by Ken Alden
Keeping your dog comfortable at all times is important to every pet parent. Part of this involves ensuring they are not either too cold or overheated. So can a Cane Corso handle hot or cold weather?
Cane Corso vs. Heat or Cold
Heat: They can handle hot weather due to their short fur.
Cold: They need time to adapt to cold weather but can handle it.
Weather extremes can be a problem though and cause overheating if too
hot and discomfort if too cold.
This article will take a closer look at how a Cane Corso handles hot and cold weather. We’ll also leave you with some helpful tips to make your pooch comfortable during extremes of weather. Read More Below...
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A Cane Corso's short coat body will thrive in warm weather. However, in extremely hot weather, you need to keep an eye on your dog. Overheating can occur due to their relatively short muzzle.
It's necessary to understand your dog's physical characteristics and history, to figure out their adaptability to warm weather.
Cane Corsos are brachycephalic dogs, meaning that they have the classic short muzzle common with this dog type. But unlike other short-haired dogs like the French or English Bulldogs, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Boxers, or Boston Terriers, the Cane Corso has an athletic and streamlined body.
The Cane Corso was bred to hunt and run. They have a longer muzzle when compared to the snubbed short faces of other mastiffs. Brachycephalic dogs’ short muzzles can make it harder for them to stay cool during hot weather. These canines will pant a lot as the hotter months draw close.
The heat of summer is particularly challenging for their short snouts. Coupled with that, they are ineffective panters. They cannot pant enough to cool their bodies down via evaporation. Consequently, they cannot regulate their body temperatures well in the heat of summer.
Their stifled airflow will make them gurgle, snort, and struggle to catch a breath when they overheat. Mastiffs have a facial bone structure that has squeezed their airways into a tight maze. As a result, they have less air coming to their lungs than other dog breeds with longer snouts.
Since your loyal warrior dog will breathe through their mouth,
their soft palates will block most of their air intake. Your Cane Corso will
need to breathe harder to have enough airflow down their trachea, a taxing
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When winter arrives, dog breeds such as the Siberian Husky or the Labrador Retriever cannot wait to get to the ice and snow. They adore snow much as toddlers do. They will bounce and roll on it.
How about your fearless protector? Would they rather be bundled up in a blanket on your couch until spring comes around, or would they be happier making snow angels? Should this ancient Roman dog of war wear warm coats in cold weather?
The answer to this question lies in the Cane Corso's rich ancestry. The Cane Corso's offspring are a mix of the Corso and the Neopolitan Mastiff. The fearless Cane Corso were once guard dogs for Roman legions. However, they were soon out of work as the Western Empire wars petered out.
They then adapted to farming, wild boar hunting, and livestock driving. They made their home in the lowland Italian countryside and on the mountain ranges as well. Your favorite large dog breed can handle both warm and cold weather.
That said, the Cane Corso's thin coat makes them more of a warm-weather breed. If you live in an extremely cold weather region, your fearless warrior will grow an undercoat for protection against the chill of winter.
If your little Corso puppy grows up in the cold, they will naturally develop a thicker coat, which will last them a lifetime. Your Cane Corso can handle certain cold levels but is not suited to outdoor living in wintry weather.
Are Cane Corsos an inside or outside dog? This article of ours tackles this question in depth before it arises.
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Cane Corso's have coat thickness and color variants. The standard Corso coat is not very thick. However, your favorite guard dog can adapt to cold as their coat thickens over winter.
During winter, there are some precautions that you should take to keep your Cane Corso as comfortable as possible.
a good durable, and comfy dog coat, check out the BONAWEN Winter Dog Coat. It’s so soft and
lightweight, making it less cumbersome for your pooch. Alternatively, it keeps
your canine friend warm and waterproof.
By nature, the Cane Corso thrives in warm weather. But in extremely hot weather, your canine friend will have trouble cooling. You can buy him a cooling pad for comfort.
On the other hand, Cane Corso can adapt to cold weather with time by growing a warm and fuzzy undercoat. Some adapt fast, as per their nature, personality, health, and age. You can also chip in by getting them a doggy coat.
So when it comes down to it, can a Cane Corso handle hot or cold weather? All in all, the safest bet is to keep your dog indoors during extreme weather.
About the Author...
Ken Alden, a dedicated Mastiff owner for over eight years, is acclaimed for his expertise in care, grooming, and training. Read more About Me and my dog Shadow.