Cane Corso pros and Cons

Cane Corso: Pros and Cons – What is good and bad about them?

The Cane Corso is an impressive dog breed known for its strength, intelligence, and loyalty. These dogs have a long history of being guardians and protectors of people and property. However, as with any breed, there are both advantages- and disadvantages- that you should consider before choosing a Cane Corso as a pet. In this blog, we will look at the pros and cons of having a Cane Corso and discuss what is good and what is bad about them. We will also look at some of the most common concerns people have when considering adopting a Cane Corso and how to address those concerns. Read on to learn whether the Cane Corso is the right dog for you.

3 Advantages Cane Corso: What’s good about them?

  • Guarding and protective instinct
  • fond of children and cuddly
  • averagely active

3 Disadvantages of a Cane Corso: What is bad about them?

  • Guarding and protective instinct
  • Drool relatively much
  • Stubborn, therefore sometimes exhausting to raise

Read on if you want more details and other pros and cons of a Cane Corso. In this article, I list my experiences and explain from my point of view what is good and bad about a Cane Corso.

Advantages Cane Corso: What is good about a Cane Corso?

In the following, I will go into more detail about the many advantages of a Cane Corso and describe it in more detail.

Guard and protection instinct

Cane Corsos have a strong protective and guarding instinct. They originated from Italy and were originally used there to protect farms, among other things.

A good guard dog, which immediately registers and announces unusual things, is better than any alarm system. The mere presence of a Cane Corso scares off potential burglars.

So if you are looking for a dog not only as a family dog but also as a protection for your family and your house, a Cane Corso is the right choice.

Balanced physical characteristics

Cane Corsos are large dogs that weigh up to 140 lbs (65 kg) (sometimes heavier). However, they balance mass and strength well compared to other Molossian breeds.

They are still very large and heavy but more agile and better balanced. They are, therefore, supposedly a bit smaller but no less imposing due to their excellent proportions.

Cuddly and fond of children

Cane Corsos look aggressive and dangerous to strangers at first sight. Essential character traits of the Cane Corso and an advantage is their gentle and child-loving nature.

Cane Corsos love to cuddle and be with their family.

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

Cane Corsos are fond of children

Malou, our Cane Corso, loves to lay with us and be petted. There are even health benefits if your dog likes to be petted. Petting causes your dog and you to release oxytocin. Oxytocin is the feel-good hormone and the antagonist of cortisol. It reduces stress and thus contributes to better health.

Cane Corso are calm dogs.

Cane Corsos are calm dogs. A typical characteristic of Mastiff breeds is their calm and relaxed nature. In the house, you hardly notice them, as they are usually in their place or next to you on the couch.

This characteristic also makes them attractive to people who “only” have an apartment and not a house with a garden. Of course, sufficient exercise and mental stimulation must be the foundation. Here we come directly to the next pro of the Cane Corso and one thing that I find very good about them.

Exercise and occupation

Cane Corsos, unlike many other dogs, do not need so much exercise. They may be the most active mastiffs, but they are still mastiffs.

Daily walks where they can sniff are the basics. But it does not have to be hour-long marches like with active herding dogs. In addition, you can run or ride a bike with a Cane Corso in between, and with that, they are already physically happy,

Malou sometimes even refuses to go jogging with me two or three times in a row.

In addition to physical exercise, it is essential to keep them mentally busy. Education and basic obedience are a perfect way because it is imperative that your Cane Corso is well-trained and socialized.

Cane Corsos are easy to groom

Cane Corsos have a very short and low-maintenance coat. Brushing now and then is sufficient and not a particular challenge.

Since they have hardly any undercoat, Cane Corso shed very little. Compared to our Broholmers, this is almost nothing.

Cons Cane Corso: What is bad about a Cane Corso?

Of course, we don’t have to kid ourselves. There are also disadvantages with a Cane Corso and things that are bad or not so good. Of course, we have to deal with these as well.

Cane Corsos are stubborn.

Cane Corsos can be quite stubborn and bullheaded. They do not always read every wish from your eyes but try to enforce their will.

This fact can make the education of your Cane Corso more strenuous than is the case with many other breeds. You must discuss with him more often and sometimes insist that commands are carried out. In my opinion, this is a disadvantage with a Cane Corso.

The often-described consistency in dog training becomes necessary here. If your dog does not do something, asserting yourself is up to you. I do not mean physical toughness. But it can be a little sharper tone if he consistently refuses to stay on his blanket, for example.

Cane Corsos eat a lot.

Due to their size, Cane Corsos naturally eat relatively much. This point is seen negatively because it is simply a cost factor. You should not save on dog food and always feed the best you can afford.

Good food is an essential building block for a long and healthy life, and you can save high veterinary costs in old age because years of bad feeding do not affect you immediately but in the long run in old age.

What is good and what is bad in a Cane Corso
Malou, our Cane Corso

Guard and protection instinct

Wait a minute. Wasn’t the guard and protection instinct positive and advantageous in the Cane Corso? On the one hand, it is true. But a strong guard and protection instinct also bring disadvantages.

If you have children, and your children are playing with friends in the garden, shouting and scuffling, your Cane Corso must not misinterpret this and try to protect your children. So a Cane Corso must be properly socialized and trained from day one.

If your Cane Corso does not accept you as a sovereign pack leader, aggressive behavior on the leash towards other dogs can quickly occur.

The bottom line is that education and socialization are more critical with a Cane Corso than with other breeds (of course, every dog should be properly socialized and educated). But the danger that can come from a Cane Corso is immense just because of its size.

Socialization is important

Besides education, the point of socialization is critical. Because of the described guard and protection instinct, your Cane Corso must get to know all possible situations, people, other dogs, etc., from the beginning. He must learn that not everything unknown is a danger.

Cane Corso drool

For many people, it is a big cons that Cane Corsos drool. This is due to the hanging lips with the consequence that saliva collects there, which can not be swallowed and eventually runs out.

Especially before feeding, when your Cane Corso’s mouth waters, he drools heavily.

So, if you have a problem with drool stains on black clothes, you should maybe decide against a Cane Corso.

Conclusion: Advantages and disadvantages of a Cane Corso

Cane Corsos offer a lot of advantages. Starting with a protective and guarding instinct, over the child-loving and cuddly nature to the fact that they have relatively little hair, there are many good qualities in a Caof drool or food coste stubborn nature, the habit of drooling or the cost of food.

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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