The Pitbull Cane Corso is a mix of the two dogs in its name: the American Pitbull Terrier and the Cane Corso. These formidable-looking dogs make great friends for the right owner, but you should do your research before seeking one out.
These are intimidating dogs. They are large, muscular, and come in a variety of colors. Many people get them as guard dogs, thinking that their appearance alone will scare intruders off. Belly…
This isn’t true in the slightest, and the same goes for this mix. Your Pitbull Cane Corso will make a loyal companion and likely be very child-friendly too! They’re intelligent dogs who love their owners and become devoted to them quickly. They are highly affectionate, and will make you fall in love. Dodgerblue…
You should be aware, however, that they may not get along with other animals. Dogs are highly dependent on the personalities, and should be introduced in neutral territory first. Pitbull Cane Corsos aren’t the best choice for cats and smaller animals, and shouldn’t be left alone unsupervised.
They are intelligent, but can have a stubborn streak. Patience and positive reinforcement will be your best friend when teaching them manners and tricks. Dodgerblue…
Caring For Your Pitbull Cane Corso
These dogs can live for 13+ years but, to do that, you’ll have to take good care of them. Here’s how.
Their short coats mean they don’t need to be brushed a lot. Once every week or so is ideal. However, you’ll have to keep up with their ears, teeth, and nails. Make sure you clean their ears and teeth frequently and trim/file their nails when necessary. While a lot of dogs don’t enjoy the grooming process, high-value treats and patience will help a lot, to condition them to it being a positive experience. Thehendersons…
When choosing a kibble, avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Pick a high-quality kibble with more nutrients than fillers, and ask your vet for advice if you’re struggling with all of the options available. You can also pick a food specifically for large breeds, as this will ensure your dog gets everything they need, especially with the amount of muscle they have!
Some owners choose to feed raw but make sure to have your meals preferred by an expert if you do. Some subscription services will deliver raw meals right to your door, so make sure to take advantage of this if you can.
Raw is significantly more expensive than kibble, so be prepared to take on the cost. Kane…
These large and powerful dogs need a ton of exercise. You’ll have to give them lots of space to run around and make sure they have plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical. Although it’s not impossible for them to be apartment dogs, they are not the best breed to pick if you don’t plan on giving them ample exercise every day. They do prefer a fenced-in backyard too.
These are pretty healthy dogs. Most of these dogs won’t encounter any health issues in their life that are specific to the breed. Spike…
You should, however, make sure you keep up with preventative health visits and get them all their shots, especially when they’re babies and could pick up parvovirus otherwise. They’ll need a series of three or four when they’re a puppy, and will need boosters every year. Monthly flea and heartworm medicine is also vital to keeping them in good health.
Where to Find a Pitbull Cane Corso
It’s not impossible to find a Pitbull Cane Corso in a shelter. Their unfair reputation sees bully breeds left at shelters all the time, because people recklessly breed and abandon them. Look around, but be open to an older dog or more of a mix if you’re committed to adopting. Rico…
Otherwise, you’ll have to find a breeder. Breeders of mixed-breed dogs can be a risk, as they often aren’t health-tested or socialized very well. Make sure your breeder:
- Has health-tested parents of the puppy and is happy to let you meet them
- Answers all of your questions
- Has AKC papers for the parents, or at least another registry
- Provides a spay/neuter contract so you can’t breed the dog
- Doesn’t let the puppies go home before eight weeks old
How Much Does a Pitbull Cane Corso Cost?
On average, this dog will cost around $900 – $2000. Anything less is a red flag of an unsocialized dog with bad health.
Is a Pitbull Cane Corso Right For You?
If you’re prepared to do the work training them and giving them the appropriate mental and physical stimulation, this is a great dog. However, their exercise needs are not light, and their stubborn streak can take an experienced owner to deal with. Spike…