CANE CORSO: A DOG LOVER’S INTRODUCITION
The Cane Corso, also known as the Italian Mastiff, is a large Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, Guard dog and hunter.
The Cane Corso is a descendant of the canis pugnax, dogs used by the Romans in warfare. They would accompany their handler onto the battlefields where they would act as the ultimate guardian.
In it’s more recent history, the Cane Corso is a catch dog used with cattle, swine, and also in wild boar hunts. Cane Corso were also used to guard property, livestock, and families, and some continue to be used for this purpose today. Historically it has also been used by night watchmen, keepers, and, in the past, by carters and drovers.
Cane Corso, has survived until today. In small settlements in the south of Italy where they have maintained an archaic system of agriculture and a multi purpose dog was an essential partner.
As life changed in the southern Italian rural farms in the 20th century, the Corso began to become rare. A group of enthusiasts began recovery activities designed to bring the dog back from near extinction in the late 1970s. By 1994, the breed was fully accepted by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI) as the 14th Italian breed of dog.
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