|Barked: Sun Jan 12, '14 9:04am PST |
|It's not necessary to have a dog as over-the-top as a Corso to intimidate people. Regularly walking any dog with as strong a protective drive as a Corso should have though a situation full of shady places and people can cause over the top aggression. If you find strangers highly suspicious to start with, and all you ever see is strangers doing bad things, it's not going to be long before you can't trust anyone at all. My suggestion there would be not to put either of you in danger (a dog is a poor match for a gun) and find a safer place to walk. Knowing someplace is dangerous and going in anyway is setting yourself up for trouble, regardless of preparation.
The really bad Corso breeders tend to be people who produce puppies from any tough-looking breed for ridiculous fees. A Pit Bull breeder selling Corsos is a HUGE red flag. Not only do they not care about health and standards, they tend to be looking for intimidating, aggressive dogs. There's a breeder around here putting out 200 lb Corsos and English Mastiffs with severe aggression problems, to a point where several I have known have grown up and turned on their owners. His only goal is that his dogs look and act tough. Stay far, far away from such breeders... They only bring heartbreak.
For now, like you mention, focus on your course work, then I'd look at moving to a safer area. Then, if you're in a position for a puppy, you could look around for reputable Corso breeders. Most of the well-bred Corsos I have met are directly from or have very recent Italian linage. As with any breeder, the reputable ones health test, have solid puppy contracts, and show and/or work their dogs.
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