A Cane Corso should be intelligent,
active and even-minded, he is an unequaled watch dog and
protector. Docile and affectionate with the owner, loving
with children and family. The Cane Corso is easily trained
and typically a light shedder.
Are you ready for a Cane Corso?
- Can you provide firm, consistent discipline? This
breed needs a confident, assertive owner who is not afraid to be in
Can you provide your dog with attention and proper training? This breed
must have obedience training.
Are you able and willing to socialize your Cane Corso for the rest of
its life? Socialization is a must for the Cane Corso. Their guarding
instinct can make them overly protective of their family. A puppy
without adequate socialization may develop behavior issues such as fear
of strangers or even fear aggression.
Do you work long hours or leave your home for long periods of time? A
Cane Corso should be with its owner. They are a social breed and need
the companionship of their family.
What is the next step, finding a good reputable breeder?
At a minimum, here are some items you should expect from your
- Be comfortable with how your future puppy/dog is raised whether its
inside or outside or a combination.
- During your visit to the breeder's place, were you able to interact with
the potential parents or available puppies?
- Copies of the official health
results of the parents, siblings and other dogs in their
- A promise in writing that the breeder will take back your dog/puppy at
anytime if you are unable to continue caring
for him/her during its lifetime.
- A request to contact personal and veterinarian references.
- A requirement to spay/neuter pet quality puppies when age appropriate.
- The breeder should want to know who will be responsible for the puppy's
care and training.
- The breeder should encourage you to visit with the dogs prior to
- The breeder should want to know why you feel the Cane Corso is a good
fit for you or help you understand if it is the right breed for
- The breeder should provide a written contract for you to review prior to
taking home your puppy/dog and offer continued guidance after
you have taken your puppy/dog home.
- The breeder should provide you with all of the
puppy/dog's current veterinary history.
See OFA website, CERF website for some results.
PennHip does not post results online at this time - you need to ask the
breeder for a copy.
Don't just go by what they say.
NEVER pay a deposit on a puppy without being provided pedigree, health
tests and photos of
the parents if you are unable to visit the breeder in person.
What You Should Expect from Your Breeder
- Photos of both parents of potential puppy.
- Parents names and information of both dogs being bred.
- Actual results of specific health testing and
titles or copies provided upon request.
- What titles and health testing has the breeder has
done with the dogs THEY PERONALLY OWN, not just the ones they have bred.
- Additional information about
the breed besides a copy of the breed standard.
Here is a link to hip ratings -
comparision for most countries.
Common Health and Genetic
of the tear gland associated with the third eyelid.
||A conformational defect resulting in
an "in-rolling" of one or more of the eyelids which may
cause ocular irritation.
||A conformational defect resulting in
eversion of the eyelids, which may cause ocular
irritation due to exposure.
||Hip dysplasia is associated with
abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles,
connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally
support the joint.
||Characterized by varying degrees of
elbow incongruity, bony fragments (bone chips), and
ultimately, severe arthritic change.
|DJD (Degenerative Joint
||Generalized inflammation of the long
bones. Sudden lameness, usually in a front leg, self
limiting. Dogs "outgrow" the condition. Pain can often
be greatly reduced by restricting activity, i.e. rest is
often the best medicine. Dogs that exhibit signs of
lameness should be taken to a vet promptly for
||A very dangerous condition where
even 10 minutes can make the difference between life and
death. Gas accumulates in the stomach to the point where
it becomes obvious on external examination. The real
danger is that the internal pressure cuts off the blood
supply to the stomach and other internal organs causing
tissue to die and the dog to go into shock.
||Hypothyroidism is the most common
hormone imbalance found in dogs. It has so many symptoms
that it often is called 'the great impersonator'.
||Birth defect of the heart.
||Serious murmurs are caused by heart
valve disease of birth defects. Not all murmurs are
Thanks in part to the SACCI organization, the Cane
Corso is now a CHIC breed as of late 2014!
To find out more information about what it means to be CHIC certified,
go to their website at
ICCF vs. CCAA - ICCF is the abbreviation for the
International Cane Corso Federation. It was the main registry for
the Cane Corso before they became an AKC (American Kennel Club) breed in
July 2010. Just because a dog is ICCF registered does not mean it
is AKC registered. CCAA is the Cane Corso Association of America.
It is the parent club for the AKC. The CCAA does not register dogs
as that is the job of the AKC.
FCI Registered - FCI stands for Federation
Cynologue International. It is the governing body of many foreign
country dog registries. Each country has their own dog registry.
FCI does not provide dog registry therefore, is is not technically
possible to have a dog "FCI registered".
FCI Champion - See FCI Registered.