by Randall C. Todd

When I'm sifting for accurate answers -for Truth- my philosophy has always been, if I catch someone lying to me ONCE, then everything else they have said or may say, becomes very questionable...and generally unimportant to me from that point on. I have found that here in the dog show/breeder world where virtually everyone claims to be "Expert" and "All-knowing", the old addage, "Consider well the source", takes on GREAT significance and needs to be well-used...

The "Rottie mixing" accusation

There are a small number of individuals who are either blatently dishonest and poor-spirited, or are ignorantly confused (there are some of both) who have WITHOUT A SHRED of conclusive evidence proceeded to spread the slander AS FACTUAL TRUTH that Michael Sottile bred Rotties to Neos to invent the 1st Cane Corsos in America. They claim their evidence is to be seen in the rare "black & tan" and "blue & tan" "Rottie markings" (as they like to call it) which very infrequently show up in our American lines of Cane Corso. Yet they conveniently neglect to mention that the same rare "black & tan" and "blue & tan" so-called "Rottie markings" seen in our imported Italian Cane Corso CAME from Italy and did -and still do- occasionally show up among the litters of Italy's ENCI breeders. Is it possible that folks this "smart" and "researched" have overlooked this fact which had been documented early on IN ITALY by Italian researchers and authors -including Stefano Gandolphi (father SACC himself) who had at one time had no qualms nor issue with presenting that color pattern as a rare variation of Cane Corso markings in his slide show presentations about the breed. Ed and Kristie Hodas were there with Michael Sottile and others when Stefano showed them photos of Italian Cane Corso exhibiting this rare color variation (of course this was before politics and "manly" egotistical sensitivity & insecurity in members of Italy's (Stefano's) club (SACC) forced Mr. Sottile to resign his position of "liason or delegate of the Italian club in America" and go his separate way). And from what I've heard from those who have seen, some of the editions of Italy's earliest books on the Cane Corso document this blk/tan, blu/tan variation with photos as well.

Here are the names of some, who being short on ethics (and/or knowledge), make their unproven accusation of Rottie crossbreeding public... Brian Borg of "Medieval Mastiffs" Cane Corso kennel... Christian Ferraro of the "Cane Corso Pages" (along with some of his other SACC sympathizers who frequent his bulletin board)... As they make their false and unfounded accusations public, I have no problem with making a public answer to them here. These here-named accuse that Michael Sottile mixed Rottie & Neo to create Corso -and that the rare color variation described is their "proof" which allows them to "ethically" disseminate their self-proclaimed "fact" that Mr. Sottile was the liar. As this color variation has become only the latest straw which they desperately clutch at in their effort to defame our American lines of Italian Cane Corso, let me refer you to someone with some real facts on the matter. The link below is to a webpage with varifiable info backed by genetic facts.

There are ignorant, mean-spirited, unethical people in ALL dog breeds. The SAME slanders regarding the SAME color patterns are being slung by insecure & ignorant breeders who hate competition in the American Pit-bull Terrier world. The real answers ARE out there for those interested enough and WISE ENOUGH to research them out. And therein lies a major difference between a "wise-guy" (commonly known as a "smart ass") and a wise man. With the real answers it becomes clear who the real liars are (the ignorant are exposed as well).

-My thanks to Ed & Chris Faron for their time and effort in researching the presentation of the black/tan, blue/tan color variant and providing us with solid & sound genetic facts that explain HOW & WHY this trait sometimes manifests itself within some purebreeds that some self-proclaimed "expert" dog people say "aren't supposed to present it". Among the interesting facts that the Faron's present on their page is the reality that you CANNOT get blk/tan, blu/tan offspring by breeding a Rottweiler to a dog from a breed that doesn't carry the blk/tan, blu/tan genes! It being a recessive trait, they must BOTH carry the necessary genes. As Italy indeed HAS infrequently produced this color pattern among their registered Cane Corsos as we also sometimes see on rare occasions in American lines, we are assured that the breed called Cane Corso today has carried this gene for awhile -at least longer than they've been in America. I personally feel confident that it's probably been with the breed for a few centuries. Like the Faron's, I am not troubled by that fact and consider the few Cane Corso that present the b/t variation as pure a Cane Corso as any that don't exibit it, whether in the USA or in Italy. I might add that COLOSSEUM SHADOWS has never produced a single blk/tan or blu/tan Cane Corso. Nor do I produce any with white chest/neck blazes. My Red-hot Chilipepper (who is my foundation bitch and wasn't produced by me) has a white blaze under her neck which she inherited from her ENCI (Italian) bred and registered side through her Italian ENCI father, Grand CH. Prince Del Cerberus. Italy's ENCI lines of Cane Corso produce MANY MANY dogs with VERY LARGE white patches on their chests/necks -MUCH larger patches and on MANY MORE of their Corsos than you see on our American lines of Cane Corso. But do you see me or any of us here in America ranting & raving & screaming & holloring & slamming & slandering & pointing at Italy's Corsos and proclaiming them mixed-mutts because theirs have the huge white chests on them and ours don't? No. But we ARE proud of the fact that ours don't present that white-patch trait nearly to the degree theirs does. Not that it makes theirs any less "pure" or "Corso", but it does make the American lines look cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing to look at... But back to the black & tan pattern that both sides of the ocean see at times...

^ CLICK HERE ^ to learn about the presentation of the rare b/t variation.

(If the above link doesn't work, click >HERE< to view a copy of the article I've stored in my server's files)


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