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Old 08-18-2009, 04:00 PM
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Question Cane Corso info

My husband and I have been toying with the idea of our next dog being a Cane Corso. When I say next I mean it will be at least a few years. Some background on us: we have 5 children between the ages of 12 and 8 so by the time we are ready they will all be teenagers or close to it. We currently have 3 dogs, two of which are APBTs. Our APBTs are fortunately not DA and are opposite sex. Our male is older and we would want a male Corso since we tend to prefer male dogs so we have decided no more dogs while he is with us (I am praying this is a very long time). I am the type of person who has to research to death everything so that is why I am starting now in my research of the Cane Corso so that we can make a very informed decision either way. I want to know every pro and con of the breed that I can. I am dead set on finding the most reputable breeder I can. With a dog as large and powerful as a Corso I want to know exactly what I will be getting as far as likely temperament and health as well as looks. Ideally I would love to find a breeder who has an available adult or older puppy who was held back or needs to be rehomed. Because of this I want to start meeting breeders in the next couple of years and developing a relationship with them. I have been looking online for information and have found it very difficult to find very much unique information about the breed and even less as far as reputable breeders with proven stock. We will be living in Jacksonville FL if there are climate issues I should be aware of. We will be taking our pup or dog through professional training classes and fully plan to aquire a CGC for our pup because large dogs with a sketchy image need to portray the best image possible.

Any info or suggestions or food for thought is very much appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:10 PM
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Don't know much about cane corsos so all I can say is well done on researching about them.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:13 PM
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Those are some good places to go for first hand info.

Good luck. Finding a good CC breeder is very difficult. Many of the breeders don't breed for Stable temperaments or Health bodies.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:19 AM
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Good luck. Finding a good CC breeder is very difficult. Many of the breeders don't breed for Stable temperaments or Health bodies.

That is exactly my concern. I am hoping that if I take my time and research to death than I can hopefully find what I am looking for. If I don't then I will have to look into another breed because health and temperament aren't things that I am willing to gamble on with this breed.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:24 AM
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I haven't had a cane corso, but I have been around 2 of them Unfortunately one of them had to be put down before he was an adult, as he had a hip defect (common in the CC, no matter how well bred) that was doing nothing but making it difficult for him to walk, and it would only get worse and not hold his weight as an adult. The second CC I had the pleasure of meeting since the first got put down, he was the "replacement" the breeder gave from the next litter.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:43 AM
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what do you mean by reputable breeder & more importantly proven in what?
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:14 AM
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what do you mean by reputable breeder & more importantly proven in what?
As far as reputable goes I am looking for a breeder who has all breeding dogs health tested especially in hips. I would prefer a breeder who only has occasional litters and breeds for themselves first and is not trying to fill a puppy demand. I would like their dogs to be shown in sanctioned events and proven to have the looks and temperament that are correct for the breed. I would like the breeder to not own a ton of dogs unless the majority of them are co-owned and live with the other owner. I just don't think someone can own 15-20 dogs on their own property of this type and be able to handle them themselves without having to have most of them kenneled. I want someone who is serious about the breed and is doing their best to not only improve the breed as a whole but also improve the image of the breed. I would love to find someone who has their dogs participating in some sort of sport or work such as protection work, rally, or even herding. I want someone who is so confident in the soundness and temperament of their dogs that they are willing to let professionals who are knowledgeable about their breed handle and judge their dogs.

Health testing and temperament are hands down the very most important things to me as far as my decision to get a Cane Corso. They are very powerful dogs and what draws me to them the most is the correct temperament as described by the CCAA. I want a dog that is very loving and loyal to his family but confident and on the job when it comes to the unknown. I know that in most large breeds hip and patella problems are common and I want to know that my dog's breeder is working to control and lessen the incidence of DJD and dysplasia.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:26 AM
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Hi. I have two Corso's, both females. Mine are the most loyal loving dogs I have ever had. Its great that you are doing your research on this breed and breeders. Though there are alot of crappy breeders, there are good Corso breeders that are passionate about the breed they love and prove their dogs with working them, temp. testing and health testing.

Not a great pic, but these are my girls.

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Old 08-19-2009, 09:45 AM
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I covet the dogs of this breeder: About Time Cane Corso Italiano They also occasionally breed Italian greyhounds, and they participate in rescue for both breeds.

A warning about Corso forums, they tend to be VERY dominance theory. I mostly browse them to look at pics, and try to get a feel for the breed's temperament. What I've learned so far is that with their people, they are a very silly breed. They should calmly accept nonthreatening strangers, and they should never be fearful or nervous of novel things. They tend to be dog friendly, although a DA corso is not faulted. I have seen many, many pictures of Corsi in groups of other dogs.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:05 PM
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if you go to Bandog banter and ask, you'll be pointed toward people working them. health & temperament should be good from anyone reccommended but they probably won't be showing much if at all.
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