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General Information

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 charge.
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.

 
The next step, finding a Good Reputable Breeder?

At a minimum, here are some questions to ask yourself and/or the breeder...

Are the dogs raised and kept as part of the family not in outside kennels?
When you visited the breeder, were you able to see where the puppies were raised? Were you able to meet the mother of the puppies? Where the health tests of the dam and sire made available and explained?
Does the breeder require you to return the dog should you be unable to keep him/her during anytime in the its life?
Does the breeder require you to spay/neuter all pet quality dogs?
Does the breeder ask for a veterinary and/or personal references?
Did your breeder inquire as to the reasons you want a Corso?
Did the breeder ask who will be responsible for the puppy's care and training?
Did the breeder encourage the entire family to visit?
Did the breeder provide a written contract that includes a health guarantee?
Is the breeder currently involved with clubs and competitions with Cane Corso (conformation, obedience,
agility, etc.)?
Does the breeder offer guidance for your puppy after you purchase?
Does the breeder have all vet records for the puppies?
Does the breeder comply with applicable laws and ordinances (dog licenses, kennel license, etc.)?
Does the breeder provide results from health testing (hips, cardiac, eyes,etc.)?
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.

 
Health

Common Health/Genetic Aliments:

Cherry Eye - protrusion of the tear gland associated with the third eyelid.  
Distichiasis -  Eyelashes abnormally located in the eyelid margin which may cause ocular irritation. Distichiasis may occur at any time in the life of a dog.
Entropion - A conformational defect resulting in an "in-rolling" of one or more of the eyelids which may cause ocular irritation.
Ectropion - A conformational defect resulting in eversion of the eyelids, which may cause ocular irritation due to exposure.
Hip Dysplasia -Hip dysplasia is associated with abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the joint.
Elbow Dysplasia - Characterized by varying degrees of elbow incongruity, bony fragments (bone chips), and ultimately, severe arthritic change.
Degenerative Joint Disease - Arthritis.
Panostetis - 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 diagnosis.
Bloat - 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.
Cysts - Sebaceous cysts are common in dogs.
Hypothyriodism - Hypothyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance found in dogs. It has so many symptoms that it often is called 'the great impersonator'.
Congenital Heart Disease - Birth defect of the heart.
Murmurs - Serious murmurs are caused by heart valve disease of birth defects. Not all murmurs are serious.



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