Other name: Corsican Dog

Photo: adult dog of Cursinu breed
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Life expectancy

The Cursinu has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 22 in
Male Between 18 and 23 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 62 lb
Male Between 55 and 62 lb
Coat colour
Black Sand
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour
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More details about the Cursinu

Cursinu: Origins and history

Also known as the Corsican dog, the Cursinu has been around since the 16th century. Although little is known about his origin, he's thought to have developed from various spitz breeds like the German Spitz and Elkhound. The breed almost went extinct during the late 20th century. Experts linked his decline to growing industrialisation and the introduction of more continental working dogs into Corsica. Troubled by the fall in the numbers, a group of dog lovers formed The Association for the Protection of the Corsican Dog. Not only did they halt the decline, but they've also contributed to his recent resurgence. He's still used as a sheepdog, guard dog, and hunting companion. The Cursinu is rarely kept as a household pet. 

FCI classification of the Cursinu

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 7 : Primitive type - Hunting Dogs

Training a Cursinu

This dog can be distracted, so would benefit from a positive education and building a trusting relationship with his owner.

Cursinu: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £80 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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