CANE CORSO! Why Are They GOOD! Why Are They BAD!

CANE CORSO! Why Are They GOOD! Why Are They BAD!

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There's always going to be pluses and minuses with every breed, even if they are the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle. Today we will be looking at the five main categories that relate to the biggest pros and cons when it comes to having a Corso. We'll talk about each of the categories pros first, and then we will look at them again and see in what situations they could be considered cons. Let's jump right into the first category. ENERGY/SPACE Looking at the energy and space requirements of the Cane Corso, we see that they do have more energy than most other mastiff breeds, so they do exceptionally well in active homes. This is a terrific pro for people looking for a large dog they can potentially compete with or want to take with them on long hikes. Corsi also don't take up much space in the home other than an appropriately sized bed if they aren't allowed on the furniture; otherwise, they will be right where you are most of the time. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category will look at is their intelligence and trainability. Cane Corso's are quite intelligent and very willing to please, making them extraordinarily easy to train. Their higher energy level also allows them to rise to a higher and more technical level of obedience and training than many other mastiff breeds. They are equally motivated by food as they are play and affection, making it easy to train them out and about and in a structured setting. GROOMING The third category is their grooming requirements. Despite being an enormous canine, weighing anywhere between 100 – 150 pounds, they typically shed very little. Like all double-coated breeds, they will blow their coat twice a year in the spring and fall. When they are fed a high-quality kibble, or ideally a raw diet, their shedding is reduced even further, and their whole coat is much softer. FAMILY & GUARDING The fourth category and pro to having a Cane Corso in your home are their deep family bonds and protective nature. They are very gentle and protective with children while not being overly reactive when children or their friends start getting a bit rowdy. The other pro to this temperament is their guarding nature brings a sense of peace and security to their family, knowing that they have a canine who is both a dedicated protector and imposing deterrent. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE Rounding out the last category in the pro list is their affection versus tendency towards independence. The Cane Corso can and will think for themself, but they are extremely bonded to their family and prefer to take direction and guidance from their calm, consistent canine leader. Since they are so affectionate, they make ideal companions for homes where someone is home throughout the day. Let's look at each of these categories again, but in the light of how the Cane Corso's temperament and size could be a con.  CONS ENERGY The first category we mentioned in the pros list was their energy and space needs. While their higher energy level allows them to thrive and active homes, this can quickly turn into a con for bustling families and don't have the time to work out the Corso's energy in a constructive way. They are also not a breed that will exercise themselves in the backyard without you, so they require more time and energy on your part. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category is their trainability and intelligence. Being as smart as they are, they can easily outsmart family members or even take the leadership role on themselves. This makes them a poor choice for first-time canine leaders as well as those homes where the whole family isn't on the same page when it comes to setting boundaries and enforcing proper behavior. GROOMING Coming back to their grooming needs, while they do shed very little, they are known droolers, and this can be a big con. Some Corso's will be more joule-y than others and drool more, but you'll find nearly every individual of this breed will regularly drool; it really just depends on how much.  FAMILY & GUARDING When looking at their close family bonds and guarding instinct, most people only see the pros, but this can flip to a con when you consider their quality of life in your home. They need gentle corrections and consistent boundaries to satisfy their willingness to please and soft personalities. In homes with multiple people or potentially numerous canine leaders, this can get tricky very quickly, depending on each member of the family's experience level. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE The final category is their affectionate versus independent nature. Since they are an extremely affectionate breed, they don't do well in homes where their family is gone 8+ hours a day. They will think for themselves, but in most cases, this can result in wrong choices that leave you coming home to a mess. Like with people, every good quality will also have a counter that makes it unappealing. It's essential to consider every angle, including your current lifestyle potential of future life changes and honestly evaluate your canine leadership skills and willingness to alter your lifestyle for every breed.

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