Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-11 years
Weight: Male: 34-35, Female: 24-25
Height: Male: 25-26.5, Female: 26.5-28
Origin of Name: The Cane Corso is an Italian breed of mastiff.
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Ken Corso (KAH-neh-KOR-soh; plural: canny corsi) belongs to a subcategory of working breeds called Molossus dogs, or Molosers, named after Molossi, an ancient Greek people thought. That it is a giant, big-bonded protector. Mastiff type dogs. At the height of the power of the Roman Empire, the Molosers who had subjugated and captured the Greek islands were brought back to Italy and tied them into native Italian breeds.
The offspring produced by these crosses were the ancestors of the modern corso and its larger relative, the Destination Mastiff. The original Corsi was used as the dogs of victory who earned their stripes as ""pirferi"", fearless dogs who charged enemy lines with buckets of flammable oil tied on their backs . It is believed that these early Corsi were larger, more lethargic dogs than the sleek version of today, which runs with a similar grace.
With the disintegration of the Western Empire in the fifth century, Italian luminaries and their dogs were out of work. Corsi adapted for civil servants such as wild boar hunting, farming, abandoning livestock, and most famously Farmstead and Henhouse. Corso was a familiar sight for centuries on the farms and pastures of the Italian country. But the effects of the Italian Peninsula and Sicily, economic and political upheavals and continued invasions of mechanized farming conspired to reduce the Koro population to an indefinitely small number. By the middle of the 20th century, the breed had become all but extinct.
However, the specimens were alive in the backward country of Italy. In the 1970s, a group of Italian fanatics banded together to revive the race of their rustic ancestors. The Society Amorrati Can Corso (Society of Cane Corso Lovers) was formed in 1983, and for the next decade Corsi was on display at the European Dog Show. The first Corso imports came to the US in 1988 and in 2010 the breed was recognized by the AKC.