So your ready for a Cane Corso puppy? It's not a bad choice but there are some things to know. The Cane Corso breed is a large breed that is affectionate, intelligent and requires some attention on a daily basis. With a lifespan of 10 to 12 years your Cane Corso will require training from an early age to help establish good habits and behavior. Keeping your Corso busy and active will allow your dog to reach it's full potential as a great family pet or a valuable work dog depending on your needs.
The Cane Corso is a large muscular breed with a short stiff coat. Find below the AKC breed standard with detailed descriptions of the breed.
Corsi are a breed that need to get exercise on a regular basis. They are not a lay around the house kind of breed. In the need of both mental and physical exercise, the Cane Corso likes to stay busy. While trainable for everyday commands, they also require some boundry setting in their home environment and in social scenarios. Teaching your Corso who the boss is early in his or her training will make for a smoother day to day life.
The Cane Corso is generally a healthy breed of dog but there are a few things to look out for while owning one. Being a big dog, hip dysplasia is one of the more common problems that are experienced in Corsi. There are a number of factors that can cause dysplasia in your dog, from genetics, old age, lack of proper nutrition or as a complication from obesity. Ask your vet or breeder on ways to help minimize the onset or affects of hip dysplasia. Another issue that can arise are issues with your Corsis eyes. Eye issues are not uncommon in many if not all dog breeds. Regular visits to your vetenarian should help you catch any eye issues before they become a major issue. Also, on occasion your Cane Corso can experience a stomach condition sometimes refered to as "Bloat". It's a conversation worth having with your Vet on your next visit.
Cane Corsi need little grooming when it comes to their coat. The coat is short and takes just a good occasional brushing to keep their coat looking good. Along with the occasional grooming, regular brushing of their teeth and clipping of their nails will assure your Cane Corsi looks it best at all times.
When you first get your Cane Corso, the breeder and you should talk about and come up with a schedule for feeding your new puppy. The breeder knows what the currect meal schedule is and this should make for a smooth transition to your meal plan at home. Most likely your puppy will eat twice a day and this could carry on into adulthood for your dog but many go to one meal a day. As your dog ages and grows you should talk to your vet and determine what is best for your Corso. They are large dogs and the meals will match as they burn lots of energy in their day to day routine. Be sure to buy food made for extra large dogs as these foods are formulated specifically for large breeds such as the Cane Corso.