The Cane Corso in the past

Cane Corso yesterdayThe Cane Corso has like direct ancestor the "Canis Pugnax" (the old Roman Molossian) of which he is the light version employed in the hunting of large wild animals and also as an "auxiliary warrior" in battles. For years this dog has been a precious companion of the Italic populations. Employed as property, cattle and personal guard dog and used for hunting purposes too. In the past the breed was common all over Italy as an ample iconography and historiography testifies. In the recent past, this dog has found an excellent preservation area in Southern Italy, expecially in Puglia, Lucania and Sannio. The etymology of the name is still uncertain. The most credible hypothesis are those which indicate Greek origins: Kortos = wall and from the Latin: Cohors = guard of the courtyard.

Cane Corso today

Allevamento Cane Corso Saxellum

Renzo Carosio ... the Owner

Cane Corso today This breed, remained for some periods in the Southern Italy areas and known with several names: grip dog, italian molosser (Molosso italiano), light mastiff, canecorso, Cors' etc, in the Seventies was taking the risk to die out, because of the technological progress that restricted its use in the countrysides. By means of some fans, for example prof. Bonatti, dr. Breber etc, this extraordinary italian molossian recovered. ENCI (National club italian kennel) in 20 Genuary 1994 recognized the breed like fourteenth italian breed. In the 1996, the FCI (Federation cynologique international) took Boris (owner Val d'Erro) as one's model and recognized she too the breed and included it in the group number 2 with official denomination "Cane Corso italiano". Since then, Italy regained an important part in the sphere of the working molossian and supported the italian Canecorso to other historical national molossian: the neapolitan Mastiff (Mastino napoletano).
Cane Corso kennel Saxellum - Val d'Erro Saxellum (Val d'Erro) kennel is located on the shores of the river Erro and in land from Cascina della Rocca, that name is derived from its position directly above a precipice where the river below forms a clear little pond. The FCI (Federation cynolgique international) has recognized the kennel with the registered name: SAXELLUM, all the dogs will have that name in all the documentation. The kennel preserves the denomination of VAL D'ERRO, because the history, the sacrifices, the dedication regarding the selection of the breed, as well as the world level notoriety, could not justify a different choice. Our dogs are descendants of great Boris, a real legend of the breed, model of the breed for presentation to FCI in 1996. Saxellum kennel selects for many years an dog healthy, in type and with a strong temperament ... it only seems easy, we match words with deeds and the high quality of our Cani Corso evidences it.

Renzo Carosio Renzo Carosio, owner of the Saxellum kennel, from year to year is deeply involved for the correct propagation of the breed in the world and for its guardianship. Today, he's president of the AICC, that maked friends with the most important clubs in the world, in particular with ICCF and judge in the shows. He's the author of the book:" Il Cane Corso" and of innumerable articles about the breed in dogs magazines and websites.


He lives in Melazzo (AL) - Italy.

Allevamento Cane Corso Saxellum (Val d'Erro) di Renzo Carosio - Melazzo (AL) Italy - 0039 3472549159
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