Cane Corso

Founding American Cane Corso litter
Future Champion Rocco and his littermates. Rocco would go on to be one of the foundation dogs of the American selection. Photo: M. Sottile
Over the years, there has been much conjecture surrounding the first litters of Cane Corsos imported from Sicily by Michael Sottile Sr. in the late 1980s.

Having clear, consistent boundaries creates well-adjusted dogs.
Navigating fear periods in young dogs, as well as a Molosser's inherent aloofness, can be challenges for owners. Obedience training is the answer.
In recent years, black has become the most desirable color in the Cane Corso, spurred by everything from pet- buyer preferences to ear-cropping bans.
With the help of Italian fancier Nicola Mille, we canvas history for an explanation as to how France’s ancient herding dog, the Beauceron, might have sidled its way into the Cane Corso gene pool.  
Cane Corsos got ready for their closeups when the television series "The Borghias" needed some canine gladiators to film a 15th-Century chase scene.
Cane Corsos got ready for their closeups when the television series "The Borghias" needed some canine gladiators to film a 15th-Century chase scene.
Basir prototypical Cane Corso
Basir, in foreground.
Basir became the prototype for the contemporary Cane Corso, and was the model for the modern breed standard.
Did Hollywood heartthrob Rudolph Valentino own the very first Cane Corsos in the United States? Check out our exclusive photos, and decide for yourself!
Cane Corso fanciers debate the breed’s evolving silhouette
The new Cane Corso illustrations released by the Italian kennel club caused a stir among fanciers around the globe. We look at the big picture.
Barely three years after its formal acceptance into the American Kennel Club, the Cane Corso is in crisis.  
In a candid interview, Italian breeder Vito Indiveri discusses the expression, elegance, power, agility and strong, balanced  character that define the Cane Corso.

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