I was visiting your website after having seen your ad in Dogs-USA magazine and you have a very informative site. I had never even heard of the Cane Corso and when I saw them, just in pictures, their power and grace just leap out at you. What a magnificient creature!! Your analogy to the big cats seems correct. I imagine they are truly a sight to behold in full motion. At the moment my family (wife, 4 year old son, 4 year old pound adopted lab mix) and I are trying to find the next addition to our home. We were pretty much decided on a Bullmastiff, but after having seen your website, we have to reconsider! I was wondering if you have any videos of your CC's, something we could see showing them interacting with kids and other breeds? Unfortunately we live in Houston, or else we would probably be knocking on your door right now!! There were a lot of ads for CC's in the magazine, most with websites, and I wanted to let you know yours was by far the most informative. As someone who knew nothing at all about the CC, I appreciate your time and effort. I don't know whether or not we will add a Cane Corso to our family, but I know if we do, we will make sure it is a Colosseum Cane Corso.
Thanks for your time,
Thanks much for the compliments regarding my Cane Corso website. I remember when I had 1st discovered the CC, I had appreciated every scrap of info I could find about them. The Bullmastiff was a breed I had very seriously considered as well (also the Tosa Inu, Argentine Dogo, Presa Canario, Fila Brasilaro, & the Anatolian Shepherd). I had boiled it down to the Corso & the Dogo because they were the only breeds in the group I was looking at that were developed and used primarily for something other than pit-fighting other dogs (Tosa & Presa) or simply guarding (Fila, Anatolian, & Bullmastiff). The Fila was also a dual purpose dog that would sometimes be used to hunt Jaguar, but in its capacity as a personal protection dog, it is definately a one person dog and is extremely hard and intolerant of those not of the family -quite the liability. As someone with kids (I really have 7 :-) -most of them quite young, my main concern was obtaining a breed that was temperamentally tolerant and absolutely accepting of children because my older 5 kids are constantly having friends over to play and my dogs are always either in the house or roaming free in the backyard. I don't believe in kennels and the smallest section of yard that I keep dogs in (the males must be kept separate from each other) is 30' X 40' in dimensions and each male takes its turn within the separated yard on a daily rotational schedule so that they each can spend time socializing with the other dogs and with the kids and our family. The Cane Corsos are the best breed with family & kids that you will find anywhere. The Bullmastiff is great with family & kids as well, as are nearly all the mastiff/molosser breeds. But the Bullmastiff & the other mastiff breeds (other than the CC) have disappointed many a purchaser who had bought with a desire for active interaction with their dog when they found they were having to cut short their planned activities and practically drag their dog home shortly after beginning a jog or even a walk as the mastiff breeds other than the CC are simply not temperamentally inclined towards an active lifestyle. The CC is the only mastiff breed that will run with you and will hike all day with you. And they'll play fetch (hard & fast) till you're ready to quit! To date I've received about 3 calls from folks who had bought a bullmastiff with the hopes of its inclusion into their active lifestyle (walks, hikes, jogs) only to tell me they made a big mistake and were wondering if the CC really was more "active oriented" than their Bullmastiff. The answer to that question is an unequivocable "YES"! The difference is like night & day. So Steve, you would do well to consider this BIG difference between the two breeds before you spend your money. They BOTH fit into the family environment VERY VERY well and if all you want is a large family dog that likes to hang out with the family around the house, then both breeds will fit perfectly. But if you would like active participation from your dog -that rules out the Bullmastiff as it would only disappoint you -as would any other large molosser breed other than perhaps the Rottweiler (many of which are temperamentally unsound and most won't keep up with a CC on a hard all-day hike) and the American Bulldog which has drive & agility but is smaller than a CC and has a tendency to be more dog aggressive from what I've learned from those who've owned & bred them... In my decision making process, after narrowing it down to the Cane Corso & the Argentine Dogo, I chose the Corso because...
a) I liked the fact that the CC is an ancient breed with a long long history behind them, whereas the Dogo was developed in the 1920's from quite a mix of other familiar purebreds (10 or 11 of them if I remember correctly).
b) I liked the look of the CC better than the Dogo. I liked the look of the CC better than any other breed for that matter!
c) The CC it seems is a bit less prey-driven than the Dogo. Cats are MUCH safer around a Corso!
d) Between the two breeds, the Corso was more rare and less known at the time I was considering them. That's changed as I believe there are probably now more Cane Corsos than Argentine Dogos being placed.
e) Though my decision wasn't influenced by this fact, it was nice to pay $1000 to $2000 LESS for a Cane Corso than an Argentine Dogo. And though you can still pay $1500 to $1800 for the best CC blood in the world, there are now 5 CC breeders who sell their CC for $2500 apiece. Their thought is that if our breed is as good or better than the Dogo, the Presa, and the Tosa (which generally sell for $2500 to $3500), we should at least be selling our dogs for $2500. Most of us have chosen to keep our prices under $2000, however.
f) The Dogo's propensity for deafness -and as I remember hearing or reading, a tendency to sunburn (that won't work here in the glaring Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona!)...
The Cane Corso won't disappoint you in either the kid/family-friendly arena, or in their drive, desire, and ability for adventure & strenuous activity.
Hope this info and insight helps, Steve. And again, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you've enjoyed the COLOSSEUM SHADOWS Cane Corso website...
Randall C. Todd
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