Dog Course: Everything You Need To Know To Take Care Of It

The Corsican dog descends from the ancient Roman molossus, the canis pugnax, present throughout Italy since 480 AD, and takes its name from the Latin word cohors, which means “protector or guardian of the farms.

Since the times of ancient Rome, in fact, the race dog race had the task of guarding and caring for livestock, until, during the last years of the Roman Empire, was also used as a hunting dog, fighting dog and finally as a companion.

For more than fifty years, this breed has been inscribed among the breeds at risk of extinction: no longer being used as a working dog or guard dog, it is less and less widespread, and present mainly in some regions of southern Italy.

Thanks to some enthusiasts, however, since the mid-1990s the Corsican breed has been officially recognized by the FCI, the International Dog Federation. Let’s see what are its characteristics and what are the measures to take care of it.

Physical And Characterial Characteristics Of The Corsican Breed Dog

The Corsican dog is a medium-large size dog, has a good musculature, its weight varies between 40 and 50 kg and has an average height between 60 and 70 cm with differences, as happens for almost all races, both in weight and in height between males and females.

It has a fawn, brown, tiger or grey short hair coat.

Very faithful and loyal, it is an intelligent and lively race, but also very sweet and protective with its herd, even if it does not always get along with the other dogs.

If grown with love and in a harmonious environment, it is a companion dog similar to many other dog breeds.

How To Take Care Of The Corsican Dog

The Corsican dog is not by nature a certainly delicate breed, in fact it normally enjoys good health.

It needs a lot of exercise and activities in the open air to give free rein to the vital charge that characterizes it.

From the point of view of nutrition, this breed needs quantities of food similar to those required by dog breeds of equal weight, but it needs a balanced diet, divided into several daily administrations.

The basis may be pasta, rice, potatoes or dry bread, meat, and vegetables such as carrots or zucchini.

The frequency will decrease with age:

  • up to 3 months it will be appropriate to divide the meal into 4 moments in 24 hours.
  • up to 6 months 3 moments.
  • from the year on, meals can be two a day.

You can opt for home food or food designed specifically for the breed, which should always be provided taking into account the degree of sedentariness or physical activity of your dog.

Typical Diseases Of The Corsican Dog

Compared to other breeds, the Corsican dog may be more susceptible to certain diseases, such as:

  1. Entropion: congenital defect in the anatomy of the eyelids, which are positioned towards the inside of the eye. Because of this conformation, the eyelashes irritate the cornea and cause pain and inflammation.
  2. Hip dysplasia: a condition that over time can worsen by degenerating into arthritis, and causing inability to walk.
  3. Demodeptic rennet (or dendroclicosis): skin disease caused by a mite (Demodex canis) that lives in the hair follicles and that, if it proliferates excessively, causes hair loss, redness of the skin in some areas and infections.
  4. Cryptorchidism: In the male fetus, the testicles form inside the abdomen and then descend into the scrotum. In some cases, this descent occurs later than normal. If, after 6 months of age, they have not yet fallen, they will no longer fall, causing sterility.

As we have seen, there are many disorders that the family dog can encounter, so it is very important to choose carefully a veterinarian to rely on both in the prevention and treatment of diseases that our four-legged friend may contract. The sometimes high costs of doctors specializing in animal care are often very high, however, which is why choosing an insurance for dogs, as Doctor Pet of UniSalute can be a solution.

Relying on qualified veterinarians controlled by UniSalute, guaranteeing our dog protection even in the event of unexpected events and saving on costs, can in fact be the most suitable move. The Pets policy) provides many benefits, for example:

  1. a free visit once a year in case of accident or illness
  2. discounted rates for all other veterinary benefits
  3. the “The veterinarian answers” service, thanks to which it is possible to ask the veterinarians of UniSalute for information or clarifications on the health of your animal and telephone information 24 hours a day.

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