The history of the Cane Corso Italiano or Italian Mastiff.
The Cane Corso or Italian Mastiff is a breed of Italian origin comes from the canis pugnax, The Roman War Dog. The Roman war dog is the first cousin of the Italian Cane Corso that we contemplate today in 2020. This was the history of Cane Corso. So we can affirm that the Ancestor of Cane Corso is the Roman war dog. The Roman war dog existed in the time of ancient Rome. The dog accompanied the legions in war, hence the name of the war dog, it was common to see the Cane Corso in the front line of battle. At the time there are armor custom made by the Roman centurions to the Cane Corso so that arrows and swords will not reach him. Also in Roman times, due to the incredible ferocity of the Roman dog or Cane Corso at that time, it was used for big game hunting of large animals such as bear and wild boar. At this time it is when the cutting of ears and tail is provided, that its function was that the prey and the animals with which it fought could not bite any part of the body, so the ears and tail were amputated so that they had as few parts as possible, that your opponents got hooked. The dog had very dense skin, very strong and very hard, and when it bit him, they could not normally reach the organs, since the skin protected him from the bites of his opponents.
So we could say that the story of the Cane Corso was a dog with a role of war for the Romans, also for the big game hunting of large animals, and also for the role of leisure for the people of Rome, as he fought in the Coliseum Bears. It was very frequent to see in the Roman Coliseum Cane Corso fights against lions and bears, people were ecstatic and applauded and made bets on who won. The functionality of the Cane Corso has been changing, it has been adjusting to the times that it lived, from the Roman war dog, until in the 70s that became a protection dog for the peasants and farmhouses in the region of the Italian Puglia. It was common in the 70s to tie the Cane Corso to heavy machinery, since it was the most precious thing for Italian peasants. It also became a herding dog to manage the herd. The Italian peasants were training Cane Corso to be a dog that would help him in all the work in the fields. So at that time in the 70s we have a different Cane Corso, a softer character than the Roman war dog, A dog that played the role of a shepherd, that played the role of protecting putty and heavy machinery like tractors, And it also functioned to protect the house of the Italian peasants. To this day in 2020, the Cane Corso’s temperament has become softer, and we have a family and guard dog. A dog that can both be guarding the property and may be kissing the owner and children on the sofa. That is the dualism of the Cane Corso, a family dog with spectacular intelligence and with a power and a mental balance that can be with the most precious thing in the family of children. Currently we have left ancient sculptures, where the Cane Corso is reflected at that time we have some, Of the most important is that of the Nativity in southern Italy. There are many popular sayings of that time, many sayings, for example some that said that you were more evil than the bite of a cane corso. A long time passed and changed the history of the Cane Corso, and the Roman dog after two world wars was on the verge of extinction. One of the races that I love and that I honor was about to disappear. And thanks to the recovery of the Cane Corso by a handful of lovers today, we can enjoy this wonderful Breed that for me is the best breed in the world. Pablo breber was one of the most important people in the recovery of our beloved Cane Corso. We have many writings and many texts about him, and for example, he tells us about the first recognized litter of Cane Corso that tells us that they developed successfully, that they were quite homogeneous in terms of bone size and head, and that the father of the litter It was Dauno or and the mother was Brina.
In 1979 Estefano Gandolfi, He is familiar with Pablo’s writings and Pablo’s photos and he begins to become passionate about the race. The idea of the recovery of the Cane Corso begins to arise in his head. Although in the first times the Cane Corso is named it is called the Puglia dog, because the vast majority of specimens that were seen were in that area of Italy, near Bari. Estefano Gandolfi worries about looking for other people who are excited about the recovery project of that dog called Puglia. And he will begin to move and speak with other people explaining his great recovery project, he will speak with Giancarlo and Luciano malabasi. The latter had a German shepherd kennel, which they convince to leave a place for, to leave the specimens that are recovering and catching from other areas of Italy, and serious work of recovery and with a site can be done suitable for breeding the new dog Cane Corso. The enthusiasm of Pablo and Estefano who get in touch, infect the Malabasi brothers, who get involved in the project and put all their passion. Estefano Pablo and Giancarlo get down to work to start the recovery process, all giving each other all the information they had found, and where to look for the first copies, until they find the first couple that was Alliot and Mirak. From this crossing seven wonderful Cubs were born. Also on January 15, 78 I gave born at 10 Cubs Brina and picciut. Time went by and in September 1979 Pablo Estefano and the Malavasi brothers met and met in Puglia to locate and choose new subjects that could be incorporated into the recovery of the new Cane Corso. At this time a commercial was also involved in the recovery of the Cane Corso, which was important because Mr. Vito Indivieri moved a lot throughout Italy, Who got involved also did a wonderful job for the recovery of the Cane Corso looking for specimens throughout Italy.
Today even the basic bad brothers have a Cane Corso hatchery called Antico Cerberus, And Vito has a hatchery called Dyrium. The first search for an important command party goes to Bari by the three fans mentioned above and they managed to find two males and four females to incorporate into the recovery process, later in the years from 75 to 78 several litters of Cane Corso were born, all of them had strong muscles. developed in athletic specimens with a fierce character and a very good structure. Nothing to do with the weight of the Neapolitan mastiff because the Cane Corso was a light and very different dog, the specimens of that time had a structure and were different, from the Neapolitan mastiff the teeth in scissors and the muzzle with a bitten life in reverse scissors . One of Tipsi’s daughters, brina, was described by Estefano as having a long face 1/3 of the nose’s depth, closed the bite in inverted scissors, and was with a harmonious, attentive proportionate head, and with a temperament and fierce character that was a key female in the Race’s recovery program. All this would be very important because later on in the old standard all these proportions will be included. These last females were joined by a male named Tappo, who was one of the children of a Brina litter. The latter was slightly Proc nata with powerful musculature of a Fawn color, and was gifted to one of Pablo’s friends in the Foggia area of Italy. All these dogs had in common that the axes of the skull were slightly convergent therefore we find here one of the most important characteristics in this in the standard, With just a few litters we already started to have wonderful copies of Cane Corso and with many people collaborating and who traveled all over Italy to recover our wonderful Cane Corso. We also had a wonderful German Shepherd Kennel that had given up space for serious recovery work to be done.
The difficulties for the recovery arise in these early times the number numerous occasions since the owners of the dogs that they found were distrustful to leave their dogs or to give them or sell them here Pablo and Gandolf had a big problem that they knew how to solve. Here we incorporate another very important person who was Mr. Casolino, who seeing the difficulties of the situation and seeing the important moment speaks of a serious recovery program with a site to guarantee the future development of our wonderful breed. Casolino does not thank the basic bad brothers because the serious recovery process was finally started with the thoughts and philosophy of Gandolfi and Pablo. All these Cane Corso lovers with their preserve Lancia and their determination laid the foundations for the Cane Corso that we know today in 2020 in 1980 in Mantova, We also had difficulties working with inbreeding. From here he gradually established the structure and type of modern specimens. About one of the specimens that marked that time was Basir, which was ceded to Mr. Casolino, from which the model was taken for the standard was made. Of reference was also important for this time Bulan who was shown as a super male in the recovery program of the Cane Corso breed.
In 1983 the amateur society of the Cane Corso was created, which today will be the Cane Corso Italiano club, for the first time a small number of dogs and enthusiasts gathered so that Mr. Judge Giovanni ventures a veterinary breeder and judge of which Club Italian will judge this type of specimen. All the subjects had slight trauma, the axes of the skull were slightly convergent and the average weight ranged from 47 kilos for males and about 40 kilos for females, the cloak and the color was different: black, brindle, gray tawny, etc. All the dogs, Cane Corso had an athletic appearance and did not have a lot of square head weight, all these details will be very important in the standard since the pattern and stockings of the dogs that existed at that time are taken. That same day in Mantua, the Cane Corso amateur club was formalized, of which the president was Estefano Gandolfi. Pablo Breder and Luciano malabasi were appointed as vice president. Giancarlo malabasi was appointed treasurer. Subsequently in 1985 Mr. Castle and did not start and began to make contacts with judges of the Italian canine to obtain the recognition of the Cane Corso as the new official breed. All were difficulties until it was recognized by the current ENCI, as the new Italian El Cane Corso breed. In 1985, on June 16, the first formal meeting of all the enthusiasts took place, presenting the judges of the Italian club such as Franco Bonetti and Antonio Morciani and Ani 10 Cane Corso as a representation of the race.
In 1986 they look for new specimens in the south in search of introducing a new blood line since they had a blood problem and they begin to collaborate with new fans in the Sicily and Puglia area, and they get more than 30 new specimens in one year, thanks to the collaboration of all these specimens, the Cane Corso begins to be strong. Census is beginning to be carried out in the region and the standard is quickly being drafted by Mr. And doctor And international judge Morsiani. So working hard, with a lot of effort and a lot of determination, this group of passionate people, and wonderful people have left us that today in 2020 we can enjoy what I consider to be the best breed in the world the Italian Cane Corso. Just thank you, because today we can enjoy what will undoubtedly be a strong breed, and that will go from minority to majority race. Because Cane Corso has all the positive points to succeed. My name is Juan Manuel Morato from Cane Corso Barcelona. The history of the Italian Cane Corso is a mastiff-type dog, the Cane Corso is native to Italy and descended from its cousin the Roman war dog, it was prepared to hunt and protect, property, and do grazing and field work, in Roman times and Cane Corso was chosen by the legion as their standard dog, it was when the Roman legions invaded the Greek islands that Cane Corso stayed there. With the end of the western empire in the 10th century, the Italian legions and their war dogs were out of work, so the Cane Corso had to adapt to different jobs, such as the boar bear box, the raising of cattle, the protection of the farm, and from the heavy machinery of the field thus the Cane Corso for centuries turned from a war dog to a herding and family dog, with its owners the peasants who cultivated the land. It was on the verge of the disappearance of the Cane Corso however in the 70s a handful of lovers from the Italy area came together to recover that rustic ancestor, the Roman war dog created the society of lovers of the Cane Corso that was formed in 1983 , 1994 the canine Italy and the FCI They recognized the Cane Corso as a breed.