Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix: will this be a good dog for your family? (+photos)
Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix – is this a good dog for your family?
Before we talk about Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix, let me just say what I can tell about you, simply based on the fact that you are looking into possibly owning a dog like this. You are certainly a unique person that likely has unique needs related to dog ownership.
Both Cane Corso and Rottweilers are not “every day” breeds – both serve a particular purpose for their owners. Both are working breeds used for protection and guarding. If you are looking into Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix, you probably need a powerful, confident dog for protection or to guard your property. If this is so, Cane Corso, Rottweiler, or Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix really could be a good option for you.
I assume you aren’t looking into this particular mixed breed simply out of curiosity. This is a very serious dog requiring serious training, so I assume you are a person that is in need of such a dog and that you understand the implications of owning such a serious breed.
Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix: what you need to know
Who would make a good owner for a Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix
Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix: love and devotion
Training your pup – will it be easy?
A tender soul in an intimidating body
Best homes for Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix
In terms of personality, a Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix will inherit the qualities that separate both Rottweilers and Cane Corso from the rest of the dog world. The most important of them are their excellent guarding qualities.
Your Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix will be genetically primed to guard and protect you and your family (as well as your property) – this is a natural instinct forged by centuries of breeding of the two parent breeds. They will protect you both on your own territory as well as outside of it. Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix will strive to protect you both from other dogs as well as from people that may attack you or your family.
This, undoubtedly, is a wonderful quality which may be very attractive for many people, especially those that have reasons to be concerned about their safety.
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However, these qualities have a dark side as well. This is a working dog, meaning that it has to have things to do. They won’t do well in a family that doesn’t have time to train them or spend time with them.
This is an intelligent, confident, and motivated dog and its mind (as well as body) have to be occupied to keep this dog happy and fulfilled. Both Cane Corso and Rottweilers are quite complicated breeds. Rottweilers in particular are known to be aggressive and even dangerous. The media has certainly done its part in promoting such reputation of these dogs by spreading all the stories about accidents caused by Rottweilers.
Is this reputation true? The problem is, it can be. Rottweilers are extremely powerful dogs. They can easily break a human bone – in fact, they can easily break a cow’s leg bone, let alone a human. Rottweilers have been used historically as guard dogs, and there are accounts of one Rottweiler fighting off twenty armed men at a time.
Does this mean Rottweilers are inherently aggressive? While they are much more “serious” than many other breeds, they are not the angry aggressive dogs they are often presented to be. This is simply a breed that needs work and attention from their owner. This is not a hands-off breed.
You can say the same from Cane Corso. This is a dog that requires its owner to invest their soul in raising and training them. This is why a Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix is a dog for only those that are ready to invest enough time and effort into raising an obedient, controlled animal. Only in that case will you get a loyal, confident, and calm dog that will be your pleasure and pride.
What else can be said about this dog’s personality? This is a highly intelligent mixed breed, as both f the parent breeds are known for their intelligence. They can be moody and somewhat stubborn, especially as they mature.
While puppies are usually quite pliable and easy-going, adult dogs become a little more set in their ways. They like their routine, and they expect respect from their people more so than dramatic expressions of love. Not that they don’t enjoy a good pet. But, in dealing with this dog, respect is a first and foremost necessity.
The dog needs to respect you as well so that they can feel comfortable around you and don’t feel the need to test their limits all the time. You need to be strong and confident so that your Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix pup always knows you are the leader of the pack.
You also need to have time and desire to invest in working with your dog. This, of course, includes regular walks and play outside. But it also includes training. With a serious and powerful dog like Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix, training is absolutely necessary as a way of raising a safe dog – safe for you and others.
Discipline is extremely important in raising such a confident, strong dog. They absolutely have to have limits and boundaries, otherwise, you may raise a monster. This will be fully your fault, not the fault of the breed!
You may be surprised to learn that Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix can be extremely attached to their owners, and their devotion is limitless. These dogs fall deeply in love with their family members and they really need the companionship and attention of their people.
These are not good outdoors dogs: they need to take part in the daily life of your family to be happy. Left alone for long periods of time, they become unhappy, frustrated, bored, sad, and possibly aggressive. This is not a good basis for raising a happy, emotionally healthy dog.
A few things to keep in mind about Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix and children. This dog may not be very happy with children being rough and disrespectful to them. They generally like respect and some distance from everyone including their owners. Children in particular tend to play rough and sometimes can forget to be careful around the dog.
Your pup may not like being roughly petted or their hair or ears pulled etc. They appreciate respectful pets much more. Although, having said that, your dog will most likely simply walk away if they feel like the kids ‘ games are a bit too much.
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Another thing to remember is that this dog is very large and heavy. They can weigh up to 100 lbs and stand as tall as 65 cm. They are also extremely powerful, and they don’t always “calculate” their power when they rush to greet you when you come from work.
100 lbs of slobbery excited weight slamming into you enthusiastically can be quite the greeting! It’s very easy for a Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix to knock a person down at the peak of their enthusiasm. This is another thing to remember if you have children! They may suffer an occasional knockdown.
This is a very honest dog. They are not sly or calculating: if they don’t like something, they will show it to you at once. They do not tend to be vengeful or act behind their owners’ backs. They are in fact quite straightforward in their communication with humans as well as other dogs.
They are also very enthusiastic when they are happy about something. They tend to put their all in whatever they are doing, be it greeting you from work, playing a game, or protecting you from a stranger. They have a lot of energy, and sometimes they may seem like a bit much if you are not used to highly energetic dogs.
This is why, again, you need to be sure you really need such an energetic, devoted and enthusiastic dog as Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix. You need to know you will have things for them to do and also time to spend with them. Otherwise, it’s best to find a different, less demanding breed. Even a purebred Cane Corso could be better, as they will not have the enthusiasm and strong temper of a Rottweiler.
At the same time, Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix pups are not necessarily hyperactive. Like any other large dog, they spend a lot of time relaxing or napping, even though they will still watch you “with one eye” to make sure you are safe.
When it comes to training, it’s not always very easy with Cane Corso Rottweiler Mixes. One thing to understand is that they absolutely need training. This is a large and strong dog and needs discipline for its own sake, as well as for the sake of you, your family and everyone you meet.
However, Cane Corso Rottweiler Mixes are not easy to train unless you are very confident and have experience training dogs. This dog won’t obey just anyone holding their leash. They need to trust you and respect you to want to obey you. This is why this is not the best dog for police work or rescue work.
It just doesn’t tend to be easily trainable by any dog trainer (unlike, say, a German shepherd: they seem to be made to be trained and can be trained by anyone). If your Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix does respect you and love you, they will be very easy to train. They are highly intelligent and thrive to please people they love. They are able to understand many commands and sometimes will even understand you without any words.
Despite their intimidating looks, they can be very sensitive dogs. Yes, they can be very serious and somewhat grumpy. But they may also possess very delicate souls. They can be very sensitive when being scolded, especially if it was undeserved.
Some are even known to cry when offended! They can also be quite thoughtful, enjoy the beauty of nature, and spend plenty of time observing their surroundings. They have deep and complicated souls and are much more than just excellent guard dogs.
What would make a good home for this type of dog? First of all, a family that wants this dog, and this dog only. This is a demanding, complicated mixed breed that will require lots of patience and understanding from you and your family members.
This is a large and very “serious” dog that you should not adopt on a whim. If you and your family members are ready to invest countless hours in spending time with the dog, training them, playing with them, teaching them, and loving them, you will be a great home for this dog.
If you are ready to read and learn about dog psychology, and take your dog to training classes, and maybe take some training classes yourself so you know what you are doing, you will be a good owner for this dog. If you are devoted to your Cane Corso Rottweiler Mix, they will grow to be devoted to you, and be a pleasure to own!