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Cane Corso Characteristics
Often seen as intimidating and aggressive, the Cane Corso is a misunderstood breed that is just as capable of bodyguard duty as it is babysitter duty within a family. With proper obedience training, early socialization, and a regular job and purpose, the Cane Corso can be a loving family companion.
Smart, patient, and trainable, the assertive and confident Cane Corso is a willful protector. The Cane Corso's heritage goes back to ancient Roman times, and Cane Corso loosely translates to "bodyguard dog" in Latin. These dogs were almost exclusively found in southern Italy until the 1970s and were considered a very rare breed.
Many standing around 23-26 inches to the shoulder and weighing between 90-120 pounds, the Cane Corso is one of the larger canine breeds around. Their size and musculature make them one of the most intimidating breeds at first glance, and this makes a great first line of defense when trained as a guard dog. The Cane Corso comes in a variety of coats, including grey, blue, white, and black.
It’s important to note that while these dogs can be trained early on to be completely loyal to their family, that is where the loyalty stops. Early socialization can help, but these dogs can be rather territorial to strangers, even after meeting them several times.
These dogs are bossy and temperamental, and without a strong authority figure in the house to make the rules, these dogs will assume the alpha role and become difficult to control. This breed craves direction and will respect those who can provide firmness, consistency, and a clear dominance hierarchy.
How dog-friendly is Minneapolis?
A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Minneapolis is ranked as the 14th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country due to its high number of dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and shopping centers.
A similar study from WalletHub ranked Minneapolis as the 28th pet-friendly. The city is a great location for outdoor pet-friendliness and pet health and wellness, ranking 25th overall for both categories.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Minneapolis
Minneapolis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to get their daily dose of exercise. According to the study from SmartAsset, there are over 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Loring Park, Victory Prairie Dog Park, Lake of the Isles Dog Park, Franklin Terrace Dog Park, and Sochacki Dog Park.
In Minneapolis, you’ll find several great hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend are Mill Ruins Park, Bde Maka Ska, Minnehaha Park, Luce Line State Trail, and Nicollet Island Park.
Life in Minneapolis with a dog
Minneapolis has over 190 dog-friendly restaurants, so you’ll have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite with your pup. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Brasa, Red Rabbit Minneapolis, Aster Cafe, Carma Coffee, and Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.
Minneapolis has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, and groomers. The city has the 4th lowest dog insurance premiums in the country, and there are four dog-friendly shopping centers for you to shop with your pooch. One great spot you can enjoy together is the Mill City Farmers Market. There you can find live music, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of vendors.
If your friends or family are visiting Minneapolis, there are dozens of pet-friendly hotels for them to stay in with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hewing Hotel, Radisson RED, and Aloft Minneapolis.
Popular dog breeds in Minneapolis
Minneapolis is home to many different kinds of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Lab mixes, and Chihuahuas. But, no matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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