In an effort to ensure proper placement of our pups, we have written an article to give the prospective Cane Corso owner a realistic overview of what it requires to raise a dominant guardian breed.
The most common mistake we see prospective owners make is discounting the dominant guardian temperament of the
Cane Corso. These dogs are NOT Golden Retrievers wrapped up in a Cane Corso body. Overlooking or discounting
this fact can cause a great deal of unhappiness for you and your pet. We feel this disregard for temperament, combined
with apathy towards training, is contributing to the abundance of Cane Corso’s currently in rescue and shelters today.
These dogs are not for the first time dog owner. The Cane Corso is a dominant breed which means they will attempt to
fill the role as leader of the pack, canine or human. They will attempt to assert themselves shortly after you bring them
home. Additionally, they are naturally protective and require obedience training with a lot of owner interaction. They
need time and attention, especially during the formative puppy years which can determine whether or not the dog
becomes a stable member of your family. This is not a dog you can leave for 12 hours in the backyard or in a crate and
hope for the best. Nor is it a dog you can stake out on a cable while you are inside or away.
VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF A CANE CORSO
Puppy Stage (birth to 6 months):
• Right after you get the puppy home, it may play bite you and your children much harder than a soft mouthed
• Socialization should be started
• Attention to proper nutrition is critical to ensure proper growth rate
• Puppy kindergarten and basic obedience classes should be completed during at this time. This helps establish
you as leader in your household and creates valuable bonding time.
Adolescence (6 months to 18 months):
• During the teenage years your Corso may test you, your children and other dogs. This is a dominant breed which
means if you are not in charge, the Corso will be – and you won’t like it.
• Your Corso may now see “Fluffy” the cat as prey.
Adult Corso (18 months and older):
• Your Corso may exhibit aggression toward other dogs, especially if it has not been neutered or spayed. Proper
control over your Corso is essential.
Properly socialized Corsos are people friendly, providing you introduce new comers to the house. Some Corsos have
much stronger guarding instincts which make them suspicious of strangers. If you have children whose friends run in
and out of the house, be prepared to supervise your Corso at all times or place him in a secure, safe place.
Most importantly, unless you have experience with guard dog breeds, you will need a trainer who has the experience to
help you manage. This means a trainer who has worked with police or military dogs, or has competed with dogs in
Schutzhund. We strongly suggest that you take the time necessary to find a trainer of this caliber prior to purchasing
One of the primary goals of our breeding program is to produce dogs suitable for sports competition, police work and as superior home guardians. We measure their suitability through competitive sports: Schutzhund, American Street Ring and AKC obedience trials. We strive to produce dogs that have high prey drive, clear heads and that have a “hard
temperament”. This is not to be confused with being “tough”. A hard dog is one that can take a correction and quickly
bounce back. It is necessary for a sports dog to have a hard temperament. However, these types of dog with its’ higher
prey drive are not generally safe with small prey (squirrels, rabbits, birds or cats). Dogs that are not considered hard
enough for our program are sold as pet quality or to non-sporting homes.