Cane Corsos are majestic looking dogs that are affectionate without being clingy. These intelligent canines are reasonably good with young children and friendly to a certain extent with other dogs. In terms of personality, they are loyal and eager to please, highly trainable, and versatile. However, the Cane Corso’s willful and assertive nature can make result in this dog dominating over its owner if given half a chance. But despite this nature and their big size, Cane Corsos are all heart and make great family pets.
The standout features of a Cane Corso are his confidence, assertiveness, and intelligence. This breed originated in Roman times as bodyguards. At around 28 inches tall and weighing in at 100 pounds on average, these are majestic looking dogs with rippling muscles that can appear intimidating to people who are not familiar with the breed. The alert expression and cool confidence of a Cane Corso will deter any intruder, which is what makes them such great guard dogs.
Standard colors in the Cane Corso are black, gray, fawn, brindle, red, chestnut and combinations of these colors with black and gray mask markings.
Like other large breeds with deep chests, Cane Corsos are prone to developing bloat, a potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal condition. If you have a Cane Corso, you should talk to your vet about the signs and symptoms to look out for and what to do should they occur.
Cane Corsos are relatively low maintenance dogs. They have a double-layered short coat that requires weekly brushings. This breed sheds throughout the year, more so in the spring, which is shedding season.
People who don’t lead active lifestyles should seriously consider against bringing a Cane Corso into their family. This dog has high exercise needs and requires at least a mile of brisk walking a couple of times a day to maintain healthy bones and muscles. On the other hand, if you love going for long runs or bike rides, then a Cane Corso can be your ideal four-legged companion.
Given that Cane Corsos are such an imposing breed, early socialization is key to ensure you have a well-behaved adult Cane Corso dog. Obedience training of a Cane Corso puppy is particularly important since this is an assertive breed and can quickly become bossy around the house unless guided and trained properly.
Nutrition for a Cane Corso should be age-appropriate commercial dog food or home prepared meals. Always have fresh, clean water available for your Cane Corso and give treats in moderation to avoid obesity.