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                            Welcome to Keeper Cane Corsos



At Keeper Cane Corsos, our cane corsos are our family.  In early 2007 we discovered this unique, historical breed, fell in love with its purity and natural demeanor and have been working with them ever since.  We are located in North Carolina. Our main ambition is to provide a healthy, consistent learning and development environment for our Cane Corsos both adult and adolescent. 


We encourage potential owners to educate and prepare themselves for this particular breed.  We welcome visitors, even if no puppies are available.  We are prompt and responsive to all emails and phone calls and are happy to provide any desired information.  So if you are considering welcoming an Italian Cane Corso Mastiff into your family, you are assured to receive a personal, home-grown experience here at Keeper Cane Corsos.

                                             History of the Cane Corso


             The Cane Corso ("KAH-neh COR-soh") is a large working dog who descends from the ancient Roman Molossus.  Native to Italy they now represent a modern day continuation of war dogs that were sometimes pitted against lions and other wild beasts in ancient Roman arenas.  These Molossian Mastiffs were in great demand as war dogs and household guardians for generations to come.  Throughout the breeds existence, the Cane Corso were used as big game hunters.  Their power, courage, agility and tracking ability made them especially valuable with wild boar, stag, and bear.  With the decline in big game hunting the Cane Corso found a home with the Italian farmers.  They were often used as a driver, moving animals to the market and slaughter houses.  On the farms they protected the livestock from both human thieves and animal predators, also doubling as a guard dog for homes and estates.  With the transformation of the agricultural structure in many regions of Italy, this majestic dog was in danger of extinction.  However, with the help of some skillful and caring dog lovers in the mid 1970s success was made in procuring as many good subjects as possible.  Selective breeding began and the Cane Corso was given a new birth.  The breed was 1st brought into the United States in the late 1980s.


            The Cane Corso outdoes all the other mastiff breeds in athleticism, agility, speed, energy level,  and sense of adventure.  This robust dog needs his share of exercise,  but above all he requires personal interaction and lots of companionship.  The Cane Corso lives for his family.  With proper socialization, Cane Corsos become more aloof and discerning as they mature.  As with all mastiffs, socialization is an absolute requirement to promote the correct temperament, which is protective, but in a calm, stable, discriminating way.  The Cane Corso is more attentive and more responsive to training than other mastiffs, and though quite dominant, will respect an owner who is confident and consistent.