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The Cane Corso pictured in our logo above is COLOSSEUM SHADOWS own
whose name is a mix of Latin and Italian which means "King Of The Colosseum".

~~~HOT-PIC~~~ (touch photo with curser)

(Italian for "Red-hot Chilipepper")
We call her "Pepe"


In 1988 and '89, a man named Michael Sottile, whose family had formerly emigrated from Italy to settle in the United States, imported two litters of Cane Corso pups from their native homeland of Italy and organized the 1st Cane Corso club in America which then subsequently developed the very first physical conformation standard ever written for the breed as Italy as yet had no formal written standard! At that point in time, interest in the breed in its native country was, with the exception of very few people, limited to those who had developed and worked the breed for centuries: the rural Italian folk -people who weren't interested in dog shows and clubs -people whose only real interest was in the Cane Corso's usefulness and workability around the farm as guardians, cattle-catchers, and hunters of game. This is what the Corso had been developed for -this is HOW they had been bred & developed. It's how the Cane Corso had existed through the centuries and is what Michael Sottile brought to us in 1988 -not some watered-down, genetically shot, fragile, superficial, pretty-but-weak dog developed and produced in the backyard kennels & cages of popular conformation show types (typical breeders) who are only interested in superficial aesthetic championships or "prettiness"! The Cane Corso's which Sottile imported had been plucked directly from the very tree they had spent centuries ripening on. They were the real thing. They were some of the very best Italy had to offer and they set the standard for the breed -a standard that is very hard to beat or improve upon.
As these first imported Italian Cane Corsos began to be shown in America's rare breed conformation rings and introduced to the canine enthusiasts of the U.S., some of them along with subsequent imports, began to take the shows by storm and, as Cathy J. Flamholtz documents in her book A Celebration Of Rare Breeds, Vol.II (copyright 1991):
"...this breed is fast becoming the dog to beat at rare breed shows."
Usually dominating the working group, frequently stealing the show, Cane Corso's descended from these first Italian working lines brought to America by Michael Sottile are ALWAYS a stand-out.

Thus has been the introduction of a rare & virtually unknown Italian working breed to the dog lovers of the west. It's been a very warm reception!


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Cane Corso: an ancient & rare molosser

- Some Ancient History and General Information -

The only true COURSING MASTIFF left in the world, Italian Cane Corso were regularly bred and used for centuries to sight hunt: running down, catching, and holding big game, including the large European boar, stag, and bear.
As a MASTIFF they are large, powerful, and very muscular -males typically 26" to 28" at the shoulder and 120 lbs. to 140 lbs., though rarely some will exceed or fall short of this weight range- [click HERE to learn more].
As a COURSER of large game, and unlike the other large mastiff breeds, Cane Corso are incredibly athletic and may move as well as any dog less than half their size. It is this very ability 葉heir speed and agility combined with power and endurance that this breed is noted for.

A very old, very stable working breed of the rural folk of Sicily and the southern regions of Italy's mainland, the Cane Corso is one of two breeds (the other is the Neapolitan or "Italian Mastiff") that stem directly from the great Molossus -the now extinct war-dog of ancient Rome- [click HERE to learn more] which was not only used in battle against the enemy but also spent time with lions and gladiators in the great amphitheater at Rome 裕he COLOSSEUM.

The development of the Cane Corso came, it is assumed, as the result of a deliberate injection of some large coursing hound blood into old Roman Molossus lines to add some of the speed of a courser to the sheer brute strength, power, and size of the great Molossus. It ended up as the perfect blend for it's purpose. And because of it's size, strength, and agility, the Cane Corso also naturally doubled as a very efficient cattle-catching dog and guardian of herds & flocks. And it was 紡nd still is a very capable, discriminating, and effective protector of the home and family.

New to the Western Hemisphere, the first imports arrived in the United States in 1988. Still one of the rarest breeds in the world, they are a sight to see and definately stand out in a crowd. While built similar to a Rottweiler, the Cane Corso is more bear-faced and a little longer of leg. It has a very short coat- no grooming necessary ...and it doesn't drool like many of the other mastiff breeds! If you like Rottweilers but would prefer something more stable/less temperamental... something faster and more agile... if it's something a little different and much more rare that you're looking for


If you like Rotties, you will LOVE the Cane Corso the 'Lamborghini' of the canine world. Like the exotic auto (also from Italy) this breed is the perfect blend of Brawn, Speed, and Rarity!


COLOSSEUM SHADOWS Cane Corso (registered ICCF) producing worldclass purebreds from multi-champion bloodlines. Health guarantees, vaccinations, tails always docked at no charge/ear crops available as an option.

*Additionally, COLOSSEUM SHADOWS proudly owns the corner on the market of kid safe dogs. There is not another Cane Corso breeder who can compete with us in the area of complete socialization to children. I have seven children living here, ages 19, 17, 15, and two sets of twins ages 12 & 12 and 10 & 10. All pups are raised with lots of kid-contact. The children reach into the food bowls and can take away the dog's nylabones all without ANY protest from the dogs.


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