Cane Corsi is an ancient dog breed, bred to protect their owners with a fearless resolve only matched by their loyalty and deep bonds with their humans. Although the Corsi have a genetic predisposition towards protective behavior, could they be considered as a breed to beware of??
Are Cane Corsos aggressive or even dangerous?
Like most large breed dogs, Cane Corsi can become aggressive or even dangerous if they are not socialized with humans and other dogs in their puppyhood. Understandably they can also become aggressive if abused by their owner as all dogs can, except this breed has the size/mass to be dangerous. Corsi requires obedience training and special care to lessen the breed-specific tendencies and affect non-aggressive behavior.
Cane Corsi makes an intelligent and loyal member of a human household and is eager to please their owners. To ensure that they are happy and socialized, we will discuss the unique history and genetic temperament that Corsi owners should consider when planning to own or train these loving bodyguards. Read More Below...
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To understand the cane Corsi breed, one needs to look at their history. As in most working dog breeds, the Corsi were interbred to fulfill their dominant function. In the case of the Corsi, their primary duty was that of protection.
The Cane Corso belongs to a category of working dogs named molossus dogs named after the Mollossi, an ancient Greek tribe said to have bred these fearless guard dogs. Originally dogs of war, the molossus dogs were called piereferi or ‘fearless’ and were sent into enemy lines with flaming oil strapped to their backs. They even had their own battle armor to protect themselves from arrows.
With the decline of western culture in the 15 century, the breed was set to guard duty or boar hunting and livestock driving. With economic and social upheaval and the increased mechanization of agriculture, the breed was all but extinct by the 20th century.
Luckily, a group of enthusiasts found the last breeding pairs in
Italy’s more remote areas and formed a society to protect and breed the Corsi
in 1983. The breed was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2010.
Quick Fact: In Italian the word Cane means dog and the word Corso means guardian. Judging by their size we're guessing they were good at it.
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Genetic predisposition is not the deciding factor in whether your Cane Corso is destined to be aggressive. Like most large breed dogs, the consequences of aggressive behavior are far more far-reaching than in smaller breeds, but their aggression cannot be determined by breed alone.
Although their intimidating appearance has developed a bad reputation for aggression toward other animals and humans, this is not necessarily so. Finding reputable breeders is an essential step in finding a Cane Corso with an even temperament, and the dog’s nature can be shaped by training and environment.
Finding a reputable breeder who breeds their puppies selectively to promote less aggression in the breed is an essential first step. You should research your breeder and visit the breeding pair/pairs to note their behavioral characteristics. You may also work with your breeder to find a puppy that does not exhibit dominant feeding and play behavior.
The Cane Corso is the most easily trained of the mastiff breeds due to their intelligence eager to place natures. From a very young age, Corsi puppies should be firmly and gently turned away from dominance displays or aggression. Socialization is of primary importance for the Corsi from a young age and basic obedience training (which is essential in any large breed canine.)
Scientific studies have shown that aggression towards dogs during training and harsh training methods increases the dog’s aggression by as much as 2.9 times than a gently corrected dog. Obedience should appeal to a dog’s willingness to please for real effects on aggressive behaviors, especially in large breed dogs such as Corsi.
A Cane Corso, raised from puppyhood in a loving environment where dominance is gently but firmly discouraged, should not exhibit aggression to their owners. The Corsi is known and loved for their protective and endearing affection towards their owners. Adult Corsi who have suffered abuse may show aggression to their owners, but that is ubiquitous across the canine family.
Although there have been reported incidences of fatal attacks on their human owners, these are exceptions rather than the norm. Incidences such as these merely highlight the importance of proper training and environment for these potentially dangerous large breed dogs.
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Being an intelligent breed, Cane Corsos will assess potential danger to their human family before attacking an intruder. Well-socialized Corsi will not exhibit aggression to friends and family who show no threat to their ’pack’. However, due to the breed’s loyal nature and proactive instincts, they will most likely attack an intruder who exhibits threatening behavior to the member of its human family.
The Corsi’s protective nature becomes more pronounced as they mature. Still, a trained and socialized Corso will exhibit a watchful aloof stance to strangers that are characteristic of the breed. Owners who prefer species who exhibit friendliness towards non-family members should consider choosing another dog breed.
With a weight of up to 110 lbs (50 kgs) and a 700 pounds per square inch (PSI) bite, your Cane Corso is a breed that you need to train responsibly. In 2014, a Michigan couple was given a jail sentence when two Corsi fatally mauled a passing jogger. Although the Corsi fatalities are nowhere near that of Pitbulls, their bite force is three times stronger than the Pitbull PSI of 230.
Owners hold a responsibility to the public to ensure these loyal companions do not harm those around them. Here are some ways to ensure your Corso remains non-aggressive:
Due to its size and breed-specific tendencies, Cane Corsos do require special care when placed in an environment with small children. Play fighting or general rough and tumble behaviors of children may be misconstrued by the Corso, so care should be taken to teach children proper behaviors around their pets. Even though they make loving additions to family homes, Corsi’s size and temperament do not lend itself well to toddlers and smaller children.
Those who love Cane Corsi defend the breed vigilantly and promote this intelligent breed’s loving and loyal nature. However, these faithful companions can also be deadly if not properly raised and trained correctly. They are not an ideal breed for first-time owners but make exceptional pets if they are aware of their protective natures and are willing to put in the hard work.