are Cane Corsos stubborn

Are Cane Corsos stubborn? Tips for everyday life (tested)

Cane Corsos are a unique and powerful dog breed known for their loyalty, intelligence, guarding, and protective instinct. Are there specific characteristics that are common in this breed? What about their personality? A question that is often asked is whether Cane Corsos are stubborn. In this blog post, we will look at this question and explore whether Cane Corsos are indeed stubborn and what implications this has on their training and attitude.

Cane Corsos can be stubborn and bullheaded. You need a lot of patience and consistency when training a Cane Corso because they can be stubborn and do not do everything immediately. However, they are also Mastiffs who like to take a little longer to understand a command.

Are Cane Corso stubborn or just slow?

Cane Corsos are a typical Mastiff-type breed. You cannot expect a mastiff to do a command like a German Shepherd or a Border Collie. There is the famous “Mastiff second,” meaning they take a little longer to process and execute a command in their head.

In addition, Cane Corsos are sometimes more stubborn and obstinate than many other breeds. Since they are self-confident dogs, they try to assert their head here and there and do not go to their blanket at the first command.

Cane Corsos do not want to please you as much as other breeds do. This, of course, affects the upbringing and everyday life.

This makes raising a Cane Corso not more difficult but more stressful. You’ll get to repeat words more often.

Cane Corso character trait: How does stubbornness affect everyday life?

Cane Corsos are often described as stubborn and pigheaded in many breed descriptions. I can confirm this based on my experience.

A sometimes stubborn and bullheaded Cane Corso will, of course, affect your everyday life. It starts with the simple things.

If we send Malou, our Cane Corso, to her blanket when the doorbell rings, it can happen that she either does not go immediately or leaves the veil as soon as we turn around.

She does not obey our command here and there immediately but questions it. This is nothing unusual. But now it’s up to us to ensure it’s done consistently.

Not with excessive harshness. But we have to tell and show her clearly, by body language and, if necessary, a little sharper tone, that she should go on the blanket. In the worst case, we lead her there by the collar.

So you must discuss with a stubborn Cane Corso more often because your decisions will be doubted or ignored.

It is not a German Shepherd or Border Collie that will do a command within seconds the first time.

For example, if I want Malou to “sit,” she may do it the second time or look at me for 3 seconds and then sit very slowly.

All in all, I can say that with the Cane Corso, many things take a little longer or must be repeated.

Training with a Cane Corso

Stubborn Cane Corso during training
Rest exercise with Malou. She must sit quietly

In the exercise on the picture, Malou must sit quietly. She is not allowed to stand up, sniff, etc. We decide that she has nothing to do now.

A stubborn and bullheaded Cane Corso that wants to stand up and sniff might try 10-15 times, and a Golden Retriever that wants to please you might try three times. This is the big difference between a Cane Corso and a Goldie.

Are stubborn Cane Corsos challenging to train?

Cane Corsos are not difficult to train, even if they are stubborn. They sometimes take a little longer or ignore you the first or second time. But the methods are essentially the same.

Cane Corsos are intelligent and, in the end, easy to train.

You train, for example, a “stay” or the “recall,” just like with a Golden Retriever. But the Golden Retriever understands it faster and performs it more confidently later.

While a Cane Corso needs a little longer and later also tests whether you mean the “Stay” or whether it is not okay if he goes a few steps further.

One point in education is essential. You must be consistent and patient when your Cane Corso ignores you.

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Whenever he doesn’t obey your decision, you lose a piece of authority – your leadership.

In my opinion, it is not difficult, but sometimes exhausting, to train a stubborn Cane Corso. You have to repeat many things and sometimes demand them with roof pressure.

An annoying example is when we are lying on the couch and want to send Malou from there to her place. If she ignores the command, we must get up and ensure she does it.

Tips for everyday life

If you also want to get a Cane Corso or if you have problems with training, I can give you the following tips:

Every command must be executed. You must be consistent. You must ensure it is done when you send your Cane Corso to “sit” or to his place.

If it is too hard for you, or you think, “Oh well, then not,” it is an indirect positive reinforcement for your dog, and he will consolidate and repeat this behavior.

You control essential resources like food, exercise, and toys.

Conclusion: Are Cane Corso stubborn?

Yes, Cane Corsos are sometimes stubborn and want to impose their will and ignore you. This makes training in some situations more strenuous than with dogs that like to please you.

Malou our Cane Corso


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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