Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 12 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

The Cane Corso is best for experienced pet parents with lots of space, time to commit to training and exercise, and no young children or small pets.

Cane Corso Temperament

You’ll never get bored with a Cane Corso around—you simply won’t have time for it. The training, socialization and exercise needs of this breed will keep you busy throughout their whole life. This is a working breed who was bred to be a guard dog. With mem...

You’ll never get bored with a Cane Corso around—you simply won’t have time for it. The training, socialization and exercise needs of this breed will keep you busy throughout their whole life. This is a working breed who was bred to be a guard dog. With members of their own household, Corsos can be affectionate companions, but that’s about as far as the Cane Corso’s friendliness goes. These are sensitive, serious and intensely loyal dogs. They’re naturally alert to new people coming to the house and may show aggression toward strangers—both two- and four-legged—if not properly trained and socialized.

Properly trained and socialized Cane Corsos will be calm and confident. They should ignore strangers and animals who pose no threat to themselves or their people, saving their aggression for legit threats. Thankfully, their high intelligence makes it easy to teach them the difference.

Cane Corso Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 11 years
Size:

Extra Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

The Boerboel is best for experienced and active pet parents with a lot of land where the pup can run around. They do well with kids in their family and are best as your only...

The Boerboel is best for experienced and active pet parents with a lot of land where the pup can run around. They do well with kids in their family and are best as your only dog. They get deeply attached and dislike being far from you for too long.

Boerboel Temperament

The Boerboel is a guard dog and a family dog rolled into one giant pup. These dogs are loyal to their loved ones and are often described as being a great playmate for kids; they’ll let children they know well crawl all over them. Even with their playful nat...

The Boerboel is a guard dog and a family dog rolled into one giant pup. These dogs are loyal to their loved ones and are often described as being a great playmate for kids; they’ll let children they know well crawl all over them. Even with their playful nature, these are powerful dogs, so all interactions with kids need to be supervised. That goes double when neighborhood kids are in the mix. If your dog misinterprets a friend’s actions as a threat instead of play, they will protect your child.

Boerboels are on guard duty 24/7. Even when playing with you, they’ve got one eye looking for trouble. They are wary with strangers and will not let someone they don’t know into your home. You’ll always need to make proper introductions between new guests and your pup when meeting for the first time. (Emily Post would be so proud.) But once your dog knows you consider them a friend, they’ll consider them one, too.

If the stranger is not welcome (intruder alert!), your Boerboel will be aggressive, and you’ll quite possibly be thankful for their strong bite force. Their loyalty to their family means they will put themselves in harm’s way to keep you safe.

This mastiff-type dog does best in a home where they’re your one and only, but may do OK with other dogs or cats if raised with them from puppyhood. As with all interactions, proper socialization, starting when they’re a puppy, is important to get them used to meeting new people, dogs and situations.

Boerboels are strong dogs with a high level of intelligence, and they need a confident and calm pup parent to show them the ropes. The strength and size of the Boerboel is often intimidating to people looking for their first pet, so these dogs are best suited to someone who’s had a dog before.

Boerboel Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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