Reminds the greyhound with all his members. And maybe this dog? Or maybe he comes from Germany or the UK?
Like the greyhound he is quick and quick, but more daring and great in appearance. Large, but not heavy. And weight is not an obstacle to breathe to him calmly. He has a bone strong and strong nerve, easily falls into anger and in it is great arrogant.
These lines were written by a nobleman, the writer of the poem "Hunting" by Erasmo Devalvason, who lived in the 16th century. This is a Molossian type dog, mobile and fast as a greyhound, of impressive size, with an unyielding character and easily attached to a man. Erasmus quite accurately described Cane Corso, but he was not the first.
We will tell in more detail what is the history of the origin of the Cane Corso.
This breed can be found various references already in the literature of the 15th century. Theophil Folengo, who lived between 1491 and 1544 years, speaks of the use of cane corso during the hunting for bears. Nicola Machiavelli also mentions him in his works. The Swiss Conrad von Costner, the author of the first modern treatise on zoology in the early 16th century, is a thorough description of the breed.
Cane Corso is not just an ancient breed - this dog has been admired for centuries, respected and set as an example to other breeds. Mention of Cane Corso can be found in folk traditions, in legends, we can see it among the statuettes depicting the Nativity of Christ.
Until now, in some southern Italian dialects, the word "Corso" refers to a powerful, charismatic and courageous person. Giovanni Vergo writes in the work "Laziness" - "Bites harder than Cane Corso", and Nicola Tamaseo in his dictionary gives the following definition: Cane Corso is a fearless and inexorable person.
And yet, despite its historical and cultural significance, this breed, even in Italy, was on the verge of extinction, which the Italian dog breeders consider almost a disgrace. Cane Corso was saved by a miracle, thanks to a small group of enthusiasts who went to look for the small specimens left in the places from which this breed originates: to Lucania, to Pueu, to Sicily. ( Description of other large breed dogs )
As a result of prolonged and scrupulous work, they managed to restore the ancient beauty of the breed. But despite the official recognition of Cane Corso by the Italian Association of Cynologists in 1994, and international in 1995, the work is not yet finished. Recreation of the breed has been completed, but the breeders still have to work to improve it, because Cane Corso became a fashionable dog and as usual in these cases, the breeders were interested in the quantity than the quality of the puppies.
Fortunately, some serious dog breeders continued to be interested in the breed itself, rather than the possible benefits. And only thanks to them you can see the Cane Corso as it should be in appearance and in character. Now Italian cynologists can not be ashamed, but be proud that they managed to save this valuable, ancient and useful Italian breed.
Why Italian? Someone will ask. After all, its name indicates that the dog comes from Corsica. But this is not true. In this case, the word "corso" has a completely different meaning, which has nothing to do with the name "Corsica". Some argue that it comes from the Greek "Cortos", which means - the arena, the yard.
Others believe that its roots should be sought in the Latin "cochors" - a guard, a defender. In any case, this breed is 100% Italian. From ancient times it is called a watchman, locked behind a fence of property. The roots of the Cane Corso must be sought in antiquity, because he is a direct descendant of the cannon of Spaniks, the legendary guard dog, whose image we can see in the drawings of Roman tombs.
These dogs for many centuries were human companions and did various work. They grazed sheep, watched the horses, were defenders, hunters, were used in the war. Throughout its history, the breed has not changed much, perhaps because it suited people for what it really was.
This was a dog with a simple appearance, strong and big, but not huge and it was pretty simple to contain. An inspiring fear of enemies, she was affectionate with the master, his family and children. Cane Corso was always the only one problem - not being a dog of aristocrats, it was not accepted at the courts of noble persons.
It was a dog of shepherds, peasants, ordinary people who demanded from their comrade to do their job well and not to be particularly handsome, cute, and even less to enter the ring of beauty dog competitions. But, unfortunately, with the development of cities, Cane Corso began to use less.
The villages were deserted, the herds were disappearing. Cane Corso were on the verge of extinction precisely because the type of their master owner was extinct. The breed was saved only thanks to the awakened interest in it of such cynologists as Paolo Breda, Stefano Gondolphi, Fernando Casolino and Antonio Martiani, who developed the standard of Cane Corso. But these people represent only one side of the coin. Another, more inconspicuous, but no less deserved, consists of numerous owners who, for decades, have preserved dogs of this breed, which have excellent genetic heredity. It would be really sad if Cane Corso completely disappeared from the face of the earth.