History of the Cane Corso


Cane Corso Breed

The Cane Corso, also known as Italian Mastiff, is a breed that radiates confidences. They are known for their large, athletic, and handsome stature. Their loyal and protective demeanor along with their powerful build have given them the look and feel of a bodyguard.


Cane Corso Origin

Cane Corso have deep Italian roots.

With these roots they have been known as the Italian guard dog for centuries. Their name is reflective of their personality as it means protector or guardian in Latin.

In ancient times, the Italic people would take their Italian Mastiffs into battle. With the breed’s protective nature, powerful stature, agility, and exceptional tracking abilities, they were an unrivaled battle buddy.

Even more than a battle buddy, Cani Corsi were used to protect the home. As they moved out of the battlefield they could bee seen as protectors in uncertain times. They were used to hunt, protect the family, and used on farms. These loyal, fuzzy friends would protect the home from wild animals or intruders with ill intentions.


Moving out of Ancient Times

As society progressed, it was easier to protect the home and the wild animal population declined, the Cane Corso population saw a major decline. The Italian Mastiff was no longer crucial for survival.

By the 1970s, the majestic and powerful breed was near extinction. However, thanks to a group of Cane Corso enthusiasts, the breed started to be revived.

Although Cani Corsi may not be needed for survival, they are still a wonderful addition to a family.


Present Day Cane Corso

The Italian Mastiff breed, while ancient, is relatively new to the United States of America. The first Italian Mastiff litter was imported into the United States in 1988.

America has welcomed this breed with open arms.

Soon the ENCI, FCI, and the AKC accepted the breed. Today, the Italian Mastiff breed is internationally recognized and continues to gain popularity in the United States. With trusted breeders, the Cane Corso is soon becoming a well-known breed.