Jackie and Ben Mavin
Owners of Black Pearl Ajay and Firehorse Hercules
Why choosing a Cane Corso?
One of the main reasons why my husband and I decided on this particular breed when we were researching what would be best for us -- we wanted a dog that would bark when someone knocked at the door, but was also family-friendly and would lick them once inside.
What to look for in a breeder?
Having gone through this process many times before with our families growing up, we think that there are 5 things to look for when you're looking for a breeder:
1) they are knowledgeable about their breed
2) their own dogs are treated like a member of their family
3) they are eager to answer your questions and provide you with as much information as they can to help you make an informed decision
4) they are just as interested in learning about you as you are about them (it's not all about the $$)
5) they are selective with the people they place their puppies with - in other words, they look to match the dog's specific personality with a person whose lifestyle and personality matches up with the needs of the dog
Black Pearl Cane Corso, of course, has all of these qualities!
Important issues in raising a Cane Corso
Our advice for anyone bringing a Cane Corso into their home would be to socialize them early and often as a puppy and expose them to many new and different environments. Also, enroll them in as many obedience or socialization classes as you can stand. Ajaye and Herc have both been in obedience classes for several years and it's great for teaching them basic commands and manners as well as socialization. Oh, and make sure you have towels laying around at all times to catch that monster drool!
Pearls of wisdom from our owners
On this page, you can read what our owners suggest when considering adding a Cane Corso to the family, when looking for a breeder and when raising a Cane Corso.
As you can see, most of our owners have more than one Corso, and many of them owned Corsos in the past. So, they all have a lot of experience to share. We hope you will find their suggestions useful.
Janine and Chuck Erato
Owners of Black Pearl Chai, Black Pearl Espresso and Black Pearl Java
Temperament and Training - the perfect combination!
When we first saw the Ruvio’s dogs we were amazed at how beautiful and well behaved the dogs were. We felt so blessed when we were able to take Chai home. Until she took the toilet paper roll and unraveled it through half the house, every day! It really made us realize that a two month old puppy, even one from great lineage with a good temperament, needs training. Looking over her lineage, we felt there were endless possibilities but we quickly realized the importance of training our dog. One of the things we have learned through training is the importance of being a team for both her confidence and our confidence in her. A dog’s character is a reflection of his owner and a testimony to the breed. By investing in Chai ’s training we are helping to ensure that Cane Corsos are thought of in a positive way. One of the challenges has been that in working on obedience training there is no instant reward and it takes a good deal of time. However, with patience and diligence Chai became a therapy dog and is often spotted on Drexel’s campus. When we were blessed to keep one of Chai’s puppies, Espresso we realized she is more athletic. Due to her skill set we tried lure coursing. Espresso has her CAA for ten clean runs and will be running her first Fast Cat this spring. If you are considering becoming an owner of a beautiful Cane Corso please look around for a training center for you and the dog. Training classes are not only great exercise and a wonderful way to bond they are designed to help your dog be successful in anything he or she does.
Maria Scarpato Stefanowicz
Owner of Black Pearl Ceeya in The Ring
What to look for in a show quality puppy?
When I was looking for my show quality female Cane Corso pup, and after years of research and already owning two male Cane Corsos one pet one show, I knew what I was looking for, a female with great bone, beautiful head straight top line, nice angulation with a great temperament & show personality.
The VERY first time laid my eyes on Ceeya (CeCe),I knew she was the ONE the minute I saw her. At that time she was only 5 weeks and she already had all I was looking for.
The second time I laid my eyes on her she was 8 weeks, she did not change a bit only much bigger from the first time I saw her.
When they put her up on the counter for stacking, she needed NONE.!!..she was picture perfect and stood there on the counter like she was stacking all her life.!!..A smile came to my face and I knew I had to have her.
Happy to say she is now my baby girl and she is EVERYTHING I have ever wanted and more.
We have big dreams forCeeya and very excited about what the future holds for this BEAUTIFUL girl.
Owner of Black Pearl Illusion of Orion