Once you’ve decided that the Cane Corso is the right dog for you, your next step is to find one. Purchasing a Cane Corso might be as easy as stopping in to your local pet store since it is such a popular breed, but you should ask yourself whether this is really the best option. Many pet stores receive their puppies from puppy mills – organizations which breed dogs as quickly as they can, keeping the dogs in squalid conditions. As a result of irresponsible breeding practices, the puppies are often malnourished or suffering from health problems. The best way to make sure you get a Cane Corso puppy in good health is to do your research and to purchase one from a reputable Cane Corso breeder.
The difference between a reputable breeder and a puppy producer is that the former spends large amounts of time and money on the best interest of the breed, while the latter is often motivated by profit. However, in order to find a good Cane Corso breeder, you may have to do some research first. Once you’ve compiled a list of several Cane Corso breeders you then need to go through them to choose the best option. You don’t want to run the risk of purchasing a puppy from a hobby breeder or from someone who doesn’t follow responsible breeding practices. Keep in mind that when you purchase a Cane Corso puppy you are making a 12 to 15-year commitment!
Here are the following things you need to do to help you find a reputable Cane Corso breeder:
- Ask around at veterinary offices, groomers, and pet stores for referrals to Cane Corso breeders and assemble as much information as you can about each one.
- Visit the website for each breeder (if they have one) and check to see if the breeder is registered with a national or local breed club (like the AKC or Kennel Club).
- Contact each breeder individually and ask them questions about their knowledge of the Cane Corso breed as well as their breeding experience.
- Ask specific questions about the breeder’s program and the dogs used to produce the puppies. Ask what the breeder does to prevent the passing of congenital conditions to the puppies.
- Remove the breeders from your list who do not seem to be knowledgeable about the breed or if they seem to be just hobby breeders looking to make a buck.
- Eliminate breeders from your list who refuse to answer your questions or who do not seem genuinely concerned for the wellbeing of their puppies.
- Schedule a visit with several breeders and ask for a tour of the facilities – check to make sure they are clean and that the dogs look healthy.
- Narrow down your list of breeders and make your selection – you should also ask about the breeder’s preferences for putting down a deposit on a puppy.
- Place your deposit to reserve a puppy – in the next section you will receive tips for choosing a puppy from a litter.
As an alternative to purchasing a Cane Corso puppy from a legitimate breeder, you should also consider adopting a rescue dog. Not only will you be doing your part in the war against puppy mills, but you will be providing a homeless dog with a loving home and new lease on life. There are many benefits associated with adopting a rescue dog and you might even be able to find a purebred Cane Corso or a Cane Corso puppy.
Adoption is much more affordable than purchasing a purebred puppy from a breeder and the dog is likely to have already been housebroken and may also have some amount of obedience training as well.