Why Does My Cane Corso Lay On Me?

One interesting thing you will experience as a Cane Corso owner is occasionally having your giant dog lay on you. You may be in the living room on the couch and your dog comes and suddenly flops at your lap ignoring all the space available in the room to lay on. Why does this happen?

Why does my Cane Corso lay on me? The main reason why your Cane Corso lays on you is that they are affectionate dogs by nature and love to be close to their owners and this is one of the ways they show affection for you. It is part of bonding with you, a display of their protective behavior, a relief of separation anxiety, and sometimes a need for warmth.

In this article, we will further explain in-depth these motivations on why a Cane Corso likes to lay on their owners and the different ways Cani Corsi show affection. 

Why does my Cane Corso lay on me

A Cane Corso loves affection and companionship.

These are the qualities that make them good family dogs because they show love to all family members and try to be close to them.

The following explains why your Cane Corso likes to lay on you.

They are affectionate dogs

Although they are assertive and willful dogs, the Cane Corso’s is also an affectionate dog.

This means they are loving dogs and love being close to their owners and families. However but not so much towards outsiders.

laying on you is a sign of affection from them by showing how much they crave being next to you. This behavior demonstrates perfectly how they love their owners.

Unaware of their size

Despite their large size, Cani Corsi are not aware or concerned about the awkwardness of laying on you.

In their mind, they believe they can do this just like lap dogs do, to be close to their owners.

This is cute and shows how much they long to be next to you.

Caution should however be taken in a home with children because when a Cane Corso attempts to lay on them, they might hurt them because of their weight.

Protective nature

Cani Corsi are protective by nature and laying on you shows their protectiveness over you.

Despite a lack of danger or threat around, they are driven to show protection.

Relief from separation anxiety

Separation anxiety does occur in the Cane Corso and this is experienced when they are not close to their owners.

This happens when you are away from your home. especially if they have not been trained. When you come back home from work or from other errands, your Cane Corso may lay on you to feel close to you after the long period of being separated from you.

This comforts them and eases their anxiety.

Related: How to stop Cane Corso separation anxiety

Bonding with you

laying on you is indicative of a Cane Corso wanting to bond with you. It is a time they feel that they have quality time to bond and enjoy being with you. 

To get warm

Sometimes laying on you is a way they seek warmth especially in the cold months. They have short coats which offer little protection against the cold.

When you notice this at this time, you can cover them with a blanket to help keep them warm.

How do the Cane Corso show affection?

The Cane Corso’s personality describes a dog that is devoted, confident, friendly, and loving.

As a loving and devoted dog to their family, they aim to be close to the owners and families. The following are ways a Cane Corso shows affection.


A Cane Corso loves to cuddle with its owners. Don’t be surprised when they snuggle next to you on the couch or want to sleep with you in your bed.

They love the closeness with the people they love.

Leaning on you

Cani Corsi also show affection by leaning on you. This is like a body hug to you which also shows trust and comfort in you.

laying on your lap

laying on you as shown in the article, is a show of affection and love from a Cane Corso.

Yes, they may not be aware of their size but it is one of the common ways they show their love and need for closeness.

Laying a paw on you

Affection also comes through touch whereby they will place a paw on you.

Following you

Cani Corsi are people dogs and thrive on being next to them.

They might follow you everywhere in your home by walking alongside you.

This can also be due to separation anxiety where they feel you are about to leave the house and so do not leave your side.

Related: Why is my Cane Corso so clingy? Here’s why

Looking at you in the eye

Eye contact is a very intimate connection with a dog. When a Cane Corso looks you in the eye for a long time, it is an indication of love and trust.

It creates a bond between you and them. This stare usually signals their brain to release hormones called oxytocin which helps in bonding with their owners.

This is the same hormone that nursing mothers produce while with their newborns which creates a bond and attachment to them.

Licking you

Licking from a Cane Corso is considered a dog kiss which is a representation of how they love you.

Jumping at you

Jumping at you is an indication of joy, showing how happy they are to see you especially after some time of being separated from you.


The Cane Corso is a loving dog that loves to be close to its owners. There are different ways they show their love to their owners and laying on you being one of them. 

If children are in your home also take caution so that they are not hurt due to the weight and strength of the dog when they try to lay on them.

For more information on the Cane Corso, breed information, health, behavior and care, feel free to check out the Cane Corso guide for owners.