The Cane Corso is another breed Protection Dogs Worldwide specialises in training and supplying, and a very strong, if often overlooked and rare family protection dog in the UK. An ancient Italian breed, the Cane Corso is a medium-sized, and relatively lean mastiff-type dog bred to guard property and hunt wild boar. Combining a mastiff’s loyalty, protective nature, and affection with a hunting dog’s stamina and tenacity, the Cane Corso offers an ideal temperament for families seeking a serious protection dog that will also be able to easily live within the family home.
The American Kennel Club describes the Cane Corso as follows: “Sturdy, with a strong skeleton. Muscular and athletic, it moves with considerable ease and elegance. It has always been a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as the wild boar”. The Cane Corso may present in a range of largely single colours, but black, brown, fawn, blue, and brindle are most common. Cane Corsos have a short coat which does shed a little, but is relatively low maintenance compared to a German Shepherd Dog, or longer haired Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the more intelligent mastiff-type breeds, making them highly trainable. In addition to protection work, they will also enjoy and benefit from activities such as agility, and regular long (but gentle walks). Given their natural leanness and muscularity, Cane Corsos are prone to weight gain and obesity, so do require regular exercise to maintain their health and wellbeing. Cane Corsos are extremely loyal and affectionate to their families, but this also strongly manifests itself through their protective nature. Given their natural tendency to act in a dominant manner, it is of paramount importance that Cane Corsos suitable for family environments have been thoroughly trained and socialised with a broad range of people and other dogs.
Nevertheless, a little work will go a long way. A properly trained and socialised Cane Corso makes an absolutely wonderful family companion and guardian and will thrive in the correct home. With their strong tendencies to bond with their handler and family (especially to primary caregivers), allowing your children to take an active role in caring for your family protection dog by feeding, grooming, and walking it as often as possible is a good way to lay the foundations for a deeply meaningful relationship for both parties.