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Cane Corso characteristics and behavior!

Cane Corsos are becoming more and more popular all over the world. They may seem intimidating to some because of their appearance, but is there perhaps more to this imposing dog? In this article, I will go into more detail about the nature, characteristics, and behavior of the glorious Cane Corso.

A significant characteristic of Cane Corsos is that they are alert and have a strong protective instinct. This is a result of their use as watchdogs and guard dogs over the centuries. But Cane Corsos are also known for their cuddly and sensitive nature. They are fond of children and have a high threshold for irritation.

The main characteristic of the Cane Corso: Watchful and protective

Cane Corsos are watchdogs and have a strong protective and guarding instinct. This is an essential characteristic of the Cane Corso that you should deal with first and foremost.

Cane Corsos, or rather their ancestors, were already used by the Romans on their conquests. Later they served as guard dogs on farms and protected herds of cattle.

These characteristics also made him attractive as a service dog for the police.

So before you get a Cane Corso, you should be aware that you will get an excellent guard dog, but it is also essential that you train him consistently but lovingly so that he does not make independent decisions and does not cause any harm.

So with a Cane Corso, education and socialization are critical.

Quick example: If your children are playing with friends in the backyard, screaming loudly and running around, your Cane Corso must not misinterpret this situation. Trying to “protect” your children can end disastrously.

But if you take education and socialization seriously, and it is not that hard to train a Cane Corso, you will get a great dog. However, training can be a bit exhausting sometimes.

You should not see this negatively but as a task to control it because a watchdog is better than any alarm system.

There was a break-in at the house yesterday across the street from us. Do you think that someone would also break into our house if a 45 kg alert Cane Corso lives there?

Cane Corso are vigilant and protective.
Malou in Sweden

This brings us directly to the following characteristic of the Cane Corso.

Cane Corsos are intelligent but stubborn.

Cane Corsos are intelligent but stubborn. Malou, for example, learns new commands quickly. She understood after a few repetitions that the command “tabu” means that she should go out of the kitchen. The dogs must wait at the doorstep when I prepare the food. It’s just too much bustle for me otherwise.

Another command that Malou learned super fast is “blanket.” For both commands, I don’t even have to look at Malou, and she performs them,

However, Cane Corsos are sometimes stubborn, just like most Mastiff-type breeds.

Then she doesn’t go out of the kitchen or onto her blanket and tests whether I’m serious. Then it’s up to me if it hasn’t worked the second time at the latest, to “push” her out of the kitchen by body language or to get her onto her blanket.

If I don’t do that, she has independently decided to ignore my command, and my role as pack leader is weakened.

With us, there is a basic rule. Commands are executed – or rather we have to make sure they are executed!

If I am lying on the couch and want Malou to go to her place and I call out a “blanket” to her, in case of doubt, I have to get up and take her to her blanket.

There is no such thing as “well, then don’t.” And that’s what I mean by saying that Cane Corso training can be a little stressful now and then.

It’s not difficult to teach a Cane Corso to do something. But it is maddening in between when he tests his limits.

Like the Golden Retriever, other breeds with a high eagerness to please are much less stressful to train.

Cane Corsos are quiet and calm!

The nature and characteristics of the Cane Corso can be described as calm and serene. We fundamentally love this trait in Molossians—their relaxed, completely unexcited nature.

While there are small jittery breeds that feel like they are always under power, the Cane Corso is calm and loves just to lay there when given enough exercise and activity.

This is one reason why Cane Corsos are also good apartment dogs. They don’t need a lot of space.

Another great characteristic is his extremely high irritability threshold. Cane Corsos are hard to bring out of the calm. The children’s screams leave him completely cold. This also makes the Cane Corso a good family dog.

However, one must consider the guarding and protective instinct mentioned at the beginning. Cane Corsos are not aggressive without reason. But if they see their family or territory in danger, it is over with composure, and they would not hesitate to defend it.

Cane Corsos are cuddly.

After the characteristics that do some work, we go to the absolute plus points. Another trait of the Cane Corso is that they are very cuddly and love to be petted.

They love to be around you. Cane Corsos are a giant dog breed. They reach dimensions far from a lap dog at 27 inches (70 cm) and up to 132 lbs (60 kg) (sometimes more). However, they do not care.

Our dogs are allowed on the couch. However, only if we have laid out a waterproof blanket to protect our sofa from Cane Corso drool and Broholm hair.

Optimal if your dog drools or is not yet housebroken. Looks great and protects your furniture. Also, dog hair can be easily removed from it!!!

Cane Corso and Broholmer
Cane Corso and Broholmer on the waterproof blanket

Malou always wants to lie right by or half on top of us and be petted. She is incredibly cuddly. But the same is reported by other Cane Corso owners.

The fact that they are affectionate and very people-oriented makes it harder to leave Cane Corso alone. Of course, if you set it up reasonably from the beginning, it is possible. Even here and there for a few hours are, then no problem.

But we also hear of Cane Corsos, who “redecorated” a bedroom when alone.

Cane Corsos love children.

Cane Corsos are absolutely fond of children. Malou loves our sons divinely. But also other children she meets carefully, not impetuously, and loves to be petted by them.

We had an experience with Malou at the sports field. Suddenly ten children stood around Malou and me and wanted to pet her. You could really see how she enjoyed it.

Another example is when friends visit us with their children. I would say that a Cane Corso looks more aggressive and dangerous than a Broholmer. However, Malou, by her character and nature, convinces little girls to sit on the dog blanket with her all the time, petting and cuddling her.

Here is a picture of Malou with our youngest son. We can see this happening almost every day.

Malou our Cane Corso like to Cuddle
Malou our Cane Corso, with Nick

Conclusion: Nature and character of the Cane Corso

That Cane Corsos belong to the best guard dogs is generally known. However, one often forgets or overlooks their loving, calm, and serene nature, which makes him a great dog in many areas.

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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