In February 2020, a health survey was published by RACC. The purpose was to get an overview regarding the health situation of the Swedish population. The results of the survey give breeders the opportunity to focus on problem areas and in their breeding work work for a lower frequency of these problems in developing the Cane corso into a healthier breed.
The results of the survey regarding the average age of Cane corso are in line with data from Agria breed profiles, which ends up at 6.4 years and means a very short lifespan of our dogs. The the main cause of death is illness, where 54% do not specify which disease the dog died of.
Then cancer tumors are reported and then the musculoskeletal system. Cane corso is a powerful and fast-growing breed, this can be linked to the fact that 25% of respondents report musculoskeletal injuries / symptoms, such as lameness, osteoarthritis, cruciate ligament injuries and HD / ED. In total, 60% of these cases require surgery, with long rehabilitation and pain the dog and large costs for the pet owner and insurance companies. Of the respondents, 20% state that their dogs have had eye problems, where the so-called Cherry eye (tear gland in the dog's eye falls out) is most frequently with 15% and 82% of these are operated on one or more times, mainly at a young age. Breeders should note that these eye conditions have a correlation with genetics and the skull / skin design.
The cane corso owners are active in most of the existing dog sports available, including exhibition and obedience is most common. According to the survey, 54% of the dogs have a correct bite (slight underbite). 16% state that they have problems with skin and / or allergies, which usually debuts at a relatively early stage age. Severe conditions such as epilepsy occur in 3% of respondents, which is a small percentage but worth careful monitoring due to its severe symptoms and consequences. There are no extensive fertility problems within the breed, but the dogs will pregnant and the majority of the puppies occur without complications.