Cane Corso Breed Origin

Cane Corso. Breed History

 There are quite a lot of articles and books about breed Cane Corso that were already written by different authors. And all they are similar in one: Can it be that this really wonderful dog breed does not almost have any defects? Sceptics will say-advertisement. But Cane Corso is a phenomenon!

Cane Corso is an amazing dog. Marvellous. And not only due to its exterior, working abilities, nature. Cane Corso has interesting history. This is the most ancient and at the same time a young breed.
Numerous chronicles and graphic depictions witness about a centuries-old breed history. Roman tracker dog is described in details by roman author Columella in the first century A.C.
In his book «De re rustica" he wrote about a dog: “it guards day and dark, and being of black color, this dog is more horrible. It is not visible because it is alike darkness and covered by it; quite unnoticed, it may approach an unbidden guest”.

The body of the dog is to be compact with a big head, which is seemingly a major part of this dog; the eyes are to be green-dark blue glowing with awful fire, its chest and shoulders are to be wide, the paws must be thick and the tail must be short, its calluses are to be hard….So, this is the most valuable constitution of the dog destined to work in a country farm..

Its nature must be neither very gentle, nor wicked or cruel, because in the first instance, the dog could have been too facile towards enemies, but in the second instance it could have come for even those living in the house. It is enough for her to be severe and non-playful, but in regard to assaulters will be always hard-bitten.
First of all these dogs must have watch vigilance, do not commit any errors and to be brave and cautious. Wise dogs tell about danger by barking and only then when such danger is really present whereas other dogs are distressed about every insignificant noise or “false alarm”.

Sir Renzo Carosio is a president of Cane Corso Italian Association, one of the most recognized historians on Cane Corso breed writes: “Owing to vast historical experience, cultural and artistic heritage, an enthusiastic group attempted to reconstruct historical roots of the Cane Corso. Etymology of name Corso is still left unknown. The two versions are considered the most probable:
  1. Translated from Greek, Cortos is a wall;
  2. Translated from Latin, COHORS is a guardian of the yard.

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