Hi all, As some of you know, I am considering a CC for my next dog after my current working Doberman passes away (which is not imminent or anything). I am doing early research. I don't want to start a controversy of any kind. I am thirsty for knowledge. I have so many questions, and am perusing Mastiff-forum and learning bit by bit. Someone let me know if I am doing something wrong here, but I'm pasting in some verbiage from a CC breeder's website. Maybe a mod can tell me if I should give an attribution as to which breeder wrote it if I'm violating a rule or just general copyright-type stuff. I know over on the Doberman forum of which I'm a longtime member, the mentioning of the name of breeders is uncommon, so I am trying to tread lightly and to not be seen as calling anyone into question. Okay, so I'm quite confused on what seems to be a number of differing types and looks to the CC breed. I can expand on this later, but here is what this one breeder wrote: Please offer any thoughts! "... Did you know that the breed actually comprises two distinct bloodlines? It’s true. Not all Corsos are bred equally. While there is only one AKC-recognized Cane Corso breed (registered as the 165th official breed in the United States just nine years ago in 2010), many Corso breeders and enthusiasts hold that there are in fact two separate lineages that have developed over the years: the traditional Cane Corso and the nontraditional Cane Corso. ‘Traditional’ Cane Corso refers to the population of Corsos descended directly and exclusively from those first dogs that came to the United States from Italy back in 1989. Sometimes referred to as ‘all American,’ these dogs are the continuation of the old Italian bloodline—these are the true Corsos. We at Americana Cane Corso are proud of our commitment to breeding nothing but this pure, traditional line. Traditional Cane Corsos are more imposing than their nontraditional counterparts due to their impressive musculature, bigger bones and generally larger frame, typical of most mastiff breeds. In fact, a strong skeleton is one of the trademarks of the breed. These dogs are the big, athletic linebackers of the canine world: a.k.a. the perfect guard dog with a loving disposition to boot. Traditional Corsos have long, coarse coats and big, white teeth reminiscent of a wolf. On the other hand are the nontraditional Corsos. Like all-American Corsos, the nontraditional Cane Corso bloodline was also derived from those first few Corsos to arrive in America from Italy, but that’s where the similarities end. While Corso purists were focusing on keeping the future generations as ‘Corso’ as possible, there were others who thought it best to augment the then-shallow Cane Corso gene pool. So it was that nontraditional Corso breeders began incorporating other breeds into their Corso populations, producing litters of mixed genealogy. Great Danes and Boxers were two of the most commonly chosen breeds for this process. As a result of mixed breeding, nontraditional Cane Corsos exhibit a wider variance in physical appearance and temperament than traditional Corsos. Additionally, nontraditional Corsos tend to be taller, skinnier, and more agile than their traditional cousins, though not necessarily more athletic (think defensive backs as opposed to linebackers). ..."