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Foundation of an association

The CCI was founded on January 25th, 2015 in Ratingen, at my home. After a year and a half on the board, I made a conscious decision to leave this association for various reasons.

The association was founded for the Cane Corso breed to organize events where breeders and supporters from Germany have the opportunity to get to know each other better, in order to later apply for a pedigree dog breeding association and admission to the VDH. At that time, the breeders mostly only knew each other from shows and really intensive discussions were never exchanged. So it was not clear to whom what is particularly important for the breed and that  Breeding is happening.

After there was another Cane Corso club at that time, the chaos and confusion was perfect and the anger was great. Why and why have a handful of breeders founded an association behind the back of the other breeders?

All of a sudden, breeders were standing in front of the door unannounced because it was supposedly "dirty" with them. Others had the veterinary office with them because they received an anonymous tip, while others were contacted by the tax authorities because taxes would not be paid for all dogs.

In the aftermath it turned out that some preliminary talks with some breeders about founding the association did not go as it was originally intended. Therefore, the majority of the breeders were against an association out of fear that the regulations of the VDH would be changed or made stricter.

So it is unfortunately not foreseeable that, in my opinion, very important things that only serve the welfare and health of the breed will not be changed in the future.

Unfortunately, it was no longer about the Cane Corso Italiano breed and how we can do something to improve the breed here in Germany, it was only about disqualifying others and gaining recognition from the VDH as soon as possible.


On July 10th, 2016 Johanna Sandfort and I founded the Cane Corso Club Germany eV.

In the future, we would like to have stricter breeding regulations for breeding, with regard to the health and character of the Cane Corso. There will be no high inbred matings in our club, as is allowed in the VDH and other clubs. There will also be no HD C x HD B matings. HD, ED and OCD will be mandatory examinations in the future and all puppies will in future receive a health certificate issued by the veterinarian.

Breeding in an apartment or in a living area without a garden or property is also not permitted in order to enable species-appropriate breeding. This is also a prerequisite for being able to take back an offspring for referral in an emergency and thus to meet the responsibility of a conscientious breeder.

Since not only health but also the nature of the dog is extremely important for a harmonious coexistence and there have been massive problems in recent years, we have decided to carry out a detailed behavior test. This does not take place behind closed doors in a small group, but is even carried out in public to determine the strength of nerves and everyday suitability of our dogs.

We had also sought recognition from the VDH. For the breeding potential, 4 males and 10 bitches are required who are not related to one another in the first or second generation, are not older than 15 months - 4 years and have an unrestricted breeding license in the VDH. In May 2017 we wanted to get the two missing breeding approvals in Dortmund.


However, since the CCI received preliminary admission in March 2017, the VDH no longer organized a breeding approval event. The CCI, on the other hand, boycotted the breeding approval of the dogs, so that there was no longer any possibility for us to gain admission, although the breeding potential was demonstrably available.

In addition to other nicks in order to get the competition out of the way, the CCI arranged for the long-term FCI-protected kennel names to be deleted as soon as possible.

Since we did not receive the VDH admission and we refused to join the CCI, there  this club does not meet our high professional and human standards at all,  we and other long-standing VDH breeders decided with a heavy heart not to breed in the VDH anymore.


What are the requirements for my future Cane Corso?

Do I want a pure family dog, do I plan to exhibit or even breed myself or do I want to work in dog sports?

The Cane Corso is currently not a homogeneous breed. Many dogs do not correspond to the breed type and we are seeing more and more boxers or bull mastiff types or the stark opposite: Greyhound blends with raised back and retracted tail! The Cane Corso is not a brachcephalic dog type. A pronounced undershot bite, round heads and recessed noses may seem cute to many, but do not correspond to the breed standard in a Cane Corso.

Many dogs have significant anatomical defects. Carp backs and steep hindquarters are not only visually unattractive, they also often cause serious problems with the musculoskeletal system and restrictions in functionality. A poorly angled hindquarters is often associated with short ligaments, and cruciate ligament ruptures can result from this.

Tucked backs are often coupled with spinal diseases and not infrequently bring with them intervertebral disc problems, as an incorrect load on the spine takes its toll in the long run.

The essence must also not be disregarded. The past has shown that extremely fearful or aggressive behavior is common and inherited in some lineages.

Take a look at the parent animals of your future dog as a whole. Is that how you imagine your future Cane Corso?


Eyes open when buying a puppy

It is best to visit the kennel before the puppies are born. Often times, the pups are a distraction and you would not pay attention to many details in the face of the cute pups.

Let the future parent animals branch off, whereby the male is not always on site. The dogs should never be fearful, insecure, or even aggressive.

Inquire about the X-ray results of the parent animals. If a breeder mates HD B / HD C, ask the breeder to explain why he thinks that this mating will result in HD-free dogs. Because that should be the goal.


- Do the dogs show good social behavior and do they have a good relationship with the breeder?

- Does the breeder offer you to visit the puppies multiple times?

- Is the breeder interested in your living conditions, working hours, dog experience, etc.?

- Does the breeder take the time to answer all of your questions?

- On request, the breeder shows you all health examinations or makes them public   

  accessible for viewing on its website?

- If the breeder has many years of experience in keeping, breeding, rearing and upbringing this breed,

   to be able to give you tips with your puppy?


Official and unofficial breeding

It is more and more common that only breeding under the VDH is an "official breeding".

However, an official kennel is only official if the breeder has an officially approved kennel and meets the requirements of Section 11 of the Animal Welfare Act. A large number of breeders do not meet these criteria. Every breeder with three bitches capable of breeding (this does not mean breeding approved) is obliged to register the breeding with the authorities. This is a review of the expertise, as well as the locations, as well as the existing dogs and thus any sale must be reported to the tax office.


These breeders are regularly checked by the veterinary office without prior notification. This type of control is much stricter than some visits from the club's own breed warden.

All breeders on the board of the Cane Corso Club Germany eV, as well as in the Cane Corso Club Germany eV, have the approval of the authority according to § 11 Animal Welfare Act!

Nevertheless, one has to note here that each of us practices breeding as a time-consuming and cost-intensive hobby and is not financially dependent on it.

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