Cane Corso Dog Breed – Bodyguard and Playmate in One

Looking for a breed that is up for any task, thrives on hard labor, and has a gentle side? The royal cane corso dog breed makes good guardians since they are deeply dedicated to and protective of their owners. But don’t be misled: this breed can be lively and slobber like a fool when he wants to.

Do Cane Corso Bark a Lot?

In general, the cane corso (sometimes referred to as an Italian mastiff) barks less than most breeds; however, they can and do have issues with incessant barking and howling. Before you can address excessive barking, identify its roots.

Corsi (plural for corso) are instinctive guard dogs, possessive, territorial, and sensitive to the slightest signs of distress and danger. Each of these factors influences your dog’s tendency to bark at pretty much everything that comes his way. Lack of socialization at an early age can further lead your cane corso (and most dogs, really) to be suspicious and distrustful of new people and situations. Distrust leads to excessive barking. In addition, genetics and how dogs are raised affect their temperament and penchant for barking.

4 things to know about training any dog, including cane corsos

Because the cane Corso is a huge, robust breed with an independent mentality, there are a few things to consider while training your pet to quit barking excessively.

  • Maintain consistency: The consistency of your efforts to lessen your pet’s constant barking might make or break your efforts. Make sure that all household members and guests follow your training method; otherwise, your cane corso may take advantage of anybody who does not.
  • Be patient: While eager to please, smooth training with a cane corso is not guaranteed. You must be patient and accept that it may take some time for your dog to cease barking excessively.
  • Be realistic: Cane corsi are good watchdogs and have a habit of barking for a purpose. Because barking is a normal method of communication for all dogs, your goal should be to reduce rather than eliminate your dog’s vocalizations.
  • Be cautious: Because a dog may scream or cry in response to pain or injury, check sure your pet’s barking isn’t caused by a medical condition.

How to train a cane corso to stop excessive barking

Close doors, curtains, and blinds if your cane corso is very sensitive to outside stimuli such as people and automobiles passing by. You may also start a tug-of-war activity or give your cane corso a bone or nutritious food to divert him from barking.

Trigger distractions are more like band-aids than cures, so try the following for long-term bark control:

  • Exercise your dog on a regular and comprehensive basis. Although the cane corso does not require a lot of exercise, this working dog breed does require something to do during the day. Give your pet plenty of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep him or her from wailing out of boredom (puzzle games and dog toys that last).
  • Don’t encourage poor conduct. When your cane corso starts howling for attention, the best thing you can do is ignore him. Isn’t it true that it’s easier said than done? Especially with a dog the size of a corso! Looking at, patting, and talking to your pet while he is wailing for attention reinforces the behavior and increases the probability that it will occur again.
  • Train, then treat. When your dog is barking excessively, employ a dog training item to catch his or her attention. We propose an ultrasonic trainer because the high-frequency sound attracts your dog’s attention and allows you to administer a corrective command. Learn more about our train, treat, and repeat dog training approach.

Facts About Cane Corso

Originating in Italy, cane corsi were bred as all-around farm dogs that could hunt wild boar and guard property. While this breed may have some resemblance to pit bulls, they are not related. Corsi are intelligent and profoundly loyal to their humans; however, they can also be willful and assertive.  Because this breed can dominate a household, they require an owner with experience managing a large dog.

  • Size: Cane corsos range from 23 to 27 inches in height and 90 to 135 pounds in weight.
  • Life expectancy: Corsi have an average lifespan of 9 to 12 years.
  • Coat: Canes have a short, shiny, very coarse coat with a light undercoat. Colors include black, light gray, stag red, slate gray, and light or dark fawn.
  • AKC group: Cane corsos belong to the AKC working group.

Are Cane Corsi Easy to Train?

The cane corso is a large, robust breed that requires early socialization and puppy training sessions to guarantee they grow up to be well-mannered, well-adjusted adults. To protect your cane corso from being pushy, obedience training is also required. This breed is friendly, eager to please, and responds well to positive reinforcement training methods that use praise and treats as rewards. With that stated, you must establish yourself as the leader; yet, using harsh corrections (yelling, smacking the dog with a newspaper) might cause your pet to become fearful, aggressive, and confused.

Does Cane Corso Dog Breed Need Grooming?

The double-layered outer coat of a cane corso is short and stiff, whereas the undercoat varies in length depending on the climate in which the dog lives. The undercoat sheds throughout the year, with a heavier shedding during the spring.

During shedding season, brushing your cane corso regularly with a medium-bristle brush, hound glove, or rubber grooming glove or tool can help prevent dead hair from coating you and your home. Bathe only when absolutely essential. Trim your cane corso’s nails on a regular basis to keep them from becoming too long, which can cause pain for your pet.

Some owners of cane corsos choose to crop their ears. Some owners feel that ear trimming can help avoid ear injuries and infections that are common in floppy-eared dogs; however, others believe that ear cropping is just cosmetic. Consult your veterinarian if you are worried.

What If My Breed Is a Cane Corso Mix?

Curious as to what you might expect with a cane corso mix? Interesting and intriguing pups. Although you can never know for sure what traits an offspring will have, you can research both parents’ breeds to shed some light. A cane corso’s protective instincts and devotion to their humans make this breed a growing popular choice for mixing.

Here are some popular cane corso breed mixes:

  • Boxercorso — boxer + cane corso
  • Canoodle — poodle + cane corso
  • Dane corso — Great Dane + cane corso
  • Dobercorso — Doberman pinscher + cane corso
  • German corso — German shepherd + cane corso
  • Goldencorso — golden retriever + cane corso
  • Labracorso — Labrador retriever + cane corso
  • Pittcorso — American pitbull terrier + cane corso
  • Rottcorso — Rottweiler + cane corso
  • Siberian corso — Siberian husky + cane corso