The Cane Corso is an intelligent, active dog that was bred for use as a guard dog and a working dog by the Italians, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). The modern day Cane Corso was only formally recognized by the AKC in 2010.
At first glance, Cane Corsos look like intimidating bulldogs. However, they are really an Italian Mastiff that ranges between 88 and 120 lbs. Owners who like to use this breed for protection may get their ears cropped for a more aggressive look.
These intelligent dogs train well, but also require an owner who is familiar with dog socialization and can handle a headstrong pet. Built for athletics, Corsos also love to play, socialize with their family and like the challenge of new tricks or further training. Owners can expect to walk the Corso about a mile each day to keep its energy levels from becoming destructive, notes VetStreet.
Cane Corsos do not like strangers and can be very territorial, which is a part of their nature as guard dogs. It is a good idea to socialize the dog with other dogs and people early on to manage this trait somewhat. This breed does bond well with its owners and human family members. They are considered very good with children.