The Cane Corso Breed: A Great Dog for a Life of Solitude
This Cane Corso is a great dog breed we sometimes find on the beaches of Brazil. The dog is as large as the Brazilian Mastiff, with males weighing around 50 kilograms (110 pounds) and standing about 27 inches tall at the withers. The breed originally comes from Italy, where it was used as a guard, a livestock herder, a hunter of big game, and also for personal protection.
Most of the Cane Corsos I seen now are personal protection dogs, as well as being pets. They are great at their job.
The Cane Corso History
Do Cane Corsos have a long history?
Some Cane Corso breeders will tell you that the dog is descended from the Roman war dogs, and this is probably true, but the dog was almost extinct by the 1970s. The Cane Corso we have now is a product of a breeding program that used other types of dogs, and the resulting breed is quite a bit different than the old type.
The Cane Corso Italiano breeding program has tried to maintain a lot of the characteristics of the older variety, though, and they do look a lot like the drawings of the older Cane from Roman times.
What do they look like?
The Cane Corso looks strong and makes an excellent watchdog both because of his personality and his looks. The breed is large and muscular, with a short muzzle and a wide skull. They have short hair and are usually solid black or fawn, but can be brindle. Their tails are docked (but not too short) and their ears can be cropped short or left long.
Is the Cane Corso the Right Dog for Everyone?
I am not trying to promote this breed and hoping it will take the place of the Labrador retriever. Although they are impressive and a great dog, the Cane Corso is definitely not for a first time dog owner, and definitely not for everyone.
Young dogs are easy to train but when they become large they can become overwhelming. If the owner does not understand how to handle this dog, he may become too aggressive with other dogs and with strange humans.
Are Cane Corso Puppies Expensive?
A Cane Corso puppy is expensive, but remember that he will cost you a lot more than the purchase price. He is a large dog so he will eat a lot of food, require strong fencing, and if there are any medical costs, they will be high. Some Cane Corso owners end up hiring trainers to help them with their dogs. One of the main reasons people have to give up their dogs are the excessive costs.
The AKC now recognizes this breed and it is available in many areas, and if you cannot afford a puppy, you can look into getting an older dog through Petfinder.com or a Cane breed rescue. (Type in the breed and your location into your search engine.) The purchase price will vary, depending on where you are, but do not forget all of the additional expenses.
All dog breed descriptions are just generalizations. I describe the Cane Corso in this way because that is how most of the dogs I have worked with act. The dogs I have met and worked with are among the type that guarantee a life of solitude. This does not mean an individual Cane Corso will act like this description, nor does it guarantee that a puppy you obtain is going to act in this way. It is a fair generalization, however, and there are several dog trainers who will tell you that the Cane Corso is like “Mike Tyson in his prime”.
Think about this before you purchase this great dog.
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Questions & Answers
Do Cane Corso's shed a lot?
They are short-haired dogs, so although they do shed it is not a lot like a thick-haired Golden Retriever. The shedding is similar to other short haired dogs like the Great Dane.