Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Italian Mastiff; Italian Molosso; Cane Corso Italiano; Cane da Macellaio
The Cane Corso is a large, intimidating breed recognized by the AKC in 2010. Developed as a guardian or protector, it has seen a rise in popularity that is, unfortunately, somewhat linked to its exploitation by irresponsible owners and breeders. This powerful and assertive dog with an innate need to protect its own humans can represent a danger to others if not properly trained and socialized. This is not a dog for people who don't know what they are doing. If you need a powerful watchdog, you should get the proper training, both for yourself and for your dog, to make sure you end up with a well-socialized animal.
Before you even consider owning this dog, check with your insurance agent and check your local laws. It may not be legal for you to own a Cane Corso in your neighborhood or, even if it's legal, your insurer may consider having this breed grounds for cancelling your insurance.
Appearance / health:
The Cane Corso Italiano is a medium-sized, strong, and elegant dog. Its appearance denotes superior agility and endurance. Overall, it is a compact and muscular animal that is longer than it is tall. The muzzle is broad, and almost as wide as it is long. It has a prominent stop. The strong and muscular neck is slightly arched, and without a dewlap. The skin is rather thick. The soles and the nails are usually dark.
The Cane Corso requires occasional combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush. Wiping the coat with a damp cloth helps remove dead hair. This breed is a light shedder. The area around the mouth may require regular cleaning because of the breed’s tendency to drool.
This is an athletic breed that needs regular exercise to stay healthy. Cane Corsos will benefit from a fenced in yard where they can run off the leash. At least 90 minutes of exercise daily is necessary for this breed.
The Cane Corso suffers from some of the bone and joint problems found in the bigger breeds. They are commonly predisposed to hip dysplasia (a crippling hereditary disease caused by a malformation of the hip joints). Cherry eye, a condition where the red tissue under the eye erupts into a little red ball, also occurs in the breed.
Behavior / temperament:
The Cane Corso is a protective yet gentle dog that is loyal to its owner. With its stable temperament, it makes a good watchdog. It usually does not wander from home. Usually not the one to initiate a fight, if attacked by another dog, the Cane Corso will fight with spirit.
The Cane Corso is intelligent and can be trained easily. However, it requires early socialization as a pup, and obedience training. The Cane Corso does well with an experienced owner.
They are generally quite calm and quiet.
good guard dogs, family oriented breed, great watch dog, loving nature, comitted owner family
domineering dog, novice owner, dog aggression issues, bad hips, alpha animal, domination factor
deep growl, intimidating growl, powerful animal, weight pulling, proper training
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Deebo was one of my favorite dogs. Even though his breed is known for being guard dogs and stronger than Pit Bulls he was a big baby around me and my family. He's was great with kids, never biting or being too rough, knowing his strength and controlling it. He used to sit on my mom's lap even though he was really huge but he probably thought he was a lap dog which was hilarious! But at the snap of a finger he could go from playful to protective. We'd have this little phrase and we'd say "Watch him Deebo," and he'd look towards the door and get in a stance and growl or bark. He was great around strangers that we brought around and would be hesitant but instantly warm up to them once he knew they were safe. He was like one big teddy bear with a strong heart..
From sosotiff May 25 2015 8:41PM
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From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 36 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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