Care and information about your Cane Corso:
For Cane Corsos, socialization at an early age (between 8-12 weeks) is of up-most importance! An unsocialized Corso is likely to be overly cautious or shy of people and may not have enough confidence to protect its owner. This should be a priority in training for at least the first 8 months.
Breeding for female Cane Corso's should NOT be allowed during the first heat cycle (usually at 10-12 mos. of age). At this age Cane Corso females are not fully developed in their body and muscle structure, and will stunt their growth. The ICCF will not register a litter of pups from a female that was bred before 18 mos. A heat cycle usually lasts for 21 days, and expect bleeding during the first 11 days.
When you take home your new puppy, it will not have completed its vaccination series and is still susceptible to diseases. Avoid allowing your puppy to roam about where many other dogs have been, i.e., rest areas, pet stores or even the Veterinarian's office. After it has received its third Parvo vaccination at 14 weeks, you can be more at ease.
De-worming happens at 2,3,4,6, and 8 weeks of age. Though worms may still be present during examination, your vet. will provide you with any additional de-wormer necessary.
It is necessary to buy large breed formulated food for your puppy to insure its proper growth rate, and use low-protein formula for the first 10 mos.