If you’re searching for a muscular dog that can be intimidating yet affectionate, the Cane Corxer might be just the dog you’re looking for. It is a crossbreed of a Cane Corso and a Boxer and makes an excellent guard dog for any size family.
This mixed breed dog is a bit new to the market, but as with any large dog, there are concerns that come with owning one. In this guide, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the Cane Corxer mix so that you can make your own decision based on the research.
23 to 28 inches
65 to 110 pounds
10 to 12 years
Brindle, brown, black
Active families, experienced owners, families who don’t have other pets, families of any size
Alert, curious, intelligent, loyal, social, loving, energetic
The Cane Corxer is an alert, curious, intelligent, loyal, and energetic dog that is a crossbreed between a Cane Corso and a Boxer. This dog grows between 23 to 28 inches in height and tops out at 65 to 110 pounds in weight at full growth. They have a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years and make amazing guard dogs for the right person.
We’ll give you a detailed guide of the breed below, starting with the dog’s temperament, intelligence, and more, so join us.
Cane Corxer Characteristics
Cane Corxer Puppies
If you ever meet a Cane Corxer puppy, you’ll be tempted to take home every puppy in the litter. However, before you do that, it’s important to note that the adorable puppy will become huge and can easily top out at over 100 pounds when fully grown.
The Cane Corxer is an independent, energetic puppy, so bringing it home to a house where it’s the only pet is best. The dog can be territorial and might not want to share you with other dogs, which will cause it to compete for your attention. They also have a strong prey drive, so having smaller pets such as cats, rabbits, gerbils, or other small animals aren’t recommended either.
Make sure you can carve out the time it takes to ensure your Cane Corxer gets plenty of exercise every day. It’s recommended that this breed gets around an hour and a half to over 2 hours of dedicated exercise every day.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Cane Corxer
The Cane Corso and the Boxer were historically bred to herd cattle and protect farms and their owners’ homes. That means the Cane Corxer will dote on its owners, be fiercely loyal to them, and protect them with its life.
Even though they are muscular, large, and can be super intimidating, Cane Corxers are also loving and affectionate and will cuddle up on the couch next to you with no problem at all. Just ensure that the dog has had a full day of work or exercise, as they are extremely energetic.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
The Cane Corxer is great for any size family, as long as that family is active enough to meet the dog’s high energy demands. They make excellent pets for the right owners but don’t work well for beginning pet owners. You need training experience to handle a Cane Corxer, and it’s best to have experience training large-breed canines.
The dog will get along great with your children and protect them from anything they see as a threat. The downside is that the dog might see your children’s friends as a threat and act accordingly. What your children see as roughhousing with their friends could be seen as a danger to the kids to your Cane Corxer, so it’s best to keep the dog separated from the kids during playdates.
The Cane Corxer is a very social dog, so it will want to be included in family activities. It can also be a bit on the dominant side, so you’ll want to train and socialize your Cane Corxer at an early age. It’s best if the dog goes to a family where every family member is willing to pitch in to meet the dog’s exercise needs and work on its stubborn, dominant streak together.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Since the Cane Corxer has a strong prey drive, loves to be the center of attention, and is a bit territorial, it’s best not to have this dog in a house with other pets. They can become aggressive with other dogs because they are jealous. While this can be helped with early socialization, it’s better to let them be the only dog in the house.
You must also watch your Cane Corxer when you’re out on walks, as they will quickly chase squirrels, rabbits, and other small creatures.
Things to Know When Owning a Cane Corso & Boxer Mix:
Now that you know the temperament, intelligence, and whether this dog is good for families and other pets, you need to know a few things about owning a Cane Corxer.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
You already know that your Cane Corxer is a large, powerful dog, so it stands to reason that the dog will need a lot of food to stay muscular, fit, and healthy. Give your dog three full cups of dry kibble daily and divide that into two or three meals spaced throughout the day.
Every dog needs a high-quality diet, and the Cane Corxer is no exception. It’s best to select a commercial food with a high percentage of protein, with meat as the first ingredient. It’s also best to avoid artificial fillers in your dog’s food, so they can be happy, healthy, and fit for many years to come. The Cane Corxer requires more protein in its diet because of its energetic nature.
As previously stated, the exercise requirements for a Cane Corxer are a bit stringent. Time should be set aside every single day to take this dog on a walk of around an hour and a half, which can be split into sessions.
While the dog will be happy to play in the yard, they still need that dedicated time for walking, so make sure you have enough time to give them before you make the commitment to owning a Cane Corxer. They love playing games and chasing frisbees but also excel at agility sports.
Since these are intelligent dogs, Cane Corxers pick up commands, rules, and even tricks easily. However, they have a stubborn streak, are very independent, and try to assert dominance, which are all traits they inherited from their parents.
For this reason, it’s best for this breed to be adopted by an experienced pet owner who can handle socializing and training them from puppyhood into adulthood. If you have the time to train your dog, it will grow into a calm, obedient dog in adulthood. If you don’t have the time or experience, it’s best to go with another dog breed.
The Cane Corxer has short, dense fur, so grooming is easy. You can get by with brushing your dog once a week. You must also take care of the dog’s nails, teeth, and ears regularly as well.
You should try to keep baths to a minimum, as the dog’s fur resists dirt well, and you don’t want to take the oils out of the dog’s skin that it needs to be healthy. You should be able to get by with bathing your Cane Corxer every other month unless it gets into something foul with a high-quality pet shampoo.
If you don’t feel you can handle grooming your Cane Corxer, make an appointment with a professional groomer to do the job for you instead.
Health and Conditions 🏥
There are a few health conditions that you need to watch out for with your Cane Corxer. These are mostly conditions that they inherit from their parents. While there’s no certainty that your pet will develop these conditions, it’s best to watch for them just to be safe.
Male vs. Female
Other than the females being a bit calmer than the males, there are very few differences between the male and the female Cane Corxer. The male can also be more territorial and aggressive towards other dogs than the female. Other than that, they are pretty much the same in appearance and size.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Cane Corxer
There are a few very interesting facts concerning the Cane Corxer and its parents that you might not know.
1. These Dogs Have a Strong Work Ethic
The Cane Corso, the Boxer, and their offspring, the Cane Corxer, have a very strong work ethic. The Boxer was bred as a hunting dog to take down bears and boars, and the Cane Corso was bred for hunting and catching big game as well. With such a strong work ethic in its genetics, you can be pretty sure the Cane Corxer will inherit that trait and have a strong work ethic as well.
2. One Parent Almost Became Extinct
Although it’s an ancient breed, the Cane Corso numbers started to decline, and the breed almost died out. This was because they weren’t needed as much for guard dogs, and with improvements in farming and trapping animals, the dogs lost their jobs. Luckily, the breed had a loyal following, and a group of people decided to breed them. Today, they are back in healthy numbers and as loyal and loving as ever.
3. The Parent Breeds Have Been Around for 2,000 Years
Believe it or not, between them, the Cane Corso and the Boxer have been around for a total of 2,000 years. The Cane Corso has been traced back to Roman times, around the 5th century in Italy. While the Boxer is a newer breed, they have been around since the 1800s, giving both breeds an impressive history for the Cane Corxer to inherit.
The Cane Corxer is a gorgeous dog that is a cross between a Cane Corso and a Boxer. It inherits quite a few traits from its parents and retains the working, hunting, and guarding instincts that made the Cane Corso and Boxer famous.
It’s best for a Cane Corxer to be the only pet in a household, though they can be trained and socialized early in puppyhood to get along. They’re more suitable for experienced owners who’ve trained large, stubborn dogs, but with the right training and socialization, they can become loyal, loving members of your family.
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