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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 Portland?
A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Portland is ranked as the 2nd most dog-friendly. The city is ranked so high because it has the highest number of dog parks per resident in the country. It also has the 3rd highest percentage of pet-related businesses and the 7th highest number of dog-friendly restaurants.
A similar study from Wallethub ranked Portland as the 19th most pet-friendly city. In the study, Portland ranked 2nd overall for outdoor pet-friendliness. The city also scored 21st for pet health and wellness.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Portland
Portland is one of the most pet-friendly cities, largely due to how much there is to do outdoors with your pets. The previously mentioned SmartAsset study found the city to have 5.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, by far the most in the country.
Among these are over 30 off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Hillsdale Park, Council Crest Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Luuwit View Dog Park, and Woodstock City Park.
Dog parks aren’t the only way to enjoy the outdoors with your dog in Portland. There are also over ten scenic hiking trails for you to go on a trek with your four-legged friend. Some of the trails worth exploring include Forest Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, Warrior Rock Trail, and Wildwood Trail.
Life in Portland with a dog
With over 400 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in Portland are Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Por Que No?, Breakside Brewery, Java Hound Coffee Bar, and Radio Room.
If you have friends or family visiting Rose City, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Portland are Ace Hotel Portland, The Mark Spencer Hotel, The Dossier Hotel, and McMenamins Kennedy School.
Popular dog breeds in Portland
Portland is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Bulldogs, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Dachshunds.
No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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