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About the Cane Corso Italiano

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.

The Cane Corso is a very versatile utility dog. They are intelligent, athletic, agile and possesses great stamina. It is famous for itís 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 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.

We only recommend Cane Corsos for:

Those who have enough time to devote to proper training and socialization.  In addition, Cane Corsos like to be involved in everything you do so they will not be happy if left alone for long periods of time.

Those who are assertive and persistent.  Cane Corsos are dominant dogs so they require owners who are more persistent then them.  You must establish dominance over the dog.  Once you have done this, keeping your position (in the pack, so to speak) is relatively easy.

Those who are physically capable of handling a large, powerful athletic animal. 

If you are looking for a dog with incredible working drive, stamina, intelligence, loyalty and who wants to be a part of everything you do and you are willing to put the time into socialization and training, this could be the perfect dog for you.

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