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The Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is an ancient Italian breed. It was not officially recognized in Italy till 1994. This was the case, because the Cane Corso is a working dog and therefore was not bred for his looks, but for his uses. Because of this there are a lot of differences in the look of the Cane Corsos then and now. To have a homogeneity of type, a careful selection has to be made with the dogs used for breeding. With this the health of the dog should be taken into account. This means we have a long way ahead of us. Fortunately, there are a number of breeders who only breed good dogs and do everything to get healthy and typical pups.

There are still some differences in the looks of the Cane Corsos. The standard is clear on how a Cane Corso is supposed to look. Unfortunately, not many people know the standard when they are buying a puppy. I met a person who was convinced his dog met the standard perfectly. He showed me a book with pictures. Unfortunately, the dogs in the pictures were not good Cane Corsos but looked a lot like his dog. This happened at a show. The judge (Italian) also was not satisfied with this person's dog. I hope the owner doesnít love his dog any less, but will look for more information about a breed before buying a pup. This of course goes for everybody who is interested in any breed. Especially if you want to buy a Cane Corso, it is important to know what the dog is supposed to look like and what to pay attention to when buying one.

Unfortunately, many people think that they found a good breeder, if they meet him on a show and hear that this breeder won several times. This is not difficult, because the breed is new in Holland and there are not that many Cane Corsos present on a show. Also most judges are allround and often donít know what a good Cane Corso should look like.

Still the most important thing for me is that everybody loves his Cane Corso, even if his dog is not perfect, and that nothing and nobody be able to change that.

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