I am a Cane Corso Breeder. I have spent a large portion of my lifetime researching pedigrees, studying bloodlines, learning the breed's history, going over dogs, and supporting my breed club. I have invested countless hours talking with and learning from those in my breed and those outside it, and I have contributed many more hours sharing my knowledge with those who ask and encouraging those who desire to learn.
I have spent more than any average person would be able to understand or justify to be able to purchase and import the best of the very best dogs I can find - investing in my quest to better my lines and produce as close as possible to the ideal perfect dog. I don't always have puppies available, but the litters I do produce are high in quality. I carefully and selectively breed each litter to bring puppies into this world that I think will be the healthiest and best examples of their breed. The price I charge for my puppies is not for profit, but investment in the next generation. I produce litters that I want to keep puppies back from, never just to generate capital. I raise each litter with daily care and attention, and willingly spend the needed amount of time finding loving committed forever homes to entrust them to. I share my many years of knowledge and experience in the breed with my puppy buyers, who become my extended family. I am committed to my extended puppy families giving them a lifetime of support, assistance and advice when needed and valuing these friendships that I have made along the way as we share in the love and passion of this wonderful breed.
I carefully research and breed to produce a healthy dog in every sense, physically and mentally. I produce offspring that is of excellent quality and correct breed type. I fully stand behind each and every one of my pups with a complete guarantee covering both health and temperament. I support my breed in rescue and education. I spend hours educating owners dealing with issues in their pup even when it was not purchased from me. In addition to taking responsibility to guarantee a 'Home For Life' for every puppy I produce, I rescue and place other dogs of my chosen breed that are in need of a good home.
I am there for the life of every one of my pups if they need a home to come back to for any reason at any time, and I will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if it is in the wrong place. I have never allowed a puppy I produced to end up unwanted, homeless, dumped in a shelter or pound, or burdening a rescue. I hold and treasure each one of my puppies when they are born, and a piece of my heart breaks when each one of my dogs leave this world. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be an outstanding example of my breed and proof of my dedication. I don't let politics compromise my decisions and actions when it comes to what is best for my dogs and my breed. I don't keep track of the money and time I dedicate to my love of my dogs, it would not come close to being a true measure of the dedication and commitment I have to my breed.
I am enamored by this one of a kind amazing and fascinating breed that has captured my heart. I have spent many joyful years learning and dedicating my life to the Cane Corso. I am a breeder who takes great pride and seriousness in my quest to always do what is right in the eyes of my always loyal and and always true companion...the great Cane Corso.
I am not ashamed of who I am. I work hard at being a good dog breeder, producing outstanding dogs, establishing a great reputation, and encouraging others.
I am a Breeder and I am proud of it.
Laura & Richard
About Time Cane Corso
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is only five letters. Just a little ‘extra.’
- We provide an EXTRA-comprehensive complete written health guarantee to stand behind every puppy we produce.
- We take EXTRA care to breed stable tempered balanced dogs that are trustworthy with family and children.
- We stand behind every puppy with an EXTRA written temperament guarantee.
- We take EXTRA care to carefully screen prospective homes to place our pups in approved homes for life.
- We take EXTRA responsibility for every pup we produce - guaranteeing a 'Home for Life' for any puppy we have bred at any point for any reason.
- We take EXTRA responsibility for every life we bring into this world, and have NEVER had an About Time dog end up homeless and unwanted in a shelter, pound, or rescue.
- We take EXTRA time to educate, answer questions, and share information about our breed; in person, over the phone, via e-mails, and through our extensive website.
- We provide EXTRA quality photos of our dogs, and of our puppies.
- We take EXTRA time to set up and run Live Puppy Cams so you can watch our young pups as they grow and get ready to go home!
- We provide EXTRA lifetime support to our puppy buyers, and a network of resources for additional information.
- We invest EXTRA money in purchasing the best well bred dogs that we can find, importing a foundation for the incredible puppies we produce.
- We put forth the EXTRA effort to honestly fault our own dogs, to better be able to recognize where they can be improved, and breed to better the future generation.
- We provide EXTRA support, time, money, and involvement for Rescue - caring for other dogs of our breed that are in need.
- We go the EXTRA mile for our Clients, Friends, and Extended 'About Time' Family: View Client Testimonials!
A Good Breeder:
- Knows Their Breed:
A good breeder has taken the time to research and understand their breed, it's history, health, temperament, and standard. They will be very knowledgable and willing to patiently answer your questions and educate you on the pros and cons of the dog you are considering. A good breeder will know the correct pronunciation of their breed name!
- Correctly Pronounces Their Breed Name:
The Cane Corso is an Italian breed with an Italian name and pronunciation. Only a seriously uneducated and apathetic breeder will refer to his dogs, (correctly pronounced "Kah-Naye Kor-so"), as a Cane (like a walking cane).
- Provides Breed Information And Education:
A good breeder is not going to just try to sell you a cute puppy, they are going to fully educate you about their breed. This bears repeating: a good breeder will be very knowledgable and willing to patiently answer your questions and educate you on the pros and cons of the dog you are considering.
- Specializes In Only One (or maybe two) Breed/s:
A good breeder breeds only one or a very few types of dogs and is knowledgeable about the breeds and their special requirements. A breeder who has umpteen different breeds, mixed breed mutts (passed off as 'designer breeds'), etc, is someone producing puppies only for money.
- Knows Their Dog's Faults:
No dog is perfect. A good breeder is not 'kennel blind', and can pick apart every one of their own dogs to fault it. By knowing and recognizing a dog's faults a good breeder then the ability to be able to plan the ideal breeding to produce a better next generation.
- Plans Their Breedings:
A good breeder will be able to tell you exactly why they selected the sire and dam of each breeding they produce to compliment each other. They will be able to tell you the strengths, and weaknesses, of both sire and dam, and why they chose those two dogs specifically to compliment each other in a carefully planned effort to produce a next generation of pups that is superior to both sire and dam. A breeder who breeds two dogs because of color, size, or chooses a male based on convenience (in their backyard, or found close and local), is going to produce nothing more at best than a litter of Generic Cane Corso pups of mediocre quality and questionable health and temperament.
- Does Not Have Puppies Constantly Available:
Planning, Screening, Breeding, Raising, Socializing, and Caring for a litter is a big time and money consuming commitment. Screening for responsible committed homes and carefully placing puppies in approved screened homes requires a lot of time and effort. A good breeder is going to consider each litter produced very carefully, care for them with full dedication, and place them in screened homes. This means you may well have to wait to get an awesome pup from a great breeder, but it will be worth it. A breeder who always constantly has litters for sale is a big red-flag for lack of care and concern about their program, breedings, puppies, and commitment to anything other than making more money.
- Screens Their Homes:
Making sure each puppy is well placed in a suitable loving responsible home means a good breeder is going to have an application or screening process, and they are going to ask you questions. They will want to know about yourself, your lifestyle, your family, your other dogs, your canine experience... Good breeders will have a careful screening process and will go to great lengths to ensure that you are going to be the right home for one of their pups. If you start to feel offended that your breeder is asking too many personal questions, you have probably found a great breeder! Far better a breeder that cares about making sure their carefully bred pup goes to a great home than a breeder who just wants to get rid of another of the pups they need to move and cash your check.
- Breeds for Health, and Stands Behind Their Pups:
A good breeder is going to be familiar with the health issues that affect their breed, and is going to carefully and selectively build their breeding program on a solid foundation of healthy dogs. A good breeder will be ready and willing to spay/neuter and remove any dog from their program that carries or produces a serious genetic health issue - even if it means clearing out half their breeding stock or starting from scratch with new foundation dogs.
- Registers All Puppies Through A Reputable Registry:
A good breeder registers all litters through a reputable registry such as the AKC (American Kennel Club), or the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), or their worldwide recognized affiliates. A good breeder provides registration papers with every puppy, and limited registration papers (without breeding rights) on companion/pet puppies. Beware of any breeder who does not provide registration papers, charges extra for registration papers, or offers an unregistered puppy for less. Beware of a breeder who registers their dogs through one of the many small unreputable registries available to provide worthless "registration papers" to unsuspecting buyers who don't know any better. Great breeders register their dogs with the AKC (within the US) or the FCI (internationally). Breeders who avoid this by using other small registries are usually only trying to maintain the appearance of professionalism to justify their puppy prices with 'papers' while avoiding things like the AKC's kennel inspections, strict dog and litter record keeping requirements, and DNA testing to confirm parentage.
- Provides You With A Well-Written Guarantee:
A good breeder is going to fully stand behind the puppies they produce with a Full Health Guarantee and a well written Contract designed with the dog in mind, also to protect both buyer and seller. In the event a serious health problem develops with your puppy, a great breeder DOES NOT require you to return your loved pet to receive a refund/replacement. (Beware of any contracts that do require the dog's return, as a number of breeders will use this as a detriment to keep from actually having to replace the dog / refund your money.) Read health guarantees very carefully. They are often designed to protect the seller's interests more than yours. They can be full of exclusions and loopholes, and often require you to return a sick puppy to the breeder to be put down in order to get a refund.
- Takes Responsibility for Pups They Produce:
A good breeder will ALWAYS take responsibility for a dog they have produced. If they bring a dog into this world, they accept the responsibility to make sure that dog always has a loving home and does not end up unwanted, abandoned, and spending its last days alone in a shelter run. The biggest and most important commitment a breeder can make is to take responsibility for the lives they produce.
Unfortunately, many breeders don't want the extra bother and expense of taking back assorted adult dogs at various ages for whatever reason ...
and their dogs end up flooding rescues and dying miserable deaths in shelters and pounds across the country.
About Time Cane Corso guarantees a 'Home for Life' for every puppy or dog we produce or place.
A Great Breeder will go above and beyond taking responsibility for their own dogs, and will also be actively involved in rescue efforts to help other dogs of their chosen breed that are in need of a forever home.