Cane Paratore

Not Recognized by AKC

Silhouette of generic wolf-like dog in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

19-22 in

Weight

33-55 lbs

History

The Cane Paratore (pronounced "kahn-ay per-uh-tor-ee"), also known as the "Cane Toccatore", is an ancient breed that originated in southern Italy. Livestock farmers employed the dogs to move their herds from the Tavoliere delle Puglie, a plain in northwest southern Italy, to the montane Apennines pastures. "Paratore" roughly translates to the saying "to push forward". Cane Paratores are closely related to wolves and it has been reported that females will sometimes mate with wild wolves. They also have many wolf-like characteristics beyond their appearance, such as maturing quickly, being fiercely protective of their young, and having an immune system similar to that of wolves. The Cane Paratore was bred primarily for function and not so much looks, so there is a fair amount of variation between individuals. Today, they are extremely rare and mostly unknown everywhere except for Abruzzes, where they are relatively common. 

Breed Characteristics

While not all Cani Paratore will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★☆☆☆

Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Sensitivity

★★★★★

★☆

★★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Strong, tough, and agile with extreme stamina- a true working breed

Devoted and affectionate towards family

Skilled at understanding humans' body language and emotions- they know what is wanted of them without being given commands

Mature faster than most modern dog breeds

Very protective of family (especially children) and property- make good watch and guard dogs