are Cane Corsos good with kids

Are Cane Corsos good with kids and family dogs?

The Cane Corso is a large and imposing dog from Italy that is becoming increasingly popular. But are Cane Corsos also suitable as a family dog and good with kids? We will clarify that in this post.

Are Cane Corsos good family dogs that love children? Cane Corsos are good with kids and suitable as a family dog if a few things are considered. Due to its strong guarding instinct, the Cane Corso may misinterpret the behavior of kids playing in your yard and try to intervene. You should, therefore, never leave him alone with kids and pay attention to consistent but loving training.

Cane Corso is a family dog!

The Cane Corso is probably everything for outsiders, but not a family dog. It has a highly imposing appearance.

The Cane Corso can reach a height of up to 70 cm and a weight of 45 kg to more than 60 kg. This is a deterrent for many when walking with a dog on a leash.

In addition, the Cane Corso has a partly hard and aggressive appearance. The hanging lips and the muscular body make the breed look “dangerous.”

The prejudice is perfect if you google pictures of the Cane Corso and see him with cropped ears.

But the Cane Corso is a perfect family dog that needs a consistent education. But every dog needs that.

We have a Cane Corso as a family dog.

She fulfills all the typical Cane Corso character traits prerequisite for a good family dog.

The Cane Corso is balanced, calm, friendly, and easy to train. However, being a typical and sometimes stubborn Mastiff-type breed, they sometimes take a little longer and tend to be stubborn here and there.

It takes a little more patience to train a Cane Corso than a Border Collie who wants to please at all costs.

Is Cane Corso good with kids?

A great characteristic of Cane Corsos is that they are fond of children.

Our dog loves kids and is always very careful. When our boys check her teeth or lie on the couch with her, it’s a picture for the gods.

Here you can see Nick, our six-year-old son, with our 45 kg Cane Corso female.

Cane Corsos are very kid friendly
Malou and Nick

A significant advantage of Cane Corso in living with children is his high threshold and stoic calmness.

Especially young kids are not always squeamish with dogs. The Cane Corso lets everything go over its head. Other breeds are much faster, annoyed.

The Cane Corso is cuddly.

For me, it is crucial that a family dog likes to be near family members and loves to cuddle and be stroked.

That is precisely what a Cane Corso is. Extremely cuddly.

Somehow they also don’t understand that they are huge and heavy. It is not rare that Malou sits or lies down on us and wants to be petted. This is precisely what many other Cane Corso owners report as well.

Advantages of a Cane Corso as a family dog

Even though they cost money and make a mess, seeing your kids happily playing with the dog or your dog lying next to you on the couch is priceless.

It’s just lovely to live with one or more dogs!

But the big advantage of having a Cane Corso as your family dog is having an alarm system and a bodyguard simultaneously.

The Cane Corso has a natural guarding and protective instinct. A Cane Corso will bark when someone approaches your yard or house, alerting you to the visitor.

Cane Corsos are not aggressive for no reason. But if you are out somewhere and someone wants to attack you, your Cane Corso will not hesitate and protect you. However, a Cane Corso is already such a deterrent that no one would try.

We don’t have to worry about burglars when a dog is at home. We can leave our dogs at home alone sometimes without any problems. Either all of them or one at a time.

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Before we had dogs, someone tried to break into our house once. We could see the marks on the front door. We had a strange feeling when we left the house. The dogs make us feel extremely safe.

No one breaks into a house with a big heavy dog barking behind the door!!!

The kids are safe! Malou keeps an eye on our kids and watches them. Whether we are out or the kids are playing in the backyard.

are Cane Corsos good with kids
Nick with our Cane Corso Malou

No matter where you sit, you can be sure you won’t be alone for long when you have a Cane, Corso.

Disadvantages of a Cane Corso with children!

It would be absurd to say that there are only advantages to getting a child-loving Cane Corso as a family dog.

Of course, there are also disadvantages.

A disadvantage or a characteristic you must keep in mind is the guarding and protecting instinct of the Cane Corso.

If a cane Corso sees you or your family in danger, he will protect you without hesitation. This is precisely what he is made for.

However, this trait can end badly if your children play wildly with friends in the backyard. Your Cane Corso can misinterpret this behavior and see your children in danger.

You have to work on it from the beginning that it is not his job to regulate children in your garden – already at puppy age.

Even if it seems funny when the puppy jumps, barking between playing children and running after them, this behavior can be dangerous with a 60 kg male dog. You must always remember that Cane Corsos are large dogs that could do damage based on their weight alone.

At the very beginning, we had a similar situation with our Broholm bitch (also a guard dog). With our dog trainer, we quickly got this under control.

If you want to get a Cane Corso as a family dog in your house, I recommend you do the education in combination with a professional dog trainer or a dog school so that it runs right from the beginning.

Conclusion: Is the Cane Corso the right family dog for kids?

The Cane Corso can be the perfect family dog if you focus on consistent but loving training from the beginning. The Cane Corso is extremely good with kids and has a high threshold. However, the Cane Corso can quickly take the lead if you think it is necessary.

I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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