Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1 : What is the Outlaw Bloodline ?
Answer : It is the the development of a specific bloodline (strain of dogs) within the Cane Corso breed that exemplifies the traits of the traditional guardian Cane Corso.
Question 2 : What’s the best way to reach us?
We try to answer questions on Facebook and Instagram but sometimes it’s easy to miss something. If you have any direct questions the best way to contact us is email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Question 3 : How do I purchase a puppy?
Answer : We use an e-mail list to notify interested parties when a litter is available. We will send out e-mails a few times throughout the pregnancy. These people are contacted first in order from our list when we start taking deposits ( which is usually shortly after birth). Only after the people on the “List” have been given an opportunity to secure a puppy will we start taking deposits from the general public. (our litters usually sell within the first 24hrs.) Asking to be put on the notification list does not place you under any obligation.
If you wish to be placed on the list send us a valid e-mail and phone #. We will contact you back, confirming you are on the mailing list.
When puppies arrive we update the website and face book weekly with down loadable pics or video’s so you can watch as the litter grows!
Also be sure to follow us on face book to stay up to date year round, I tend to post there a lot more often with more of the daily activities and general pics. Also on Instagram #outlaw_canecorso
For any further questions feel free to contact us!
Question 4 : Do you use the OFA to test for hip dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the medical term for a hip socket that doesn’t fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone. This allows the hip joint to become partially or completely dislocated.
The exact causes are still not fully understood by scientists at this time. But they have determined that it can be caused by either environmental or genetic factors. The environmental factors that can cause hip dysplasia pertain to things like a dogs weight, nutrition , amount of exercise, the surface on which the dog is raised etc. But there is a genetic component that can cause hip dysplasia as well. It’s the exact genetic component that’s still not fully understood by scientists. It may be a single gene or some combination of genes.
The genetic causes are not as high as some people think. Many test show the dogs genetics are only responsible for 15%-40% of hip dysplasia. So a great many cases of this disorder are environmental.
When using the OFA screening protocol. A breeder uses an X-ray in combination with an examination of the dogs history (blood line) to determine
If a certain dog may have genetic predisposition to hip dysplasia.
When the OFA scores a hip X-ray they are judging the laxity (looseness) of the hip for one particular dog. Joint Laxity is the determining factor that predisposes a dog to the development of hip dysplasia. Excessive laxity could be the result of traumatic injury, overloading of the joint by weight, lack of muscle strength, or adductor forces (e.g., bringing the legs together). But it could also be caused by a dogs genetics.
After a breeder receives an X-ray result that shows a poor score they then look at the test results of the of the parents grandparents and their offspring (the vertical pedigree) of the dog to see if there is a constant pattern of results that might help determine if they are dealing with a genetic component vs an environmental one for the dog affected.
The OFA test score only determines the laxity (looseness) of the hip. It is the breeders responsibility to determine if it’s caused by an environmental or genetic factor. The only way a breeder can determine if it is environmental vs. genetic is to compare it to the testing results of the parents, grand parents and their offspring (the vertical pedigree). Their must be a substantial database to compare the OFA score to that allows the breeder to look for patterns of consistency that can help in this determination one way or the other. If there is a pattern of poor results in the vertical pedigree that would be a good indication of genetic components.
Ok here is where it gets tricky Lol. If your a breeder that has a dog with a fair – poor OFA score, that dog may still be a good breeding candidate. How is this? Ok say you have a dog that has a poor OFA score but upon the examination of the dogs vertical pedigree (parents, grandparents and all siblings) you see there is no evidence of hip dysplasia or poor scores whatsoever. Then chances are the dog in question suffers from an environmental cause of possible hip dysplasia not a genetic one at all. This means the cause (environmental) of his poor score and possibility of hip dysplasia will not be past on to further generations. The vice versa is also true. If your a breeder that has a dog with a good OFA score but upon examination of the vertical pedigree there is a strong pattern of hip dysplasia and poor scores that dog will still not be a good breeding candidate simply because the chance of genetic issues are still strongly present.
Also keep in mind that poor laxity of the joint may present itself at different ages of a dogs life, not just when the dog is scored.
My point to all of the above is that the vertical pedigree is the vital part of the OFA protocol! It’s the basis upon which all decisions are made. Without it accurate assessments cannot be made one way or the other. The vertical pedigree must contain testing results from all the parents, grandparents and the siblings produced .
Now for the elephant in the room…..How to get the vertical pedigree necessary for any type of assessment?
This where the OFA protocol falls short in terms of practical use. The problem is that breeders simply do not have the testing results of the dogs needed in the vertical pedigree for it to work. Many breeders have tried to develop the needed data base for the OFA protocol to work. The problem is that the breeder needs the puppies sold from the litters to be tested at 2 years old and the results sent to the breeder so they can develop the needed database. The vast majority of people that purchase puppies would not follow through with this. Their have have been breeders that have tried diligently to offer various types of incentive programs etc. for new puppy owners to follow through with in hopes of increasing customer compliance.
But actual customer compliance still turns out very poor in most cases.
So if a breeder ever claims to use the OFA protocol and has the test results of their dogs ALWAYS ask to see evidence of the vertical pedigree they used to base their breeding decisions on. If they don’t know what your talking about or do not have any such database you can be rest assured the results will in no way be accurate.
The Cane Corso is a newer breed to the United States and many novice breeders though well intentioned do not understand how this protocol works. While there are other more experienced breeders that know exactly how it works and claim to “Health Test” their dogs. But could care less about actually doing it in a way that may be of any actual benefit to the breed whatsoever. Sadly for some breeders greed is the motivating factor.
Some breeders may be tempted to adopt the ” well something is better than nothing ” approach. As you see it’s not! It will only lead to the breeding of dogs that shouldn’t be bred.
According to the Canine Institute of Biology : “Researchers have been working hard for decades looking for solutions, and breeders have been doing their best to reduce the risk of producing affected puppies. But still the problem remains.” “Genetic selection should continue to produce modest progress in the reduction of hip dysplasia”
This is something many breeders have know for years. This is why we use selective breeding and genetic manipulation in attempts to rid our bloodline of any unwanted diseases. It’s a powerful method that’s time tested and effective.
In fact during the reconstruction process of the Cane Corso breed there was a serious problem with hip dysplasia in which the selective breeding process was used to bring it down to a very acceptable level.
www.offa.org The OFA testing protocol
The Institute of Canine Biology: The 10 most important things to know about hip dysplasia
Every responsible breeder should strive for a healthy disease free bloodline ! Selective breeding and genetic manipulation as applied to disease control is a scientifically proven time tested effective method that can help achieve these goals!
We also use NUMEROUS HEALTH TEST. both preventative and diagnostic, we work very closely with our vet. and allow them to guide us as to what would be most appropriate for our bloodline at that time. Different bloodlines may have different health testing needs.