The Centro Cinofilo Razze Meridionali is managed by Flaviano Bruno D.V.M specialized in infectious diseases (director and health responsible of the centre)
In addition to the Cane Corso breed the Centre is dealing with the research, study and development of all southern italian canine work breeds. Like all structures focused on these type of activities the Centre has also inevitably the
need to raise funds for all projects of research , study and the work that these entail. Raised money, derived in part from the sale of some of its puppies, enables the Centre to remain in activity, but in particular to be involved in research and committed in the preservation and protection of all southern italian work breeds which nowadays are,
unfortunately, almost unknown to most people.
In order to increase the presence of these breeds not only in Italy, but all over the world, some of the puppies are given in custody asking the selected new master to contribute exclusively to health care costs and maintenance.
But why has the Centre committed to this undertaking?
Reasons are several:
• for the passion of our native canine breeds and the pride of our age old tradition and the respect for our culture;
• because everything we do and for which we fight is part of our spiritual genetics;
• for our epimeletic behaviour (from greek “epimelia” : care, attentiveness) and then a behaviour of care and help made by an individual to a conspecifics or other species, when this last one is in trouble or makes ongoing signs of distress and protection.
In the domestication the epimeletic role comes before the performative role.
Therefore the choice of our Centre is to collaborate with all human beings who see in every Italian canine breed a dog that has always lived with man and for man, who has bred and selected with care and attention the canine breeds on real human and environmental concerns.
For years we have been conducting studies and researches on Cane Corso, analyzing paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings; these testimonies have a inestimable documentary and cytological value, but thanks to the descriptions of the moral and anatomical characters they allow us to describe to lovers and connoisseurs how a
Cane Corso should be To understand the Cane Corso you should have studied and understood its history through the centuries, stating the use and the moral qualities.
History is philosophy teaching by examples; to get to know the breed we have tried to understand the thinking of those who were historically the depositary, that is we were committed to acquire the necessary biological and cultural bases because only in this way you can be defined as followers of a tradition. This is very important to continue the functional and morphological selection of a breed and if you do not have these bases you will inevitably betray it; we live among animals, studying them, but also breeding them and we know there is no clear separation between zooculture and zooculture.
Usually books about dog breeds do not go beyond the simple compilation of standards, perhaps taking news from earlier texts and often nonsense written by a compiler some time ago is copied exactly in the same way by a modern compiler.
These kind of books appear to be so superficial and contradictory, often spreading false information. In this context of ignorance and sloppiness to have the possibility to draw on sources of knowledge concerning a breed is really a difficult task, but also an absolute must.
For this reason we have seriously faced and followed extensive studies, collecting the testimonies of practical users of today and of the past, visiting private and public museums, attending universities throughout southern Italy; and only after this work we have written articles and books, for us and all connoisseurs of Cane Corso. One of our first articles was published by Flavio Bruno D.V.M. in 1983 (Animali, natura e habitat , magazine issued in 10th october 1983) in order to sensitive most people to the knowledge of this ancient work breed.
The name Cane Corso has been published in several dictionaries including the Dizionario Abruzzese e Molisano (Rome 1968) by Ernesto Giammarco who bore the word cùrz in use in Campobasso (main town of Molise region, translator s note) to indicate the guard dog par excellence.
Our forefathers have written that the Cane Corso is as old as time and this description is shown by archaeological studies, literature and art, from paintings to the bas-reliefs on some roman sarcophagi.
For generations and generations Romans have carefully preserved the Cane Corso in its integrity of type and original function using it for war and patrolling, guard and defense, hunting and exploration.
No other dog has ever had such a wide territorial dominion throughout all the Roma Empire and beyond. Piero Scanziani stated “italian molossian must be considered the oldest, noblest and most powerful of all the dogs of Europe and pehaps of the world”.
When a breed is not selected maintaining its functional and moral qualities, it is inevitably destined to decay; and this has led us to select the Cane Corso preserving its specific functional skills and moral characteristics.
You should be wary of those dealers of dogs and “so called breeders” do not adhere to the simple but fundamental and necessary “ethical” breeding, remembering that you can not carry out in-depth studies of cynology and the subsequent breeding of a particular work breed without having a certain number of subjects, an adequate structure
and an organized support made of practical users (shepherds, hunters, butchers, massari, farmers, stockbreeders, etc) who make available their age-old experience in the field and also their dogs.
We do not care to just get a dog morphologically “good”, we need a dog which is a good worker, healthy, traditional and intelligent; very often from a certain morphological feature it follows a particular temperament and vice versa. The dog must be the cooperator of the man and work becomes the key for the development of intelligence of the dog.
For this and other reasons the authority responsible of the organization and management of the breeding should reduce the number of the shows and instead increase the practical tests designed to enhance awareness and to recognize the functional and moral qualities of the dogs of each breed. We are confident that this will avoid bitter disappointments to the many owners who had purchased, maybe at great cost, a dog for certain purposes, and noticed that their subjects were not able to do so.
Only love and respect for the breed support the work of a real breeder, on which depends the future of the breed.
Do not forget that incompetent unscrupulous breeders, greedy for immediate substantial gains, have often led to the downfall of canine breeds of great value because these wrecked men (often with institutional position or even judges of official kennel clubs) put their own pique on the personal success attending the “best in show”, forgetting that the
real protagonist is the dog, its function and usefulness beside the man and that its moral qualities are as important as, if not more, than aesthetic ones. For our part we will continue our work and research in the hope to be of help
in better understanding this amazing and ancient breed the Cane Corso. We want and are committed to continuing in the future the culture and the tradition our parents and grandparents have wisely passed to us.
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