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Cane Corso |Italy|

Cane Corso |Italy|

This large, powerful breed takes its name from the Latin word cohors meaning “guardian and protector,” which is exactly what the breed was developed for. They are one of two Italian mastiff breeds that trace back to Roman times and the ancient Molosser Dogs. The breed was used for personal protection as well as for guarding livestock and homesteads, and was also valued as a hunting dog, particularly for large or ferocious game. The Cane Corso is a fearless, athletic breed that is very loyal to its family and has a strong desire to please. They can be wary of strangers and need to be very well socialized. They are not suitable for firsttime dog owners.

History

The Cane Corso can probably be traced to the Canis Pugnax, Roman war dogs that were widely used in battle, often wearing heavily spiked metal collars. No actual records exist to prove the Cane Corso’s origins, but early surviving images from this time depict dogs that look similar. In addition to being used in battle, they were used in Roman arenas to fight wild animals; as those “sports” declined in popularity, farmers began to favor them for guarding their homes and livestock.

Be warned, these dogs have a tendency to snore loudly and drool profusely!

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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