Showsight Presents The Cane Corso

“IN MY OPINION THE BREED SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING WE ASK OF THEM. THEY ARE MEANT TO BE A WORKING DOG, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, ATHLETIC AND TRAINABLE.”

It took us a few years but he eventually became the first Cane Corso to qualify for the AKC Agility Invitational at Eukanuba. I also found that slowly as we competed and qualified we were eventually accepted and even sought out to ask questions about the breed and working with the breed. Res- cues who had themwould ask questions on what was ‘normal’ for the breed. Without really even meaning to, my husband and I became breed ambassadors just because we were out and doing something with our Cane Corso. People saw that they were

not all the aggressive, unpredictable dogs that they had read about. They became recognized for the incredible athletes that they are. All it took was me starting agility and seeing that the people I trained with were also doing other performance events for me to want to do even more with my Cane Corsos. The next Corso we got, Lucretia, is a conformation bronze grand champion and was also the first female Cane Corso to get a CA when lure coursing was opened to all breeds. She has also qualified for the

AKC Agility Invitational this year. She has obedience titles, a herding instinct certifi- cate and is even working on a RAT title in barn hunt. She is a great example of how versatile the breed is and that a conforma- tion title should not exclude also being able to work. In my opinion the breed should be able to do anything we ask of them. They are meant to be a working dog, highly intel- ligent, athletic and trainable. Through- out history they were an all purpose util- ity dog who could protect their owner,

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