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Old 08-22-2010, 10:22 AM
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Cane Corso (italian mastiff)

Has anyone had any experience with Cane Corsos (italians mastiffs) before? I was looking at breeds and saw this one come up and I've never heard of it...I was just wondering about how their tempermant generally was. Any help would be much appreciated.
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i have worked with a few before. they are actually a breed i really like. i think theyre stunning dogs. these are a dog that need good breeding (well, any dog does!) to ensure a good temperament. they also need good positive training and an owner whos going to commit to it since they can be very headstrong, but are very intelligent dogs. well trained they are very good, loyal dogs. they are working dogs, and can be territorial as they are watch dogs.
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They are a fubulous breed but not for the first time dog owner (unless you've studied behaviour etc). I have one Cane Corso bitch and a Cane Corso X Boerboel dog.

They are very intelligent and are very responsive to training. You do need to persist though as they are very headstrong.

They have a deep seated guarding instinct which will not be altered through training. This is a positive in my case, however, not everyone will like it or be able to deal with all of the barking and the perveived aggression toward strangers.

They are extremely powerful and need a firm hand.

They have extremely high pain threshold, you need to keep an eye on them if you are to work them as injuries can go unnoticed.

They are a very rewarding breed and are one of the most loyal dogs you can have.
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They are great dogs. We have a 3 year old one where I work that we are trying to rehome. Unfortunately not many people want a full grown but dog.
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I feel the need to reiterate - not for first time dog owners!! If you don't have experience with guardian dogs you must be in contact with a good trainer from the get-go. I have worked with many more seriously aggressive cane corsos than polite ones. That could just be because I live fairly close to Atlantic City though.
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Sorry for bumping this back up

After owning Mastiffs & Bulldogs (Of all kinds over the years) last year after the loss of one of my beloved dogs. I decided to take the plunge and go with a Cane Corso, I'd read and researched lots about them years before I decided to take that plunge. My own dog is now just over a year old everything I was told to expect & read to expect has been the total opposite of my boy, he's been a real pleasure from day one and dispite what some may think, very easy to train and biddable with all people he meets, even other dogs along with living in perfect harmony with my others. He has the heart of a lion and so much more.

That's not to say he's a push over, he's extremely protective around ''his'' family that extends to my kids who are, 11yrs, 4yrs & just off a year old baby that protection also extending to his doggy pack.

Training wise he's been excellent, picking up almost anything within a couple of hours, he was house clean by the time he'd reached four months old and completely dry throughout the night, which was a surprize for me when comparing him to other breeds I have owned.

As for alerting me as to what he may percieve as danger, he's always the first to bark, always the first out of my lot to greet new people into my home.

He's never been aggressive towards anyone or anything he's always been the complete opposite, never being hyper or jumping round, just a calm collective dog who you can see thinks.

He is my first Corso and I'll be honest I expected all sorts but as I said earlier on in my post, everything I did expect he has been the complete opposite, maybe he's a one off, maybe he's like all other Corso's within the UK - but I have found him to be extremely easy and biddable, much easier than I expected.

With careful thought and research I can't see why they couldn't be someones ''first dog'' as I said in comparison to other breeds I did have experience of, he's been easy, all I will say is these dogs have brains and certainly know how to use them, they really are beautiful loyal dogs, with that they certainly shouldn't be under-estimated, they aren't for the faint hearted but as long as someone is willing to put in the time and patience you will have a good loyal friend for life until the very end
One that is excellent with you're kids who can be trusted with supervision (as always) - there is absolutely no reason why they can't be loving family dogs as long as you've put the time and training in - for me my own dog is perfect in every sense of the word, he's been brilliant.

If you don't want a dog that drools excessively, or a dog that can actually wiegh up in it's head whether something is worthwhile doing, then they certainly are not the dog for you.

This we're him as a pup.

I can't believe he was ever that tiny!

And here he is at 7 months old helping me out with the gardening

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Great pics! I know, it is hard to believe that they were ever that small when you look at them now.
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Hello we've been breading Cane Corso since 1996. They are really amazing dogs, good to work.
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