The Cane Corso comes from Italy and is a likely ancestor of the Roman Molosser dogs. The breed was primarily used as a catch dog, a task where the dog is used to subdue a boar or another wild animal until the farmer arrived. They may also have been used as guard dogs. The name is thought to come from the Latin "Cohors", which could either refer to a farmyard, enclosure or corral, or a bodyguard. The breed was fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 and is a member of the working group.