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.
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.
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.