Why Doesn’t My Cane Corso Bark?

If you notice your Cane Corso not barking, it can be concerning. Cani Corsi bark and it is important to understand the possible behind your dog not barking.

This article aims to provide insights into various reasons why your Cane Corso might not bark and what to do about it.

Why Doesn't My Cane Corso bark?

There are a number of other possible reasons why a Cane Corso doesn’t bark including illness or injury, depression, they are young, individual personality, lack of exposure to other barking dogs, previous training, and simply a matter of  preference. 

If you have a Cane Corso that does not bark, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong because each dog is an individual with unique behaviors. However,  if it is a sudden change in their vocalization patterns, consult a veterinarian.

Why Doesn't My Cane Corso Bark

Do Cane Corso dogs bark?

Yes, Cane Corso dogs bark, however, they bark less than most breeds. Barking is a natural form of vocalization for dogs and can be influenced by various factors.

The frequency and intensity of barking can vary among Cani Corsi and may depend on the specific dog. Some Cani Corsi may bark more frequently or more loudly than others. 

What triggers a Cane Corso to bark?

Cani Corsi can bark in response to a variety of triggers. The triggers for barking can vary among individual dogs and some dogs may bark more than others. 

Common factors that may induce barking behavior in the Cane Corso include:


Cani Corsi are social animals, and barking can serve as a form of communication. They may bark to express their emotions, signal their location to other dogs, or try to gather a group together.

Barking can be a way for Cani Corsi to communicate with other dogs or to communicate their presence or other threats to their family members.

Sirens and high-pitched sounds

The sound of sirens, musical instruments, or high-pitched noises can trigger a Cane Corso’s instinct to bark. 

These sounds can resemble the vocalizations of other dogs, and some Cani Corsi may respond by joining in and barking.

Separation anxiety

Cani Corsi with separation anxiety may bark when left alone or when they feel anxious about being separated from their owners. 

Barking in these cases can be a distress signal or an attempt to call their owners back.

Response to other dogs

Dogs are known to be influenced by the barking of other dogs. If a Cane Corso hears another dog barking, it can trigger a response in them, and they may join in to create a chorus.

Boredom or Attention-Seeking

When a Cane Corso is bored or seeking attention, they may resort to barking as a way to express their needs or to try to engage their owners.

They may bark in an attempt to get a response or to alleviate their boredom.


A Cane Corso may bark if they are in pain or experiencing discomfort due to certain medical conditions. 

If you notice excessive or unusual barking behavior, it is essential to rule out any potential health issues and consult with your veterinarian.

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Common reasons why your Cane Corso doesn’t bark

Illness or injury

If a Cane Corso is feeling unwell or is in pain due to an illness or injury, they may not engage in typical behaviors such as barking. 

Discomfort or physical limitations can affect their vocalization including barking.


Like humans, dogs can experience periods of sadness or depression. During these times, they may be less likely to engage in behaviors like barking. 

If your Cane Corso is feeling down or experiencing a change in their mood, it can impact their vocalization.

They are young

Your Cane Corso puppy may not have fully developed their vocalization skills yet therefore they may not bark. 

They may still be learning and exploring their range of vocal behaviors, including barking. As they mature and grow, their vocalizations may change.

Individual personality

Just like humans, dogs have unique personalities. Some Cani Corsi may simply have a quieter or less vocal disposition. 

While some individuals of the breed may be more prone to barking, others may not exhibit this behavior as much.

Lack of exposure to other barking dogs

Dogs often learn behaviors through observation and socialization. If a Cane Corso hasn’t been exposed to other dogs that bark or haven’t had the opportunity to learn this behavior, they may not engage in barking themselves.

Previous training

If a Cane Corso has undergone training that discourages barking or has been consistently reinforced not to bark, they may have learned to suppress this behavior. 

Dogs can be trained to modify their vocalizations, and if barking was discouraged during their training, they may refrain from doing so.

Individual dog preference

Ultimately, every dog is unique and may have their own preferences and tendencies. Some Cani Corsi may simply prefer not to bark and may express themselves in other ways.

Can dogs be taught to bark?

Yes, dogs can be trained to bark, however, not all dogs will readily learn to bark on command, as it depends on an individual dog’s personality  and their natural tendencies.

Is it cruel to make your dog bark?

It is generally not considered cruel to train a dog to bark, as long as the training methods used are humane and considerate of the dog’s well-being.

It’s essential to gauge your dog’s comfort level and willingness to engage in barking behavior.

Some dogs may naturally enjoy vocalizing and may readily participate, while others may be less inclined or find it stressful.

It’s important to respect your dog’s preferences and never force them into a behavior they are uncomfortable with. Always prioritize your dog’s welfare and emotional state

Should you teach your Cane Corso how to bark?

Teaching your dog how to bark is a personal decision that depends on your dog’s individual preferences, your training goals, and your dog’s well-being.

Factors to consider when thinking about teaching your dog to bark include:

  • Individual inclination: Some Cani Corsi can have a stronger natural inclination to bark, while others may not. In such cases, teaching them how to bark on command might be easier and more enjoyable for both of you.
  • Your Cane Corso’s comfort: It is important to consider whether your dog enjoys barking or if they may find barking stressful or uncomfortable. Some Cani Corsi may naturally enjoy expressing themselves through barking, while others may prefer different forms of communication or may simply not be interested in barking. Depending on your dog’s preferences and avoid forcing them into behaviors they are not comfortable with.
  • Consideration for others: It is important to consider your living situation and the impact that barking may have on your household and neighbors. Excessive or continuous barking can be disruptive or cause distress to those around you. 

Ensure that any barking training is done in moderation and with consideration for the well-being of your dog and others.

How do you get a Cane Corso to bark?

If you decide to proceed with barking training, first identify the underlying cause behind its lack of barking. If you suspect that your Cane Corso might be ill or injured, consult a veterinarian for a thorough check-up to rule out health issues or receive treatment.

Once you have identified the root cause of your Cane Corso’s lack of barking, you can take appropriate steps to address the issue effectively.

General steps to follow if you want to teach your Cane Corso to bark include:

Find a trigger

Identify a sound or a stimulus that may elicit a barking response in your Cane Corso. This could be a recording of other dogs barking, a musical instrument, or even a siren. 

Experiment with different sounds to see which one grabs your dog’s attention.

Create the association

Play the chosen trigger sound while simultaneously providing positive reinforcement to your dog. 

This can be in the form of treats, praise, or a combination of both. The idea is to create a positive association between the sound and the reward.

Reinforce vocalization

Whenever your Cane Corso makes any vocalization that resembles a bark, even if it’s not a perfect bark, provide immediate positive reinforcement.

Reward them with treats and praise to encourage them to continue making those sounds.

Use a command

Once your dog starts to make vocalizations resembling a bark, introduce a specific command or cue, such as “bark”. 

Say the command just before or during the vocalization, and reinforce it with rewards. Repeat this process consistently so your Cane Corso learns to associate the command with the behavior.

Practice and repetition

Set aside regular training sessions to practice the barking command. Gradually fade out the trigger sound and rely more on the verbal command to elicit the behavior. 

With time and consistent training, your Cane Corso may learn to respond to the command to bark without the need for the trigger sound.

Wait for your puppy’s maturity

If your Cane Corso is still young, there’s no need to worry too much. It often takes time for Cani Corsi to develop their barking behavior, so it is possible that your Cane Corso will start barking as they grow older.

Consult an animal behaviorist

If your Cane Corso still doesn’t show signs of barking, or you need help with training, seek guidance from an animal behaviorist. They will provide more accurate and tailored solutions.