The History of the Cane Corso
The Cane Corso’s history can be traced back to the Ancient Italic people. The Latin meaning of their name can be roughly translated into ‘guardian.’ Living up to their name, they would accompany warriors into battle. Their agility, protective nature, powerful demeanor and exceptional tracking abilities made them an invaluable survival tool. Beyond the battlefield, Cani Corsi were used to protect the home.
They were protectors of the home, in a time where conditions were less than certain. During these uncertain times, they were used to hunt, protect the family, and became farm dogs. When wild animals would swarm the farm, the Cane Corso would hunt them in order to protect the family. This protective care for its family is still commonly seen with the dogs today.
As society progressed, there was a major decline in the Cane Corso’s population. This was seen at an accelerated rate during WWI and WWII. The diminishing population was due to the large use of firearms coming into place—it became easier to defend your home without needing a protective dog. The decline of the wild animal population also gave the Cane Corso one less job. Cani Corsi became rare and they were no longer crucial for survival.
By the 1970’s, the beloved breed was near extinction. It became obvious that the Cane Corso breed needed to be revived. A group of enthusiasts rose to the challenge and began recovery actions. They highlighted the majesty of this prestigious and historic breed. While Cani Corsi may not be needed for survival, they are still a wonderful addition to a family.
Soon, the ENCI, FCI, and the AKC accepted the breed. Today, the Cane Corso breed is internationally recognized and continues to gain popularity in the United States.
Naturally, as Cani Corsi become more popular and a sought after breed, many new enthusiast groups are formed. These groups are used for many different purposes. Some honor the breed, host shows and competitions, and others preserve and provide sanctuary.
Cane Corso is a breed that has stood the test of time. Cani Corsi have been present for the all the greats in history. They’ve been a part of the rise and fall of Rome, farm life to the rural drive, and finally ancient to present society. The historic Cane Corso breed continues to thrive today.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring –
it was peace.”