cane corso breed information
common health issues
This giant breed hails from Italy, where he hunted large wild animals and was used to fight alongside Roman soldiers in fierce battles. When he wasn’t serving as a warrior or hunting, the Cane Corso was commonly found throughout Italy guarding his master’s cattle and home. The Cane Corso is very new to the United States, just having been recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010.
Weighing in between 90 and 110 lbs., the Cane Corso makes a daunting impression. It is instinctive for this breed to be protective of his family, so he is naturally suspicious of strangers. Early socialization is key. This large, headstrong dog needs a firm leader, so he generally is not a great choice for a first-time dog owner. He also needs mental and physical stimulation daily to keep his mind and body busy. The Cane Corso is happiest when there is a job to be done, and will work hard to please his dedicated owners.
In addition to their strong personalities, Cane Corsos are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cane Corsos are prone to include eye conditions such as entropion; skin conditions such as demodicosis; heart diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy; stomach problems such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cane Corso inherits anything more than a headstrong attitude, you’re protected.