General recommendations for feeding the Cane Corso: what should be the dog's diet and owner reviews
The offspring of the Tibetan Bulldogs – Cane Corso – differ from other dog breeds in courage, devotion and, of course, in their characteristic appearance.
These animals are very patient, brave, but at the same time very good-natured to those who are weaker than them.
Therefore, they get along well in families with small children or old people.
Looking at these dogs, it is hard to believe that they all descended from aggressive fighting dogs that took part in bull-baiting.
Cane Corso is a true friend, protector and good guard.
Briefly about the breed
This breed is the pride of Italy, it is the 14th dog breed that was bred in this country. The character of the Cane Corso reflects the courage of a fighter, the dedication of shepherd dogs, as well as the temperament of Italians.
The Cane Corso seeks to protect its owner, protect the house and its own zone. It differs from other guard dogs in that it rarely shows aggression towards uninvited guests, only when it feels a real threat to the owner or his property.
To this day, disputes regarding the origin of the name of the breed do not subside.
There are many versions, but most researchers are inclined to believe that the name of the breed comes from two words: “yard” and “dog”. In the literal sense – a dog to guard the yard.
The Cane Corso is a powerful, robust, extremely strong dog that is both formidable and elegant.
But for a dog to be healthy and active, it needs to be properly fed. This will be discussed below.
Natural or artificial food?
Asking the question of what is better – natural food or artificial food, a reasonable person is unlikely to take any one position.
After all, it is clear that both natural and industrial dog food are quite similar, the only question is the quality of the food and the correct feeding of the dog.
It is believed that the Cane Corso is one of the most expensive dogs in terms of keeping.
The fact is that this breed is quite prone to allergies, as a result of which the owner has to buy expensive hypoallergenic food for his pet for life.
As for the natural diet, it requires constant adjustment depending on the health of the dog and the season.
When feeding a dog, one should not forget that even the highest quality natural products cannot provide it with the right amount of minerals and vitamins.
Most veterinarians recommend feeding kanya-Korso both natural and industrial feeds. Of course, industrial feed greatly facilitates the life of the owner, since it is balanced and all calories are calculated in it. It is important to remember the following rule – it is impossible to mix natural and industrial feed, since in this way you can significantly harm the digestive of the dog. If the pet is at artificial stern, the treats should also be selected for it from industrial, if the dog foods “natural”, you need to use natural favorite foods or pieces of dried meat as a delicacy. Be sure to choose industrial food in strict accordance with the age of the dog. The stern for active young dogs contains more vitamins than in the stern for dogs of the older age group, and an excess of vitamins and calcium can negatively affect the health of the dog.
Before planning the diet of Kane-Korso, it must be understood that various types of allergic reactions are very common among this breed.
You can determine the allergen in a particular case by exclusion, and remove this product from the diet;When feeding with dry feed, it is better to use hypoallergenic feed.
Another important question is the weight of the dog.
Even at a young age, excess fat can adversely affect the condition of the joints of the dog, in this regard, it is recommended to adhere to the following rules that will help control the dog’s weight at any age:
- It is necessary to feed the kanya-Korso, strictly observing the daily norm, if desired, this norm can be divided into several (2-3) receptions, but the dog cannot be fed in excess of the norm.
- Be sure to compare the amount of carbohydrate food with the physical activity of the dog. If the loads are low, the calorie content of the diet should also be reduced.
- If the dog foods on artificial feeds, it can often ask for additives. This is due to the fact that dry food increases in volume only after it enters the stomach. Therefore, immediately after eating, the dog may not feel satiety. If the owner cannot stand the gaze of asking his eyes, he can give the dog a bone of tendons, but not an additional portion of food.
- The dog must be regularly weighed.
Pros and cons of natural nutrition
Pluses of natural nutrition:
- The owner knows exactly what feeds the dog, and he chooses the quality of products;
- lack of preservatives and artificial dyes;
- In the presence of allergies, you can replace products;
- In the diet of the dog there is protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber.
- It is necessary to waste time for cooking;
- It is necessary to choose the right diet so that the animal receives all the necessary vitamins and trace elements;
- It is necessary to introduce vitamin supplements into the diet;
- It is difficult to take a dog on a “natural” dog on a trip, as you have to look for a hotel where you could cook food for her.
However, if the owner decided to feed the dog with natural feed, he should know which products can be used for this:
- boiled or raw meat;
- boiled vegetables;
- dairy and dairy products.
It is recommended to give fish oil, salmon oil, vitamin-mineral complexes as additives of kanya.
Advantages and disadvantages of artificial feed
- there is no need to cook;
- No need to calculate the norms of portions;
- No additional vitamin top dressing is needed;
- A variety of feed;
- The ability to take food on the road.
- There is no clear concept of the nature of the manufacture of food, and it is not a fact that it really contains natural ingredients, as indicated on the packaging;
- Incorrectly selected food can cause an allergic reaction;
- In cheap feed, instead of meat, soybean and low-quality offal are used;
- feed is made at high temperature, which leads to the destruction of vitamins;
- The stern may contain preservatives and emulsifiers that lead to serious diseases of the dog.
In the market, all industrial feeds storage container are divided into:
- Economy – bob and grain crops are made, bone flour, chicken waste, vegetable oil are added. Often in these feeds there are dyes and taste additives. There are no vitamins. It is not recommended to feed Kane Corso with this food.
- Premium – is not very different from the previous class, but it is not dyes.
- Superpremium – contains natural blowing (meat, fish, poultry), legumes, additives for the bone system, plant extracts. Example – RoyalCanin, Bosch.
- Holistic – only high-quality products, vitamins, probiotics. An example is Acana, Innova.
How to choose?
You need to choose only high-quality dry food, which is suitable for the age and state of health of the dog.
An adult and active kan-Korso per day requires about 800 granules.
You can calculate the amount of food like this: about 30 grams of feed is required per kilogram of the body of the animal’s body.
Veterinarians advise paying attention to the feed of the superpremium class and holistics.
What needs to be added to the diet?
Dogs prone to allergic reactions are recommended fish oil and various vitamin-mineral complexes.
Every day, the dog should be given salmon oil, since it contains the omega-acids necessary.
If the owner regularly gives dogs top dressing, during the molting period the dog will not actively lose the wool, moreover, its wool will become brilliant and healthy.
Puppy feeding and how much does an adult dog eat?
Up to 4 months, the Kane-Korso puppy needs to be fed 4 times a day, up to 7 months-3 times a day. After 7 months, the dog needs to be transferred to tw o-time meals.
From 3 weeks, you need to feed the cheek every 3 hours. The menu should have proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Homemade dog food for Cane Corso Puppy
Until 10 weeks, the puppy meat should be chopped, but it is not recommended to feed minced meat, since it is poorly digested by the dog’s body.
It is recommended to give the baby rye bread soaked in low-fat broth. From two months, the dog needs to cook soups in milk, meat or fish broth, as well as liquid porridge from ground cereal.
The norm of liquid food should be 200 grams.
From 6 months in the diet you can introduce offal. Raw beef bones contribute to the health and change of teeth. It is recommended to give the dog a boiled egg, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, butter.
Mandatory cereals and vegetables – carrots, zucchini, beets, cabbage should be present in the menu.
The rate of food consumption is set individually. After the baby eats, you need to pay attention to his stomach. If he swollen, then the dog moved.
The next time a portion must be reduced. If the puppy ate food, licked a bowl and, looking into the owner in the eye, asks for more food, then the portion was insufficient, this should be taken into account the next feeding.
Water must be clean and smell.
Nutrition of an adult dog
The diet of an adult dog should include meat. In addition, offal and dairy products are needed.
The ideal fish for the Cane Corso is whiting, it is given once a week for a kilogram at a time.
Also, the menu should contain cereals on meat or vegetable broths with the addition of butter or vegetable oil. Vegetables are needed – pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, cabbage, fresh herbs.
As for delicacies, pieces of pears, peaches, apples are recommended.
When feeding a dog with commercial food, it is necessary to use high-quality food that is suitable for feeding adult dogs.
It is important to provide your dog with plenty of clean water.
For a kilogram of adult dog weight, 30 grams of dry food and 50 grams of liquid food are required.
What can't be fed?
Cane Corso is forbidden to give:
- tubular bones;
- chicken or goose skin;
- smoked meats and pickles;
- sweets and dough products;
- river fish.