Michael Sottile

A classic butcher's dog, the Sicilian Branchiero is all but extinct today.
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.