Il corso ha gran possanza, ardito assale / La fera, et la ritien: poiché l'ha presa, / Sciorre il dente non sa: ma poco vale / Per raggiungerla poi, che in fuga è stesa: / Non ha dal ciel sortita al nome eguale. / Come il veltro sia destro, et sia spedito, / Ma di persona più gagliarda, et magna: / Sia grosso, ma non grave, od impedito / Da tanta mole, che la lena fregna: / Abbondi di grand'ossa, et di gran nerbo, / Et sia facile all'ira, aspro et superbo...
 (Dal poema: "La caccia" di Erasmo da Valvasone 1523-1593) (From the poem: "Walkabout" by Erasmus of Valvasone 1523-1593)



On a forum canine to which we are members there have asked the question " But what kind of selection you applied ? " The question has intrigued a lot and we decided to bring it back to our site and develop it here . To be fair, the question came from a comparison of views ( different of course ) on whether or not the selection based on x-ray , used today by the majority of farmers , but let's order . For selection is considered a work of reproduction of specimens for the improvement of a race . This seems so sterile and empty of meaning. What does it mean better? The Cane Corso breed and work guard , improvement can only mean dogs are more suitable , physically and temperamentally , to perform the tasks for which they were selected . Watch case is the definition that in cynognostic is called " functional beauty ", ie the best adaptation of the subjects to the purposes underlying the selection itself. As it happens often “cynognostic beauty” is expressed in ratios and proportions such as to make subjects appear beautiful aesthetically speaking, and the best example is perhaps the Arabian Horse, selected for qualities of strength and endurance, but for this "beautiful "Indeed, it's so nice to be used to improve other breeds! So we redefine "selection": that work of reproduction of subjects according to specific functional criteria, such as to improve the breed, that is, to produce subject always better able to perform the functions assigned. We're getting closer to the goal. In order to carry out their tasks working and guard dogs must be first and foremost a physical agile, strong and sturdy (not for anything in the Apulian dialect "Corz" means robust, rustic), as well as healthy, supported by a suitable character. How do you get all this? Since nothing is created and nothing is destroyed, we started simply (and humbly) from working lines already selected by decades of practical use. To ensure greater health we chose dogs do not related to each other, in order to have strong litters of "hybrid vigor" of the two bloodlines of the parents (this technique is referred to Outcross and ensures genetic variability, vigor and health). This seems so trivial. Behind instead there are serious studies on farms, breeders and bloodlines on the history and uses (past and present) of the Cane Corso, there are thousands and thousands of miles "crushed" to visit breeders, enthusiasts, owners, scholars, and especially to see dogs and exchange ideas and opinions, both in Apulia and in the region of Molise in Campania. We quickly realized the "dichotomy" between Rustic Corso and Expo Corso, and we chose to taste, affinity, and also respect for the history and traditions, the rustic ones. Our dogs reflect our choice and "carry" within their DNA the genetic heritage of important Italian bloodlines. To us the burden and honor to use it to the fullest. This may seem tricky Such a description of our idea of ​​selection, but what is more to be false. We could write that we make beautiful and healthy dogs. It would have been wrong. Because beauty is relative and in a working dog the beautiful should not be aesthetics but functionality. Because health is searched with priority, but never guaranteed in 100% of cases, no one can do it and who says he speaks a lie, but unfortunately some diseases can always arise, to anyone, at the expense of efforts to try to combat them, and would be wrong to hide behind a finger and pretend that the "risk of breeding" do not exist. This statement, of course, does not mean that our very first selection does not take into account the health of the dog "much anyway ... something will happen." It just means that no matter how much science, consciousness and good will one can invest in preparing, implementing and treat litters, however, something can go wrong and must be aware of both the breeder and potential buyers of the puppies, just that we were so drastic and critical in Philosophy and Health sections, to present a comprehensive overview of both the good that the (hopefully improbable) ugly. Then, there are also very positive sides. In October 2008, we heard it from a friend of ours, in Foggia, of a litter which he had on the farm, crossing two lines exclusively from work (traditional lines, rustic) during weaning found that the entire litter has contracted gastroenteritis . The vet has prescribed all the care of the case, but gave up for dead puppies. ALL five puppies have resisted the disease for ten days and have won their battle, giving finally, against all odds, strong signs of recovery, having started to feed themselves. This is a demonstration of the inherent robustness and major resources available to the rustic Corso. These are features to look for in a selection functional strength, endurance, in one word health! This must be the physical basis. Base that must be supported by an appropriate character. Corso is a keeper and a defender of the family and unsurpassed blameless, it is also a dog suitable for practical use for both traditional tasks (Government of livestocks) for both modern ones. For both physical abilities that traditionally selective Corso MUST be intelligent, thoughtful, able to assess situations and adapt to them his actions, balanced (indeed, very balanced, because of the physical skills of which he has), dignified and incorruptible companion, gentle with the family, protective of the weak and wary with strangers, terrible and effectively against threats to his family. For this will never be a "remote controlled dog”, but rather a “dog on command”! All this should be well aware of those who think they buy from us a Corso, as we have already said on other pages of this site, sorry if we are pedantic, but the characterial side, often overshadowed, for us it is an essential element of being Cane Corso!