The Cane Corso is an ancient breed, direct descendant of the Roman Canis Pugnax, Roman War Dog of the first century. It was used in the battlefields as an auxiliary warrior and guardian. In the arenas, the Cane Corso was used to fight lions, bears, bulls, other wild animals and even gladiators. As times changed, so did the duties of the Cane Corso.
Often weighing more then 100 pounds, with a large head and alert expression, and muscular fame, Cane Corsos are at a glance intimidating creatures. Bred as guard dogs for centuries, their imposing appearance is their first line of defense against intruders. As one writer put it, “An understated air of cool competence, the kind of demeanor yo’d expect from a professional bodyguard, is the breed’s trademark” and complete the picture of a dog not to be trifled with.
The Cane Corso dog is a very versatile utility dog. They are intelligent, athletic, agile and possesses great stamina. It is famous for it’s hunting abilities in which it excelled in wild boar, bear, wolf, badger and porcupine. The Cane Corso has been a farm dog for centuries, bred for their working abilities. They were widely used to guard property and protect cattle against wolves and cattle thieves. They were also used by butchers to control and move cattle before slaughter. The Cane Corso was often used during travel as well. He ran beside the cart or stagecoach and protected the driver, passengers and goods against highwaymen.
During W.W.I and W.W.II hunting activities drastically decreased, agriculture modernized and the need for the breed decreased, pushing the Cane Corso to near extinction. In Southern Italy, agricultural life was able to endure permitting recovery of the breed. Cane Corsos are still being used on farms today and make exceptional guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are a medium-large molossoid, muscular, compact with no unnecessary weight. They are no larger than allowing it to chase at high speeds while still having the power to hold the game. They move with ease. The Cane Corso is a dominant dog with a protective nature, and instinctually aloof, yet easily trained, obedient and devoted to family.
A Cane Corso may sound like everything you ever wanted in a dog however, they are not for everyone.