Showsight Presents The Cane Corso

CANE CORSO THE

1. Where do you live? What is your occupation? How many years in dogs? 2. Do you have any hobbies or interests apart from breeding and showing dogs? 3. How did you first become aware of the Cane Corso? 4. Is it fair to say the breed is more athletic than its Molosser cousins? 5. Can you speak to the Cane Corso’s size and proportion? 6. What are the most important head characteristics of the breed? 7. How important is coat color? Pigment? Eye color? 8. Are Cane Corsos particularly trainable? 9. What should novice owners know about the breed before getting one? 10. Do you have a funny story you can share about your life with the Cane Corso? 11. Is there anything else you’ d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. SUZETTE BOEHMS We live in Middle

We decided to get another to be with me on the farm. In February 2016, Sebec came to live with us and has changed our lives. Now we have three bitches with him. Under the mentorship of our co-own- ers, we desire to help preserve the integrity of this majestic breed. In our spare time, we are with our dogs. We participate in UpDog events, conformation, dock diving, scent training and play- ing in the creek. How did I first become aware of the Cane Corso? In 2004, when I got my first Corso. Is it fair to say my breed is more athletic than its Molosser cous- ins? Yes! These guys are super intelligent with the athleticism to boot. They must have a job for mental stimulation. Can I speak to the Cane Corso’s size and proportion? As with any breed, there are outliers in the gene pool. More important than size is proportion. Form to function is an absolute must. This is a Working breed and must be able to carry out their function. What are the most important head characteristics of the breed? There are more important pieces to the dog than the head. How- ever, they must not have small nares and a short muzzle. Eyes need to be almond-shaped, not round. Here again, they must be able to work. How important is coat color, pigment and eye color? Structure and function are much more important than coat color. Are Cane Corsos particularly trainable? Corsos are the most intelligent of the canines that I have been around. They are very trainable with a knowledgable trainer. What should novice owners know about my breed before getting one? Corsos require a job. They must have daily mental stimulation and not be allowed to get bored. In addition, the owners must be hyperaware of their energy level. If the owner’s energy drops, the Corsos’ energy will increase. My Corsos force me to maintain my energy, which they respect. I am the boss all the time. It is a respect and love relationship. Respect is paramount. A funny story I can share about my life with the Cane Corso? When Sebec was participating in Barn Hunt (which he loved), he was so intense. When he would find a rat I would hold him for the rat wranglers to remove the tube. Those around the ring would comment on his intensity. When he was going into the ring, he would have lots of spectators. He was a course-buster with his art of flying around the ring in search of his arch enemy, the rat. I’d also like to share that I will always have Corsos. >

Tennessee. I am a Food Safety and Quality Man- ager for Agrana Fruit US, and John is the Regional Manager of Operations, Entergy Fleet of Day & Zimmermann Inc. I have had dogs all my life. John and I raised stock dogs for many years. I got my first Corso in 2004. I found her in an advertisement in a news- paper. She was the runt and was four months old. The first couple of

nights I wondered what in the world I had done. She and I bonded immediately and she became part of my soul. I lost her to osteosar- coma in September 2015. She was the best $500 I had ever spent.

Corsos are the most intelligent of the canines that I have been around. They are very trainable with a knowledgable trainer.

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