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What You Should Know About The Cane Corso

by Wayne Booth

posted in Pets

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The Cane Corso is part of the mastiff breed native to Italy. Although this is a powerful breed, it has several special needs that potential owners should be aware of. One of the first things that potential owners should know is that this dog can get very large. It is not uncommon to see a Cane Corso weighing 120 pounds. This dog was bred to protect their owner's property and to hunt large game.
This breed of dog has a massive head and a large body that is rectangular in shape. The coat on this dog is short and comes in several colors including red, gray and black.
Experienced Owners
This breed is not suitable for a new owner, or an owner that does not have a lot of experience. People who have always owned small breeds or gentle breeds such as retrievers or toy breeds should not get a Cane Corso. This dog is not only smart and powerful, but it is also very headstrong and stubborn at times.
A Cane Corso will need an owner who can be a leader. The perfect owner would be someone who is able to guide with firmness and be consistent at the same time without being mean or harsh. Although the Cane Corso will love and protect his family, you should not expect him to display many signs of affection. You will notice that he wants to frequently be near you, but you do not have to lavish him with lots of attention.
Socialization
It is critical that your Cane Corso is socialized at an early age. Be sure to get your dog from a breeder who has raised the puppy in the home. This will ensure that your dog will be familiar with common household noises, smells and sights. Continue the socialization skills by enrolling your puppy in an obedience class.
You can then begin to introduce him to other family members, neighbors and friends. Take him with you when you go on an errand. This way, he will learn to understand who and what are a part of your life, and the situations that should be considered threats.
However, it is important to remember that no amount of socialization will make him extremely friendly with any people outside of the family circle. These dogs are very protective, and guarding you will be his first priority.
A Cane Corso is an extremely protective dog. Although these dogs have an intimidating appearance, they will not display this aggression unless they are not properly trained and socialized.
About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists, http://www.CanineBehaviorSpecialists.com in Nashville, TN where he helps people train their dogs and solve behavior problems. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of the Canine Behavior Specialists Network, http://www.K9-University.com.

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