The breed comes from Italy, the name Corso means fenced yard. Latin cohrors means defender and guardian and if one puts together the words; it becomes the guardian of the estate. The breed has been most common in the lower part of the Apennine Peninsula and Sicily where the breed is used mostly as a family, watchdog and help in hunting today. Far back in Roman times the breed was used with hunters, soldiers, shepherds and farmers, thus the breed has existed for nearly 2,000 years. However after the great wars, the breed was almost eradicated, this was due to the way of life that belonged together with the Corso. Luckily there were still dogs left that could be used for breeding, but you had to be careful not to inbreed. During the 70s with the few dogs that were left a breeding plan was prepared. In 1996, Cane Corso was internationally recognized as a separate breed and in 1998 came the first Corso to Sweden.
It is a durable, strong, agile, easy to teach dog. It is hardworking and loyal to his family and other pets as part of its family but can be suspicious of strangers, but never fearful. They are friendly to all family members and a lovely dog who likes to sit on your lap and also be a good guardian of the home. It is a perfect family dog as it loves children and can withstand children sometimes playing a little hard. Corso likes to work and it lends itself to track, search, obedience and service. According to the breed standard the Corso should be a medium to large dog, robust and powerful, yet with a certain elegance with powerful and lean muscles.
Things to consider before making the purchase
All Cane Corso puppies are cute and adorable when you take them home.
But one must remember that this little darling will grow very quickly into a big dog.
A large dog that may have a strong will and be dominate. You as the new owner shall establish the control and leadership at an early age. If you do not take appropriate action then, the little puppy can quickly turn into a real problem in a very short time. When you get your puppy home you should get them ready to be accustomed to their new home and begin to “train“ them. You have to be consistent and stick to the rules you decide on. The puppy learns them and lives their whole life by those rules. If you are not careful, you could end up in a situation where your Corso is the one who decides what he wants or does. As soon as your puppy comes into your home, he will begin to test the limits and see where he ends up in the family order. Sometimes he will exhibit obvious dominant behaviours; like growling or posturing when he is moved or lifted up, when someone comes too close to his food or toys, handling of people or other animals, or when he does not want to go outside. You should recognize these behaviours as “dominance” and act accordingly. The main thing to remember is that a Corso must have a family – that’s for sure. A Corso should never come into a family that has members who dislike or are afraid of big dogs. Before buying a Corso, ensure that older children (8 years +) and all the adults in your home are happy to own this breed.