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A traveling salesman whose work brought him to the remotest farms and valleys of southern Italy in the 1970s and ’80s, Vito Indiveri rediscovered the rustic dog of his grandfather’s day, which was still valued and held closely by the peasant farmers he visited.
Indiveri saw how the farmers bred this utilitarian working dog to fit their specifications: Corsos who lived on the plains had short fur, while those in the colder interior regions had a longer coat – though they all shared a great agility and athleticism. He observed how the traditional ear crop was done, “raw,” with a pair of scissors, and then a salve of ash and olive oil. And he noted how, among these “genuine people,” the bloodlines were jealously guarded, and the dogs never sold.
Inspired by the dogs and fearing for their extinction, Indiveri orchestrated breedings to help preserve and expand the gene pool, and for his trouble he was permitted to take a puppy or two from these remote farms, where they had been bred and valued for centuries. And so his famous Dyrium line was born.
Here, he talks about Cane Corso type, the breed’s unique temperament and the reason he left the breeding ranks.
What are the most important aspects of Cane Corso type for you?
The expression, the elegance, the power, the agility and, above all, the strong character that is at the same time balanced and sensible.