How Roman Cane Corso's began...
In the summer of 1993, I saw my first Cane Corso. A friend
had purchased a female and as a young adult she was the
most majestic looking dog I had ever seen, very old world.
When she moved it looked like a big cat moving, almost
lion like. Wow! Of course I wanted to know more and was
given a brief lesson on the breed's ancient history and
was able to look at some copies of old pictures, very
fascinating to say the least. A few months had gone by
and that friend had told me she was going to have puppies.
Never owning a dog before I decided to put a deposit on
a male. I reserved 1st pick. When the pups were old enough
to pick out, I noticed mine had a mark on its head that
the breeder couldn't explain. I decided to back out. I
learned later that the mark turned out to be nothing but
maybe fate had other plans. Still wanting very much to
get one of these dogs, my girl friend at the time had
looked on prodigy and found a breeder relatively close
to my house. Jackpot, she found DiGuardia Kennels owned
by Mark and Tracey Wilson.
At that time, there were only a hand full of breeders,
DiGuardia's being right up there. Although my friend's
female came from the same bloodline, I was willing to
pay more for breeder representation and knowledgeable
support. I was becoming educated. Not only did they have
one of the original CC'c brought to America (1988), Champion
DiGuardia's Bruno (litter mates with Cocomo, Ballo and
Malocchia), they were also co-founders of the ICCF (International
Cane Corso Federation) breed club. The ICCF is the biggest
breed club and registry still to this day. Speaking of
fate, they had a litter of puppies born with this Bruno
and a female from Bari, Italy named Champion DiGuardias
Pantera (litter mates with Zale).
After meeting Mark and Tracey and the dogs, I was thoroughly
impressed and felt very comfortable.
Unbelievable dogs and knowledgeable and caring people.
I was sold and left them a deposit. When it came time
to pick a puppy Mark and I decided on this black male
which I later named Roman. I had many questions over the
next few months and man did that research of finding a
top quality breeder pay off. During that time I had also
became friends with the Wilson's. So much so and Roman
turning out to be pure delight, I bought a second, a female
I named Siena (daughter of Bruno). Over the next two to
three years, our friendship grew and so did my involvement
with the dog world. I started competing in dog shows and
before long, Roman became a 2 time Champion and Siena
wrote all the records for the females at that time. Being
tutored by the Wilson's and increasing involvement with
their business we co-owned dogs and 2 more puppies were
placed with me, Turilla and Milana (Milana being littermates
with Grand Champion Francesca De Mar E Sol and both being
daughters of Grand Champion DiGuardia's Prince). Mark
went to Italy to get Prince and kept relations with a
couple of kennels where others were imported. Actually
more were sent back then kept. Mark and Tracey were very
particular about what dogs were right for the original
lines. Not only the look but stable temperaments. (These
dogs mentioned can be found @ "Famous
ICCF Cane Corsos" )
* Most of the "Famous ICCF Cane Corsos" make
up the Roman Cane Corso line.
Tracey was an unbelievable trainer, I mean she knew everything.
I would go with her to her clients houses where she would
train their dogs for everything, all different breeds
of dogs too. Toy breeds to giant breeds. We would take
Roman along as a demo dog. Roman would be the example
of how a dog should act. They were fun times.
As time went on the bloodline was set. All the selective
breeding and hard work had paid off. The puppies in the
litters were very consistant with the original dogs. Old
world quality, stable temperaments and minimal health
What happened next was unfortunate. Due to personal reasons,
the Wilson's left the dog business and started to sell
the stock. I, still working as a carpenter, was unable
to take on any more dogs. Although they left, I still
wanted to continue. I took what I had, the dogs that were
in my person, all the knowledge and experience I learned,
and went forward. In 1997 I founded Roman Cane Corso's,
Inc., basically an extension of DiGuardia's Cane Corso's.
The lines are in place, the tradition continues.
I would like to welcome anyone who has any interest in
a Cane Corso. I've spent every day working for the betterment
of the Cane Corso breed, ever since I bought Roman. I've
done my best to procure the original dogs from 1988. I
believe that the right Cane Corso makes the best family
companion and protector out of any other breed I've seen.
I encourage all who are shopping to have their priorities
in order. If you're buying a CC for color or status, you
probably have the cart before the horse. With the explosion
of puppies being produced in this country, I've seen the
quality of the breed as a whole go down. Be careful! The
wrong dog in the wrong situation without support from
someone who knows, is a formula for disaster. I try to
make every experience for every client the right one.
Having the bloodlines set, in all aspects, brings consistency
throughout the litter and insurance with your selection.
Clients, now friends, whom have become involved with the
breed themselves, along with my support and knowledge
with a desire to assist you,
completes your search.