One of the problems dog owners have to deal with is canine shedding. Most breeds tend to shed, some more intensely than others, throughout the year. When purchasing a Cane Corso, this is one of the first things we must know.
Cane Corsos are large dogs characterized by having a short, thick double-layered coat. Many people might think that these dogs don’t shed because of that, but that’s not the case. The reality is that this breed of dog sheds but not that much.
Like many other dog breeds, Cane Corsos shed moderately throughout the year. However, they will shed more during heavy shedding seasons, which typically occur in the spring and fall. During these seasons, you will notice an additional amount of fur than normal.
Causes of Shedding in Cane Corsos
We have already said that these dogs shed moderately throughout the year. It is important to be aware of certain factors that cause this and could also influence how much hair they shed as well as how often they shed.
Some of them are:
Cane Corsos shed moderately throughout the year. However, you should keep in mind that they tend to shed more during the spring and fall as they are considered intense shedding seasons for this breed.
This canine sheds its undercoat during the spring to avoid suffering from the heat during the summer months.
On the other hand, the Cane Corso will shed its summer coat during the fall so that the new internal fur that grows will keep it warm during the cold months.
This factor is closely related to the previous one. Depending on your climate, your Cane Corso could shed more or less.
For example, if you live in a place where the weather is cold most days, your Cane Corso will grow a thicker and longer undercoat, leading it to shed more until the weather changes.
The age of a dog also influences the amount of hair that it sheds. An adult Cane Corso will shed more than a puppy Cane Corso, and that is natural not only because of its size but also because of the amount of hair it has, unlike a young dog.
Cane Corso Exercise and Diet
This may be surprising to you, but a Cane Corso’s diet and exercise can have an impact on the amount of hair your Cane Corso sheds.
If you give your Cane Corso an inadequate diet and do not provide it with a lot of exercise, it will have a deficiency of minerals and vitamins in its body, which can lead not only to shedding but also to being overweight. Keep in mind that obesity can also cause both coat and skin problems.
Cane Corso Fleas
Fleas transmit diseases that can negatively impact your Cane Corso, causing its fur to fall out in greater quantities than usual. That is why it is essential to use adequate flea treatments for these dogs.
How to Reduce the Shedding of Your Cane Corso?
The last thing we want to see all over our house is pet hair. Although these dogs shed moderately throughout the year, they do so more intensely during two seasons, so it is important that you take preventive measures so that your Cane Corso does not spread too much hair around your house.
Brush Your Cane Corso Regularly
Cane Corsos require little maintenance. Its coat should only be brushed once a week throughout the year except for those months of intense shedding where you should do it more frequently.
During the spring and fall, be sure to brush its coat every day to remove all dead hair and debris.
Do Not Bathe Your Cane Corso Frequently
If you bathe your Cane Corso frequently, especially during shedding season, its coat will not only be negatively affected, but the rate of shedding will increase. For that reason, you should only bathe it once every 1-2 months or when it really gets dirty.
Every time you bathe your Cane Corso, be sure to use a special dog shampoo rich in vitamin E and moisturizing properties.
Provide a Healthy Diet and Plenty of Exercise
A healthy diet based on high-quality food will keep your pet’s coat healthy. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, will strengthen your Cane Corso’s coat, thus reducing shedding.
Apart from food, it is important that you exercise your pet every day for at least 1 hour (if it is an adult). Exercise helps your Cane Corso stay in shape and avoid being overweight. We have to remember that excess weight in dogs can cause problems in their fur and, in turn, more hair loss.
Ask the Vet for Help
If you have followed the advice above, but shedding is not reduced, then talk to your vet to rule out any health problems or hormonal imbalance in your Cane Corso.