The Cane Corso is a beast of a dog, coming in at nearly 28 inches tall at the shoulder and often weighing more than 100 pounds. It certainly is easy to see why the Cane Corso seem like an intimidating dog. Cane Corso were made to be bodyguards during ancient Roman times. In fact, when translated from Latin, Cane Corso means “bodyguard dog.” Physically, Cane Corsos are recognized by their large heads and muscles that ripple beneath their short and stiff coating.
Cane Corsos can be found in a few colors: black, gray, red, or fawn. You might also find a Cane Corso in a brindle pattern. If you are in need of help with Cane Corso grooming, you will want to keep on reading down below.
The Cane Corso Grooming Process
1. Brush Your Cane Corso’s Hair
Cane Corsos have short, but double layered, coatings. They are known to shed their hair throughout the year with heavier shedding happening during the spring season and the shedded hair will end up on your floor or furniture.
So, it certainly helps for you to be proactive and get rid of the dead hair by brushing your Cane Corso’s coating. And while your Cane Corso may not have much of it, matting is still a concern, especially given the double layered nature of your Cane Corso’s coating.
Matting, if left unaddressed, can cause skin pain for your Cane Corso. Brushing your Cane Corso’s coating will take care of the matting.
I recommend that you get the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush as it is effective at getting rid of the dead hair and mats from your Cane Corso’s coating without scratching his/her skin in the process.
The brush also comes with a self-cleaning feature that will make it easy for you to clean the brush of dead hair and mats. With the brush in hand, proceed to brush your Cane Corso’s coating.
For best results, you will want to brush in the direction of hair growth. As for how often you should brush your Cane Corso’s coating, for most of the year, doing it once per week should be enough. During the spring season, however, you will want to do it more often – most likely daily.
2. Brush Your Cane Corso’s Teeth
Like all dogs, your Cane Corso needs to have his/her teeth brushed. That is done in order to prevent tartar buildup from taking form on your Cane Corso’s teeth because if tartar buildup is allowed to develop, it can cause tooth decay which isn’t good for your Cane Corso.
So, be sure to brush your Cane Corso’s teeth regularly – ideally on a daily basis. You will want to use the Virbac toothpaste as that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for a dog’s teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Cane Corso’s teeth.
3. Bathe Your Cane Corso
Your Cane Corso can be bathed once every four to six weeks. You don’t want to bathe your Cane Corso more often than that because that can cause him/her to lost the natural oils that nourishes his/her skin and coating.
Whenever you are ready to bathe your Cane Corso, here is how you can go about doing that. First, take your Cane Corso to your bathtub. Once there, fill a cup with warm water and then pour it onto your Cane Corso’s coating in order to get it all wet.
Now, thoroughly apply the shampoo onto your Cane Corso’s coating, taking care not to get it into his/her eyes. I recommend that you get the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as that is one of the best shampoos that I can find.
Once you are done applying the shampoo, be sure to rinse your Cane Corso’s coating until every trace of the shampoo has been rinsed out. With the bath over, proceed to dry your Cane Corso’s coating with a bathing towel and then re-brush it.
4. Clean Your Cane Corso’s Ears
Cleaning your Cane Corso’s ears is an important part of the grooming routine for the dog. Cleaning your Cane Corso’s ears is needed in order to prevent wax buildup from taking hold of his/her ears because that can cause ear infection if left in place.
So, be sure to check in on your Cane Corso’s ears periodically. If your Cane Corso’s ears look dirty to you, that indicates that it is time for you to clean them out.
You will want to get the Virbac ear cleaner for cleaning your dog’s ears because that is the one that veterinarians often recommend for a dog’s ears. You can apply the ear cleaner onto cotton balls and then use them to clean your Cane Corso’s ears.
5. Clip Your Cane Corso’s Nails
Your Cane Corso also needs to have his/her nails clipped in order to keep them short. You don’t want your Cane Corso’s nails to be too long as that can be painful for him/her at the paws, creating discomfort when he/she is walking around.
So, be sure to keep an eye on your Cane Corso’s nails or listen for any clicking sounds when he/she is walking around. That way, you will know for sure when you need to clip your Cane Corso’s nails.
You can use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to clip your Cane Corso’s nails. Be careful not to clip the quick part of your Cane Corso’s nails as that can easily lead to bleeding.
Cane Corso Grooming – Conclusion
There you have it for Cane Corso grooming. As for if you should trim your Cane Corso’s hair, given that he/she has short hair and the fact that he/she sheds hair, it doesn’t really make sense for you to trim his/her hair at all.
If you are struggling to get your Cane Corso to cooperate with you while you are grooming him/her, this post will help you with that.
What are your thoughts? Have you groomed a Cane Corso before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.