The Cane Corso is a breed with a long and storied history that can be traced back to ancient Rome. These dogs were originally bred as working dogs, used for hunting, guarding, and herding livestock. They were highly valued for their strength, loyalty, and intelligence, and were often used in military campaigns.


Over time, the Cane Corso evolved into a breed that was used primarily for guarding and protection. They were popular among Italian farmers and landowners, who used them to protect their property and livestock from predators and thieves. The breed was also used as a hunting dog, particularly for wild boar, which were a common problem in many parts of Italy.


Despite their popularity in Italy, the Cane Corso faced a decline in the early 20th century due to changes in farming practices and the rise of urbanization. By the mid-20th century, the breed was nearly extinct, with only a few dedicated breeders working to preserve the breed.


In the 1970s, a group of Italian enthusiasts began a concerted effort to revive the Cane Corso breed. They worked to establish breeding standards and guidelines, and focused on producing dogs that were healthy, well-tempered, and true to the breed’s original characteristics.


Today, the Cane Corso is recognized as a distinct breed by major kennel clubs around the world, including the American Kennel Club. They are prized for their intelligence, loyalty, and protective nature, and make excellent companions for those who are willing to put in the time and effort to properly train and socialize them. Despite their imposing size and reputation as guard dogs, Cane Corsos are known for their affectionate and gentle personalities, and are beloved by many as loyal and loving family pets.