These ancient, noble bearing, protectors' lineage date back to ancient Roman times. They were known as the Roman War dog of the first century and they would accompany their handler onto the battle field as an unprecedented guardian. Not only were they used by the Romans as war dogs, but as time passed also as guardians of property, livestock, cattle drover and large game hunting. They are the working dogs of the Italian people. The breed was on the verge of extinction, but in the 1970's by dedicated breeder they made a comeback and by the 1980's the Cane Corso made its way to the United States. Since coming to America in the late 1980's the Cane Corso is mainly recognized as family companions and guard dogs. The Cane Corso bonds quickly to his family and becomes quite attached. They are instinctively a guard dog. Having a strong sense of territory and desiring to be with his family, the corso generally stays on his grounds. With strangers, they may be aloof, and will be suspicious until welcomed.
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