THE CANE CORSO
Inviting a Corso into your family is a big commitment and one that comes along with a lot of responsibility. We encourage you to do a lot of research and soul searching to determine if the Corso is the right breed for you and your family. Here are a few jumping off points to get you started.
Research the breed: There are many, many resources online to learn about the Corso breed. From breeders to enthusiasts and Corso history pages, to articles like this one that share 15 things you should know about Corsos, the internet offers a tremendous amount of information about this ancient breed. In addition, contacting breeders who are willing to talk to you about the breed is extremely helpful. There is much to be learned prior to welcoming one of these amazing dogs into your life.
Identify whether or not you are a good candidate for Cane Corso ownership: Powerful, athletic, and intelligent, Cane Corsos are not for everyone. Questions to ask yourself: Are you active? Are you home enough to engage with your Corso regularly? Are you able to commit to puppy training and then on-going training? Are you able to provide regular, consistent exercise that includes twice daily, lengthy walks? Are you able to provide calm, assertive and consistent discipline? Are you confident and able to establish yourself as the authority in your home? Your Corso will look to you for leadership; are you confident enough to provide the leadership he will seek? Do you have the time to commit to socializing your Corso? Do you have the financial resources to provide the best care, training and nutrition? Corsos have large appetites and nutrition needs that grocery store dog food cannot fulfill. In fact, we encourage a raw diet for Corsos as we have experienced extremely wonderful results with regard to physical development including musculature, bone development, a decrease in the desire to chew things other than their food and, efficient, almost odorless, stools.
Identify breeders you may be interested in working with: By chatting with breeders and Corso enthusiasts, you will find breeders whose dogs are bred to meet the requirements of the Corso you want. If you are interested in showing your dog, network with known breeders and handlers. If you are interested in a working family dog with show quality looks who will provide your family with protection and companionship, network with breeders known for producing exceptional guardian Corsos.
Ask your breeder questions: Have your dogs had health screenings? Hip testing? Do you offer replacement pups in the event a vet confirmed health issue arises? What is your return policy? Do you provide tail docking? Ear cropping? Dewclaw removal? Will the puppies come with their first shots, wormer and wellness visit? Will you ship the puppy? How much are your puppies? Though many breeders poo-poo the price conversation ("If you have to ask, you can't afford it." Or, "That shouldn't be the first question you ask."), as with any financial transaction anyone makes when it comes to making a purchase, especially a high dollar purchase, cost, at some point, must be discussed. Do not feel uncomfortable asking what your investment will be both initially and over the course of the dog's life. Please do not allow a breeder make you feel inadequate simply because you asked the price of their dogs. It is a valid question and one that should be welcomed. Breeding Cane Corsos is not for the financially faint of heart; the cost of feeding them alone could feed a small, third world country. Add to that health testing, top of the line veterinary care, training, and the purchase of the best breeding stock, a good breeder can have tens of thousands of dollars invested in just a few dogs.
Whether you are purchasing a Corso from us or a Corso from another breeder, our goal is to provide you with as much education and information about the breed, the specialized and unique care of the breed, and the responsible ownership of these special dogs, as possible. The success and preservation of these amazing creatures depends on it.