The Cane Corso and the Siberian Husky are quite alike in some ways and are far distinct in the rest. Appearance-wise, you can instantly decide on which dog to add to your ever-growing family, but personality and needs make decision-making difficult.
Although both dogs make good pets, it’s a given that they would need different masters. This is why some breeds do well with first-time owners, while others don’t.
One of Italy’s native mastiffs is the Cane Corso (KAH-ne-KOR-so) and this translates to “guard of the courtyard”. While he does excel as a guardian, his history stretches back to the times when he marched alongside his legions.
In the early days, the Cane Corso was bred to be lighter and would often be used as a piriferi dog. This is when the Corso charges across the enemy lines with flaming oil strapped along its back.
When Rome fell on A.D. 476, the role of this dog shifted. He was present in estates and farms, but the number declined during industrialization. It was in the 1970s when a group of men embarked on a journey of reviving the breed which was successful hence why we see a good number of Cane Corsos these days.
Native from Northeast Asia, the Siberian Husky was a breed developed by the Chukchi tribe for sled pulling in Siberia. The dog’s early ancestors were widely used for hunting and eventually became the sled dogs of the nomadic people.
A few of this breed came to Alaska for a particularly remarkable race and they impressed people with their endurance and speed. In 1925, all sled racing competitions were canceled, but the breed is set to make history in America.
When a diphtheria epidemic hit in the small town of Nome, 20 sled drivers including a group of dogs, the majority of which are Siberian Huskies, took a 658-mile trip to deliver the serum from Nulato back to Nome. The 25-day trip was done in only six days which was momentous.
Size, Appearance, & Coloring
A black Cane Corso with his floppy natural ears.
At first glance, the Corso breed exhibits an intimidating appearance. Large, muscular, and athletic– these are what best describe the living legend. As a Molosser-type dog, the size is expected to be astonishing. The ideal marks of the breed must be 23.5-27.5 inches in height and the weight has to complement it.
The ears are pointed when cropped, the eyes, jarring when he stares. The most prominent feature would be his large head. The muzzle has a bit of jowl, but not too much and he drools less than an English Mastiff. Some are docked on the tail, while other owners prefer to keep it natural.
The dog’s short fur comes in a range of colors like red, fawn, gray, brindle, and black.
Two Siberian Huskies lying down.
The Siberian Husky is often mistaken as a wolf, but it’s no surprise since both have a proven link in lineage. He’s 20-23.5 inches tall and 35-60 pounds, furry, and compact in build.
The ears are erect and the eyes may come in hazel, blue, or brown. Take note, the snout is pointed and its nose in black or brown gives a splendid characteristic from a side view.
The sickle-shaped tail is carried over the back and it sways along with the expressions of the dog. As listed, the breed may come in black, agouti, brown, and gray with white.
The protective personality of the Cane Corso is what draws people to the said breed. Although he’s powerful, his true nature is to act regal, noble, and dignified. Indeed, he’s intelligent, alert, and fearless as well.
There may be slight distinctions in temperament between a male and a female Cane Corso, but the gap isn’t too big. Males are usually more carefree, mischievous, and tend to mature late while females are easier to train, independent, and tend to mature early.
Just like wolves, the Siberian Husky loves to be in a pack. He can work with large teams or live with families. It’s fair to say that he can adjust pretty well in certain environments and conditions.
Due to his cooperative nature, friendliness may go along with it. He can socialize with kids, other pets, and even strangers. However, despite his tolerant attitude toward children, always monitor their interaction as the breed tends to be rambunctious. Other than that, the breed does best with an active owner.
Maintain your Cane Corso’s muscular appearance and good health by giving him serious exercise regularly. You can take him out early in the morning for a mile walk with combinations of free play in your fenced yard.
He’s the best buddy to take with you for your long walks, hikes, or jogs. Even though he’s mentally boosted doing these things, what makes him the happiest is when he has tasks to do daily. Remember, this breed is a working dog.
One of the most curious and free-spirited breeds is no other than the Siberian Husky. As a working dog with high levels of energy, it’s a must that his owner gives him 90 minutes of exercise each day.
Keep him well-stimulated both mentally and physically to keep him from escaping. Ensure that the yard is secure and the fence is 6 feet tall at a minimum.
The Cane Corso’s double-layered coat sheds heavily twice a year. He may not need intense grooming, but run the slick brush all over him at least monthly. This is because he still regularly lets go of his dander and hairs, so keep them at bay before they end up in your furniture.
Keep a bathing schedule as well by washing him every 6-8 weeks. If he likes to stay clean, simply wipe down his fur to keep it neat. Mind his nail length, ears, and teeth as well.
The coat of the Husky needs weekly brushing. As a self-cleaning breed, he only needs a few baths each year. A pin brush and metal comb are what you can use to rake the old coat in place for a new one.
Pay close attention to the nail length to avoid painful scratches every time he gets hyper. Do other routine grooming checks too in areas like ears and teeth.
Responsible breeders screen their stock for any complications, but no matter how generally healthy the dog is, there’s still a chance of him developing health problems. A Cane Corso’s common illnesses are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Cherry eye
Those who were ethically bred have lesser chances of developing serious problems, while those from puppy mills often carry dreaded illnesses. Watch out for any symptoms that might tell that your dog has the following:
- Follicular dysplasia
The following breeds have a firm grasp on their respective ranks which were conducted by the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) breed popularity ranking:
Cane Corso: 32nd
Siberian Husky: 14th