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Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Origins:

It was in Adolpha, Germany in the early 19th century where the Doberman's story begins. A tax collector named Louis Dobermann was facing something of a problem. His profession wasn't exactly a safe one. People were never pleased to see him when he came to collect, and he often carried around large sums of money as he moved around doing collections. He was in desperate need of some muscles and protection to accompany him on his rounds. He also needed something dependable and something brave that wouldn't turn tail when things took a turn for the worst. So, he came up with an idea. He would create his own dog breed to fill this role.

Louis got to work on creating his dream breed. He crossed a "black and tan terrier", with some Rottweiler, German Pinscher, and native smooth coat herding dogs to create his vision: The Doberman Pinscher, the world's breed specifically for personal protection. His first rendition of the breed was not as refined or agile as what we know today. But, it still did not stop the breed from gaining fame far and wide. Everyone wanted one of the "tax collectors dogs," which had proved to be an incredible working dog.

As the world changed and Mr. Dobermann's type of tax-collection work became obsolete, the breed he created easily transitioned into other work lines. They had already been finding themselves in roles with law enforcement, military, and personal protection work and quickly transitioned to different working dog roles.

The Cane Corso's roots are ancient, dating back to Antiquity. It descends from the greek Molossi. During the height of the Roman Empire, the Roman presence in Greece was great, and they took a shine to the Molossi. So much so that they started to export them back to Italy and crossed them with some of their native breeds, creating the first Cane Corso and a breed versatile enough to stand the test of time. The breed was more rustic and not as refined, but the Empire still prized it. The Legions enlisted the dogs and dubbed them "Pireferi," as they were used to fearlessly charge enemy lines with buckets of ignited oil strapped to their backs.

The foundation of this breed the Romans created survived even the fall of the Empire. Corso's went from being war dogs to filling more domestic roles. Such as hunting companions, droving cattle, and guard dogs, and it remained that way for centuries. Individuals could be found all across the Italian countryside working in their new roles. But the 20th century and rise of modern inventions spelled trouble for the breed. They were being replaced, and their number dropped to where extinction seemed inevitable. It wasn't until the 1970s when Italian dog fanciers rediscovered the breed, and these individuals set out to restore and repopulate the breed.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Appearance:

The Doberman is a notable and striking breed. One that is almost always instantly recognizable. Especially when it comes in its hallmark coloring of black and tan, their frame is squared, and their structure is a combination of muscular and agile- even elegant. Their muzzle is long and forms a blunt wedge-shape. They have dark eyes, which are almond-shaped. Traditionally, their ears were cropped, and their tails docked. Though there has been a steady decline in this practice, it has become illegal in many parts of the world. But, you can still find them in the United States as the AKC still accepts cropping and docking.

Male Doberman's will be between 23 to 28 inches (or 58 to 71 centimeters) in height and weigh somewhere around 75 to 100 pounds (or 34 to 45 kilograms). On the other hand, females will be 24 to 26 inches (or 60 to 66 centimeters) tall and 60 to 90 pounds (or 27 to 40 kilograms).

The Doberman is famous for its most common black and tan coloring. But the breed does come in additional colors such as blue and rust, Isabella, red and rust, all black, white, and albino.

The Cane Corso is another striking breed. Compared to most mastiff-type dogs, it tends to be on the more slender and elegant side. Some would even say, "cat-like." They have large blocky heads, and refined, muscular bodies covered in short, stiff fur. Like the Doberman, they also had cropped ears and docked tails for working purposes. But, with these practices being outlawed in many countries, we are seeing more natural Corsos.

Males Cane Corso's tend to be up to 28 inches (or 71 centimeters) tall with weight proportionate to their height, and females being slightly smaller.

The Corso comes in many colors, from light fawn to red with a distinctive black mask. Formentio, which is again from red to light fawn with a grey mask. You can also find dogs that are solid black, solid blue, and variations of brindle. Other colors are present in the breed, such as liver, chocolate, Isabella, Tawney, and straw, but they are considered out of standard. The Cane Corso will sometimes also surprise with a black and tan dog, which is a genetic throwback to the historic rustic dogs in the Cane Corso's ancestry.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements:

Dobermans are high energy, high activity breed. They have a ton of energy that needs to be given and a productive outlet daily if they are expected not to try to sate this need themselves by chewing or destroying your belongings or furniture. A long walk will not be sufficient for this breed as they are a working dog through and through.

On the other hand, the Cane Corso is less demanding in the exercise department, though they do have the stamina and endurance to keep up with a more active owner. They could be content with a brisk, long walk, or a vigorous back-yard play session. But also enjoy long hikes and more intensive activity.

Both of these breeds have short coats, but that doesn’t mean they don’t shed. They both still possess an undercoat and will shed when temperatures change drastically. Though, actually brushing them is much less of a process and they only require a quick, full brush down once or twice a week.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Life Expectancy And Health:

"Officially", the Doberman should live between ten to twelve years. However, some experts are now guessing the average life expectancy for this breed is six years of age.

Their list of health problems is also a concern. The breed's genetic diversity has been severely diluted thanks to the use of some very popular sires that are now found in the lineage of most individuals alive today. In California, UC Davis Genetics lab decided to look into this further and found out of all of the breeds they tested that Dobermans have the lowest genetic diversity. The most significant hurdle for the breed is DCM, or Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that results in death. It is estimated that at least 58% of the breed population across Europe have the disease. The gene for DCM is still a mystery, and the disorder most commonly presents after breeding age, so it is something that currently can not be screened for.

Health issues for the Doberman don't stop at DCM, unfortunately. They also suffer from Hip and Elbow Dysplasia. Von Willebrand's Disease is a clotting disorder that is not the same as hemophilia but presents with the same inability for an open wound to properly clot. Wobblers disease, which is caused by an issue in the neck and spinal vertebrae. This causes uneven gait and mobility issues. 50% of cases of Wobblers Disease across all dog breeds are found in the Doberman alone. The list of health issues continues with hypothyroidism, albinism, Chondrodysplasia, Chondrodystrophy, and IVDD risk.

The Cane Corso, on the other hand, is a relatively healthy breed. Their life expectancy is anywhere from nine to twelve years of age.

There are some health concerns here, too. The most common include bloat, where the stomach will twist over itself in the dog's abdomen. Eye problems, the most common being Entropion, which is a condition where the upper or lower eyelid rolls inwards. Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia. As well as some cardiac issues.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Social Needs:

Both the Doberman and Cane Corso are pretty equally matched when it comes to their Social needs. They adore their people and form an unbreakable bond with their family. Though, they do tend to find one person in the family that they have a special relationship with. Both of these breeds would be a horrible choice for a dog that is outside only or spends massive amounts of time alone.

Both of these can also be suspicious or aloof with strangers. While some individuals can be more on the friendly side with people, they don't know if they have proper socialization, other individuals merely tolerate the presence of people who aren't a part of their pack.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Temperament:

As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed.

The Doberman is loyal, fearless, alert, and intelligent. They are not a breed to try any funny business with, as they have incredibly high mental and physical endurance. While not always the most accepting of strangers, this breed would do anything for its family, and their entire world revolves around their people. They would even lay down their life for them, and anyone with bad intentions will get first-hand experience as to why this breed was nicknamed the "Devil Dog."

The Cane Corso is intimidating, intelligent, willful, and courageous. The heart of a war dog still beats in their chest to this day, and anyone trying to harm their family will taste that. The breed is fiercely devoted to its family, and with proper training, they display a reserved and calm temperament while in the presence of its people. The breed also has a pretty stable temperament all the way around. The breed passed a temperament assessment given by the American Temperament Test Society with flying colors and earned an 88.1% rating. Which is higher than more common breeds like the Rottweiler and Golden Retriever.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Intelligence And Trainability:

The Doberman has some serious mental prowess. This is an incredibly intelligent dog breed. They can outsmart a novice owner with relative ease. But when it comes to trainability, this breed is probably one of the best. With being so smart, wanting nothing more than to please their human, and the energy to keep going, they tend to be easy to train and catch onto things amazingly fast. Whatever makes you happy, they are ready and willing to learn whatever it is and do it.

The breed is versatile and excels in so many different roles. Whether it is competitive canine sports, military work, law enforcement, service dogs, or search and rescue, they can do it all.

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The Cane Corso is also brilliant. Though, a little more willful and stubborn than the Doberman. If they think they know a better way to do something, they will try to go around their owner. Which is why training them with respect is so essential. They need to know you have good judgment, and it is worth following your lead.

Corso's are versatile and can be found doing various things like personal protection, canine sports, tracking, obedience, and some still even herd and guard livestock. In the right hands, this is genuinely moddable to perform any job you have in mind.

Doberman Pinscher Vs Cane Corso Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness:

Dobermans are a great choice as a family dog, and they excel with children. With their children, they are calm, patient, and kind. Though, they may get worked up if there are friends over and feel the need to protect "their child" if things get too rambunctious.

While the breed does have a prey-drive that can cause some individuals problems with small animals, most Dobermans can learn to be very accepting of small animals. As long as proper introductions are done, they will take on the same kind and patient disposition they do with children.

As far as other dogs go, the Doberman can do very well with other dogs in the household. Though they will be suspicious of dogs, they don't know come onto their property, though, so individuals can be intolerant of other dogs that are the same gender.

The Cane Corso is fantastic around children. The breed is known for being more predictable, and not prone to overreacting, which lends itself well to a household with kids. Though, they can sometimes chase children around when the energy gets a little too high for them.

With small animals, it comes down to the individual. Though this breed is raised with small animals, they have a much better chance of being successful. The Corso does not like strange animals coming into their territory, which could pose a potential problem for some. The same dogs for the breed in regards to dealing with other dogs.

What breed would you choose?


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