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Cane Corso Breed Summary
Loyal, Reliable, Devoted, Intelligent and Energetic
Cane Corso's are most probably descendants of Mastiff-type breeds, who are also descendants of Canis Pugnaces doggies and were around during Ancient Roman times! However, this particular breed is a lighter mastiff-type doggy and they make fantastic hunters. Records that we have of the breed go all the way back to 1137 AD, where they were known as 'Dog di Puglia' and were highly prized as being doggies who were 'proud with strong attitudes'. It's thought that during Ancient Roman times they would accompany soldiers into battle in foreign lands including Britain. It was in Britain that the Romans found native doggies called Pugnaces Britanniae and took them back to Italy to mate them with their own dogs to create the Cane Corso's that we see today! In the 1970's the breed suffered greatly and were on the verge of extinction. They were just about saved by Sig Bonnetti, a breed enthusiast who was keen to save ancient 'pugliese' breeds. Thankfully, numbers have started to rise and the breed has even gained a fanbase here in the UK!
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These doggies are known for being extremely trustworthy and reliable, forming very strong bonds with their owners whom they are totally devoted and loyal to. They are also extremely protective over their families and home but extremely affectionate and gentle by nature. They can be fairly wary of strangers but would never act out on aggression. However, their alertness does mean that they make good watchdogs! These doggies take a fair while to mature and will remain playful and pup-like in nature until they are around 4 years old. Their high prey drive means that they shouldn't be placed in a home with other small animals and shouldn't be let off their leads in public places. They also have a very high pain threshold and when injured won't always let their owners on to a problem so, it's up to us 'hoomans' to keep an eye on them! Because they need to be handled and trained in a very specific way, they don't suit first time owners and really need to be placed with someone who has experience and knowledge with the breed. However, if you can withstand the snoring, these guys make lovely pets!