Breeding World Class Corsos

10 Things You Need To Know Before Breeding a Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a serious Italian dog breed recognized for its imposing appearance and protective nature. It is an ideal breed for dog lovers looking for dog companions to whom they can provide the strong and caring supervision that Cane Corso requires to grow into fantastic companions.

The Cane Corso is a descendant of Ancient Rome’s molossoid canines. It was originally found throughout most of the Italian peninsula, particularly in Puglia, southern Italy. The Cane Corso breed was first recognized in 1994, then temporarily accepted in 1996, and then fully acknowledged in 2007. As of today, Cane Corso is now officially recognized by the United Kennel Club and American Kennel Club.

Cane Corso is known by a variety of names, including:

  • Corso
  • Italian Mastiff
  • Cane Corso Italiano
  • Italian Corso
  • Cani Corsi

The Cane Corso is a special breed. Breeding these lovely dogs is not easy, and here is some background information to help you get started.

Finding a Pair

Choose a pair of dogs that are compatible and exhibit characteristics that you want as a breeder. To find available Cane Corso, look through a kennel club’s registry or the Cane Corso Association of America (CCAA). Here are a few things to look for when looking for a pair of Cane Corso:

  • Dogs should be 23 to 27 inches tall
  • Have huge heads
  • Large muzzle
  • Strong halt
  • Forelegs are straight
  • A thick layer of muscle covering the thigh

To avoid whelping issues caused by excessively large puppies, both the male and female dogs should be roughly the same size.

Visit the Veterinarian With Both Dogs

Before the dogs may mate, they must undergo a thorough health examination. This improves the chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy litter of puppies. Cane Corso are tough dogs, but they are still susceptible to genetic diseases like hip dysplasia, so both dogs must have their hips checked before mating.

Check the Progesterone Levels of the Female

Progesterone is a hormone that might indicate whether or not your female dog is fertile. You can determine the optimal time to mate your dog by measuring progesterone levels. Generally, big dogs like Cane Corso are in period every 8 to 12 months and are amenable to mating for about 10 days.

Give Time for the Pair To Explore Each Other Before Mating

Allow the dogs to investigate each other when mating season arrives, and keep a close eye on them as they do so. Displaying a nervous behavior from the female is normal. The female will move her hind legs towards the male and let him mount her if she is ready. яндекс

For the best outcomes, consider the following:

  • Wait until the female is in heat
  • Assist the male dog while mating
  • Allow the dog mate two or three times
  • Let them mate once every two days

Keep an Eye Out for Indicators of Pregnancy

On a calendar, mark the first mating and count 63 days from that day. Cane Corso frequently gives birth at day 60 due to huge puppies and a lack of capacity in the uterus.

A pregnant dog’s nipples may begin to swell, and she may gain weight. You can take the female dog to the veterinarian to confirm if she’s pregnant.

Prepare for Whelping

7 to 10 days before the female dog is due, prepare her whelping area. Line the whelping box with newspaper for easier clean-up of mess, add towels or blankets for comfort and place it in a quiet and peaceful area.

It’s a good idea to accustom your pet to the area where she’ll have her puppies long before whelping. Introduce the female to the whelping box and allow her to sleep there to familiarize her with her new surroundings.

Signs of Whelping

If the dog is about to give birth, there will be obvious signs. Start looking out for the following signs:

  • Not eating
  • Restless
  • Vomit or mucus discharges
  • pawing at her bedding as if preparing a nest
  • licking her vulva

Ready For Delivery

If you notice a sac dropping from the vulva, it implies a puppy is on its way. Normally, the female breaks the sac and cleans the puppy. The female will use her teeth to cut the umbilical cord, and the next pup should be delivered within 15 minutes. If the female is inexperienced, you can break the sac and wipe the puppy with a clean towel. You can also cut the umbilical cord.

If severe straining lasts more than thirty minutes without a watery discharge or puppies, you should contact your vet.


Attach a heating lamp to the whelping box if the weather is cold. Cane Corso pups are susceptible to hypothermia. Keep an eye on them and monitor their temperature. If you suspect the female and the pups are suffering from a fever, contact your veterinarian immediately. Lastly, check to see if the female is producing milk.