OUR CANE CORSOS

The Cane Corso belongs to a subcategory of working breeds called mollosus dogs, or mollosers, named for the Molossi, an ancient Greek people thought to have bred giant, big-boned guardian dogs of Mastiff type. At the height of the Roman Empire's power, the legions that subdued and occupied the Greek islands brought mollosers back to Italy and bred them to native Italian breeds.

The offspring produced by these crosses were ancestors of the modern Corso and it's larger relative, the Neapolitan Mastiff. The original Corsi were used as dogs of conquest who earned their stripes as "pireferi," fearless dogs who charged enemy lines with buckets of flaming oil strapped to their backs. It is supposed that these early Corsi were bigger, more lumbering dogs than today's sleeker version, which moves with a catlike grace.The Corso was for centuries a familiar sight on the farms and pastures dotting the Italian countryside. Now they are much loved family members and very devoted to them.

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