I apologize to my English-speaking readers, but does not have the rights to translate the texts of third persons entered in the italian “Salute” (Health) page, so the corresponding English page will be incomplete and the reader will have to integrate with any veterinary manuals available online.

While trying to select the best possible way to try to ensure the health of the puppies sold, it is fair and proper to make an overview of the main diseases that can afflict not only the Cane Corso breed, but each dog breed that is mongrel. More information and details you can find them in the web pages linked to this, as well as on the links reported by us, and of course looking at the internet or reading specific texts.

Genetic Health

A flaw that afflicts the Cane Corso is, so to speak, a consequence of the breed standard, or more properly a phrase that appeared in the first version of the same (at the time of recognition by ENCI and FCI), that is ".. . in no way should remember the Neapolitan Mastiff. "Now, being the two races relatives narrow, or perhaps the two" types "of the same race, one heavy and one lighter, the wanting to deviate so markedly led to some" political choices "between the abolition of certain colors and want to look as closure dental accepted only undershot bite, many experts including Dr. Flavio Bruno and Dr. Paolo Breber, who participated in the rediscovery of the race, declaring the Cane Corso an ortognato dog with proven closures scissor bite, pincer and reverse scissor bite. You will say, they are only minor discrepancies. No, because in the meantime the Cane Corso has been made into a dog undershot (I remember that the prognathism is a lack of growth of the jaw and that not exist in nature predators prognathic) and to get a dog undershot it appeals to the shortcut of 'entry Boxer blood, which the SACC, the company's race, knows well enough to have discussed in Congress in 2005 (see here the link to the article). This has led to dogs prognathic, but also to a general decrease in the size and the typical round eye and positioned in front of the skull, with the Cane Corso rustic had nothing to do with it. These are, to date, many Expo Corsi. Fortunately there are only those, and many traditional bloodlines have been preserved, are you by any chance, you want to choose, allowing this wonderful breed to land in the new millennium with all its genetic baggage intact, because it is encoded in the gene pool does not much the appearance, the less obvious qualities as the predispositions of character, aptitude and behavior. The character gets the Cane Corso. The functionality makes the type. Never the opposite. Still on the too rigid application of the breed standard, the exclusion of subjects not appropriate in size (measured too big or too small), not the most desired color (the color what influence can have on the functionality of the dog? Especially when we talk about colors historically documented as belonging to the Cane Corso breed) or dental closures not sought (valid criterion for us only in the presence of diseases such as overshot and undershot, the latter sought instead), combined with the exclusion of subjects due to the attempt (unfortunately failed) to curb the problem dysplasia, also joined to the widespread practice to select for inbreeding to fix quickly the desired aesthetic characteristics, led to an impoverishment of the genetic variability and to what is called genetic "bottleneck": with a selection too exasperated there is found to have a few lines of blood, sometimes a few subjects, and in subsequent litters parents will establish possible genetic disorders in the offspring, and so on from bad to worse in subsequent generations. The problem is worsened by the fact that when a dog wins expo and become the Champion is required for reproduction from many, many people, so in the next generation there will be an infinite number of half-brothers and half-sisters who are in turn cross each other; the nightmare of any geneticist! The only thing that saves a breed genetic impoverishment is the presence of a large number of subjects, different blood lines, unrelated to each other, able to ensure genetic health to subsequent generations. This full respect for the history of the Cane Corso, its potential, characteristics and attitudes. The inbreeding and on the basis of mere aesthetic criteria selection, as well as going against any theory for genetic selection, was found in all races always the best way to trigger and fix genetic defects. Echoing exactly to genetic defects, problems that are emerging strongly in almost all of the races are intolerances and food allergies and intestinal hypersensitivity, and this we say not only as dog owners, but as managers of a store goods and food for animals, so keeping in mind the market and customer demands. A weakness of genetic origin is also the loss of "hardiness", understood as the robustness of the organism to the external environment (including food). There are many dogs that need to follow a controlled diet or worse still need specific foods and diets. Allergic dermatitis, itching, eczema, flaking, loss of hair and skin problems such as difficulty in digestion, vomiting, diarrhea such as metabolic problems oblige the owners of these animals to purchase specific foods tested and certified (and therefore more expensive) or specific diets studied by veterinary laboratories (also expensive) to frequent checks with the vet and still living (both the owner and the animal) "slaves" of these issues, often linked to the selection. Although underestimated, these problems are vastly more widespread than may be provided, for example, hip dysplasia.

Choosing a puppy

Because put a moment so joyful in the section of "health"? Because this moment will affect the puppy and the owner for years and years to come, if well planned will have wonderful consequences, if "taken lightly", you'll have effects in the long term, more or less serious and negative. Let's start with the first question, "Better the private or breeder?” Neither. Both of them. Turn them all and ask everyone. Visit the herds, ask to make the dogs out of the kennels (if you can not ask why ...), check if there are elderly or if they only have young dogs, talk to the owners and hear what you tell . Everyone will have a slightly different idea of the "optimal Cane Corso." Do not look for the nearest breeder, or the cheaper, or the one with the puppies immediately available, because you will spend the next 10 or more years of your life alongside what may turn out, instead of a close-knit and inseparable companion of life, a hasty purchase! Remember that you must choose the dogs and not people, and even more that you do not have to choose the puppy (all puppies are beautiful), but parents (and if you can see them, even grandparents), to which the puppy will look like both growing aesthetically (physical) and mentally (character, attitudes), an aggressive dog that can not be approached could generate offspring difficult to manage. The second big question that usually arises is: "What color?" Do not become fixated with a specific color, because you are not purchasing a car, with the same engine, the same features, but different bodywork; within the same litter will find different colors, but also and especially different characters and maybe also different sizes; puppies are living beings and non-standardized products! In addition, during growth the coat color and the eye may vary and one subject apparently black, once grown can submit stripes, sometimes even extended, looking like a dog "different" from what you thought you had chosen. The color is among other minor characteristic with which you are confronted, but sometimes you just leave out the most important aspect, that character, that already at 60 days (age at which puppies are sold) one can see and define at least broadly. The third big question that everyone should ask yourself is "Why do I want a purebred dog?" Because breeds of dogs, as we understand it today, arise from the selection of certain psycho-physical characteristics and behavioral capable of make it suitable for the purpose for which the breed was selected. If I buy a guard dog I expect that for physical prowess and skills of character he can make good guard, a retriever must bear the prey a sheepdog must, physique and skills, be able to lead and / or defend their flocks. The Cane Corso was born as a dog act to the guard and to the defense of the property and the family, so potentially wary of strangers. If you choose a dog only on the basis of its aesthetic characteristics, then it would be better to move towards pet breeds or with characters more friendly and easily manageable. Or better yet take a mestizo from the nearest shelter, doing so also a good deed. A phrase that is often heard from breeders is "We do family dogs." What you really mean? Has one meaning the phrase? Each dog, any dog is a social animal, potentially a family dog​​, in accordance with its characteristics and attitudes. The Cane Corso is a dog reliable, gentle with family members of which should feel an active member, patient with children, but it is a guard dog with dominant character that is properly managed. You can not do carry it around from teenage son or leave him alone with him / her at home as they arrive (in the area defended by the dog) his friends peers ....... It 'a dog of large size, and as such must be respected. It's not a monster. But it is not an object. He is a living, sentient being, which can react to situations in the manner which it considers appropriate. If properly managed his reactions will always be proportionate to the situations that will arise.


At this point we will be unpleasant results, two troublemakers who, rather than convince you to buy a puppy, tried in every way to discourage the purchase of a dog of this breed. But we breed for passion, not for having a gain, we think that our responsibility should not end after you got a puppy and a pat on the back. We seek instead to be always present for advice or clarification or suggestions and to ensure, to the owners seriously motivated and aware of both the needs of both the attitudes and capabilities of this wonderful breed, the onset of a partnership dog-owner happy and long lasting, hoping to be remembered for having given a board in excess rather than one less than necessary. The puppy will remain so (so nice, tender, irresistible) for a few months only, will grow, become an adult and will stay with you for more than a decade! They can be magnificent years, but much depends precisely on you!!