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Do Cane Corsos Like to Cuddle? The Interesting Answer

Melissa Gunter

By Melissa Gunter

Cane Corso

Known for its size and power, the Cane Corso has a long history of hunting, fighting, and defending their humans. They are one of the most feared breeds on the planet, but like with most dog breeds, there’s more than meets the eye with these dogs. While breed standards tell us the size, temperament, and look of dog breeds, it’s difficult to learn just how close a breed can connect with its owners. That’s the case for the Cane Corso.

Yes, they are guard dogs, but they are also loving family members. One of the biggest questions potential Cane Corso owners ask is, do Cane Corsos like to cuddle? Looking at these intimidating dogs may make you think otherwise, but the true answer to that question is yes, Cane Corsos love to cuddle and show affection to their families. Let’s learn more about this breed and the affection they show those they love.

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A Bit About the Cane Corso

Like many dog breeds, the Cane Corso, or Italian Mastiff, has a long, rich history. This breed was originally bred to fight alongside Roman soldiers on the battlefield. Considered a descendant of the extinct Greek Molossus dog, the Cane Corso has had several jobs since its days of war. Due to their size and power, they found themselves as big game hunters. These large dogs can take on big game animals like wild boar and bear. They are also very protective which is why in the past they were often used to guard livestock and homes. Nowadays, Cane Corsos are kept as pets with many owners seeing them as personal guardians or protectors of the family.

Cane Corso
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A Bad Reputation

Like many other dog breeds out there, the Cane Corso has gained a bit of a bad reputation over the years. As we’ve previously mentioned, they are very powerful dogs. They also have a high prey drive and can feed off their owner’s emotional state. This has led to several instances where the Cane Corso has attacked smaller animals such as little dogs or cats that have entered their world. There have also been cases of bites or attacks on people. Often, these situations arise due to the owner’s negligence and lack of proper training. They also take place due to the Cane Corso feeling fear for its owner or itself and deciding to take action.

This bad reputation has led certain states in the US to ban Cane Corsos altogether. Breed-specific legislation like this not only gives dog breeds a bad name but lumps the entire breed together instead of focusing on single attacks and solitary dogs that are dangerous. Yes, Cane Corsos, Pitt Bulls, and even Rottweilers have bad reputations, but that doesn’t mean every dog of these breeds is going to attack or harm other animals.

Do Cane Corsos Like to Cuddle?

Cane Corsos can be giant babies when it comes to their families. Yes, many people choose this dog breed for its protective nature and striking appearance but don’t be surprised to find them willing to snuggle next to you when the time is right. Cane Corso owners claim that properly trained Corsos are constantly showing love and affection but aren’t considered an overly clingy breed. Like other dogs, they get excited when you come home and want your attention. They also like to cuddle or snuggle on the couch or bed. They even come seeking their family’s attention as they aren’t the type of breed that enjoys being left alone for long periods. They want to be with their owner or family.

portrait of happy family with cane corso
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Building a Relationship with a Cane Corso

When it comes to the Cane Corso a good relationship with its owner should start young. While it’s cute to watch a puppy bound around the house and get into things, training with this breed needs to start when they are pups. Early training and socialization is the best way to help adapt your Cane Corso to the environment they will live in. Naturally, this breed is weary of strangers. It’s from their protective natures. Introducing your Cane Corso to situations with people outside the family, and even small animals, in the early stages of their lives can help you avoid unwanted situations where your Corso feels the need to hunt or protect the family.

Training and socialization aren’t the only things a Cane Corso needs. They also need attentive owners. Taking your dog on walks, playing in the backyard, and even cuddling while you watch a movie are all great ways to build a bond with your Cane Corso but they also need to know you are the boss. Be firm when training or giving commands, but don’t be a bully. If you’re the alpha in the situation, your Cane Corso will fall in line at your side and be your best friend. Not to mention, your biggest cuddle buddy.

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Final Thoughts on Cuddling with a Cane Corso

They may not look like cuddle bugs, but the Cane Corso is an affectionate dog breed when it comes to their families. If you build a strong relationship with this dog breed, don’t be surprised when you’re reaping the rewards by having a 100-pound powerhouse laying its head in your lap and asking for cuddles. Like with any dog breed, the relationship owners have with Cane Corsos is determined by how you treat them. Proper training, socialization, and lots of love will make this Mastiff breed your best pal and partner.


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