The Outlaw Bloodline and why we have a True Traditional Guardian Line Of Cane Corso.
Just some of what it takes to be a good Cane Corso breeder:
- Extensive knowledge of bloodlines and pedigrees (the genotype), When you analyze a pedigree you should look at things like the temperament, the ability to perform certain tasks, physical characteristics that allow a dog to excel in a certain area and, last but not least, the dogs proven ability to reproduce those desired traits. You need to try to gather this information for all the dogs in a bloodline going as far back as possible. This will give you the best odds for a strong foundation and starting point.
- After you have gathered your best prospects from a desired bloodline “or” lines, You need a way to objectively analyze the breeding stock you end up with (the phenotype). In the case of the Traditional Cane Corso we specifically test for genes or temperament traits like Courage, Loyalty, Intelligence etc. Although you may have the best bloodlines in the world, the dogs you end up with may not have all of the desired characteristics that your looking for. A GOOD BREEDER WILL NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Then you need to pair up dogs that will reproduce these desireable genes.
- You must have the knowledge to use the breeding techniques that allow you to reproduce litters of puppies with the strongest genetic traits and that have the highest percentage of litter turnouts for these desired traits (the number of puppies in a litter that possess all the genes that your breeding for). Simple out cross breedings will never produce high percentage litter turnouts ( this would be breeding a good looking dog from one bloodline to a good looking dog from another and hoping for the best) This method will only produce average dogs with some occasional toppers. There is a big difference between true breeders and people who just breed dogs. here A good breeder will know how and when to use techniques like Line breeding, Back breeding, and Out crossings. (despite what you may hear on the Internet by some very loud non breeding dog lovers). There are over 500 pure breeds of dogs on the planet, every last one of these breeds were created using selective breeding techniques and not one of these pure breeds has ever been destroyed by the use of selective breeding . Every pure bred strain of animal on the planet has gotten that way by using these techniques there is NO other way possible! These techniques do require some skill and should not be used by novice breeders as the results could be less than desirable. On the other hand the proper use of these breeding techniques will not only allow you to preserve desired traits within a bloodline but also improve upon them!
- You must have a great passion for breeding. You will only be the best at the things in life that you TRULY LOVE!
- IT’S IMPORTANT THAT NONE OF THESE STEPS BE OVERLOOKED
- The History of the Cane Corso clearly shows that it was meant to be a guardian / working dog. At no time in its history was it meant to be a show dog. During the reconstruction of the breed it was decided by the S.A.C.C that the Cane Corso above all else should remain a dog of GREAT COURAGE , FEARLESSNESS , STRONG FAMILY STABILITY AND HIGH INTELLIGENCE. It’s because we have advanced breeding knowledge and adhere to these guidelines first and foremost that we can say that the Outlaw Bloodline is a True Line of Traditional Guardian Cane Corso. If my goal was to win as many confirmation shows as possible as it is for most American breeders my actions in step #2 would be completely different.
Over our years of breeding we have learned to successfully use some of the more advanced line breeding techniques. While these techniques are not recommended for novice breeders they are the techniques used by some of the top breeders and geneticist in the world. Breeders like Lloyd C. Brackett and his world famous show dog bloodline of German Shepard’s. Mr. Brackett gained most of his breeding fame by being able to produce over 90 finished show ring Champions in just 12 years using a relatively small amount of breeding stock. He always placed great emphasis on health, temperament and proper breed characteristics. These are the preferred breeding techniques of well respected A.K.C. Multi-Group show judge E. Kattie Gammill and countless other experienced breeders. These are also the same breeding techniques that can be used to rid a bloodline of unwanted sickness and disease. In fact they are the very same techniques that were used to treat a very serious wide spread hip dyplasia problem during the Cane Corsos Reconstructive era.
So what does all of this mean for you? Well it means that you will stand a much greater chance of getting a puppy with the characteristics and type that you are looking for when you find a breeder whom uses these methods.
(link) A.K.C. Multi-Group Show Judge E. Kattie Gammell Dog breeders vs. breeders of dogs. Why outcross breedings will never produce a high percentage of winners in a litter. (Some of the typical problems novice breeders face.)
(link) Articles on the linebreeding techniques. Written by Loyd C. Brackett.
- Most experienced breeders will agree on the fact that they can only work on 2-3 traits at one time when working a line. If a breeder claims to be able to breed a line of dogs (not just the occasional toppers) that truly excel in all area’s, ask for their percentage of litter turnout numbers and compare them to some of the great breeders above. To produce a line of dogs that truly excel in a certain area (show ring , dock jumping , therapy dogs etc. ) You have to focus your breeding efforts in that area.