There are a lot of regal breeds out there that are both powerful and loyal. These animals were specially breed over the course of hundreds of years and were used by the noble peoples of the world for protection. But one breed stands out from the pack.
The Cane Corso Mastiff is a very large and dominating dog breed. This canine which was breed for both protection and its athleticism first got its start in what is now modern day Italy. These Italian dogs were fist breed by the Romans and used in warfare. Because of this fact, some believe that these dogs are overly aggressive but with the proper breeding practices and training that doesn’t have to be the case.
These canines are very protective animals and they will stand tall against any threat to their family, but if they are socialized while young these dogs will grow up to be very calm animals. While it wouldn’t be wise to bring an older dog into the home with children, if you get them while they are young you and your family can work with the puppy and it will grow up to be a vital part of the family. No dog is born vicious but some are more aggrieve than others. But obedience training will go a long way in correcting this issue.
While Cane Corso Mastiffs are super strong animals, they do have some health related issues that may pop-up from time to time. Hip dysplasia is one of the most common genetic problems that this massive animals face. So it is a good idea to have your new puppy x-rayed to determine if it will be predisposed to have this problem. While your Vet may not see anything wrong with your dog, remember to keep an eye out for this problem in the future. Another issue that might come up in older dogs is bloating. While this might not be a serious issue, you should always watch out for this because it could turn into a more serious issue.
So if you are thinking of bringing one of these very cute puppies home in the future, remember to purchase your new pet from a breeder that practices proper breeding methods. Also, don’t forget to socialize your new dog with both people and other animals. This will give you a well-rounded family pet that will protect the entire family without being overly aggressive to strangers.
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