Grand Cane Corso Italiano
IL Cane Corso
Faithful without question, courageous without arrogance,
proud without presumption.
Welcome to Grand Cane Corso we breed to the FCI Standard.
FCI stands for Federation Cynologique Internationale, the world wide canine
organization. established in 1911, it includes 83 members and contract
partners (one member per country). I choose to do this for a few reasons:
the FCI standard is very detailed, and I believe will help keep the corso
on a straighter path; this is the standard used in Italy and 79 countries
in the world; and out of respect for the breed.
Grand Cane Corso Breeds for Type
A novice often confuses type with breed. Each breed within itself has a
number of types. Type is the general appearance or look of a dog. It covers
such things as head style, body style, and size. To truly be satisfied with
your dog you must be happy with what it looks like. At Grand Cane Corso, we
breed for type. Dogs having recognizable characteristics of a Grand Cane Corso
that are within the standard of the breed.
CH Grand's Pantera,CGC CCAA 2013 National Specialty Reserve Winners Bitch
Grand Cane Corso breeds for temperament
Temperament is the personality of your dog, and how he relates to his world
around him. When I say I breed for temperament, I mean I breed for an
intelligent, active, and even-minded working dog. From the time a litter is
whelped until they go to their new families, I work with the imprinting and
conditioning, helping to stimulate their thought processes, applying small
amounts of stress for them to learn how to deal with. Ultimately, how they
learn to deal with stress is a large part of their temperament. The new
families will then continue with the socialization and the puppy's/dog's
Grand's Cianna BH,CGC, with owner handler Kristin Clark
Grand Cane Corso breeds for health
When I say I breed for health, it means I have done health testing on the
dogs I use in my breeding program, using dogs from proven blood lines,
breeding dogs from parents and grandparents that have lived long healthy
lives. At Grand Cane Corso, our health, type and temperament are all
related. Breeding dogs that are of a well constructed type, meaning well
balanced bodies of a Grand nature, along with an intelligent, active,
even-minded dog that comes from dogs of the same nature make for healthy
Breeding and the selection of puppies is an art. I have bred Corsos for
many years; whelping over a hundred puppies; breeding particular lines
of dogs; seeing how blood lines work together when bred; seeing puppies at
birth; watching them grow; studying their characteristics in every fashion;
seeing their health, temperament, type, as they develop into adults. Doing
this again and again gives you the tools to select Sires, Dams, and puppies
for showing and breeding (to the best mother nature will allow). I say this
is an art because even with having the right tools, some individuals will
have a talent/eye for it and some will not.
With the increasing number of Cane Corso, the need for it's recovery no
longer exists. The increasing popularity of the breed has lent itself to
the lowering of quality of the breed in general. My goal at this point is to
aid in the preservation of it's quality.
CH Grand's Pantera,CGC
( A passage from the book )
The Cane Corso
Origins And Prospects Of The Italian Molossoid
( Fernando Casolino - Stefano Gandolfi )
Few have or have had the sensitivity to understand that our old species, animals
and vegetables, Have a value that goes far beyond biological diversity. Beyond the
memory written in one's dna there is in fact, that of history. " Cane Corso" means
cattle trails, buffalo herds, ranches, flocks. The words bring with them the ancient
perfume of the land, of whey for making cheese, of the calloused hands of the people
of the south. He lives in our roots. There is a story of peasant culture written
in and around this splendid animal.
FCI - Federation Cynologique International Standard
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Medium to large-sized. Robust and sturdy,
nevertheless elegant. Lean, powerful muscles.
Grand Cane Corso Italiano
A Illinois Cane Corso Breeder.