The origin and history of the breed Cane Corso
The history of the breed Cane Corso rooted deep into the ages. The first mention of molossians, one of which is Cane Corso Italiano, appeared in antiquity.
In the photo: Cane Corso
The official ancestors of Cane Corso are considered to be the ancient Roman gladiator fighting dogs. However, when the Roman Empire collapsed, the history of the Molossians plunged into darkness. And new information about them appeared only in the Middle Ages, when the Molossians spread widely in Europe. Evidence of this - paintings and prints. These dogs performed security functions, and were also used in military operations and as gladiators, hunted bears and fought with lions.
The Renaissance era glorified the Cane Corso thanks to their fearlessness and perseverance. In Italy to this day you can hear: "brave, like a corso."
However, after the Second World War, these magnificent dogs almost disappeared. Only the efforts of several enthusiasts saved the breed. Dogs had to be collected all over Italy.
In 1976, the Society of Cane Corso Lovers appeared, while its members often strongly disagreed about what the ideal representative of the breed should be. Nevertheless, the efforts were successful - the breed was officially recognized (though only in 1994)
In 1996, Cane Corso recognized FCI. And in January 2003, a single standard began to operate.
It was changed in 2015: ears and tails are no longer docked (this is important for those who plan to buy a show-class dog). True, until December 31, 2024dogs with cropped tails / ears will still have the same rights in the ring as dogs with cropped ones - but only in countries where there is no official ban on cropping tails and ears. In countries where a ban on stopping exists, only dogs with uncropped ears / tail can be exhibited right now.