If you live in the Northern States like New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut or the North West, you may ask yourself when is too cold?
The Cane Corso is a dog that contrary to much information you may have read, this breed was not a breed exclusive to the ‘South of Italy’. If you study Cane Corso history from Italy, the Cane Corso once flourished throughout the Roman Empire from the Italian Alps, to the Mountains of Sicily. I have seen many websites, as well as a book authored by a Vet., tell the story that the Corso was only found in Sicily. That’s far from the truth. You can read many poems and books from Ancient Italy telling us of the Corso Mastiff from Northern Italy, all the way down to the South as a hunting, guardian and herding dog. The Corso can indeed be kept in cold weather, however, its thin coat is geared more towards warmer weather. Keep in mind the Cane Corso will develop a thicker coat if it needs to in the cold weather. If the puppy is brought up in the cold they will have a thicker coat that will stay with them for life, however most people do not keep their Corsos outdoors, neither do I. So, what do we do when its very cold out?
The Cane Corso can sometimes vary in coat thickness since they came in many different colors depending sometimes on their work. The breed standard does specify the coat to specify that it should not be ‘Too thick’. The Cane Corso can adopt to cold weather since its coat will get thicker in the Winter, however, they are not geared for extreme cold weather, for this reason, we can should take some precautions. I have a rule of thumb, and that is to be very careful leaving mine outside for too long when the temperature falls below 32 degrees F. If the temperature is below this level I will not keep them out too long, and if it drops below 25, I will place a ‘doggy coat’ on them to help keep them warm. At first it seemed a little odd to place a blanket on them, however understanding that their coats are generally thin justifies me spending the money to buy some extra cold protection. This Winter has been a particularly cold Winter so it has not been the ideal weather for my Cane Corsos. I have to say I have some friends who have Cane Corsos in States such as Montana, Northern Michigan, Colorado as well as Minnesota and because these states stay cold it seems that the coats of their dogs tend to stay much thicker than if you lived in states such as New Mexico, Texas etc….
As for me where I live in the mountains of Virginia, I find myself using this doggie coat more often than not, its a good thing that my day job allows me to work from home.