With a sturdy, athletic build standing at 25 to 27.5 inches for a male and 23.5 to 26 inches for a female, it’s no wonder the AKC lists the Cane Corso as a large breed dog. This Italian Mastiff typically weighs between 90 to 120 pounds.
A lot of large breed owners, chose their dogs because they wanted to exercise with their new pet. However, before you run your next 5k, go on an explorational hike, or swim—remember to be kind to your dog’s joints. To keep your Cane Corso healthy, here are some helpful tips.
Large Breed Reminders
Although your pup might have a seemingly endless urge to play and run, it is good to remember that until it is an adult, his or her skeleton hasn’t fully developed to support high impact activities.
Large breeds are more susceptible to develop bone and joint issues in their first year of life. This is due to the rapid growth they go through during that age range. For this reason, it is good to choose a breeder who is conscious and proactive against joint issues.
It is best to stay away from heavy exercising for the first two years of your Cane Corso’s life. Two years might feel like a long time, but it will offer many more years of fun, pain-free activity later.
Getting Your Cane Corso Ready
Before you run—walk.
Go on short strolls and increase the miles as your large breed dog becomes more developed. As your Italian Mastiff gets older, mix it up a little. Meaning, use intervals such as jogging, running, and fast walking mixed in with your leisurely stroll.
It is critical to regularly exercise your dog. This will help maintain a healthy weight that will reduce your dog’s risk of bone and joint diseases. It can also decrease, if not eliminate, behavioral issues that stem from boredom.
Don’t Forget to Play
Exercise can also be play! For example, playing fetch with their favorite ball or Frisbee can be a great and fun activity. Don’t be afraid of a little variety depending on you and your dog’s personality. Try tug-of-war, hunting, and tag too. While you two play, you are also creating a bond that builds loyalty, confidence, and trust.
When in Doubt Ask a Professional
When you’re ready to start a new exercise program, consult a breeder or your veterinarian consultant for more information on your dog’s health. For more tips, check out our post on taking care of your Cane Corso.