UPDATED! Cane Corso: Breed of the Week
Are Cane Corsos Good City Dogs?
The Cane Corso has to be one of the fiercest looking breeds around. Contrary to its look and reputation, the Cane Corso is not a fighting dog, they are watch dogs. According to the American Kennel Club it is one of “two native Italian ‘mastiff type’ dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed’s name derives from the Latin ‘Cohors’ which means ‘Guardian’ and ‘Protector.'” Cane Corsos are extremely intelligent and loyal, and they tend to bond closely with their families. (PS… it’s pronounced “cah-nay” not “cane.”)
Topping out at 110 pounds Cane Corsos make surprisingly good apartment dogs. My neighbor had a large female in her New York City apartment and had no problems. Sean encountered one at a “Meet the Breed” event and it was all over him! Kissing him and trying to lie in his lap.
Do Cane Corsos Bark?
They do require a lot of exercise and make great jogging partners.
Like other large, intelligent dogs, training is a must. Remember: start training early! This breed is not for the novice owner as you could find yourself a guest in your own home. They score about average when it comes to training. I repeat start trainman early. You want this big beast to behave herself when she’s in the common areas of your building.
They require socialization and should live with a structured regimen.
We did a little research and they are on the low end of barkers, so excessive barking in an apartment probably won’t be a problem.
They require little maintenance; they shed very little. Their coats come in a variety of colors, including brindle, black, and grey.
As with many large breed dogs, they are subject to bone issues and have a shorter life span than their smaller cousins.
For tips on how to find a pet-friendly apartment in New York and other cities read Urban Dog’s guide. Big dogs pose a particular challenge, but don’t worry, you can find places that accept large breed dogs.
Here’s a link to the AKC Cane Corso page.