33-44 lbs

The Cursinu is a medium-sized dog with a slender build and powerful musculature that sports a striking short brindle coat. They are an ancient breed that originated on the island of Corsica, off the coast of France, hundreds of years ago. Although their numbers declined sharply in the middle of the 20th century, concentrated efforts by breeders and fanciers starting in 1989 have allowed this dog to begin making a comeback. They are a versatile and hardy breed with extremely loyal natures that are equally adept at hunting and herding and make excellent watchdogs as they are alert and prone to barking. 

Herding, Hunting
Date of Origin
16th Century

Cursinu Health

Average Size
Male Cursinu size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Female Cursinu size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Cursinu Breed History

 The Cursinu is an ancient but rare breed of dog that originated on the island of Corsica at some point around the 16th century. They were employed most frequently as shepherds and guardians of the home, but they also made excellent hunting dogs. The breed was popular on the island until the 1950s when competition from the importation of other dog breeds reduced their numbers. Their numbers declined enough that by 1988, people had begun expressing concern, and the following year the Corsican Dog protection society, Association de sauvegarde du Chien Corse, was established in France. The goals set by the Corsican Dog Protection Society included encouraging use and guiding breeding of the canines, setting the characteristics and status of the breed, establishing a breed standard, and to attain official recognition by the French Kennel Club. In 1994, there were only 595 Cursinu dogs registered with just over 200 identified, measured, and photographed, but vigorous campaigns in the area led to their inclusion into the French Kennel Club in 2003, and the first breed standard was registered the next year. The modern Cursinu is more likely to be utilized when hunting rather than as a shepherd and although they specialize in boar, they are quite adept at catching rabbits and fox as well. The association changed its name to The Cursinu Club, and updated its statues to reflect their new status. As of 2006, their numbers have rebounded and more than 2000 Cursinu dogs could be found on the island, and their population has expanded to the French mainland. 

Cursinu Breed Appearance

The Cursinu is a slender, medium-sized dog that stands just under two feet tall at the shoulder and weighs between 33 and 44 pounds. This breed is typically longer than it is tall with powerful musculature and short, smooth coat with striking brindle coloration overlaying a fawn, tan, brown, or black base that often sports a black melanistic mask on the face. Cursinu dogs tend to have well-proportioned heads with broad, flat skulls and tapered muzzles that are somewhat thin. Their oval eyes come in shades from chestnut to dark brown and their triangular ears are attached either right at the eye line or slightly above and they fold down near the sides of the head. They have a long tail which hangs down at rest but frequently curls up over the back or rump when the dog is in action. Their skin is particularly tight to the body and there is little to no wrinkling or drooping.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cursinu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cursinu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Cursinu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cursinu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cursinu Breed Maintenance

The grooming maintenance for this particular breed is fairly simple. They only require bathing a few times a year and more frequent bathing can strip the coat of its natural oils and lead to brittle fur and dry, flaky skin; a thorough brushing with a slicker brush or a rubber curry comb once or twice a week will generally be enough to rid the coat of grime and loose fur. Ears that hang down like the ears of the Cursinu are somewhat prone to developing ear infections and should be checked for infection on a regular basis and be kept clean and dry. Teeth and nail care are important steps in the grooming routine as well. Weekly brushing of the teeth will aid in tooth and gum health. The nails should be trimmed monthly or as needed.

Brushes for Cursinu
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cursinu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cursinu Temperament

This dog is generally a versatile and intelligent animal, able to carry out both herding and hunting activities with equal vigor but while it is extremely active in the field, the Cursinu dog is easily able to calm down and relax at home. They are particularly loyal and attached to their owner but can be suspicious and wary with strangers. When socialized they are generally sociable but reserved with other dogs and they can get along well with cats if raised with them, although their high prey drive may make cohabitation with animals such as rabbits less predictable. They are extremely intelligent so it is important to keep their mind occupied in order to keep them from getting into mischief or from developing problem behaviors. This breed is also more likely than other dogs to bark, making it a less than ideal pet for apartment living, but an excellent candidate as a watchdog. They also have a tendency to be stubborn and this can sometimes overwhelm their intelligence making them somewhat challenging to train.

Cursinu Activity Requirements

This canine is quite capable of being a pleasant and well-behaved companion indoors but does require a great deal of exercise to maintain their calm and composed indoor demeanor. While these dogs love short jogs and long walks, especially in nature, they are also well-suited to many alternative forms of exercise. These dogs naturally excel at hunting and tracking trials as well as herding trials and are intelligent and agile enough to do well on agility courses and rally sport, although their stubborn nature may make these endeavors a bit more challenging. Cursinu dogs should get around an hour to an hour and a half worth of vigorous activity per day. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
75 minutes

Cursinu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Cursinu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Cursinu size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Female Cursinu size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 29 lbs
12 Months
Male Cursinu size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Cursinu size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 38 lbs
18 Months
Male Cursinu size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Cursinu size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 38 lbs

Cursinu Owner Experiences

2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Our Callie is wonderful, very affectionate with our family and somewhat aloof with strangers. She is quite selective in who she likes. Her big bark makes her a good house protector. We love her ability to be serious and funny.Her athletic abilities are impressive and she never tires of bounding around, with huge leaps. Smart as a whip but a bit stubborn at times and sometimes , doesn't listen that well but she is getting better! Highly trainable and learns quickly.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Coco came to us 3 months ago as a rescue. She wasn't physically abused but she was left alone sometimes for several days at a time. She's lovely, sweet, smart and brave. We see great signs that her personality is coming out. She is much loved!
1 year, 1 month ago
Mr. Furlock Bones
3 Years
3 People
He's a very good dog.
1 year, 7 months ago
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