Let’s dive right into the 1st amazing fact. The Corso, despite their imposing size and no-nonsense facial expression, they are generally big teddy bears with their family. Corso owners around the globe marvel at their downright goofy personality and feelings that are easily hurt. They typically have no idea how large they are and will snuggle up in your lap as much as possible, and even more so if they see smaller dogs in the home do it. The breed is wary of strangers, but warms up quickly when well socialized and their leader is calm and consistent. Even when playing with their family, they are quite gentle.
This brings us nicely to fact number two. They use their paws, a lot. A bug on the porch, a toy on the floor, your hand to not so subtly demand more affection… you name it and it’s going to get swatted by a massive paw. Corso’s aren’t shy by any means and often border on downright bossy especially when they are in their teenage years. Many people suspect they tendency to use their paws like we use our hands is due to the Boxer’s influence in resurrecting the breed. Their vocal nature and “woo woo woo” sounds they make when they are excited are also thought to be passed down from the Boxer. No matter where it comes from, it’s quite comical, but should be kept from getting out of hand.
Speaking of getting out of hand, this amazing breed was nearly extinct in the mid-1900s! Starting in the 1970s, fanciers began to resurrect this ancient breed that was only found in a small farming region of Italy at the time. The Bullmastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Boxer were all used to bring life back to the dying breed and expand the genetic pool. In 2010, the Cane Corso was accepted into the ranks of the AKC and the breed has exploded in popularity more with every passing year. Movie star and all-around tough guy, Vin Diesel, is a fan of the breed with his Corso named Roman. Basketball legend Lebron James, and well as many NFL American football players have Corso’s in their homes and are champions of this amazing breed.
Sliding right into fact number four, the Cane Corso is a born people pleaser when they have a calm, consistent canine leader and it makes them a great choice for canine sports. They are extremely intelligent and do best with an experienced leader who can spend a lot of time with them. Through this and their high energy nature, Corsi (the plural of Corso) are willing to learn almost anything that gives them a job to do. For their size, they are frightenedly fast and agile. Pair that with their intelligence and drive to please and work and you’ve got one serious competitor on your hands. Always be mindful of their joints since they are still prone to large breed issues like hip and elbow dysplasia.
Bringing it home to fact number five, Cane Corsos are exceptional with children. They have deeply rooted guarding instincts that extend to everyone in the home, including new babies. Many Corso homes report similar experiences with the dog being dedicated to keeping an eye on the baby and the rest of the house. This can make them ideal companions as the child grows and friends start to come around since they are easily socialized to everyday situations. Their high energy does mean they’ll want to run and play as the child grows but they settle quickly after about 4 years. It’s always extraordinary, and a true testament to the breed’s temperament, when a canine as large as the Corso is so aware of and dedicated to a new little life.