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Male vs. Female

The question of getting a male or a female is one that needs to be given due consideration.  If you already have a dog and are looking to add a Corso to your family, it is always recommended you add one of the opposite sex of the current dog in your household.  Corsos tend to do better with dogs of the opposite sex due to their dominant nature.   This is not to say that two females will not get along, only that you have better odds with male/female than those of the same sex.   It is also important to take into consideration your current dogs temperament when looking into getting another dog.  If you have a very dominant dog (regardless of male or female), you should look for a pup with a more submissive or subordinate temperament.   Do not assume that the first dog there will always be "top dog".  Once old enough, the typical Corso will attempt to take over alpha position in the pack and it is best to be prepared for this in advance.  The following information highlights some of the differences between males and females of this breed.  Keep in mind there are always exceptions to the rule.

Males are slower to mature, usually not reaching their final size until about 3 years.   Intact males have a tendency to wander while searching for females in heat and to mark every object in their territory.  Neutering at a young age will lesson territorial behavior/aggression or any behavior that is hormone related.   Due to their dominant nature, the male Corso does not typically do well with other male dogs.  If the other dog is dominant and does not submit, the outcome is usually a fur-flying brawl. 

As with most breeds, females tend to be smaller than males.  They too tend to possess a dominant temperament.  They may have same sex aggression (much like males) but tend to be more accepting of other females (where males usually aren't towards other males).  The female Corso has less dewlap and is usually dryer around the mouth.  If spaying is not in your plans, then special consideration will have to be given 2 to 3 times a year during her heat cycles.  This lifestyle-altering event can last up to 3 weeks and can be quite a mess when dealing with a 100-pound dog.

 The Cane Corso is equally affectionate, athletic, and intelligent whether male or female. Both mature to be discerning guardians of their family, even after spaying or neutering.   Whichever you chose, you will need to put in the same amount of time and work when socializing & training.  Both are formidable companions and your choice should be made on your current household situation (i.e., other pets, size allowance, etc.) and preference.

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