Do Cane Corsos Like To Cuddle? 5 Affection Facts


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The Cane Corso is an ancient breed of dog known for their hunting, guarding, and formidable size. Since the early days of this breed they have been used as personal protection of both people and property. Cane Corso literally translates to “body guard”. So what are Cane Corsos like when it comes to affection?

Do Cane Corsos like to cuddle? As a whole Cane Corsos are very affectionate and loving dogs that like to cuddle with their family. The fierce love and loyalty that the Cane Corso possess creates a strong bond with the members of their family unit. 

The nature and ancient instincts of the Cane Corso are fascinating to say the least. In this post I will go over some affectionate facts about the Cane Corso. Everything from their affection towards strangers to their favorite family member to cuddle. Let’s dig in!

Do Cane Corsos Need A Lot Of Attention?

Cane Corsos as a whole do need a lot of attention. The Cane Corso bonds strongly with their family unit and craves the attention of play, affection, and companionship of their people. This requires a daily routine of activities, interactions, and cuddle time with your Cane Corso.

Well balanced Cane Corsos will require some dedicated one on one time each and everyday. They can be left alone at home for short periods of time, but should be well exercised beforehand to prevent boredom and potential destructive behaviors.

Cane Corsos much prefer living inside among their family unit. The need for companionship and instinct to protect is very strong with these dogs, so keeping them as outside pets is not ideal. Cane Corsos much prefer the love and attention of being indoors amongst their people.

Why Is My Cane Corso So Clingy?

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Cane Corso’s as a general rule are fairly calm and confident dogs. They can however become clingy when their protector instinct is not properly managed. This can result in separation anxiety and overprotective behavior which is why they become clingy.

A Cane Corso will begin to follow you everywhere when they are not taught how to spend time alone. The protector instinct will become a neurotic behavior that creates a sense of unease and constant need to know where you are. This type of clingy behavior can be both annoying and unhealthy mentally for your Cane Corso.

When it comes to separation anxiety and clingy behavior it is important to show your Cane Corso how to spend time alone. This is best achieved at an early age with gradually leaving your Cane Corso by themselves in the home. Small time intervals in the beginning, but gradually increasing overtime to get them accustomed to alone time.

Crate training is the best way to begin this practice in my opinion. A comfortable and relaxing space for your Cane Corso to stay when you are away from the home, or are needing some space. This type of training helps your Cane Corso become used to the idea of being away from you and remaining in a relaxed state.

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Can Cane Corso Bond With One Person?

The Cane Corso loves their family to the fullest extent. Cane Corso’s will however bond very strongly with a single member of the family over the others. This doesn’t mean your Cane Corso doesn’t care for other family members, but it is common for them to heavily favor one family member.

This behavior is often associated with caregiving and pack leadership. Cane Corsos look to the members of the family for strong leadership and caregiving. When one member of the family displays these characteristics the Cane Corso will bond stronger with that one person.

Why Does My Cane Corso Lean On Me?

A Cane Corso will display affection in a number of ways, leaning up against their owner is one of the more common actions. This lean is a sign of affection and a result of their protective nature. Your Cane Corso will lean on you to let you know they are there for you, and also as a way to gain affection from you.

This type of behavior can be endearing most of the time, but it can also become excessive if boundaries are not established. When your Cane Corso is constantly leaning on you and not giving you space when asked, it’s time to establish some boundaries and dial down this clingy behavior.

Know how to communicate wanting space with your Cane Corso. When leaning on you is not wanted at that moment, gently and calmly request your space. Establish some boundaries and follow through with your request. Cane Corso’s are smart dogs and will respond when calm, yet firm communication is established.

Cane Corsos Are Not Affectionate Towards Outsiders

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The Cane Corso’s affectionate nature is reserved exclusively for their family. Loyalty and protection are two of the strongest traits of this breed when it comes to their pack. Affection towards other people is very rare. Especially strangers, as the Cane Corso is often wary of people they don’t know.

This tendency to be wary of strangers is a very common trait among Cane Corsos. They must analyze and assess a person before showing any signs of trust. This is a natural instinct that has been part of the Cane Corso temperament for centuries. As natural protectors they will show distrust of outsiders.

Preventing aggressive behavior towards strangers is a matter of early socialization. Though you may never have a Cane Corso outwardly display affection towards people outside the family, you can have them feel a bit more at ease.

Lack of socialization can cause over protective and potentially aggressive behaviors to develop in Cane Corsos. Introducing your dog to as many people as possible from a very early age will help prevent such behaviors from developing into a problem down the road.

Final Thoughts

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At first glance the Cane Corso may not appear to be a dog that likes to cuddle, but one should not judge a book by it’s cover. These natural companions love to cuddle with their family. Their vigilant protective nature and loyalty manifests in this type of affection quite naturally. 

Though Cane Corso’s may not be a perfect fit for every family, you can be sure that with the right family there will be plenty of cuddles. The Cane Corso is a perfect companion dog for people able to give them the time and attention needed. 

Cane Corso’s do require a lot of attention, but the pay off in cuddles is well worth the effort.

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