Mighty Mouse's Info...
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, in need of an experienced adopter, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.
Mighty Mouse's Story...
Mighty Mouse is a purebred 4.5 year old black-brindle, neutered male Cane Corso. Mouse has been in GUARD's program for a while now, and we've gotten to know this big hunka love quite well. Coming from a shelter, we didn't know a whole heck of a lot...now we do, and we are SO excited about this boy!
Mouse is, to sum it up, a "textbook" Cane Corso. He is very polite to invited visitors, but on guard when his fosters are away. He is being fostered with two adult male Great Danes, a 10 pound male Mini Doxie, and a 5 month old deaf female Great Dane puppy...who he tolerates with the patience of a saint!!
When we say "textbook", what we mean is, if you look up the breed description, Mouse falls quite neatly into everything you expect of a Corso. He is HIGHLY intelligent, very stable, balanced, calm, quiet unless he needs to sound the alert, incredibly loyal, and watchful over his foster family (especially the children). Mouse has been very responsive to training, and his foster mom is excited to begin his training to get his CGC soon...which she doesn't doubt he will achieve with ease.
Mouse loves to go "out and about" with his foster mom or dad...whether it's a quick trip to the store, a training workshop, or popping into Petsmart to get a new bone. He is very responsive on leash, walks at a nice loose leash heel, and if he gets excited, he can be redirected quickly and easily just by speaking his name. As a matter of fact, regardless of what may have Mouse's attention, he is easily diverted with a simple command. Much of this is due to his foster having experience with the breed and knowing that you MUST be a leader with strong, dominant breeds...Mouse isn't as responsive to being "asked" to do something - as a matter of fact, he will ignore you totally if he feels you're giving him an option. But when in the hands of a calm, assertive person, Mouse is unfailingly responsive, and deeply respectful. We're definitely not referring to "manhandling" this - or any - guardian breed dog...simply having the "attitude" is all you need.
Mouse will need an experienced/savvy owner, because he does have the typical territorial protectiveness of the Cane Corso breed. He does not willingly accept new canine visitors onto HIS turf, but politely gets along with dogs in classes or public, and can get along in the home with any dog who doesn't try to dominate him (and who the owner is willing to take the time to slowly integrate). He does tolerate dominant females much more than males, but lives in harmony with the male Danes in his foster home...mostly out of respect to his human pack leaders, because they can see any tension building before it becomes an issue, and diffuse it. So because of that, and because his fosters keep him separate from the males when they are unsupervised/away from home, Mouse has not had the first "argument" with his foster brothers. We do prefer to place Mouse with female dogs, just to be on the "safe and easy" side.
Mouse's deaf foster sister is FULL of persistent, annoying puppy habits, and she also can't hear warning growls. He seems to understand this...and also simply gives her the patience a big brother would give to a little sister, When she gets to be SO overbearing he just can't take it anymore, he runs to find his foster mom instead of correcting the wayward pup himself.
Mouse is not food aggressive, does not resource guard, is housebroken (and can go a workday with no accidents), and is MOSTLY trustworthy in the house. He will leave most everything alone, but on rare occasions, a notebook or a hat finds its way into that expansive maw of his. As long as things are mostly tidy, he is quite the polite gentleman when left alone. Mouse's one bad habit is that he will get into the trash, if it is accessible to him.
It took Mouse a week or so to get used to the comings and goings of the 9 and 13 year old boys in his foster home, but once settled, he is as gentle as they come with the kids. "His boys" don't have many friends popping over, so he hasn't been tested with high child activity, but caution should be used with any Cane Corso and rambunctious visitors...Corsos are known for being particularly protective of "their" children, and can misconstrue a harmless game of chase or wrestling.
All in all, this is one amazing boy who would be a GREAT addition to any family who understands the leadership required for this breed. We feel the sky's the limit with this boy...you could teach him anything that caught your fancy, most likely...and he's one heck of a companion, especially for the lady of the home (he never leaves his foster mom's side!). He's fearless, confident, happy, and one of the best cuddlers you'll ever find! Don't miss out on this big teddy bear!!
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