Wondering if your Cane Corso can live in cold weather now that the winter is here?
The good news is that they can! While the Cane Corsos are more suited for warmer climates, they can tolerate and adapt to colder climates with time.
In this post, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how Cane Corsos adapt to cold weather and how cold is too cold for them to live.
Can Cane Corsos Handle Cold Weather?
Yes, Cane Corsos (some better than others) can handle the cold weather but they’ll need time to adapt.
Cane Corsos come from the Mediterranean and have a thin coat which makes them better suited for moderate climates. They don’t have a lot of fat or large muscles for protection from the cold.
However they will grow a thick undercoat with time which helps them tolerate colder temperatures. If it doesn’t get thick (happens sometimes), they won’t be able to handle the cold so well.
That’s why it’s important to train them to live outside in the early fall from a small age so that they can experience the dropping temperatures and start developing their thick undercoat.
Also Read: Cane Corso Guide
On the other hand, Cane Corso puppies under 6 months cannot handle the cold as well as a full-grown dog so they need to be kept warm. Try to keep your pups inside in the winter, but you can take them for a quick walk or play a little bit in the snow, just don’t leave them outside for too long.
However if it’s always cold where you live and they grow up in the cold, the pups will grow a thicker coat naturally. They’re tough little warriors!
How Cold is Too Cold for a Cane Corso?
Cane Corsos handle cold temperatures pretty well but it’s important to remember that they are not a cold-weather dog breed.
According to PetMD, if the temperature drops below freezing (0°C / 32°F), it’s probably too cold for your Cane Corso to be outside for long periods of time. They could probably still tolerate short walks or outdoor play, but it’s important not to let them stay out for too long.
Or just pay attention to your Cane Corso’s behavior. If they seem uncomfortable or are shivering, it’s probably time to bring them inside or give them a dog coat.
Can Cane Corso Live Outside In Winter?
Cane Corsos can live outside in the winter as long as it is not too cold and their shelter is well-insulated and large enough to move around. Making them wear a dog coat at all times would help as well.
But I wouldn’t recommend letting your fearless protector live outside in winter because we never know how low the temperature could drop in the middle of the night.
And just like we humans, they are prone to hypothermia and frostbite along with a bunch of other health issues.
Also Read: Cane Corso’s general health issues
If they must live outside, make sure to regularly check on them.
But you can always take them outside for walks and exercise. Here are some things to consider before taking them outside in the winter:
- Don’t leave them outside in the winter for too long.
- If your dog has been suffering from some disease or is recovering, they will take more time to adapt to the colder climate.
- Puppies and old Cane Corsos won’t do well in the cold.
Do Cane Corso Like Cold Weather?
Cane Corsos love physical activities and they like the cold weather as much as they like warm climates, it’s all the same to them. However, if it gets too cold they will be uncomfortable.
In conclusion, your Cane Corso can live in cold weather as long as it is not too cold. They will grow a thick undercoat with time so it’s important that you let them get used to dropping temperatures by letting them stay outside in the late summer or early fall to help develop the thick undercoat.
If they are feeling uncomfortable and show other signs of the cold affecting them, you can always make them wear a dog coat or keep them indoors.
Small puppies and ill or recovering Cane Corsos won’t do well in the cold so it’s better if you keep them indoors and not let them stay out for too long.