Cane Corso German Shepherd mix – a remarkable cross breed (+photos)
Cane Corso German Shepherd mix – a remarkable crossbreed
Cane Corso German Shepherd mix, as you probably guessed, is a mix of two wonderful, unique breeds: German Shepherd and Cane Corso. Both are known for their strong work ethics and high intelligence, as well as stunning looks and physical power. But should you actually look into owning a Cane Corso German Shepherd mix? What kind of a dog is this? Will this be the right dog for your family?
In this article
Cane Corso German Shepherd Mix history
A working dog first and foremost
Cane Corso German Shepherd mix and family
Training your Cane Corso German Shepherd mix: main principles and approaches
It’s certainly a unique combination of two of the more unique and impressive breeds in the world. A well-bred and correctly raised Cane Corso German Shepherd mix will be a highly intelligent dog with excellent guarding instincts, loving and devoted to their owner. One of the parent breeds, German Shepherds, is often employed in police work, search and rescue, and other service organizations. This is one of the most intelligent dogs out there, capable of learning some very sophisticated behaviors.
As a breed, German Shepherds were bred to be as versatile a breed as possible and they are very valuable as such. Cane Corso are unique dogs as well, bred mostly for guarding, protecting, hunting, and farm work. They have natural protecting instincts and are routinely used in police work and security organizations too. They are calm, confident dogs with a stable and friendly personality, even though they can be fierce protectors for their humans. You can learn more about Cane Corso temperament here. A mix of these two breeds, Cane Corso German Shepherd mix is bound to be a talented dog full of potential and capable of any work or service you may want to employ it in, even if it’s just guarding your farm (or house).
Although the mixed breed itself is very new, both parents of this dog are old breeds. Cane Corso can even be called ancient! They descend all the way from molossus dogs raised in Ancient Rome and used extensively for hunting, guarding, and protection. Later the breed itself was sculpted in Italy where it got its name. Today Cane Corso, albeit not the most well-known breed out there, has spread literally all over the world, with thousands of fans in all countries.
German Shepherds are a younger breed that first originated in Europe. The ancestors of today’s German Shepherds were shepherding dogs bred particularly in Germany in the 17-18th centuries. The shepherds put a lot of effort into developing a breed that had the best qualities to do the work at hand, which was herding cattle as well as guarding and protecting the farm.
By the 18th century, the German Shepherd was already a formed breed that was widespread all over Germany, loved for its wonderful working qualities, as well as their intelligence and devotion to the owners. Let alone the fact that this is a gorgeous dog! Throughout the 18-19th century the breed was further improved and developed until the dog that we know today was finally created.
The Cane Corso German Shepherd Mix isn’t referenced that much in literature yet, as it is a very new crossbreed that only a few breeders out there can offer. However, it is full of potential and is attracting a fair amount of dog lovers all over the world.
In terms of appearance, this dog will take from both of the parent breeds, although each individual pup may look a bit different from the rest, as it all just depends on what traits the pups inherit. But in general, you can expect a medium – to – large dog weighing up to 100-120lbs and standing as tall as 60-65 cm. They have shorter coat than German Shepherd but longer than Cane Corso. The coat color is usually black and red or black and tan depending on the colors of both of the parents. (It can even be purely black).
Both German Shepherds and Cane Corso have been bred for centuries as working dogs whose main job was to guard and protect their families and their property. Both breeds were also used in hunting and at farms as cattle herders. Decades of selective breeding have fostered some wonderful qualities in both breeds.
The dogs had to be intelligent, decisive, confident, have leadership qualities but not be dominant, have good intuition, and a desire to work along with people. Both of these breeds worked in the civilian world as well as during wars and conflicts.
They took part in wars, hunts, police work, search and rescue, and many other activities that only a few breeds out there can manage successfully. With proper training, Cane Corso German Shepherd mix can and will be very successful in police work, search and rescue, service work, helping people with disabilities, etc. They can also be a successful farm dog.
It doesn’t matter what your dog will be involved in: they just need to have some work to do. This dog is genetically conditioned to be extremely smart and active and they need to keep that giant brain of theirs busy, as well as their body. If you live on a farm or are planning to train your dog and work with it regularly, this is great. If you need a lower maintenance dog, this may not be your breed.
Along with their exceptional working qualities, both German Shepherds and Cane Corso have evolved to live close to their people and be part of their everyday life. They are very well attuned to their owners and sometimes seem to be able to read their minds.
A Cane Corso German Shepherd mix is not only a working dog but a companion as well. Both German Shepherds and Cane Corso are extremely attached and devoted to their owners. It is absolutely critical for these dogs to live heart to heart with their owners, taking part in everyday life.
This is not a good outside dog that you can keep on a chain in the yard. This dog that will need to live in the house with you, will follow you everywhere and be interested in everything you do.
Despite the large size, these dogs are excellent with kids. They have a calm, stable personality, don’t tend to be easily startled or frightened, and can tolerate even rough play. Of course, you have to be careful letting particularly small children play with such a large dog as the dog can accidentally knock the kid off their feet. But, with a well raised and polite dog, you don’t have to worry about aggression towards children at all.
Because this mix is naturally a great working dog, I wanted to talk a little about how to go about training this dog. Training is absolutely critical in raising a polite, well-behaved Cane Corso German Shepherd mix that you can be proud of and that will be a pleasure to have around. But how to approach the training correctly? Every breed has its own nuances when it comes to best training approaches, and this is true for Cane Corso German Shepherd mix as well.
The best time to begin training your pup is when they are around 10 months old or so. You can start earlier, of course, with more basic commands and rules that you want your dog to follow around the house. This is when you will teach your pup to sit, lie down, fetch, go to their crate and behave well on the leash.
But anything more complex that requires more discipline from your dog probably shouldn’t be learnt when the dog is still young. Young dogs don’t have the required attention span, get tired quickly, and may lose interest in training. If you insist on training or repeat a command too many times, the dog may get frustrated which will negatively affect further training.
All the training -or pre-training – that you do before the age of 10 months or so should be mostly in the form of a game so that your pup stays excited and interested. This will be a good basis for further training as well as a wonderful time for you to bond with your dog.
As your pup matures, you can start some age-appropriate and breed-appropriate training. First of all, your attitude to training will change – before your dog’s attitude does. You will want to demand the dog to follow the commands more strictly: this may translate into a more confident and stern tone of voice, which your dog will certainly notice and understand.
You can also be stricter about punishments in case of not following the commands. The process of training is there to enforce the best qualities of your Cane Corso German Shepherd mix and limit their potential character traits that you may not want to see in your dog.
Further on, you may want to do particular types of training depending on the types of work you want your Cane Corso German Shepherd mix to do. Whether you just want them to know a few commands or you are planning to engage your dog in some type of qualified service dog, you may be sure the Cane Corso German Shepherd mix will be intelligent and talented enough to excel in almost anything you may want to work on.
Due to their two wonderful parent breeds, this dog truly has all the potential you can dream of seeing in a working dog.
Your voice is one of your main tools for training. A Cane Corso German Shepherd mix, being a very intelligent dog, will be able to differentiate between up to 10 different tones of voice, which gives you plenty of range to express the three main things you want your dog to understand.
First is your praise when they do something good. Then there is a scolding tone of voice when the dog misbehaves, and a threatening tone when you need the dog to clearly understand they are doing something wrong and that they need to stop.
For the dog to understand and follow the tones of your voice, your pup needs to associate a certain tone with either pleasure ( a pet on the head, a treat, etc) or negative emotions associated with the withdrawal of treats, toys, absence of affection, etc.
Generally, you won’t need to threaten your dog throughout training- a better strategy is simply to ignore the dog if they are not following the command – and try again. Withdrawal of attention and affection works very well with this dog mix as they are highly attuned to their owner’s moods and strive to please the owner and be emotionally close to them.
If your pup understands that you will ignore them when they misbehave, they associate misbehaving with being abandoned and ignored and quickly stop doing whatever they were doing in favor of your love and attention.
The commands that you used in training should be short and easily understandable. You may also use gestures in your work with your dog. Do not change your commands or gestures. Cane Corso German Shepherd mix is a highly intelligent dog but they still need clarity to be successful in training
Dogs are very good at differentiating between their owners’ emotions and are very responsive to encouragement (“Good boy!” “Well done!”) and discouragement and withdrawal of affection. This is a great tool to use in training: sometimes it works even in the absence of actual treats, especially with older dogs.
Sometimes, you will need to use some “force” in your training. This in no way means physically hitting your dog. But you can, for example, press on their back when you need them to sit and they don’t understand yet what exactly you are trying to get them to do. Another time you may need to use some force is if the dog understands the command but does not want to follow it.
This is when it’s important to get the dog to do whatever you wanted them to do so you maintain your authority as a leader. However, force and punishment should never be your main tool in training your dog. Especially for Cane Corso German Shepherd mix such tools may be really harmful and lead to frustration and unwillingness to further cooperate.
These dogs value affection and love with their owner and don’t respond well to negative emotions and actions. If something in your training isn’t going the way you want, you may want to talk to a professional to see if there is something that you are doing wrong. Your dog may also be afraid or unsure of something and that may prevent it from following the command as well.