The Cane Corso is a rather intimidating-looking dog! They’re very large dogs with short coats that can come in a variety of colors, from black to brindle. They naturally have floppy ears and long tails, but the ears are often cropped and the tails docked. This is banned in other countries in the world, but still common practice in the US.
The Cane Corso has been used for a variety of jobs, from hunting to protecting livestock. These large dogs are wildly intelligent, always ready to learn the next new job. They’re not quite as energetic as say, the Border Collie, but they do need a job to do or they can quickly become bored. They’re rarely recommended for first-time owners because they require consistent training. Due to that itch to always be doing something, they can get themselves into trouble when forgotten about.
The breed’s inaccurate reputation for aggression perhaps comes from the fact that they are natural guard dogs. Without proper training, they will go to extreme lengths to defend the home and their family. You should make sure you train them as a puppy and provide plenty of socialization opportunities. Have strangers give them treats to reassure them that strangers are good, actually!
Cane Corso – A Gentle But Big Dog
They tend to be gentle with children but as they’re big dogs who sometimes don’t know their own strength, never leave children alone unsupervised with them. They get along well with other dogs but as some have been used for hunting, they may show a prey drive with smaller animals. Never leave them unsupervised with cats either.
As long as you’re willing to put in the work, Cane Corsos make absolutely excellent dogs. They are, however, not for beginners as they do require some training experience due to their size.