Will Other Dog Be Safe Around New Cane Corso?
This inquiry came in after the author had read one of my other Cane Corso columns. (http://www.askthedogguy.com/aggression-maturing-cane-corso/)
I’m currently not a cane corso owner because I’m doing as much research as I can now before getting one. I have 2 questions. First, I have an 8yr old downer dachshund (meaning she’s handicapped from her 2 hind legs and uses a wheelchair). Can a puppy Cane Corso that grows up trained eventually harm her in any way? Second question, I love dobermans as well. If I were to get both a doberman and a Cane Corso as puppies trained together, will they grow to to be a pack together or will 1 try to harm the other? I don’t think I could handle 1 trying to dominate and kill the other. I figured if they are raised together they should do fine, right?
Thanks for your help!
The biggest reason I see conflict between two or more dogs living in a single household has less to do with the breeds of the dogs and more to do with the relationship between the dogs and owners. A lot of people give their dogs the impression that they are really no more than a great college room mate. With some dogs this results in no more than a hectic household.
However a college room mate relationship with other dogs results in more conflict. There can be fights over resources (food, affection, treats etc.) as the dogs try to work out amongst themselves what would otherwise not be up for grabs if their owners had a teacher/student relationship with them.
Whether you decide on a Cane Corso or a Doberman you will increase your chances for success by finding the right breeder which is easier said than done. It takes a lot of work to find a good breeder. They are out there but the posers outnumber them vastly. Good breeders will be able to provide you names of people that have had past generations of their dogs (ideally from the same breeding pair that are now adults). (There’s a lot more to finding a good breeder – more than a column can address.)
Equally important; and some, including myself would say more important is what the breeder and you plan to expose the puppy you get to before it hits 12 weeks of age. While genetics do play a role, temperament is almost entirely formed in a dog by its experiences between 3 and 12 weeks of age and what is done or not done will impact how your dog gets along with people of all ages, other dogs to a certain extent and its environment in general – for the rest of its life. It’s the one thing that a dog owner has decent control over and I highly recommend reading my e-book about socialization before getting a puppy. It will help you properly socialize that puppy but will also give you a pretty good idea as to whether you’re getting a pup from a decent breeder or not as when you’re interviewing breeders you’ll be able to tell whether they know they know their stuff regarding socialization or are leaving things to chance which no good breeder would ever do. Particularly anyone breeding Cane Corso or Dobermans.