Cane Corsos - Family protection dogs
The Cane Corsos- Perfect Family Guard Dogs, literally meaning ‘dog of the courtyard’ or ‘dog of the guard’ in Italian is also known as the Italian Mastiff. This large, well-muscled Italian breed of dog has a unique combination of power and athleticism, and is known for its large and imposing head. A descendant of the ‘canis pugnax’ dogs used by the Romans in war, the Cane Corso has remained valued breed in Italy as a hunter and bodyguard.
Are Cane Corso’s a good family protection dog?
Despite the Cane Corso having a ferocious look, with strong muscular bodies, they are very gentle, docile and loving dogs with every member of the family, but remain aloof and untrusting of strangers. With natural protective instincts, a well-bred, and responsibly trained Cane Corso’s are excellent family protection dogs.
Cane Corso Dog Breed Information & Characteristics
The Cane Corso is a large Italian breed of dog, translating from Latin to mean ‘protector’. The Corso is the least bulky of the mastiff breeds, but should present an overall impression of power and athleticism. The ears of a Cane Corso are naturally dropped forward, though it is the preference of breeders to crop the ears into small, equilateral triangles that stand upright. Breeders also typically dock the tails of Cane Corso’s.
Cane Corso’s are natural protectors, but are loving, docile and loyal dogs, making them exception family companions.
Breed Characteristics -
Height – Male 62-70cm Female 58-66cm
Weight – Male 45-50kg Female 40-45kg
Coat Type – short and course with minimum grooming required.
Coat Colour – Black, Fawn, Black & Brindle, Tan, Chestnut Brindle
Life Span – 10-12 years
Facts about the Cane Corso
The breed has been featured in many paintings, including ones by BartolomeoPinelli
Prior to 1988, the Cane Corso was only known in Southern Italy, and was considered to be a rare breed
Despite a short coat, the Corso has a coarse double coat that is designed to be perfectly waterproof, with a thick undercoat present during winter.
How can we train a Cane Corso
We recommend early socialization and training for all dogs, but it is particularly important for the Cane Corso due to their aloofness at a later age.Exposing your new puppy to difference situations, noises and scenarios will ensure they are well balanced, and self-assured. Be careful to avoid potentially putting your new puppy in situations where they may have a negative or fearful experience, as this could lead to behavioural problems later.
Whilst the Cane Corso has a natural guarding and protection instinct, you should seek professional help for protection training. Protection Dogs Worldwide are experienced, reliable and professional trainers specialising in supplying family protection dogs.
If you have currently experiencing behavioural problems with your Cane Corso, we may be able to help through our residential training courses, designed to address sever behavioural problems.