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Is the Cane Corso the right dog for you

Updated on November 14, 2011
The Cane Corso sometimes sports a brindle coat.
The Cane Corso sometimes sports a brindle coat.

As humans perfect international travel, the world becomes a smaller and smaller place. And this is not only true of human cultures, but also in the canine community.

Breeds that a few years ago did not exist in America are now becoming more common place. One such breed is that of the Cane Corso. This breed is one of several mastiff-line dogs breed more than 2000 years ago for protection and work. Other mastiff, Staffordshire bull breeds and Rottweilers are also from this ancient line of dogs who performed multiple tasks in a herding and agricultural society.

Powerful, muscular and large boned like their slightly smaller Rottweiler cousins, this originally Italian breed was firs bred in Rome for protecting the property, herding large animals and accompanying humans on travels to buy and sell goods.

The breed, which generally is a solid color but can also be brindled, has a short but rough coat that is waterproof for outside work.

Classified as part of the working group by the American Kennel Club, these dogs grow to well over 150 pounds are require large commitments. Serious expense can accompany these animals when it comes to veterinarian care and food costs. These dogs also require serious amounts of exercise. While they make good family pets, these large, and potentially clumsy pets do better with large children and without other small pets such as cats. Their noses develop bulging frontal sinus and jowls

Owners often describe their dogs’ as watchful and attentive.

Cane Corsos can present either with cropped or uncropped ears. While the debate rages on regarding cropping and docking, most Americans see a form of Cane Corso with uncropped ears. Canes present with short corkscrew tails.

These dogs often maintain a strong, powerful gait and must keep kept in a fenced yard, preferably with serious support. Canes consider themselves ultimate protectors of home and hearth. Intelligent, they are easily trained, docile and affections with his family. However, like any large, independent breed, these dogs require a dominant consistent master who believes in positive reinforcement rather than harsh discipline. While still puppies, Canes require obedience training, need to learn to walk well on a leash and must be socialized with a wide variety of people, situations and other animals. While these are most often the actions of all responsible pet owners, they are particularly important for owners of large powerful breeds

And while a relatively few of these dogs are popping up in America, a disproportionate number are placed for rehoming because of their size and requirements.

But with a little time and attention to detail, Cane Corsos are great family pets.

A Cane Corso puppy
A Cane Corso puppy


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      Chris 6 years ago from Illinois

      I work with Recycled Rotts and we started to get these dogs in rescue because no one else would take them. The most time I spend researching, the more I want one too. But the four dogs in the house right now, and the husband, all might be disturbed by that. Thank you for the feedback. I am glad you all liked it.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the information. I've never heard of this breed of dog before. They sound like they would make a lovely family pet, provided they have proper training.

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      GetSmart 6 years ago

      Aww, they are so sweet - I want one!!! Voted up =D

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, love your photos of these dogs. This is too big for me.