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The German Shepherd is a high energy working and garden dog that walks a fine line between being a very large medium breed or a slightly smaller large breed dog. They have been used since the early 1900s as a very effective police and military dog as well as a superb service dog for people with disabilities. The Cane Corso is also a high energy working and guardian dog that most definitely falls in the large breed category. They are gaining in popularity over the last few years for their intense willingness to please and superb guarding instinct.

The German Shepherd is known for its high energy and stamina which has led it to be a very effective police and military working dog. The breed does best when it can get several hours of good solid mental and physical exercise each day. The Cane Corso is much the same. Corso’s are known to have one of the longer puppyhoods in the canine world, and their energy levels don’t decrease much as they mature. Both breeds are larger in size and need ample room both in the home and out with either with a large yard or dedicated owners who are willing to go out and play and exercise with them for several hours each day. In this particular category, both breeds are quite similar.

German Shepherds have proved through their long time use military police and service work that they are extremely intelligent, willing to please, and this one of the most highly trainable breeds in the world. They bond very closely with their owners, but aren’t overly sensitive to corrections like Corsos can be. The Cane Corso is also very intelligent, trainable, and willing to please, but they are more sensitive and have a softer personality when it comes to corrections.

German Shepherd’s tend to weigh about 20-30 pounds less than the average Cane Corso, which is usually around 120-130 pounds. The most significant difference you’ll find here is the German Shepherd has a very thick undercoat and sheds heavily year-round. The Cane Corso has a short coat and thin undercoat that they do blow twice a year but generally shed minimally. The other big difference you’ll notice between the breeds is that many Cane Corso‘s are prone to drooling and have that Mastiff and joule-y look. Whereas German Shepherd‘s generally don’t drool at all. So with a German Shepherd, you’re very likely to have hair everywhere while I was with a Cane Corso you’re likely to get slobbered on.

When it comes to the family, both German Shepherds and Cane Corso‘s do exceptionally well with children and are very watchful of them. Both breeds are exceptional guard dogs that bond very closely with their family and have a powerful instinct to protect their home and their people. When they see you as their calm, consistent leader, they will generally look to you for guidance, but will not hesitate to protect their family if they sense a threat.

The German Shepherd bonds deeply with their primary person, the one who feeds and trains them most consistently, but they are affectionate towards most members of the family. Though they are not known for being overly cuddly, they do like to be very close by. Cane Corso‘s, on the other hand, prefer a massive amount of affection and love to cuddle and be as close as possible to their people.

To sum it all up, if you live in a colder climate, you might find the German Shepherd does better because of their very dense coat, but they are also prone to overheating more easily in hotter environments. The cane Corso will not shed nearly as much, but they don’t tolerate the cold as well and will very likely drool on you. The German Shepherd and Cane Corso are both fantastic guardian breeds and extremely loyal and affectionate with their family. They are two of the most highly trainable and intelligent dog breeds in the world and require similar handling consistency for the best obedience results.


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