What’s Up With Cane Corsos?

June 23rd, 2007 by Dan

Outside of the designer dog, ‘doodle’ phenomenon, I’ve noticed a recent surge of interest in the Cane Corso. People who recognize that our dog is a Mastiff often ask if he’s a Corso (he’s not); or someone just mentions a Cane Corso after we’ve informed them that our pup is a French Mastiff. I see Corso puppies for sale advertised regularly. In an age when toy “accessory” dogs and designer dogs are all the rage, what makes these giants so appealing?

Like all Mastiffs, Corsos are excellent protectors. Their stature alone is often enough to keep strangers away (anyone with a Mastiff has probably watched someone cross the middle of the street to avoid their dog). A well-bred Corso instinctively knows when to guard and when to accept people into his pack; he will be cautious around strangers. But, Corsos are excellent companions for their people, and good family dogs. They are gentle with children, assuming they are properly socialized.

Two Cane Corsos
Compared to other Mastiffs, Corsos are less wrinkly with smaller jowls, which means less slobber (a common complaint from people who think Mastiffs are great, but can’t imagine living with all that mess). They’re pretty cute, too, even with their cropped ears. Cropping is common practice, but isn’t at all necessary and will hopefully be phased out in the near future.

It’s not hard to find a Cane Corso in rescue, and even easier to find a breeder. With a recent (in the past 10-15 years) resurgence in popularity, improper in-breeding as well as over-breeding have created some health and temperament issues. As always, if you’re looking to acquire a pup from a breeder, make sure you find a reputable breeder. You’ll avoid health problems and potentially dangerous behavioral issues later on, even if the initial investment is higher.





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