This giant breed hails from Italy, where he hunted large wild animals and was used to fight alongside Roman soldiers in fierce battles. When he wasn’t serving as a warrior or hunting, the Cane Corso was commonly found throughout Italy guarding his master’s cattle and home. The Cane Corso is very new to the United States, just having been recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010.
Noble, majestic, and powerful in presence, the Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed. One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed's name derives from the Latin "Cohors" which means "Guardian" and "Protector."