Skip to content


Brindle dog from the island of Corsica


The Cursinu is an ancient but rare breed of dog that originated on the island of Corsica, off the coast of France, 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 1950’s 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, now Cursinu Club, was established in France. The goals set by them included encouraging use and guiding breeding, 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. 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. 

OTHER NAMES – Corsican Dog, Chien Corse


The Cursinu is generally a versatile and intelligent animal, able to carry out both herding and hunting activities with equal vigour 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 socialised 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 behaviours. 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.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Herding
TEMPERAMENTLoyal, Intelligent, Calm
EXERCISE NEEDED1 – 2 hours per day
HEIGHT – MALE57 cm / 22 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE54 cm / 21 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort and Thick
LIFE EXPECTANCY10 – 13 years


  • The modern Cursinu is more likely to be utilised in hunting rather than as a shepherd and although they specialise in boar, they are quite adept at catching rabbits and fox as well.
  • They are 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 demeanour.
  • Their grooming maintenance 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.
  • While these dogs love short jogs and long walks, especially in nature, they’re also well suited to hunting, tracking and herding trials and are intelligent and agile enough to do well on agility courses and rally sport.

This breed is only registered with the French kennel club. The website is in French but you can always translate it with ‘Google Translate’ in your browser.


Click on any image to view these pictures larger and in a slideshow


Enjoy this video about Cursinus, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

Thanks for reading!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: