Cane Corso is definitely not a breed for first time owners. This is a head strong breed that will need a good leader to be pet. This breed is different from the retrievers and the spaniels of the dog world. They will not like to cuddle in fact they might acknowledge your presence but do not expect this breed to come to you just for petting or affection. This is a muscular and smart looking dog but just a word of caution that they will not be for everyone.
You always have to remember that this breed loves his or her family but will not be demonstrative of it. They might come as aloof at times and will never respond well to strangers or people other than their immediate family members so you will have to introduce him or her to strangers well. They will need regular exercise and will not make good companions in an apartment environment. They do best in home with yards.
Cane Corso is not much of a task when it comes to grooming. A regular and occasional brush once a week is more than enough for this breed to ensure removal of all dead hair and to maintain a healthy and lustrous coat at all times. This breed will need early and frequent socialization to all sounds and people to ensure that it grows to be a well-rounded dog. This is an uncommon breed in the country and we will help you to understand them better before you take the plunge. This is not a breed for everyone especially for the first time owners. In this small write up we will help you weight all the pros and cons of this breed to ensure that you make the correct choice.History
The Cane Corso is a muscular and large boned dog and was bred from the mastiff type dog that descended from the Pugnaces, one of the native Italian dogs. It is believed that canis pugnax were the dogs that were used by Romans in warfare. It is widely believed that they have been the descendants of the Roman war dogs.
This breed was used as a catch dog and was used to catch cattle and swine along with being used by night watchmen and keepers. They have been widely prevalent in Italy. Post industrialization this breed faced a rapid decline and by the end of the World War II it was on the verge of extinction.Unique Aspects
The most important thing that you have to remember about the Cane Corso at all times is that no amount of socialization that will make them friendly towards strangers. They are fierce guard dogs and take their job a little too seriously at times. They might like their owners but will not be the breed that will like to be petted. Responsibilities and completing them lays the foundation for this breed. The other thing that makes them different from others is that this is strictly not for the first time owners. They will need experience handlers at all times, they are headstrong and can react differently if they are not trained properly.
The Cane Corso is a giant size dog with powerful looks but sadly we could not find any movies or celebrities that have this breed. We will update it once we know about some. There are a lot of movies that confuse them with the Neapolitan Mastiff.
Grooming your Cane Corso is an extremely easy task; their short coat keeps the grooming to the minimal. You need to brush the coat once a week with a rubber hound glove. They do not shed much so this is not a problematic breed on that front.
In addition to this you will need to follow the regular grooming regime with your pet that is brushing the teeth of your Corso, this should be done at least on a weekly basis as this will help to remove all tartar the buildup and ensure a fresh breath at all times. This will also prevent various gum diseases in your pet.
The toe nails will also be required to be trimmed on a regular basis so to prevent any problems further as dog nails have veins in them and if it gets chipped then it can be very painful for your pet. You should always start this grooming regime in your pet from an early age as this will ensure that he is not temperamental with someone touching his feet, mouth or ear at a later stage.
Cane Corso is generally a healthy breed but you have to remember when getting a puppy home that almost all and every breed has a chance of developing genetic disorders and they can also get any of the common diseases. So this not a word of law these are just some of the unfortunate cases that you can encounter with your Corso at times.
The Cane Corso is a giant breed dog as many other large and giant breed dogs is prone to joint problems and hip dysplasia ranks high above all. In this there is an abnormality in the hip bone, which can make walking a difficulty for your pet. This can be corrected through surgery. Along with this they are also prone to a life threatening condition called the gastric dilation volvulus. This commonly occurs in breeds where the stomach is not attached to the ribs; in this case the stomach distends and has a tendency to rotate. This can cut off the blood supply to the various other parts of the body, which further shuts down the digestion process. Such a situation leads to bloating. It is advisable to not exercise your dog for at least an hour after they have food.
They can also get various heart issues such as the Dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a heart condition in which, heart muscle becomes very thin and they are unable to contract normally. There are times that the heart becomes enlarged as it pushes hard. If your dog is affected by the disease then there will abnormal heart rhythm. This can be corrected by medications or through change in the diet.
The Cane Corso is an extremely intelligent breed, which is quiet and is always willing to please its owner by being the best guard dog. The one thing that differentiates them from the other breeds is that it will not be the petting that he gives to his or her owner. This breed is an excellent guard dog and this is how they will please their owner by ensuring that the property is guarded. After all who will like to mess with those intimidating eyes guarding the front door?
They are affectionate with family members all children and adult alike. These Italian giants are protective but gentle with the family but will need an experienced handler to tell them how to go about their job. One thing that you need to know if you are a prospective owner is that this is not a fighting dog so they will not be looking to pick a fight with other dogs, so be rest assured on the front, the only thing you have to keep in mind is that they will not be able to tolerate the dominance of other breeds over them.
They will need an owner who will be able to establish their authority over them. This may not be the perfect breeds around other pets. The ears were cropped to keep the wolves away from the livestock as that is the most sensitive part of the bodies. This is widely followed in the United States till date.Environment
Your Cane Corso will not be able to adjust to an apartment life. He or she will need ample space to move around and plenty of exercise so this will be the perfect breed to keep in a house that comes with a yard, preferably a fenced yard. This breed is considered trainable but then they need positive reinforcement time and again to help them to be the perfect pet for your family.
If you have young kids at home and are a first time owner then this may not be the ideal breed for you. They may not know how to deal with them. Cane Corso will be good for all experienced pet owners. If you know how to deal with this dog then this will be the perfect breed for you. If trained properly they can become good pets contrary to belief. Proper handling and training will ensure to keep a check on the aggressive temperament of this breed.
You just have to keep one thing in mind that they will need a lot of exercise to maintain its general health as otherwise they might become aggressive and destructive. They will not be the perfect breed to be tied as well.Training & Intelligence
The Cane Corso is an intelligent breed that will be ready to learn but you have to keep in mind that they can be stubborn at times so you have to ensure that you have an effective training program. Persistence and consistency in training program can take you places, thrive in a loving but firm training program.
The most important thing to start training your Cane Corso is to remember that you will need to establish yourself as the leader very early in the training program otherwise it can become an uphill task to train your pet. It will be important to socialize them as puppies to ensure that they grow up to be a well rounded dog.
House training is fairly easy with this breed. You just have to remember that crate training will facilitate the process. Just keep in mind that your pet should see the crate as his or her comfortable home and not as a punishment.
This perfect guard does not have much complications attached to its breeding. They are adorable as puppies and grow up to be friendly and handsome dog. You just have to remember that their large heads can make C section a very common affair. An average male and female Cane Corso attains sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. Though you puppy is still very young to breed now.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are first timer at breeding then taking a vets care is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company an average of four to six adorable little puppies. The standard colors of the Cane Corso can include black, grey, fawn and red. You can get all the colors in the same litter whatever the color of the parentsPuppies
The Cane Corsos are small puppies that can grow fast and retain their big head size even when they are puppies. Remember that they will love to chew everything they get their paws on so you have to be careful keep toys and chew sticks for them to ensure that they do not ruin your furniture or upholstery.
The other thing to keep in mind is to train your Corso from a young age, as it can become a problem later because the large breed has to be trained to not turn aggressive towards people. They have to be trained properly to ensure proper training. Along with this you will have to socialize them early with other pets and children to ensure a well rounded dog as they were bred to be guard dogs so are suspicious of strangers.
The Cane Corso puppies are energy bundles and love to be the perfect family dog and thrive on human companionship, so let him indulge. Just keep space within your house to ensure easy movement as he or she can easily knock off things.
This ancient Italian breed has a sturdy stature that is muscular and athletic. These are not the dogs that are to be messed with. These are fierce guard dogs at all times. They have a large boned structure that is rectangular with a well built. They have a large head, the skull is wide and slightly curved and the width and the length are almost equal. It has a well-defined stop.
The chest is broad and well-muscled with an excellent strong forefront. The tail is set on an extension of the backline; it is carried low and hangs when the dog is reposed and carried level back when in action. It may or may not be docked. The forelegs are strong and muscular and are always straight. The thighs are powerful and strong. The feet are well arched like a cat and it has dark pads and nails.
The eyes are medium and almond shaped and has tight fitting rims and can range from various shades of brown. The ears are set above the cheekbones and may or may not be cropped. The nose is large and has a well open nostril. Cane Corso has a broad and deep muzzle which is equal in width and length. The upper lips were moderately hanging and almost makes an inverted ‘U’. It has a scissor bite with a slightly undershot.