Cane Corsos and Poodles are distinctly different dog breeds. You have the regal Poodle with a history of water retrieving, hypo-allergenic hair (not fur), and pretty calm personalities. Then you have the Cane Corso that are excellent guard dogs, fiercely protective, and eager to please their owners.
When you mix these dogs, you get something known as a Canoodle. Due to their distinctly different personalities and lack of breed standards for this mix, you never are quite sure what you are going to get out of this mix. They have similarities such as intelligence and loyalty that all the offspring share, but otherwise, you may be in for a surprise by what you get.
Read on to find out more about these unique mixed dogs, the Canoodle, as well as the Cane Corso and the Poodle.
Comparison Table for the Cane Corso, Poodle, and the Canoodle
|Height||23.5-27.5 inches||20-25 inches||>15 inches|
|Weight||88-110 pounds||80-100 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||9-12 years||9-13 years||10-18 years|
|Colors||Black Fawn Gray Red Black brindle Chestnut brindle Gray brindle||Black Brown Gray Red||Apricot Black Blue Brown Gray Red Silver Silver Beige White|
|Coat Type||Smooth, double coat Short length||Curly Can be medium to long length||Curly Long length|
|Affection levels||Pretty affectionate Average playfulness||Pretty affectionate Pretty playful||Very affectionate Very playful|
|Shedding Level||Less shedding||Little shedding||Little shedding|
|Temperament||Very protective||Very protective||Very protective|
|Health Issues||Bloat Hip dysplasia Elbow dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Demodex mange||Bloat Hip dysplasia Eye disorders Demodex mange Thyroid issues||Hip dysplasia Eye disorders Gastric Dilation|
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Pretty high energy||Pretty high energy||Pretty high energy|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Can be friendly with strangers||Very friendly with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Average drooling||Less drooling||No drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation||Higher mental stimulation||Very high mental stimulation|
|Barking Level||Average barking||Average barking||Pretty vocal|
About Cane Corsos
They are eager to run around and are highly intelligent. They can handle almost any task given to them and excel in competitions to do with agility and obedience.
Throughout history, they have been known to be excellent guard and watchdogs. They can be very territorial and loyal, so they could be trusted to protect almost any home.
They have also been used during wars, as farming dogs, and even as hunters, so you can see these dogs really can handle anything thrown their way.
However, that doesn’t mean they are an easy dog for first-time dog owners. They need a person who can stay an alpha without resorting to violence. If they sense fear from their owners, they tend to try and push the boundaries, becoming disobedient and making a play for top dog themselves.
They also need a lot of training and socialization at an early age to prevent them from becoming too protective or aggressive with other people or dogs.
However, their loyalty to their family means you rarely ever have to worry about them harming family members. Even with their large size, they are gentle and careful around children.
With their size and exercise requirements, they don’t do well in apartments or small housing. Like most large dogs, they do best with having a large yard that is fenced so they can roam around and watch their territory.
When people think of poodles, they often imagine the tiny dogs toted around in purses by the rich and famous. While this is not wrong, the standard Poodle is much larger than people think and is the national dog of France.
The Poodle is a working type dog, being bred and trained for retrieving game fowl on a hunt out in the wilderness. They are particularly good at retrieving waterfowl such as ducks and mallards thanks to their long, curly coat of fur that protects them from inclement weather and sheds water surprisingly well.
That being said, most owners opt to trim the coat to a shorter sporting length to not inhibit this deceptively intelligent dog and their superb swimming skills.
Poodles of any size are no pushovers despite their coddled and helpless image springing from their toy poodle stereotype. The miniature and toy poodles were not bred until the early 20th century so that they might better fit a bustling city life.
These are excellent family dogs with a little training as they are eager to please and full of love for their human family, even being sensitive playmates for small children. Care must be taken, however, to prevent them from developing undesirable barking habits as they are sometimes known for.
About The Canoodle Dog Mix
There isn’t much known about a Canoodle. There have only been a few generations of them ever recorded, and not nearly enough to have a standard idea of what to expect from a mixed breed such as this.
They tend to be large dogs, though they don’t often get quite as big as their Cane Corso parent. They tend to be mostly one solid color, with maybe a different muzzle or chest patch, but they can come in almost any color imaginable for a dog.
What we do know is that these dogs are very intelligent. They will likely need a lot of mental stimulation and physical exercise, no matter which parent they take after more. They are likely to also be protective and need some socialization and training to know when it is good to be protective and when they can relax.
However, they are loving and gentle with their own families and take great pains to not ever hurt them, even children that may be much smaller that could easily be hurt by being stepped on or knocked over normally.
Part of the fun with mixed breeds such as a Canoodle is their personalities. Because they have such different parents, each one will have a distinct and unique personality that makes them a joy to watch grow and learn.
Are Canoodles Hypoallergenic?
Until they are born, there is not an easy way to tell if Canoodles will be hypoallergenic. It depends on the parent they physically take after the most. If they have the thick, curly hair of their poodle parent, then they can be hypoallergenic. However, if they have fur that more traditionally matches that of a Cane Corso, they will not be.
When looking at Poodle mixes, it seems that a vast majority of them will take after them with hypoallergenic tendencies, but it isn’t always guaranteed.
There isn’t much known about Canoodles, but if we can tell anything from their parents, they are likely to be intelligent, great when given a task, fiercely loyal, and a loving family dog.
Though socialization and training for these dogs is necessary, they should make excellent dogs for anyone that wants them and can handle their large size.