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03-18-2014 02:02 PM
Okin The Neapolitan mastiffs I have known have been big teddy bears.
03-18-2014 01:58 PM
SunCzarina Look at DDR or Czech line shepherds
03-18-2014 12:19 PM
crackem in 10 years i've seen 1 CC that I thought was worth a crap for sport work and while he was very nice, most are extremely lacking in any type of balance to do well at these types of sports. That's ok, that's what they are, they are different. Plenty I can get to do bitework and bark at the end of a leash and bite a sleeve or suite. Big deal. But do semi decent OB or OB while doing bitework? yeah right. You can get some to pass, most owners just want them to look 'cool' and that's good enough.

They are very different types of dogs. Which kind of dog do you like? You can have fun with a CC if CC's are what you like. If you want to win regionals or high in trial or be competitive at any level, a CC will leave you woefully short of your goals most likely. Again, totally different types of dogs.
03-18-2014 12:08 PM
martemchik It's less of a trust thing and more of reading what you want out of a dog. Sure...that forum will probably tell you their dogs can do the work, and I'm sure they can, but they won't be anywhere near competitive and it will probably take you at least twice as long to get to the same level you could get with a GSD.

If you're truly just into "dabbling" in the sport, a CC would probably be fine. But if you want to title, and not risk failing out, a good WL GSD is probably the way to go. If you can truly say that when you see GSDs lapping you in terms of progress, it won't get you down and just get you to stop, then get the CC. I, personally, am too competitive (even on a club level) to continue working a dog that just doesn't have it.

Maybe go visit some clubs...and hopefully they have a CC working or some other breed working. You'll notice the differences really quick and see if that's something you're interested in. Personally, I would have a really hard time entering a trial knowing I have no shot of getting high in trial.
03-18-2014 11:34 AM
blackshep For what you want to do, I think you'll be happier and more successful with a good GSD. :
03-18-2014 09:20 AM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by JeremyAtkinson View Post
That is a good point, which I had not put a lot of thought into.

As for them being a handful, I think I could deal with an average Cane Corso, but that is definitely something to consider. I used to own a Neapolitan mastiff, but he was probably a little more laid back than a CC.

I might ask the same question over at the mastiff forum. I was expecting some bias towards GSD, but it appears that nobody here trusts the Corso breed lol.

One reason I was interested in the Corso is because of appearance. Not because I want to look tough, I just like big dogs . Obviously this consideration should never outweigh the actual suitability of the dog to my lifestyle.
I don't trust any breed. I trust dogs that earn it.

I wouldn't compare a Neo and a CC. Totally different temperaments IME.

David Winners
03-18-2014 06:16 AM
TommyB681 Canes Corsos are great dogs but they are difficult to handle
03-17-2014 12:02 PM
JeremyAtkinson
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Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
They are much different to train than a GSD, so your local club might not have experience with working these types of dogs.
That is a good point, which I had not put a lot of thought into.

As for them being a handful, I think I could deal with an average Cane Corso, but that is definitely something to consider. I used to own a Neapolitan mastiff, but he was probably a little more laid back than a CC.

I might ask the same question over at the mastiff forum. I was expecting some bias towards GSD, but it appears that nobody here trusts the Corso breed lol.

One reason I was interested in the Corso is because of appearance. Not because I want to look tough, I just like big dogs . Obviously this consideration should never outweigh the actual suitability of the dog to my lifestyle.
03-17-2014 11:30 AM
hunterisgreat The corso I work regularly has little prey, and has to be worked in defense. Their size and structure makes the OB look flat no matter what you do for a sport meant for GSDs and Malis and Dutchies.
03-17-2014 10:40 AM
wolfstraum I have seen several CCs at training clubs. I would not ever consider owning one. They are a liability IMO.

Lee
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