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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 Virginia?
If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.
Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.
Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?
SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.
WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.
The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.
However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
A few more stats for Virginia’s pets
Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia
Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!
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