All About the Cane Corso Dog

Learn all about the characteristics and temperament of the Cane Corso dog breed.

By Emily Bates | May 23, 2012

The Cane Corso is an even-minded, highly capable watchdog and protection dog. Sometimes described as an aggressive dog, and although this is true to a certain extent, the Cane Corso dog breed should only be aggressive when he is aware of danger and should never show aggression without good reason. The Cane Corso can be suspicious of strangers but, if properly brought up and socialized, is usually friendly. In fact, it is often said that the Cane Corso is born suspicious and therefore needs to be guided as to what is accepted as good behavior.

With his close family, the Cane Corso is a grand companion, usually getting along well with children and other pets, but he will understandably wish to challenge anyone or anything that he considers a threat to those he loves. Although the Cane Corso is generally gentle with children, he should not be given the job of baby-sitting. Children, especially toddlers, can unwittingly cause a dog pain and might just try his patience. Likewise, because the Cane Corso is so powerful, it is unwise for an owner of any age to engage in rough play, for accidents might just happen, albeit unwittingly.

Cane Corso owners should never underestimate the power of this dog breed. If not socialized and trained from an early age, a Cane Corso may well become difficult to control. If a Cane Corso has not been brought up and trained with other dogs, he will almost certainly be dog-aggressive. A Cane Corso will not usually start a fight but, if provoked by a strange dog, he will respond immediately and will not back down from the aggressor. For this reason, it is essential to obedience-train a Cane Corso. Understanding of the "No” and "Stop” commands is essential if dog fights are to be prevented.

Given this dog breed’s historical background, it goes without saying that the Cane Corso loves to work and is usually happy to learn any job his owner cares to teach him. A Cane Corso makes a fine hunting, trail or police dog and, because of his intelligence, can often work independently.

The Cane Corso is a large, powerful, intelligent and attractive dog, and, when properly raised, can make a fine companion. However, this is certainly not a dog breed for everyone and few would recommend a Cane Corso for first-time dog owners, for experience in handling is a tremendous asset for any Cane Corso owner. This dog breed needs a good deal of attention and physical exercise, and requires socialization both with people and with other dogs.


Excerpt from Cane Corso, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Cane Corso here.


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kandy   marshall, International

2/24/2015 8:06:11 PM

Canes are a devoted loving protective guardian to their

loved ones. You do have to have a firm and consistant

role in their raising or they will run you.All of that with lots of dicipline love and attention you couldn't ask for a more loyal loving and comical puppy child for your family.

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Virginia   Louisville, Kentucky

8/24/2014 4:08:31 PM

I have a Cane Corso that is 1 1/2 yrs old He has been raised with 2 Golden Retrievers my 2 cats and also with my 2 1/2 year old Great Grandson He is very gentle with all my family and I am a first time owner of this Big Baby, He really is affectionate and a great companion to me and my family. Although I could use help with my commands He doesn't want to listen to me but will listen to my Husband and my Son with no problems go figure

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Dorothy   Earle, Arkansas

12/26/2013 2:36:33 PM

I have a Cane Corso Puppy and she eat her stool. What can I do to make her stop.

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Alainna   West Des Moines, International

3/13/2013 2:13:17 PM

Is this the neapotolian mastiff?

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