The Cane Corso, also commonly known as the Italian Mastiff, is a powerful breed that is a popular family pet and a formidable guard dog. In fact, Cane Corso translates from Latin to “guard of the courtyard.” This breed is certainly not for beginners because these dogs need a firm, strong, confidant leader with experience in training.
Since these dogs are such powerful animals, they are highly sought after for use in personal protection and law enforcement, and this can push the price of purchase higher than your average dog breed. Of course, this initial purchase is not the only cost that you need to think about, and it helps tremendously to budget ahead.
From food and toys to insurance and vet bills, you should have a good idea of what you can expect to pay to own a Cane Corso. In this article, we lay out all these costs to help you budget ahead. Let’s dive in!
Bringing Home a New Cane Corso: One-Time Costs
The first and probably largest cost in owning a Cane Corso is the initial purchase of a puppy. These dogs can fetch enormously high prices for pedigree animals, so if you have the option to adopt, you can save yourself a large chunk of money. Also, while puppies can go for thousands of dollars, adult Cane Corsos can often be found for several hundred dollars, if you are willing to bring home a fully grown Corso.
To obtain a Cane Corso for free is rare but possible. You may know someone who knows someone who is not a breeder and has just had Corso puppies and needs a home for them. They are unlikely to charge the high prices that breeders do and may even give you the puppy for free.
Also, people often underestimate the power of these dogs and the responsibility that it takes to look after one. There may be someone close to you who has taken the plunge and realized that they simply cannot handle the responsibility, so they may be willing to give you the dog for free just to provide them with a happy home.
Rescuing a dog like a Cane Corso can be an extremely rewarding experience because you are giving a dog another chance at having a happy home. It is also the most inexpensive way of purchasing a Cane Corso. Rescue centers will often include spaying or neutering and even basic health checks for as little as a few hundred dollars. There may be rescue centers near you that specialize in rescuing Cane Corsos.
It’s important to note that taking on an adult Cane Corso is no small task because some may have had traumatic histories or a complete lack of training. You’ll have to work hard in most cases to correct any bad habits and concentrate on obedience training.
A purebred Cane Corso costs between $1,000-$4,000, but on average, you can expect to pay around $1,500. Of course, the price of pedigree Corsos with superior lineages can reach prices well over that, as high as $9,000 in some cases! Some breeders have excellent reputations for breeding superior animals, and this along with availability is what can drive prices up so high.
Initial Setup and Supplies
Just the initial price of purchasing a Cane Corso is far more expensive than most other breeds, and it doesn’t end there. Looking after a Cane Corso is expensive too because they require a great deal of care, food, and maintenance. A few of the following costs can be avoided, but there are also unforeseen costs to be prepared for. Around $500 is a good estimate for initial setup costs.
List of Cane Corso Care Supplies and Costs
|ID Tag and Collar||$20-$30|
|Nail Clipper (optional)||$5-$15|
|Food and Water Bowls||$10-$50+|
How Much Does a Cane Corso Cost Per Month?
- $100-$300 per month
The first year of owning your Cane Corso will be the most expensive. Since these dogs are so large, the expenses will be significantly more than most other breeds. The good news is that the years following will cost you much less, provided that you got your pooch from a reputable breeder with all the required health checks.
- $50-$100 per month
In the first months of bringing home your Cane Corso, there will be multiple vet visits, vaccines, and other expenses, like spaying and neutering and microchips, to budget for. While this will taper off significantly toward the end of the first year, these costs can easily run up a bill of $1,000 or more, or roughly $100 per month.
- $80-$200 per month
A Cane Corso can easily reach weights of 100 pounds, and as you can imagine, they will eat a great deal of food, especially while they are still growing. These dogs will need to eat 4-8 cups of dry food per day, depending on their age, which would make a 30-pound bag of food last just under a month. A decent quality bag of food can cost at least $60. You’ll need to budget for treats too!
- $0-$60 per month
Cane Corsos are generally easy to groom, with short coats that do not need regular brushing; once a week to remove dead hair is perfect. They may need the occasional nail trimming if they don’t wear them down themselves, and they’ll need their teeth brushed occasionally too. Doing all this yourself will save you money besides the initial cost of tools and help you bond with your pooch too. Professional groomers typically charge $40-$60, depending on what’s being done.
Medications and Vet Visits
- $30-$100 per month
Your Cane Corso will need several vet visits and their initial vaccinations in the first year, but since they are such a healthy and hardy breed, this will taper off significantly in the years following. A vet checkup can cost anywhere from $30-$80, initial vaccines should be no more than $100, and possible parasite treatments are $10-$20, so a budget of around $1,000 for the year is a good ballpark figure.
- $100-$600 per month
Cane Corsos can be expensive to insure because they are so large, and the minimum that you can expect to pay for basic, accident-only coverage is around $100. For full coverage of accident and illness for such large dogs, prices can go up to $600 and even more for complete health coverage.
- $0-$30 per month
Cane Corsos will spend most of their time outdoors and don’t cost much in the way of environment maintenance, although they can be destructive at times if they are bored or untrained. The biggest issue that you will have is urination and pooping inside, and such large dogs can leave large stains! It’s a good idea to equip yourself with a poop-scoop, poop bags, stain- and odor-removal sprays, and even dog training mats.
|Poop scoop (one-time purchase)||$10-$30|
|Plastic poop bags||$15-$30|
|Dog training mats||$15-$45|
|Stain and odor spray||$5-$20|
- $50-$100 per month
Cane Corsos can certainly chew their way through balls and toys, and you’ll likely be replacing these fairly often. Good-quality toys are expensive at first but will save you money in the long run because they’ll be better equipped to handle the tough jaws of a Cane Corso, but even so, they will eventually need replacing.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Cane Corso
- $200-$300+ per month
The Cane Corso is a massive dog, and your biggest costs will be keeping them fed and paying for pet insurance. Just food and treats alone will cost you $100 or more per month. If you opt for insurance, you’re looking at an additional minimum of $100. You can then also factor in toys and vet visits. Overall costs can be much more than your average breed.
Additional Costs to Factor In
There are always extra costs that are unaccounted for with owning any pet, and you should put away savings to account for these. You may need to take your Corso for professional training if it proves too much for you, and this can cost anywhere from $30-$120 per session. You may also need a dog walker to give your Corso additional exercise, which can cost $20-$50 per day.
Owning a Cane Corso On a Budget
Cane Corsos are expensive dogs to own, even if you managed to get one for free or adopt. You can save a bit of money, though, as secondhand stores often sell used beds, bowls, and other accessories for far lower prices than new ones, and this can save you a fair amount of cash.
Saving Money on Cane Corso Care
You can save money on Cane Corso care by training and exercising your dog yourself, keeping them groomed yourself, and reducing the need for toys by playing with them and interacting with them more often. Also, if you purchase your pooch from a reputable breeder, they will make sure they are healthier overall, saving you on healthcare costs in the long run.
While owning any breed of dog is expensive, caring for a large dog like a Cane Corso is certainly more expensive than most other dog breeds. The initial purchase of your puppy can cost you thousands of dollars, depending on the pedigree, and caring for them is not cheap either.
Feeding a Cane Corso is no small feat, and they can easily eat 30 pounds or more of dry dog food per month, and this will be your biggest monthly cost. Pet insurance for these large dogs is also far more expensive than most other breeds, with basic coverage starting at $100.
With all this in mind, it’s important to budget for more than the initial purchase price and to recognize that these dogs are comparatively expensive to own. That said, owning one of these powerful animals is a unique joy, and they will be your loyal protector for years to come.
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- Bringing Home a New Cane Corso: One-Time Costs
- List of Cane Corso Care Supplies and Costs
- How Much Does a Cane Corso Cost Per Month?
- Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Cane Corso
- Additional Costs to Factor In
- Owning a Cane Corso On a Budget