"The Cane Corso and his talents ... were perfectly suited to the labors of farm life. This dog was unconquerable, tenacious, resistant to pain and eager to serve humans. His temperament was pliable, and his physical capabilities considerable. He was versatile enough to confront a bull or wild boar, but respectful enough not to chase the chickens nor drink the goat milk. All these factors into his salvations. He found a home with the massaro, or peasant farmer ... where he shared in his every day labor."
- from "Temperament Journey" by Michael Ertaskiran, published by Modern Molosser magazine
A Cane Corso is not a gentle giant.
The breed is a paradox. On one hand, they are conscientious of their size and power but they hit like a freight train when it matters. They are sweet and good natured with their family, but always ready to turn on when needed. They have the stamina to run for miles on end, but the adaptability to lay around like a blob for a few days when required.
If ever there was a breed who could do it all, it was the Cane Corso.
That is not to say they are not without their challenges. As the breed has increased in popularity and we begin to see poorly qualified people breeding poor tempered and poorly built dogs. we have certainly seen an uptick of issues in the breed including allergies, instability and insecurity, hip and elbow dysplasia and general structural breakdowns.
The Cane Corso is not fully recognized in Canada by the Canadian Kennel Club, so dogs cannot be registered through the CKC. However, the breed is listed as Miscellaneous, so dogs and puppies can register for miscellaneous numbers to compete in Canadian Kennel Club sanctioned conformation and sporting events. Within Canada, most breeders will provide American Kennel Club and International Cane Corso Federation (ICCF) paperwork with their puppies, however if the breeder is only providing ICCF paperwork, that will not be sufficient if you want to do anything competitively with your dog in the future, and cannot be used to then register with AKC or apply fora CKC Miscellaneous number.
SISU KOIRA CANE CORSO
Somewhere along the line, Cane Corso has lost its way. As breeders began catering to a pet market, we've either begun to see dogs that are far too soft to be of any real use, or dogs so nervy they should have never left the breeders yard. There are breeders using grossly oversized dogs in their program, and type, workability and temperament is an afterthought. Yes, its a mastiff. But its supposed to be a moderately sized working mastiff, not the overweight, flaccid blobs that bog down the breed groups and are being glorified as "couch potatoes" and "gentle giants".
If that's what you want - I suggest a different program. Our dogs are not for you.
A well bred, athletic Corso is a magnificent animal. Power, grace, agility and stamina come together in harmony for a dog who can handle trotting for miles before exploding with power to take down a threat or catch its prey.
They should be tolerant and accepting of people in your home and yard with proper introductions from respectful guests, but no one should be letting themselves into your home without an invite. Corso do not go looking for trouble, because they are homestead guardians. They stay home near their people and mind their own business. As long as their family and their home is sound, they will not go out looking for trouble.
Corso are also highly adaptable and are a utilitarian breed. They should be able to excel in any task that is given to them and are therefore suitable for most kinds of work. They are natural problem solvers, and can handle mentally challenging work.
While we can do our best as breeders to produce stable, healthy and well-raised dogs, it is important to understand that a Cane Corso will still require a lot more commitment to regular exercise, mental stimulation, firm boundaries and strict containment than your average family dog breed.
Before inquiring about a Cane Corso for your family, consider if a Corso is a fit for you:
Can you provide 5+ hours per week of physical and mental stimulation for your dog?
Can you provide an outlet suitable for moderate energy, prey driven or defensive dogs?
Are you prepared to deal with same sex aggression and/or dog aggression in general?
What type of professional support will you need to be successful (trainers, veterinarians, boarding services) and are they available to you?
For more specific information, please contact us.