If you’re looking for a dog to act as a guard dog, it can be overwhelming with all the information out there. Everyone seems to have an opinion and a favorite breed of guard dog so it’s hard to just get the facts. We’re here to settle an age old question of whether a Rottweiler or Cane Corso makes the better guard dog.
Both dogs are exceptional guard dogs but they do have some different personality or physical traits that might make one more suitable for you than the other. We’re going to take a look at the differences between their physical traits, personality, temperament, train-ability and more to see if we can help you on your way to finding the perfect guard dog.
Dog Breed Facts
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are a purebred breed originating from Germany. They are classified as a “large giant” and the males can weigh anything between 95 and 130 pounds while the females usually are between 85 and 115 pounds. On average, the males are 25.5 inches tall, and the females 23.5 inches.
Cane Corso: Cane Corso’s originate from Italy and are considered a large breed. They don’t quite match Rottweilers in the weight category but they can weigh in at anything from 99-110lbs for the males and 88-99lbs for the females. As for their height, it’s pretty much the same as the Rottweiler. Males on average are 25.5 inches and the females, 24 inches.
Rottweiler: Of course the temperament of dogs varies from one dog to another, however there are some common traits that Rottweilers are more likely to exhibit. Rottweilers tend to be fearless, alert, social, loyal, courageous, protective, intelligent and stubborn.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos on the other hand tend to be cheerful, loyal, courageous, quiet and social. Their temperaments are similar to Rottie’s except they tend to be a little less affectionate because of their strong sense of independence.
Rottweiler: Rotties are super intelligent. They’re actually one of the top ten most intelligent dog breeds in the world!
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos are very intelligent too although they fall a little behind the Rottweiler in this department. Just because they’re not in the top ten smartest breeds though doesn’t mean they aren’t capable. These dogs are very smart and have made for amazing guard dogs for centuries.
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are very easy to train thanks to how intelligent they are. It is always recommended to get some help from a professional when training any dog for a specific job.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos are also very easy to train. They’re smart and they need somewhere to put all that intelligence and energy. Into training it goes and you’ve got yourself a respectful, obedient guard dog!
Rottweiler: As Rottweilers are supposed to be working dogs they will have a lot of energy! They need to be walked regularly and intellectually stimulated so they don’t end up bored and getting into trouble.
Cane Corso: Just like Rottweilers, Cane Corsos are working dogs so you might be initially shocked at their energy levels. They need regular and effective exercise and are not well suited to being stuck inside an apartment or house.
Rottweiler: Even just from their looks, Rottweilers are extremely intimidating. Their size, stature, general look and reputation means that sometimes just seeing a Rottweiler is enough of a deterrent for potential wrongdoers.
Cane Corso: Similar to Rottweilers, Cane Corsos have a very intimidating look. Their pointy ears and large bodies are a pretty good deterrent to most.
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are known for their loyalty and courage. They’re extremely loving towards their family and wouldn’t think twice about throwing themselves into a dangerous situation to protect them.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos are another breed renowned for being loyal. They tend to bond with one person in the household and they wouldn’t blink before laying down their life to protect them.
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are extremely territorial. This is not so good if you just want a family dog but as a guard dog this is ideal. Just make sure that training is done properly so they know when they need to be in “guard-mode”, otherwise your friends and family might have issues coming into the house!
Cane Corso: Just like Rottweilers, Cane Corsos are super territorial making them ideal guard dogs. Again, it’s so important they get the right training in this department to avoid any confusion.
Rottweiler: One of the highest instincts for this breed is aggression as well as fighting, guarding, protection, sledding and watching. They’re not very interested in digging, hunting or chasing.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos on the other hand are not very interested in fighting but they do have a high aggression instinct as well as guarding, protection and watching. Just like Rotties they’re not interested in hunting, chasing or burrowing.
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are just as playful as the next dog but they’re not overly playful, having been bred as a working dog. They do, however, need a lot of affection and do not like being left alone.
Cane Corso: The same goes for the Cane Corso. They don’t mind playing every now and then but really they just want to be around their owner and they don’t like being home alone.
Rottweiler: Rotties are super social dogs. They need a lot of social interaction to be happy.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos are a social breed too, however not quite at the same level as Rottweilers!
Good with children?
Rottweiler: Rottweilers have been known to be very gentle with kids, thanks to their family orientated personality. That being said, they are very large dogs with a strong bite so make sure you teach your children the correct way to be around and treat dogs.
Cane Corso: Cane Corsos like to be quiet and independent which doesn’t really coincide well with young children. They are not unfriendly towards them but they are not friendly either.
(Related: Are Cane Corsos Good With Kids?)
Good for first time owners?
Rottweiler: Rottweilers are extremely intelligent and therefore need an owner who is experienced in training and handling such an intelligent (and large!) dog.
Cane Corso: The same goes for Cane Corsos. They’re too intelligent and big to be handled well by a novice dog owner. It’s not recommended that first-time dog owners look into getting a working dog.
(Related: Are Cane Corsos Dangerous Dogs?)
Well, there you have it. The Rottweiler and the Cane Corso side by side. They’re very similar dogs; both are super intelligent and have natural protection and guarding instincts. However, because of their affectionate and family instincts, we think that Rottweilers may have tipped the scales for us as the best guard dog. They’ve got all the right qualities for a guard dog but combined with some family dog attributes too, like being good with kids and very affectionate.
Still, no matter how affectionate they are to their family, we wouldn’t want to come across a Rottie when they’re in guard dog mode!