FAQ


 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Cane Corso

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Contract: A pure bred dog from a reputable breeder usually comes with a contract. A contract includes important content regarding your rights with your new puppy, so: DO always ask for the contract before you decide for your new puppy and DO read it carefully as you make a decision for the next 10 years or so of your life.


Co-Ownership:
Some breeders would like to co-own their dogs to control breeding. You might only have limited rights over your dog. You have to share decisions and fullfill commitments and you might be dependent on the breeder for a dogs lifetime. Single ownership can be applied for within the official canine council of your state, only if all owners accept.


Cropping Ears and Tail:
Cropping ears and tail is illegal throughout Australia, except for medical reasons, e.g. faults like a kinked or curled tail. Dogs with anatomical faults shall not be used for breeding. All dogs without ears and tail you see on our website are imported from Italy, where cropping ears and tail had been still allowed.


Drooling:
Their jowls are pretty tight and so they hardly drool. They might drool when smelling food or panting, but be careful when they forget to swallow the last bit of their drink!


Exercise:
With big dogs like the mollosside breeds it is very important that you avoid activities that can be harmful for their joints, especially at a young age. Compared to small breeds they grow quickly into big dogs which means a steady gentle exercise, e.g. swimming, in the first 12 months of age is highly recommended and can prevent from environmental hip dysplasia. Try to avoid jumping activities and stairs. Vets call tiles and other slippery floors a home made hip dysplasia as sliding over it will wear out the dogs joints, especially at a young age.


Feeding:
You can see whether your dog is getting the right nutrition in their coat and poo. If it is of good substance - not like chocolate mousse and not like hard wood - and your dog's coat is soft, looks healthy and shiny, then your dog is getting the right nutrition. If not it is best to ask your Vet or change your dogs diet, e.g. from dry food to meat. BARF has been proven to be the healthiest way of feeing your dog. Never cook their bones.


Fur:
The Cane Corso has a short soft coat, which does not need much care. A little bit of fishoil and garlic in their food makes it look healthy and shiny. Bathing them more than once a month is not recommended as a dog's skin is very sensitive and can develop irritations. They shed once or twice a year. Brush them weekly to get dirt and "flatmates" out of their coat and support blood circulation. This makes their coat look really healthy and feels good too!


Hip Dysplasia:
Unfortunately this problem is relatively common in all big breeds, which is why we should all help fight it. It is partly inheritable and therefore highly recommended to only look for puppies where parents are scored with good results. This breed is very muscular and therefore it is hardly noticable for us in younger years if a dog is suffering from bad hips. To prevent more harm try to do constant but gentle exercises. That means carrying a pup up and down stairs as long as your arms can carry it, that also means no jumping activities in their first few months! The best exercise to build up muscles fast and that way release the joints is *swimming*. The Cane Corso is very new to Australia and with your help we can reduce the risk of Hip Dysplasia from the beginning!


Pedigree:
When you purchase a pup from a responsible breeder, the litter is registered with controlling canine body and therefore comes with papers. A pedigree includes a pups name and date of birth, microchip and some other details of your pup as well as the details of its parents. It is a document you might need for travelling with your dog, it can help when you have lost your dog and it guarantees you a pure breed. The microchip quarantees you that the dog you got is the dog on the paper.