. The back of the nose is straight.

Lips: The upper lips are moderately drooping and cover the lower jaw so that the lower profile of the muzzle is defined by the lips.

The jaws are very large, massive and curved. Tight snack. A direct bite is permitted, but should not be sought.

Medium in size, oval, set straight, slightly convex. The eyelids fit snugly. The color of the iris is as dark as possible depending on the color of the shirt. The insightful and attentive look.

Triangular, hanging, with a wide base set high above the cheekbones. Often cropped in the shape of an equilateral triangle.

Strong, muscular, the same length as the head.

The body is slightly longer than the height at the withers. Strong build, but not squat.

Withers: Pronounced, rises above the level of the croup.

Back: Smooth, very muscular and strong.

Loin: Short and strong.

Croup: Long, wide, slightly sloping.

Chest: Well developed in three dimensions, reaches the elbows.

Set high enough, very thick at the base. The tail is docked to the fourth vertebra. In motion, keep high, but in no case curved or upright.

Important proportions

The length of the body exceeds the height, relative to the height at the withers, by about 11%. The total length of the head reaches 3.6 / 10 of the height at the withers. The length of the muzzle corresponds to 3.4 / 10 of the total length of the head. The height of the body reaches 5/10 of the total height and is the height at the withers.

Behavior and character

A smart, energetic and balanced dog, indispensable for protection and protection. Obedient and affectionate in relations with the owner, loves children and family, if necessary, becomes a ruthless and courageous defender of people, both his family and their loved ones. Well amenable to training.

Brachycephalic. Its total length reaches 3.6 / 10 of the height of the withers. The width of the cheekbones is equal to the length of the skull and has more than half the total length of the head, reaching 6.6 / 10 of this length. The longitude of the axes, cranium and muzzle, somewhat coincides. The perimeter of the head, measuring the cheekbones, more than doubles the total length of the head. The head is moderately defined with pronounced cheekbones. The skin is dense, but rather adjacent to the underlying tissues, smooth and fairly elastic.


Hips: Long, wide, the posterior line of the thigh is convex.

Shins: Strong, not fleshy.

Hock joints: With moderately articulated angles.

Metatarsus: Thick and sinewy.

Hind legs: Somewhat less compact than the front.

Wide stride, sweeping lynx. The presumptive gait is lynx.

Pretty thick, relatively close fitting.

Wool: Short, shiny, very thick, with a weak undercoat.

Color: Black, lead gray, slate gray, light gray, light red, muruy, dark red, tiger (stripes in different tones of red or gray). In red and tiger dogs, a black or gray mask on the face should not go beyond the line of the eyes. A small white mark on the chest, at the ends of the paws and on the back of the nose is allowed.

Cranial region

Skull: wide and having, in front, a slightly arched shape, in profile acquires the outlines of an uneven curve, which is accented in the sub-facial area, evenly aligned along the external swept crest. Its width is equal to its length and corresponds to 6.6 / 10 of the total length of the head. The top of the skull has the shape of a square due to the protruding outward cheekbones and in general due to the powerful muscles with which it is encircled. The frontal sinuses are well developed and protrude forward, the front groove is deep and the middle furrow is clearly visible on it. The superciliary arches are clearly visible. Occipital tubercle weakly expressed.

Forehead: Pronounced. It is convex in front, due to developed, protruding frontal sinuses and raised superciliary arches.

Height and weight:

Height at the withers: Males from 64 to 68 cm, females from 60 to 64 cm,
Tolerant deviation of 2 cm up or down from the specified.

Weight: Males from 45 to 50 kg, females from 40 to 45 kg.

Any deviation from the above points should be considered as a flaw or vice depending on the severity.

Serious disadvantages (defects):

  • The lines of the forehead and muzzle are parallel, or the muzzle is too upturned. The muzzle is wedge-shaped.
  • Partial depigmentation of the nose.
  • Scissor bite, snack with waste.
  • The tail is crocheted, the tail is upright.
  • Constant amble while moving.
  • Growth above or below the standard.

  • The muzzle is down.
  • Complete depigmentation of the nose.
  • The back of the nose is very concave, humpiness.
  • Overshot focus.
  • Partial or complete manifestation of depigmentation of the eyelids. Partially or completely blue eyes, squint.
  • Taillessness, short tail (cropped or not).
  • The coat is elongated, smooth or brushed.
  • All colors not covered by the standard are large white marks.

Front area

Nose: Located on the line of the nasal trunk. Looking at the dog in profile, you will see that the nose should not protrude beyond the vertical front edges of the lips, but must be located directly on the middle vertical plane of the front face of the muzzle. The nose has black pigmentation. The nostrils are open.

Muzzle: It is very broad and voluminous. The width of the muzzle should approximately equal its length, which reaches 3.4 / 10 of the total length of the head. Its volume exceeds 50% of the width of the muzzle. The parallelism of the lateral parts of the muzzle, the volume and width of the lower jaw make the front, front of the muzzle has square and flat outlines. The nasal trunk is straight and almost flat. The lower profile of the muzzle is determined by the upper lips.

Lips: fairly tight. The upper lip, when viewed from the front, forms the inverted letter “U”, and viewed from the side, they appear to be moderately hanging. Lip pigmentation is black.

Jaws: very wide, strong and dense with a slightly shortened upper jaw and, as a result, a slight snack. Upper and lower jaw: very strong and have a fairly curved profile. The bone structure of the jaw is well accented and protrudes forward, clearly outlining the chin. Cutters are located in a straight line (the so-called ruler).

Cheeks: full and pronounced, but not too tight (hypertrophied).

Teeth: white, large, have full completeness, development, height. The lower incisors are located slightly in front of the upper incisors, which defines the bite as a light snack.

Eyes: Medium in relation to the size of the dog, located in the frontal position, widely spaced. The crevices of the eyelids have an oval shape, the cornea of ​​the eyes appears slightly, the eyelids with fused edges, have a black pigment color. The eyes should not distinguish the sclera. Highly pigmented lining of the eyes. The pupil, as possible, is dark depending on the color of the color. The look is smart and alert.

Ears: they have a size larger than the average in relation to the volume of the head and the size of the dog, covered with smooth hair, triangular in shape, with a pointed top and thick cartilage, with highly located auditory canals, that is, much higher than the zygomatic arches, wide at the base, hanging, adjacent to the cheeks without reaching the pharynx. They are sufficiently protruding forward and outward and slightly raised at their junction when the dog is on the alert to take a half-raised position. Usually docked in the shape of an equilateral triangle.

Top view: has a slightly convex, arched appearance. Length: equal to approximately 3.6 / 10 of the height at the withers, i.e. equal to the total length of the head. Shape: oval, strong, very muscular, with pronounced scruff. Its perimeter is half the length from the neck and is 8/10 from the withers. Harmoniously connected to the withers, shoulders and chest, the neck has an ideal inclination of 45 degrees to the ground and has an approximately right angle to the shoulder. The neck is dry, muscular. The skin at the bottom of the neck without suspension.

Compact, sturdy and very muscular. Its length exceeds the height at the withers by 11%, with permissible errors, both up and down.

Top line: the area of ​​the spine is straight, with a slightly convex lower back, strong with well-developed muscles.

Ridge: slightly rises above the plane of the back and exceeds the level of the croup. Tall, long, wide, dry and harmoniously connected to the neck and back.

Back: broad, muscular, like the entire upper body, slightly raised in the direction from the back to the front and has an exact straight profile.

The length is approximately 32% of the height at the withers.

Loin: The lumbar region is short, wide, well connected to the croup and back, very muscular, strong and has a slightly convex profile. Its length, slightly larger than the width, corresponds to 20% of the height at the withers.

Croup: long, wide, has a fairly rounded shape due to the highly developed muscle mass. Its length, measured from the protrusion of the thigh to the end of the buttock, corresponds to 20% of the height at the withers. Its average width is 23% of the height at the withers. The slope of the croup relative to the ilio-ishiatic line is 28-30%, from the thigh protrusion to the base of the tail is 15-16%. These proportions cause a slight tilt of the croup.

Chest: Broad, large, with very developed pectoral muscles. Its width, in close relationship with the size of the chest, reaches 35% of the height at the withers. The sternum is located at the same level as the shoulders. In profile, the chest protrudes well between the front joints and is slightly convex.

Chest: well three-dimensionally developed with long ribs, oblique, wide and fairly well rounded, with wide intercostal spaces. Four false ribs - long, are oblique and open. The chest reaches the elbow joints, and its height corresponds to half the height at the withers. Its width, measured by half of its height, corresponds to 35% of the height at the withers and decreases towards the sternal region without forming, at the same time, imbalances. Its volume (arrow-shaped diameter) corresponds to 55% of the height at the withers. Its perimeter exceeds 35% of the height at the withers.

Bottom line: the sternum is dry, long, wide and in profile has the shape of a semicircle, with a very extensive radius, which smoothly passes into the abdominal cavity. The abdomen is neither sunken nor weakened and its profile gradually rises from the sternum to the groin forming a soft curve. The lateral hollows on the abdomen are slightly accentuated.

Tail: located on the line of the croup, thick at the base, it becomes thinner at the end: in the elongated position reaches and slightly ahead in size, the knee tendon. Being in a lowered position - rest, horizontal and slightly above the back - action. The tail should not be folded and have the shape of a ring or raised like a candle. The tail is stopped from the fourth vertebra.


The forelimbs are perpendicular to the land line (i.e. they form an angle of 90 degrees), both in profile and in full view. The height of the forelimbs to the elbow bend is 50% of the height at the withers. The forelimbs are strong and strong, have good proportions to the overall size of the dog.

Shoulder: long, oblique, braided by long, powerful well and proportionately developed muscles, has good adhesion to the chest, which, however, does not constrain freedom of action. Its length, from the highest point of the withers to the shoulder protrusion, corresponds to 30% of the height at the withers, and its horizontal slope fluctuates between 48 - 50 degrees. Relative to the middle plane of the body, the ends of the blades are in a slightly deployed position with respect to each other.

Forelegs: A little longer than the shoulder. The forelimbs are strong, with well-developed muscle and bone structure. They are well attached to the body with their upper two-thirds, measured from the shoulder protrusion to the end of the elbow, have a length corresponding to 31-32% of the height at the withers and a deviation from the horizontal line of approximately 58-60%. Their oblique longitude is parallel to the median plane of the body. The angle of the location of the humerus - scapula, varies in the region of 106 - 110 degrees.

Elbows: long, pressed to the body, but not clamped. The elbows are covered with dry skin, they should, like the shoulder joints, be located at a strictly parallel level with the arrow-shaped level of the body. The tip of the elbow is located on the lower vertical of the connecting angle of the paws on the side of the scapula.

Forearm: It is in an exactly vertical position, oval section, has a well-developed muscle structure, especially in its upper third part, has a dense and strong skeleton.Its length, from the tip of the elbow to the first articular bend, is not much greater than the length of the shoulders, and corresponds to 32 - 33% of the height at the withers. Pronounced subarticular grooves.

Metacarpus: when viewed in profile, it exactly follows a straight, vertical line of the forearm. The metacarpus is dry, wide, has great mobility, and is dense. Along the edges, behind, the "S" shaped bone stands out strongly back.

Semi-joint: it has a relatively smaller size compared with the pre-humeral joint, very dense, dry, elastic, quite flexible (forms an angle of approximately 75 degrees to the surface). Its length should exceed 1/6 of the height of the anterior elbow joint. Viewed in full view, is on the perpendicular line of the forearm and joint.

Forefeet: round in shape, with arched and selected fingers (cat's paw). Soles are dry and hard. Strong, curved and pigmented nails. Plantar and finger pads are sufficiently pigmented.

Hind limbs

The hind limbs are perpendicular to the ground, both in front and in profile. Strong and powerful dogs go well with the general proportions of the dog.

Hip: long and wide, with protruding muscles, and therefore the knee joints are well marked. The length of the thigh exceeds 33% of the height at the withers, and the width, never, is less than 25% of this height.

The axis of the femur: it is sufficiently inclined from top to bottom and from back to front, has a horizontal inclination of 70 degrees and forms, with the pelvic joint, enough, a right angle (hip angle).

Legs: long, dry, with strong bones and muscles: well-defined leg grooves. Their length corresponds to 32% of the height at the withers and their horizontal slope, from top to bottom and from front to back, is approximately 50 degrees.

Knee: The angle between the femur, patella, and leg bones is approximately 120 degrees. The location is parallel to the mid-plane of the body.

Knee tendon: broad, dense, dry, clearly visible on bony protrusions. The well-defined ends of the knee tendons clearly show the continuation of the leg grooves. The distance from the tip of the tendon to the sole of the foot (from the surface) should not exceed 26% of the height at the withers.

Knee joint: has an angle of approximately 120 degrees. Direction - parallel to the plane along the middle of the body. The angle in the transition to the tarsus is approximately 140 degrees.

Metatarsus: have a large volume, dry, fairly short, cylindrical, always in a perpendicular position relative to the surface, both in profile and in full view. Their length is about 15% of the height excluding paws. There should be no dewclaws on the inside.

Hind legs: have a slightly more oval shape compared to the front, have less arched phalanges.

The step is a lynx, an extended lynx, similar to a gallop, but with a predisposition to an extended lynx.

It is quite thick, with a low level of subcutaneous connection and therefore practically adheres to the underlying skin. The neck is free of fatty sweet, without suspension. Head without wrinkles. The pigmented color of the mucous membranes is black. The pigmented color of the nails and pads of the soles should be dark.

Short, not soft, resembles fiberglass, glossy, shiny, fits well, has a high density, with the presence of a slight undercoat, which increases in the winter (it is worth noting that the undercoat never appears through the surface layer of the coat). Its average length is 2-2.5 cm. On the croup, on the back of the thigh and on the tail, it reaches a length of 3 cm, without creating any gaps. On the muzzle, the wool is velvet, smooth, and does not exceed a length of 1-1.5 cm.

Black, lead gray, slate, light gray, light red, dark red, tiger and tiger red (stripes on a red or gray background with different contrasts). The individuals of red and tiger color have the likeness of a black mask, the area of ​​which is limited to the muzzle and should not exceed the line of the eyes. The presence of a small spot on the chest, on the tip of the paws and on the nasal trunk is allowed. As for the tiger color, it is necessary to clarify that it consists of stripes of black color, in most cases they do not have clear outlines, against a red background they have different contrasts, as opposed to a gray background having different contrasts, where the stripes have a red color. As for the mask, its gray color is permissible only for individuals with a red color, especially if it is light. Ultimately, it must be remembered that the most typical and traditional colors are black, dark tiger, ashen gray (ashen), as well as tiger and light red (wheat) with a gray mask.

Serious flaws.

Head: parallelism, accentuated by craniofacial arches, strongly pronounced fusion of the muzzle and skull lines, converging side lines of the muzzle, scissor bite, strong snack (more than 1 cm). Pigmentation: partial depigmentation of the nose. Tail: in a candle-shaped position or twisted into a ring. Growth: above or below the specified limits. Movement: continuous movement of the amble.

Disqualifying deficiencies.

Head: discrepancy of the craniofacial axes, concave (empty nose) or tuberous (saiga) nasal trunk, overshot. Pigmentation: complete depigmentation of the nose. Eyes: moderate or bilateral depigmentation of the eyelids, magpie, bilateral strabismus, thorn. Genitals: cryptorchidism, monorchism - a clear underdevelopment of one or both testicles. Tail: anurism (lack of tail), brahurism (short tail), both hereditary and acquired. Coat: possessing half long, soft, smooth, brittle, wavy. Colors: non-standard colors, very extended white spots. Note Male must have two testicles of normal appearance, fully descended into the scrotum.

Basir - the dog with which the standard of the Cane Corso breed was written:

© Stanley Pat You'Frai (Fry) & Stanley Pat Vanilla Ice (Bosch)

Breed application

The Italian Cane Corso is one of the oldest representatives of Molossians (a group of dogs, which includes shepherds, dogs and herd animals). It is believed that their ancestors were fighting dogs from ancient Rome, which were used for bullying (as gladiator dogs). The first breed standard of the International Cynological Federation (MKF) No. 343 was adopted in 1996, but since 2016 a new edition came into force, which has significant differences from the previous one.

According to the new standard, the breed belongs to the 2nd group “Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoid breeds, Swiss mountain and cattle dogs and other breeds”, section 2.1 “Molosso and mastiff type dogs with working trials”. This is one of the most important changes, since earlier it was ranked in section 2.2 “Dog-shaped mountain type”, for which operational tests are not provided. If initially the scope of the dog was described as protection, protection, work as a shepherd and with the police, now representatives are positioned as workers with various fields of use.

The Russian Cynological Federation (RKF) uses the same standard as published by the IFF, but gives its explanations regarding certain points.

The nature of the breed

Italian Cane Corso - excellent guards who boldly defend their territory, family and, if there is even livestock. Strong dogs are very agile and respond quickly to the situation. These are strong and hardy pets that have good intuition and an innate protective reflex - they differentiate the threat and the game well. A healthy dog ​​without real danger or owner command does not show aggression. It is worth paying attention to the behavior of the animal when buying a puppy - the baby should be brave and curious, but not aggressive and intimidated.

Cane Corso puppies should be friendly and curious, but not aggressive

General view and important proportions

Representatives are positioned as large dogs, the growth of males is 64–68 cm with a weight of 45–50 kg, and of females 60–64 cm and 40–45 kg. The standard allows deviation from the recommended height values ​​at the withers by 2 cm to either side. Visually, these are very athletic dogs, muscular, “strong and strong” characteristics are best suited for them. Despite their size and power, they should retain some elegance and cannot look awkward.

In the general description of the pet, important proportions are indicated, which the thoroughbred representative must preserve:

  • a rectangular body, whose length should be 11% longer than the height at the withers,
  • the length of the head should be approximately 34–36% of the height of a particular animal at the withers.

Proportions of the head and skull

Belonging to the molossian group explains the specific features in its appearance. So, the Italian cane-corso has a large head, on which the lines of the skull and muzzle converge, but do not create unnecessary folds. The foot area should be clearly defined, and the superciliary arches should be well developed. The standard describes the following important features of the head of a representative of the breed:

  • the skull is wide, the lines of the cheekbones are equal in length and width,
  • the forehead is convex in front, in the middle there is a groove that begins in the area of ​​transition to the muzzle and continues to the middle of the skull,
  • square muzzle (length equal to width), much shorter than the cranial region of the head (the ratio should be as close as possible to 1: 2),
  • the nose is black, but the new version of the standard states that if there is a gray mask, the color of the nose may be appropriate,
  • the upper lips in a calm state of the dog in front have the shape of an inverted arc, slightly hanging down on the sides,
  • the jaws are necessarily powerful and curved, with a standard small snack (no more than 5 mm),

Cane Corso should have a small snack (up to 5 mm)

Neck and body

Representatives of the breed look very powerful and, which is typical for dogs of this type, have a strong and muscular neck. An important point - its length should be the same as the length of the dog’s head. The body of the dog should be strong, and the back should be straight with a developed muscle corset. The withers of the Italian Cane Corso are clearly pronounced, and the lower back is short. The chest of a thoroughbred representative should be developed and reach the level of the elbows.

Cane Corso should have a wide chest, reaching to the elbows

Ears and tail

The old standard required the tail to be stopped at the level of the 4th vertebra, and the ears in the shape of a triangle, but today this is excluded by the current document. It clearly states that the tail should have a natural length with a thick base and high landing without rings, and the ears require triangular and hanging, widely set and located above the cheekbones. RKF on the official website gives explanations regarding changes in the requirements of the standard of the International Federation:

  • in countries where docking is prohibited by law, the participation of such dogs in exhibition events is excluded, even if it is a procedure traditional for the breed,
  • in countries where docking is allowed, pets with a short tail and ears can be displayed without restrictions along with dogs in their natural form.

Today, the standard excludes tail and ear stopping from breed representatives.

It is important to understand that this prohibition does not apply to animals born before 2016, that is, before the adoption of the resolution of the cynological federation.

Despite the absence of a ban on stopping in Russia, many breeders still refuse the procedure so as not to complicate the exhibition work of the animal at international events.


Cane Corso limbs are powerful and muscular, and a number of requirements are also imposed on their structure. The front pair should look like this:

  • muscular scapula, long,
  • strong shoulders with straight forearms,
  • flexible wrists
  • elastic and slightly oblique metacarpals
  • paws rounded, neat, "cat".

The hind limbs, in turn, have the following requirements:

  • wide and long thigh with a convex back,
  • dry drumstick, without extra volume,
  • knees are angular and strong,
  • metatarsus sinewy,
  • the hind legs are not as compact as the front, more apart.

Cane Corso are short-haired dogs, their coat is shiny and dense, and the undercoat is minimal. The standard describes a number of colors that are allowed for representatives:

  • black - the predominant color, which in combination with small white marks is found more often than others,
  • shades of gray (lead gray, slate gray, light gray),
  • shades of red (light, dark, saturated red) - this color requires the presence of a black or gray mask that will not go beyond the line of the eyes,

Red Cane Corso must have a mask on his face

White markings are allowed, but only on the chest, back of the nose and legs.

Disadvantages and defects of Cane Corso

As with any other breed, a deviation from the standard is a minus for a particular animal, and the greater the severity, impact on appearance and health, the more serious the defect is recognized. Significant shortcomings or flaws in Cane Corso are:

  • the longitudinal lines of the muzzle and skull from above are parallel to each other or converge at too great an angle,
  • incomplete pigmentation of the nose
  • overly massive cheekbones,
  • snack more than 5 mm,
  • scissor bite
  • ring or upright tail,
  • large deviation in growth parameter at the withers,
  • the presence of a arrived finger - a rudiment, the 5th finger, which is located above the foot,
  • improper running - a lynx, which is periodically replaced by amble (horse mode of running, when both left limbs are first moved forward, and then both right).

A direct bite is not considered a serious minus, but is also not welcome.

Disqualifying Defects

There is a list of the most serious shortcomings that become an excuse to disqualify an animal from participating in exhibitions and breeding:

  • semi-long hair, the presence of fringe on the tail and hips,
  • behavioral abnormalities (aggression or excessive shyness),
  • overshot
  • diverging upper lines of the skull and muzzle,
  • complete absence of pigment on the nose, complete or partial depigmentation of the eyelids,
  • a hunchbacked or arched nose,
  • strabismus,
  • blue spotted eyes
  • lack of tail
  • short tail,
  • too large white spots
  • coat color not included in the standard.

Shows and admission to breeding

When evaluating Cane Corso at an exhibition, judges pay attention to respect for proportions and compliance with the requirements of the official standard. Since 2016, the breed needs to undergo work trials - a general training course and protective and guard duty. It is mandatory to take into account the nuances regarding the stopping of the ears and tail.

Representatives of the breed are allowed for breeding, in which:

  • there is a certificate of origin, in particular, of the RKF or MKF sample,
  • there is a rating for the exterior not lower than “very good” at the official exhibition,
  • successfully tested
  • age does not exceed 8 years (for females),
  • age over 18 months.

Cane Corso - large dogs with a muscular but elegant body, which manifest themselves as excellent defenders. The new edition of the breed standard made adjustments to the previously existing document, and now the dog belongs to another group and it requires working trials.