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Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso" Compare Golden Retriever and Boxer. Which is better: Golden Retriever or Boxer or Cane Corso?
Name Golden Retriever Boxer Cane Corso
OriginsScotland Germany Italy
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank31137
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. National Kennel Club
Price $1000-$2000 $600-$1200 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Coat Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Waterproof Dense
Colors Golden Light Brindle White Fawn Chestnut Brindle Gray Red Fawn Black
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Boxers shed moderately.
Cane Corsos shed moderately.

Characteristics - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Temperament Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Cheerful Loyal Social Courageous Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Cane Corso's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Boxers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cane Corsos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Health Issues
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Arthritis Bloat Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Ectropion Entropion Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-11 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Cane Corso drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Golden Retriever vs Boxer vs Cane Corso

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6 4-6 puppies

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