Interview with Ayalla Ruvio, Breeder of the Black Pearl Cane Corso
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Ayalla Ruvio: We live in Williamston, Michigan. I am a marketing professor at Michigan State University. I’ve been in the dog world for over 30 years, and I am a breeder for over 15 years.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Ayalla Ruvio: Our kennel name is Black Pearl Cane Corso. We currently have six Corsos that live with us. Some of them are seniors at the remarkable age of 11.5 years old, but we also co-own multiple Corsos that live with their beloved owners.
Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Ayalla Ruvio: From all of our champions over the years, the one who stands out to me is our “Royal.” Watching him and my daughter working together in perfect harmony in the ring is an amazing experience. It’s like one is not complete without the other, and their remarkable achievements together are just an indication of the quality of both of them.
Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Ayalla Ruvio: My foundation female, “Zaria,” was the most influential dog in my kennel. I attribute the good character and stable nature of generations of my dogs to her. She was a true Corso, inside and out. I believe that it is your females that build your kennel, even though it is your males that get your name out there.
Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Ayalla Ruvio: We do not have a “facility.” Our dogs live with us and are part of our family. They do everything that a normal dog should do—like drooling on the furniture and digging in the yard. Our puppies are born and raised in our home. We have a sunroom where they enjoy the light and have easy access out to the yard. And everyone raises them; ourselves as well as our dogs. It’s takes a village…
What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do I make my decisions?
Ayalla Ruvio: We do not sell “show puppies.” All we are looking for is for our puppies to be loved in the same manner that our dogs are loved. And while we have had many champions over the years, good homes for our puppies are always the first criteria. Nevertheless, Corsos can be evaluated fairly well at eight weeks old. At that age, you can get a good estimation of their structure.
How do I prepare my pups for the show ring? Does my breed require any special preparation?
Ayalla Ruvio: Our breed needs a lot of socialization at a young age. We also invest much time in regular obedience. Once we have exposed them to the ring, we have well-socialized and obedient dogs that will follow the requests of their handler.
Is mine a cropped and/or docked breed? Can I share my thoughts on cropping and docking?
Ayalla Ruvio: Yes. Our breed has cropped ears and docked tails. Originally, the habit of docking and cropping had a function; minimizing injuries during farmwork or hunting. We keep doing that, although we let our owners choose if they want to crop the ears of their puppies. Tail docking is done when the puppy is a few days old, and all of our dogs have their tails docked. The tail of a Corso is very thick and very long. Getting hit by it is not a pleasant experience.
Are Performance and Companion titles important to me as a breeder? Are parent club titles?
Ayalla Ruvio: We don’t care much about titles. We care more about doing things with our dogs and keeping them engaged and active. This is a Working breed, and as such, it needs “work” for its own well-being. The more you work and train them, the happier they will be—in whichever sport you choose. We enjoy seeing our owners title their dogs in different sports, and we enjoy doing that ourselves. Our dogs do many things, including therapy, protection, showing, obedience, tracking, and much more.
Is my breed well-suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?
Ayalla Ruvio: The Cane Corso is a wonderful family dog, if trained and socialized properly. All owners need to think long and hard about whether this is the right breed for them and for their families. These are impressive dogs. However, this is not a breed for everyone.
I would strongly recommend that anyone who is considering getting a Corso interact with the breed first. See if they can handle such a powerful, intelligent dog. Do they have the time and resources to commit to the well-being of the puppy? Does everyone in the family feel comfortable with having such a big dog? Owners need to remember that if they rush out to get a Corso, it will be the puppy that will pay the price for their rushed decision. Those who consider adding a Corso to their family must make sure that they have the time and dedication for the dog’s training.
For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with a Working Dog?
Ayalla Ruvio: I once got a phone call from a woman asking me if I was a “Kane” Corso breeder. I told her: “No. I am a Cane Corso breeder.” Her response? “Sorry, I dialed the wrong number,” and she hung up.
Are you looking for a Cane Corso puppy?
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Want to help rescue and re-home a Cane Corso dog?
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