My stunning Cane Corso recently passed away at 10 years old. His breeder was Vero Cane Corso / Anthony Faga in Ukiah CA. Unfortunately it appears he no longer breeds dogs. Oh how I wish I could have had this boy to love and pamper for another 10 years! Not sure if things have changed over 10 years, but I have contacted a few exceptional breeders asking about upcoming breeding pairings so I could do a little research on each dam & sire to see if the combination may produce the pup I'm interested in. The reply I have received from a couple is that, THEY choose the dog for YOU! What?!? Yes, I can choose a litter, but the rest is up to them? Some actually state that the chosen pup is based on temperament and color is a non-issue. If I'm paying a considerable amount of money for my next joined-at-the-hip companion, I sure want to be able to choose anything I want to! My check list - all good health certificates, good Pennhip scores, male, chestnut brindle and a nice size (a little on the larger size rather than smaller). Is this common now? Has the breed become so popular that the better breeders have such long waiting lists that they actually choose who gets what pup? Any insight would be very appreciated. As well as any reviews for exceptional breeders (anywhere in the US). Thank you for any input.