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Are Cane Corsos Hypoallergenic? Breed Characteristics & Facts

Lorre Luther

By Lorre Luther

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If you’re thinking of adding a loving, protective dog to your family, you may be considering a Cane Corso. Cane Corsi are large dogs. They can reach between 23.5 and 27.5 inches at the withers and usually weigh between 80 and 120 pounds! They are descendants of Roman war dogs, and they’ve guarded and protected goods, livestock, and people over the millennia. The Cane Corso can be territorial and protective when interacting with unknown strangers or animals.

At the same time, they’re usually loving and gentle toward family members. But are Cane Corsi good choices for allergy sufferers? Are they hypoallergenic? While Cani Corsi don’t have outsized grooming needs, the breed isn’t hypoallergenic. Another breed may be a better choice if you typically suffer from allergies.

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What Breeds Are Hypoallergenic?

There aren’t any hypoallergenic dogs, although some breeds trigger allergic reactions in people less frequently than others. Pet allergies are caused by reactions to proteins in pet skin and saliva.1 Pet dander (flaked-off skin covered with saliva) is the most common human allergy trigger. All dogs produce these proteins, which is why there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.

But some dogs, such as Labradoodles, either produce less of the most common allergens or don’t shed as much, making them potentially good choices for allergy sufferers. But several canine proteins trigger allergic reactions in humans, so some individuals react more to certain dogs than others.

Do Cane Corsi Shed Much? Do They Require Much Grooming?

Cane Corsi have short, coarse double coats. Dogs living in colder conditions usually have longer undercoats. Cane Corsi generally shed year-round. Their coats need a bit more attention during spring and fall shedding seasons, but weekly grooming is usually sufficient during the rest of the year. Most only require occasional bathing on an as-needed basis. Like all dogs, they do best with regular tooth brushing and nail trimming.

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Are Cane Corsi Good Family Pets?

Cane Corsi often make devoted, loving companions and can be pretty gentle around children they know and love. But they’re better suited for certain homes and environments because of their size and assertiveness.

They can unleash bites with up to 650 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure, so they can do quite a bit of damage if aggressive. They also have strong prey drives and are naturally inclined to chase smaller animals like cats. Because of their dominant natures, some can also be unfriendly toward other dogs.

Cane Corsi make great family pets for those with the time and experience to hit the ground running with positive socialization and reward-based training. Early and consistent training together dramatically increases their ability to interact with other people and animals.

How Much Exercise Do Cane Corsi Require?

Exercise provides vital physical and mental health benefits. Getting sufficient physical activity is essential for keeping your dog’s body in optimal condition. It also lowers stress and anxiety, which can lead to aggression in some dogs.

Most Cane Corsi require between 1 and 2 hours of daily physical activity. Some do fine with two good daily walks, but many enjoy more intense activities such as flyball. With training, some can jog or run for a few miles. But keep an eye on your buddy to ensure they’re comfortable during strenuous exercise sessions, as large dogs like Cani Corsi often become quickly overheated.

Cani Corsi often thrive in homes with access to a fenced-in outdoor area, providing them with a safe place to engage their senses and get a bit of physical movement. Other ways to get Cani Corsi up and moving include agility drills and nose work.

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Do Cane Corsi Have Health Issues?

Cane Corsi can develop eye and eyelid conditions as well as epilepsy. The breed also gains weight easily, which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and other chronic conditions.

As a large breed, they sometimes suffer from joint conditions such as hip dysplasia. They’re also prone to gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat, in which a dog’s stomach becomes twisted and blocked after eating. It’s potentially fatal but can often be prevented by limiting how much food dogs eat at once and waiting between meal times and exercise sessions. But they’re generally healthy animals and often live for 10–12 years.

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Can Allergy Symptoms be Reduced?

It’s often possible to dial down the intensity of allergic reactions by taking a few simple steps to minimize trigger exposure. Frequent vacuuming can significantly affect the amount of pet dander floating around your environment. Spend extra time vacuuming in places where your dog spends lots of time, and don’t forget hidden areas, such as corners and along baseboards, where dirt often accumulates. Replacing carpeting with hardwood, marble, or linoleum can also help.

HEPA air filters can reduce the particles that often trigger itchy eyes and noses in humans. Consider adding heavy-duty filters in your pet’s favorite rooms to collect dander before it migrates to other parts of your home. Having a HEPA air purifier in your bedroom may also reduce the intensity of some allergy symptoms. Allergy shots help some people but often take a bit of time to kick in. Antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medications, when used appropriately, may also provide some relief.

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Final Thoughts

Under the right conditions, Cane Corsi make lovely companions. These astonishingly strong dogs are often devoted to those they consider family and can behave quite well around children they know. However, they aren’t great choices if you’re an allergy sufferer, as they shed and produce the protein that usually triggers allergy symptoms in humans.

If you already have a dog at home that’s making you sneeze, it’s often possible to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms by taking steps such as regularly vacuuming areas where your pet spends lots of time, installing hardwood flooring, and using a HEPA filter to remove as many allergens as possible.

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