Yes, the CO needs much training and socializing from a very young age. The CO is unlike most breeds as they are born disliking strangers and need to be taught to be mannerly and nuetral when no threat is present.
2) Are COs good family dogs?
Yes, the CO make wonderful family pets but must be cautious when strangers are brought into the home even if they are friends of your children. What seems like harmless horse play between your children and their friends may not look so harmless in the eyes of your CO and they will feel the need to be your childs rescuer.
3) Why are their ears cropped?
The CO is a large predator protector and it is much more humane to crop the ear at a very young age than to lose it to a predator during battle.
4) Will a CO chase a stranger down the street to attack them?
No, the CO has very low prey drive therefore chases very little and makes this breed not a very good sport dog. It is important to remember this is a guarding breed and will not allow strangers on the property un accompanied.
5) Do I really need registration papers even though I do not want to show?
YES! An ethical breeder will give you papers at NO extra charge. Full registration may be more but limited should never be charged for.
6) Do I need to own CO to join COWDCA?
NO! We encourage all dog lovers to join our club and help educate the correctness of this breed!!!