Belongs to the Working Dogs Group, Mastiff, Molosser
Average life expectancy : 10-12 years
Height and weight : 63.5-70 cm for male, 60-66 cm for female, 40-70 kg for adult dog.
The Cane Corso is a mastiff breed originating in Italy – a breed that became almost extinct during World War II. It is a very strong and large dog that can reach 70 kg in adulthood – more than enough to bring down an adult. The Corso is intended for hunting large animals and maintaining the property of the breeders, and with looks like his own – a massive head, a rectangular body, and a menacing look – it can be said that this is the perfect bodyguard that will make any stranger think twice.
Character and behavior
Corso is not the right choice for an inexperienced owner to raise this type of dog or other similarly massive dog, as it is a mature dog that is a large, strong, intelligent, active, and stubborn dog.
The course needs a leader who can and will persevere in his education assertively and consistently without the use of force or violence. Corso loves his family very much, but he does not usually show it outside. He will always want to be near you, but he is not demanding in terms of attention or physical contact.
The course in its nature is a dog of independent will and of a dominant personality. It is these characteristics that make him an excellent bodyguard for family members and her property. However, his natural tendency to take responsibility can be problematic for an owner who is unable to function as a “band leader” and control this behavior. While Corso loves and is affectionate towards his family, including children, he will always try to control and rise high in the family hierarchy. Therefore, it is important to set clear boundaries for his course, because this dog will probably check them from time to time. These characteristics indicate that the course is suitable for families with older children (aged 9 and over) and not for families with infants and toddlers, due to the size, time and effort required to closely monitor the interaction between the dog and young children.
Exposure from infancy and proper socialization are a must in any case. It starts with choosing a breeder that puts puppies in their home and ensures that they are exposed to many home and sounds, and continues to socialize with people, children, other dogs, cats, new places and different voices throughout the life of the Corso. This is probably the only way Corso can learn to distinguish between good and normal from what is really a threat.
At the same time, it seems that no matter how much you expose your course and how much socialization it goes, the course will always love and favor its family over strangers, for which it will always be suspicious, since the course is primarily a watchdog, and it takes on its full role. The seriousness.
It is important to start training your course as soon as possible and as soon as you bring the puppy home, that is, at the age of eight weeks. It is possible to start, accompanied by a professional trainer of course, by having the puppy “work” for anything he or she gets to start learning to obey commands, such as learning a command before getting meals, toys, treats, or playing.
Do not give your course space when it detects negative behavior such as growling or gurgling when the family members touch it, or when it does not want to go outside or it wants to go in a certain direction when with the leash. He should also not behave that way when someone gets too close to his toys or food. Jumping on family members during playtime and trying to “ride” on them are also invalid and strictly prohibited, and urgent and decisive action is required to regain your authority as a band leader in such cases. To avoid these types of behaviors in the first place, it is very important to work closely with an instructor who understands the thinking of such breeds.
Corso has a moderate level of activity, and it is important to go with it for at least two long walks a day for at least a mile each, and also take about 20 minutes a day to train to unload the course mentally. This is not the type of dog that will be happy to lie down and do nothing all day.
It is important to prevent your course from chasing neighbor cats or small dogs, which can certainly end in a fatal outcome. Corso has created a high prey and territorial character, so he needs a strong, solid fence at least six feet high to keep him out of the way, and for strangers to not enter.
Like any puppy, the Corso puppies also have an increased chewiness, and because of their size and the jaws of their jaws can cause great damage to objects in the home and yard. Therefore, they should be released freely and unattended at home only when they reach adulthood, and until then the course should release physical and mental energy through training, games and exposure. Remember – a bored Corso is a recipe for Corso Curb.
The Corso needs to spend a lot of time with his family, and his course growing up in the yard without much attention from family members during the day can lead to Corso dealing with behavioral issues such as aggression, scrutiny, and destruction of objects.
And most importantly: Ask yourself why you are interested in this breed, talk to an experienced Kana Corso breeder, describe exactly what you are looking for in a dog, and ask for assistance in choosing a puppy. Growers see puppies every day and can make incredibly accurate recommendations once they are aware of your lifestyle and personality.
Corso smooth and combed fur with a dedicated glove or comb at least once a week will help remove dead hair and keep skin and fur healthy. It is important to clean your ears, trim your nails as needed (usually once a month), brush your teeth, and wash your course with a gentle shampoo once every three months or just when it is really dirty. It is important to start these activities when the course is young so that you can practice these activities and accept them peacefully when you graduate.
In principle, all purebred dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to have a particular disease network. Be wary of a breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on puppies he sells, and be wary of a breeder who tells you that this breed is 100 percent healthy. A responsible breeder will be honest and open to tell about health problems that characterize the breed and the feasibility of these appearing in the bloodline of the habitat. It is not advisable to purchase a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the pup’s parents have no health problems affecting race, and it is important to know that the “veterinarian test” is not a substitute for genetic health checks and / or photographs and other laboratory tests.
Health problems that characterize the Cane Corso trunk are hip dysplasia, eye problems such as entropy or electrophyte, angioedema, and tendency to gastric distortion.
And let’s not forget one of the most common health problems in the world: obesity. Maintaining the right weight course is one of the easiest ways to protect his overall health, thus ensuring a healthy dog for life.