Top 5 Reasons Why Cane Corsi Are Perfect Guard Dogs

Written by Courtney Wennerstrom
Updated: September 19, 2023
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Cane Corsi are smart, affectionate, and easy to train – some of the reasons they make excellent guard dogs.


Majestic Cane Corsi – whose Latin-derived name roughly translates to “guardian dog” – are large, working dogs known for their intelligence, loving personalities, and fierce loyalty. Also referred to as Italian Mastiffs, Cane Corsi were originally bred in Italy for battle, but have long been taught to hunt wild boar and guard wildlife, too. So it is in their nature to be protective.

However, when it comes to their families and fellow pack members, they are especially watchful and attentive. Vigilant and highly-attuned to potential threats, Cane Corsi have naturally protective instincts – making them extremely adept at keeping their families safe. As their name implies, we bred Cane Corsi to safeguard and defend – which helps account for their impressive size. Standing 23.5 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 88 to 110 pounds or more – with a strong build and powerful jaw – they boast a proud and imposing appearance.

Despite – or perhaps because of their awesome looks and notable dedication – fewer dogs will make you feel safer.

Let’s discuss the top 5 reasons why Cane Corsi are perfect guard dogs…

1. Naturally Protective

Cane Corsi have been bred to be protective. This is a superpower that must be harnessed responsibly. So it is worth mentioning how important it is to train and spend time with these beautiful and sensitive animals. Although they aren’t inherently aggressive, it is always best to ensure that their built-in guardian instincts remain well-balanced and manageable. Encouraging positive interactions with people and other animals – and providing clear boundaries – are crucial for raising a well-adjusted Cane Corso. In short, bringing this type of dog into your home is a significant commitment, so please carefully consider your responsibility before adopting one.

Because there is a massive difference between having a protective dog and an aggressive dog, you should teach your Cane Corso how to get along with strangers, discern which humans are truly dangerous and which ones are not, and understand your expectations. Above all, you never want to do anything to encourage unsolicited aggression – which is not only perilous for other people, but can put your dog in grave danger as well.

NOTE on training…

cane corso playing tug

Like most dogs, the Cane Corso loves to play, so incorporating fun into training is a wonderful way to bond with your dog while teaching them how to manage their protective instincts.

©Taisya Korchak/

There are many different types of aggression in dogs with varying causes and triggers. But to bring out the best in your Cane Corso, it is ideal to work with a professional trainer who uses positive-reinforcement techniques – meaning those that use rewards, treats, and praise to teach your dog tricks and commands. Never use aversive methods, which have been scientifically proven to increase aggression and create unnecessary stress.

While all dogs thrive on pleasurable, interactive training, Cane Corsi, in particular, will benefit from methodologies that do not cause fear, stress, or pain. In other words, working with your dog on proper socialization and manners should be enjoyable and entertaining for both parties. Positive-reinforcement will also nurture your dog’s protective instincts while helping them understand when to be gentle and welcoming and when to be protective. This way, you can ensure that your intense canine bodyguard remains a good citizen and functions well in society.

Finally, no matter how daunting they might appear to the eye, Cane Corsi are more than just guard dogs. Instead, they exist to love and please their humans. Since they are highly-social animals, we should never simply expect them – or any dog, for that matter – to watch over empty lots or otherwise withstand isolation. At their core, they are family dogs who deserve care and affection.

2. They Just Look Intimidating

The second reason Cane Corsi are perfect guard dogs is their dramatic and somewhat robust muscular and athletic build. While they are gentle giants with the people and animals they love, Cane Corsi – with their striking square-shaped heads and enormous jaws – look pretty tough. I mean, no one in their right mind would mess with these formidable dogs. And if you have ever seen them walk or run, you understand how smooth, powerful, and confident their gait truly is – a reflection of their incredible strength. I cannot imagine anyone daring to try to get past one of these dogs for nefarious purposes.

So their intimidating appearance alone often deters potential intruders or attackers before they even start to break in or cause harm. Criminals who take one look at your Cane Corso might simply turn around and head in a different direction. At least, they will if they know what is good for them.

3. Territorial By Nature

Cane Corso laying outside in dirt

Cane Corsos are naturally protective – another reason they are perfect guard dogs.


Cane Corsos are also famous for their territorial nature. They take their role as guardians of their home and environment very seriously and will defend those they love with determination and fortitude. Moreover, their alertness and keen sense of situational awareness play a crucial role in this regard, as they are quick to notice any unusual activity or unfamiliar individuals. They often use barking as a means of alerting their humans to anything that seems alarming, out of the ordinary, or just plain off.

4. Eager Learners

Another factor that makes Cane Corsi effective guard dogs is their trainability. Smart and responsive, these dogs are easy to teach and can effectively respond to various commands. As I mentioned above, with proper training and socialization, they can learn to differentiate between genuine danger and non-threatening situations, ensuring they act appropriately in guarding scenarios.

5. Fearlessness

Furthermore, because they were bred for battle, Cane Corsi exhibit courage and fearlessness, traits that are highly desirable in any guard dog. When faced with someone encroaching on their territory or threatening their family, they are unlikely to back down easily – demonstrating a steadfast and unwavering commitment to keeping their humans and their property safe and sound.

Top 5 Reasons Why Cane Corsi Are Perfect Guard DogsMore Insights
1. Naturally ProtectiveBred for war and hunting, as well as for guarding.
2. Intimidating AppearanceLarge dogs with very muscular frames.
3. TerritorialAlert and hyper aware of strangers and potential threats.
4. Easy to TrainIntelligent and eager to please, they are quick learners.
5. FearlessnessReady for battle, these enormous dogs are renowned for their courage and bravery.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Nikolai Tsvetkov/

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About the Author

Courtney Wennerstrom is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on pet wellness and the human-animal bond. As an animal welfare professional, Courtney has been writing and researching about animals for over a decade and holds an PhD (ABD) in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she taught for 15 years. A resident of Colorado, Courtney loves to hike, travel, and read. She finds inspiration from her rescued huskies, Sasha and Saint, and her beloved rescued cat, Mojo.

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