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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 Oklahoma?
We have a few different studies to rank Oklahoma, and overall it’s a pretty great place to own a pet!
Two major studies ranked all 50 states by several factors related to pet-friendliness. They evaluated indicators like access to pet services and veterinary care, animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, outdoor space, and dog parks.
The first study, by an animal safety group called Pawsafe, ranked Oklahoma quite well as the 16th most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored well with Pawsafe for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Another broad study, conducted by a consumer safety review site called Safewise, didn’t rank the state quite as well. Oklahoma came in 33rd most pet-friendly state in the country according to Safewise.
However, if we take the two studies together, Oklahoma is good to average in the pet-friendliness category.
Are cities in Oklahoma pet-friendly?
We also considered a study from Wallethub that surveyed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Oklahoma’s largest city stacked up.
Tulsa ranked 27th overall, scoring 15th in pet budget, 58th in pet health and wellness, and 50th in outdoor pet-friendliness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study also reviewed the country’s 100 largest cities. They ranked all 100 by which have the most dog parks per capita. Tulsa ranked in 78th place, with 0.5 dog parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Oklahoma
BringFido lists Oklahoma as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Admiral Twin Drive-In as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Forty-eight percent of Oklahoma residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%!
What kinds of dogs do Oklahomans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Oklahoma are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Oklahoma
Oklahoma saved 69,545 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 11,560 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Forty-six out of 116 of the animal shelters within Oklahoma are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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