Is a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) the right dog for you? With so much misinformation and misconception about this amazing breed, the Cane Corso has been unjustly portrayed as a vicious and dangerous dog. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cane Corso makes for a wonderful family pet, protector and companion. Their size and intimidating look deters people who are up to no good. These dogs are smart, gentle, great with kids, and naturally protective of their home and families.
The Cane Corso outdoes other mastiff breeds in athleticism, agility, speed, energy level, and sense of adventure. As a puppy, the Cane Corso requires a lot of attention or he can be destructive. Proper socialization is key to promote the correct temperament, which is protective, but in a calm, stable, and non aggressive way. Exposure to other pets and people is key when they are young. Learning to recognize normal behaviour helps the Cane Corso to also recognize what is abnormal behavior. A suspicious and fearful Cane Corso can be very dangerous. Socialization helps to raise a self assured and confident Cane Corsos. They are imposing watch dogs and will recognize abnormal behaviour as they mature.
While these dogs can be socialized to get along with other pets, caution is recommended. Many Cane Corsos will not tolerate another dog unless properly socialized, whether it is the same sex or opposite sex. Instinctively, the Cane Corsos has a strong innate drive to chase and seize fleeing creatures. Caution is advised in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, and management, for it is capable of seriously injuring or killing other animals. Socialization from birth on is key to getting along with other critters.
Cane Corsos need a well balanced exercise routine. To keep them healthy they should not get a chance to become overweight. When young, their soft bones, tendons and ligaments need to have time to mature, and excessive weight and exercise may do great damage to a growing pup. When bored, Cane Corso puppies will find something to do. They can become quite destructive. Their powerful jaws are capable of destroying your home. Therefore a sensible exercise routine as well as a lot of interaction and companionship will keep the Cane Corso busy and happy.
Cane Corsos are massive and powerful. As adults they are generally calm and mild mannered. They make for an imposing watchdog and can be serious and threatening to strangers. They have not been typically bred as fighting dogs, therefore there should not be an aggressive gene present, but they can become aggressive and dangerous when handled improperly. These dogs are dominant by nature and will respect a confident and consistent owner or trainer.
The Cane Corso is the more energetic, more athletic and more responsive to training compared to other Mastiffs. They are not quite as big as other Mastiffs. With a tighter skin and shorter coat they are easy to groom. Cane Corsos have a tendency to drooling. They can be quite noisy when sleeping by snoring, snorting and grunting away at night. They are more prone to flatulence (gasiness) which can be minimized with a natural diet of real meat and other natural foods.
When choosing your Cane Corso, pay attention to it’s character. When you choose a puppy, you won’t quite know what it’s character will be. Looking at the Breed Characteristics is very important. Carefully choose your Breeder. Consider adopting your Cane Corso. These dogs have been checked out. Their characteristics are known and can be easier matched to you, your family and lifestyle needs. They are also updated on their shots, have been checked for health issues and character, are spayed and neutered, and are housetrained to save you quite a bit of money and training time.