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Cane Corso

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Pronounced KAH-NAY KOR-SO

This breed is very dear to my heart and our sons have grown up with them.  After 10+ years, this breed has become woven into the fabric of our family.  

 

Cane Corso was originally developed as multi purpose farm dogs. They had to be strong, athletic dogs capable of running alongside a horse or hauling a cart to market. They were also an effective deterrent with their large frame, cropped ears and deep gutteral bark.  

 

My focus (or obsession), is the historically correct Corso - both in mind and body. Pictures pre dating 1980 are what I am focused on - when the breed was valued as working dog primarily  in Southern Italy.  Avoiding the over exaggerated features, extra large size and maintaining longer snouts, expressive eyes, moderate skin tone and balanced athletic bodies. 

 

 I, with other  like- minded breeders all over the world strive to preserve the authentic, original, rustic “Cane Corso tradizioniale”. 

 

The true beauty of this breed lies in their tenderness and devotion to their family. With their origins as farm dogs they lived with multi generations - loving  everyone from babies to the elderly. 

 

A well bred, socialized Cane Corso should not demonstrate a “hard, tough guy” temperament that some people believe them to be. Although they can be initally aloof with strangers,  they  are a more sensitive nature and should respond well and eagerly to training and direction from their people. A stable and dependable temperament.

 

This wonderful temperament and attachment to their owners is once again a result of the Italian farmers that bred them. A valued part of a household for working, protection and their compansionship. 

 

The Cane Corso come in an array of colours which historically represented their function. Black and black brindle were bred for guarding  the villas at night. Blue and blue brindle were to camouflage the dog in the bush when hunting. Fawn and Formentino (which is a fawn with blue mask) were bred to work in the wheat fields. 

 

Historically the dogs ears were cropped and tails docked with the idea that this helped protect them from being grabbed by predators. It also created a specific “look”or asthetic for the breed.

 

In Italy has been illegal to crop or dock a dog since 2010 and it is illegal (with heavy fines) in the greater part of the world, with the exception of the US and in Canada, just Ontario.  Quebec is the most recent province to vote against cropping and docking starting February 10th, 2024.  Likely  it will be a short period of time before Ontario legislation is updated to follow suit. 

Our imported dogs are natural, some of our own breeding dogs we leave natural and at this time we are still able to make choices regarding the treatment of puppies.

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