Cane Corso Italian Mastiff's
WHAT'S GOOD, WHAT'S BAD
ABOUT A CANE CORSO???
When I receive calls or emails about our Cane Corsos, people will often ask me, "what are the down falls, or what's bad about the corso breed?" I have tried really hard to put some thought into this question because honestly... my husband and I are very partial! I am probably more partial than my husband because I feel like our "four legged loves" do no wrong lol!!! I hope that this will answer a few questions about behavior and what goes into raising a "successful" Cane Corso.
***By successful, I mean a Corso with a great temperment, one that is well socialized, trained, and does good around other people as well as other dogs. I commend a beautiful show dog, but my pride is in the fact that our dogs have top notch pedigrees as well as temperments!!!***
Often described as a "coursing mastiff," the Cane Corso outdoes the other mastiff breeds in athleticism, agility, speed, energy level, and sense of adventure.
This robust dog needs his share of exercise, but above all he requires personal interaction and lots of companionship. He lives for his family and may become destructive if left alone too much.
Cane Corso puppies should be friendly and trusting with strangers. With proper socialization, they become more aloof and discerning as they mature.
As with all mastiffs, socialization is an absolute requirement to promote the correct temperament, which is protective, but in a calm, stable, discriminating way.
Though the Cane Corso was not used for dog-fighting, dog aggression can be a problem. He should be thoroughly socialized with other dogs from an early age.
The Cane Corso is more attentive and more responsive to training than other mastiffs, and though quite dominant, will respect an owner who is confident and consistent.
Cane Corsos have tighter skin than other mastiffs and drool less. Some love to dig, and most enjoy splashing in water, whether it be the pond, a mudhole, the lawn sprinkler, or their water bowl. These are not dainty dogs.
If you want a dog who...
A CANE CORSO IS THE RIGHT BREED FOR YOU!!!
If you don't want to deal with...
A Cane Corso may not be right for you... or you should reach out to a breeder and ask questions. Many times as a puppy buyer you will have several concerns and questions. Never be afraid to ask the breeder.
You can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
(1) CAREFULLY CHOOSING THE PUPPY FROM THE RIGHT BREEDER! A GOOD BREEDER WILL BE WILLING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. THEY WILL ALSO BE WELCOMING FOR YOU TO VISIT THEIR KENNELS!
*** IF A BREEDER DOES NOT WANT YOU TO COME VISIT THEIR DOGS/ESTABLISHMENT THAT SHOULD BE A RED FLAG!!!
(2) RAISING AND TRAINING YOUR PUPPY IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS
MY HUSBAND AND I GENUINELY LOVE THE CANE CORSO!!! THEY ARE AN AMAZING DOG. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LOVE AN ANIMAL AS MUCH AS I LOVE OUR "FOUR LEGGED LOVES." THEY ARE LOYAL, LOVING, PROTECTIVE, AND AN OVERALL JOY IN OUR HOME.
IF YOU ARE ON THE FENCE ABOUT A CORSO... MAYBE THIS WILL SHED A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT ON THE BREED AND WHAT GOES INTO PROPERLY RAISING A WELL MANNERED CORSO:
but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged.
CANE CORSOS WILL NOT BE TRAINING FOR A MARATHON ANY TIME SOON, BUT THEY DO NEED AT LEAST 30 MINUTES OF EXCERCISE A DAY. OUR CORSOS LOVE TO GO FOR WALKS/RUNS, AND FETCH IS A MUST :)
PUPS LOVE A GOOD GAME OF TUG, AND THAT IS A WAY TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED INSIDE THE HOUSE AS WELL.
Since you have to minimize their exercise, young Cane Corsos can be very rambunctious. You need to substitute extra quantities of companionship and supervision. Otherwise, left alone, young Cane Corsos become bored and destructive.
AT TEXAS MADE CORSOS WE HAVE NEVER HAD AN AGRESSIVE DOG NOR HAVE WE PRODUCED ANY AGRESSIVE PUPS! WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR WELL ROUNDED, STABLE TEMPERMENT THAT OUR DOGS POSSESS AND PASS ON TO THEIR PUPS.
THE CORSO TEMPERMENT IS TO BE ALOOF WITH STRANGERS. THEY ARE PROTECTIVE, NOT AGRESSIVE!!!
YOU NEED TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO WARM UP AROUND STRANGERS BECAUSE THEIR FIRST INSTINCT IS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY! THAT IS WHY PROPER SOCIALIZATION IS KEY.
Cane Corsos do well with other dogs! When brought in as a puppy and socialized with other dogs they do great.
IT IS UP TO YOU TO PROPERLY SOCIALIZE YOUR DOG!!! YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. IF YOU DO NOT SOCIALIZE YOUR DOG WELL THEN YOU HAVE NOBODY TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF... IT IS NOT THAT DOG'S FAULT FOR THEY DON'T KNOW ANY DIFFERENT!
OUR DOGS ENJOY TRIPS TO PETCO/PETSMART, AND THEY LOVE GOING TO THE DOG PARK AS WELL!!!
Some Cane Corsos have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures. If anything goes wrong in the breeding, socializing, training, handling, or management of this breed, it is capable of seriously injuring or killing other animals.
"RESPECT TRAINING" IS MANDATORY!
CORSOS ARE VERY DOMINANT DOGS AND TRAINING IS A MUST WITH THEM.
Cane Corso sounds.
AT TEXAS MADE CORSOS WE FEED OUR DOGS "NUTRO" WE DO A COMBINATION OF PUPPY FOOD & ADULT FOOD. THE PUPPY FOOD HAS MANY NUTRIENTS AND PROTEIN THAT ARE BENEFICIAL TO SUCH A LARGE DOG.
OURS LOVE THE "LARGE BREED PUPPY LAMB" MIXED WITH "LARGE BREED ADULT CHICKEN OR LAMB"
CANE CORSOS ARE ALOT OF DOG, BUT THEY ARE THE MOST AMAZING BREED EVER! CHOOSING A CANE CORSO IS ONE OF THE BEST BREEDS A PUPPY BUYER CAN GO WITH. THEY ARE LOVING, PROTECTIVE, AND MOST OF ALL GREAT FAMILY DOGS!!!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS... WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.
- RANI ALLEN