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BULLMASTIFF VS PITBULL

BULLMASTIFF VS PITBULL

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HISTORY The Corso we know today is descended from ancient Roman war dogs who both worked the livestock the armies traveled with and even charged into enemy lines along with the soldiers. After the fall of the Roman empire, the war dogs turned into farm dogs, where they were tasked with working and protecting the livestock. When they are raised with and taught the appropriate behavior around livestock of any size, Corso's can appear to have no prey drive at all. But that's not the whole story since they've also been used for hunting massive game like wild boar successfully. One of the best things you can teach your Corso is a reliable recall and 'leave it' command for their own safety and when curiosity gets the better of them, and of course, keeping them out of situations where they are set-up to fail.  ENERGY/SPACE Part of what made the Corso's ancestor an effective drover dog with the Roman armies was their energy and endurance that allowed them to thrive as the military was always moving. You'll find that the modern Corso still has one of the highest energy levels of any mastiff breed and one of the longest puppyhoods. They are also quite protective of their territory, which makes any strange animal fair game. They might simply be curious about a new creature, but with over 100 pounds of muscle and teeth coming at them, most small animals are going to bolt. From there, instinct kicks in, and the Corso both fast and agile enough to catch just about any prey. TRAINABILITY/PLAYFULNESS As I mentioned before, when Corso's are raised with potential prey animals like cats, chickens, and rabbits, they can appear to have little to no prey drive at all. That's not to say, given the right set of circumstances, that they wouldn't go after something they usually don't bother. Even though Corso's are highly trainable and excellent farmyard guardians, it's best to keep an eye on them around small animals even after their puppyhood. You can direct their playful puppy energy to obedience training and games; just be mindful of the games you chose. You might want to avoid things like a Flur pull until they are older and established around small prey animals since this activity taps directly into their prey drive. Frequent obedience work is a great way to build this relationship, and you can check out my entire Cane Corso bundle that includes a puppy training course and a Bootcamp training course that's perfect for canines of all ages. FAMILY/GUARDING Being a guardian breed with a high energy levels means Corso's can be quite reactive, especially if you have more than one or other dogs in the home. Allowing too much roughhousing or depending on the other dogs to work off the Corso's energy is a recipe for disaster. Corso's can and will think for themselves, and their long puppyhood means they are more reactive and play rougher well past the time they are full grown. They also form deep family bonds, making them effective guardians and helping them excel at protection work in a professional capacity. Some Corso's will be more reactive to a situation while others may be more proactive, and either way, it's vital that they see you, and every member of your family, as their canine leader. While they aren't likely to see you or your family as prey, they can get over-excited when playing, and it's critical that anyone who is home with them be able to control them in any situation. WRAP UP The Cane Corso generally has a moderate prey drive once they reach maturity, but this will vary between individuals. You'll want to introduce them to any small animals in your home at the youngest possible age, so they grow up seeing them as part of the family. Always supervise their interactions with potential prey animals or make sure there are plenty of secure places for the smaller animals to get to if you'll be a step away. Most Corso owners never have a problem, but I can't stress this enough, these are large, powerful canines that must have a calm, consistent leader. 

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