CANE CORSO TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY
The Cane Corso is a popular dog for many reasons. Their versatile character can suit all different types of owner. But even so, is a Cane Corso suitable for everyone? And, more importantly, is it suitable for you? Find out below!
What are the Pros of the Cane Corso's Temperament?
The Cane Corso is a formidable guard dog. Their impressive size is already a deterrent, but their protective nature also pushes these doggies to intervene if they feel that their family is in danger. Your Cane Corso will never hesitate to stand up for you, even if it means putting themselves in danger. This is a loyal and affectionate dog breed that gets particularly attached to their family, without being too dependent.
The Cane Corso is a very calm dog, who barks only when they deem it necessary. This also makes them an excellent watchdog. Their calmness is an advantage if you live in an apartment because there's little chance of your pooch disturbing the neighbours. Moreover, Cane Corsi can quite easily adapt to city life, so long as they get enough exercise.
Cane Corsi enjoy playing games and participating in activities with their owners. Energetic, they need to be able to exert themselves properly in order to be well balanced, both physically and mentally. This dog breed makes great playmates for children, but be careful not to leave your little ones unattended with your dog. Accidents can happen quickly, and your Cane Corso could injure a child without meaning to.
The Cane Corso is quite an independent dog, who can handle being alone or separate from their master, which is not the case for many other breeds. We think, for example, of the Bernese Mountain Dog. In contrast to that very dependent breed, the Cane Corso does not need constant contact with other members of the family, even if they do enjoy their presence. Be careful, though: this relative independence does not mean that your dog will be happy left alone for hours. Cane Corsi are protective and close to their "pack", so they will not like being left to their own devices for hours on end, and could quickly develop problematic, even dangerous, behaviour. However, they are not at all the type of dog to run away, being very attached to their social group.
What are the Cons of the Cane Corso's Temperament?
Like all dog breeds, the Cane Corso also has a few small flaws. Nothing prohibitive, of course, but it's always better to know what you're dealing with in advance so that you can be prepared to handle it correctly.
Like many large dogs, Cane Corsi reach maturity quite late. This means that they still retain an adolescent quality several months after reaching adult size. This can be relatively problematic, due to the Cane Corso's very impressive strength. This late-blooming maturity can often be accompanied by destructive tendencies. And your dog is much more likely to cause damage to your house and property if they are not getting enough exercise.
Although very intelligent, the Cane Corso can be stubborn at times, which can make training them a little difficult. If they do not immediately see the advantage in obeying you, this large dog will much prefer to take their own initiative. As such, when training your Cane Corso, you must be firm but never violent. Any gesture or word that is too abrupt can risk traumatising your dog and turning them against you.
This dog breed has a little greedy side that it's worth knowing about. Be careful not to encourage them to eat more than they need to, for example by feeding them from the table. Good dog training will prevent your Cane Corso from begging for scraps at the table, stealing food, or gobbling up everything in their bowl too quickly.
Am I the Right Master for a Cane Corso?
Although very popular, the Cane Corso is not for everyone. They are probably not suited to first-time dog owners, due to their size and strength, and the experienced hand needed to train them. While they may seem easy to handle as puppies, don't forget that dogs grow fast! The Cane Corso needs experienced owners, who understand the breed, and who have a solid foundation in dog training and behaviour. If you're convinced that you want a Cane Corso as your first dog, we recommend that you call in a professional dog trainer and a behaviourist to help make sure you don't make any mistakes. A poorly trained Cane Corso in the hands of an inexperienced owner could cause a lot of damage.
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