You might never have heard of the Cursinu but, originating from Corsica, this breed of sheepdog has lots of great qualities.

The origins of the Cursinu

The Cursinu or Corsican Dog, is a breed of Spitz dog. Although little known, the breed has existed since the 16thCentury.

As a sheepdog, their main role was to herd the flock and guard the sheep-pen. Today, the Cursinu makes an excellent guard dog, and they are still used in wild boar hunting. The decline of rural living and the introduction of continental dogs in Corsica have both contributed to the near extinction of the breed.

Troubled by this extinction, a decision was made in 1989 to create l’Association de Sauvegarde du Chien Corse (The Association for the Protection of the Corsican Dog).

It was only in 2003 that the Cursinu was officially recognised in France by the Société Centrale Canine (the French Kennel Club).

Physical characteristics of the Cursinu

This is a robust and hardy dog, their fur is short or mid-length. Their coat is most often a fawn streaked colour. They can have a white patch on the middle of their chest and their paws.

The weight of the Cursinu, male or female, varies between 20 and 40 kg.

The Cursinu's personality

They can be wary around strangers. They are very loyal to their owners and can make excellent pets if they have received suitable, firm training. In reality, the Cursinu can display stubborn behaviour and so their training requires more attention than most other breeds.

This is an intelligent and calm dog that can adapt to city life. Even so they will need physical exercise and regular walks.

Are you familiar with the Cursinu?

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