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The Cane Corso Italiano is the original Cane Corso breed, originating in Italy. Its direct ancestor is the "Canis Pugnax" (the old Roman Molossian), which was employed in the hunting of large wild animals and also as an "auxiliary warrior" in battles. For years he has been a precious companion of the Italic populations. The Cane Corso is used not only to guard property & cattle but also as a personal guard dog and hunter, too. In the past this breed was common all over Italy as an ample iconography and history testify. In the recent past he has found an excellent preservation area in southern Italy, especially in Puglia, Lucania and Sannio. His name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "guardian," "protector." The Cane Corso was accepted into the AKC's miscellaneous class in 2008.
The Cane Corso is highly intelligent and very trainable, while loyal, willing to please and quiet around the house.   The Cane Corso is an unequalled watch and protection dog. The Cane Corso is great with children in the family. Docile and affectionate with the owner, they are protective yet gentle. The Cane Corso has a very stable temperament and makes an excellent guard dog and watchdog. It will not wander from the home. Corsos stick close to their masters. If necessary, he becomes a terribly brave protector of people, house and property. Suspicious of strangers, but wonderful with the family, a well-balanced Corso will tolerate strangers if the owners are present. When raised correctly, a Cane Corso will be submissive to all members of the family.


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