Originally Posted by sunkissedmumma67
Well, i'am aware of some of these stats, but its not just Corsos that are prone to the hip and joint problems, all large, big boned dogs are! With all dogs there are pros and cons some more than others though. We have, had our 2 Corsos for 3 years and are crazy about them. I have had so many different breeds of dogs, (especially large breeds) and none have compared to the Corsos!
We are planning on getting two more soon!
We were looking for really great guard dogs, who would fit into a family with people of many different ages! They are a perfect fit for us, but not right for everyone! Their sooooo smart, the kind of smart that you really have to see to believe. We also have 2 pugs and 2 english bull dogs and they all get along great! Though we have spent an extreme amount of time and energy to have it this way. I will say Corsos do need a tremendous amount of attention and exercise! We live on several acres of gated property, so they have alot of room, though we also have them inside alot! We also take them on walks, jogs and hikes alot! They love it!
Please post pictures of your crew!
Not all large-boned breeds have dysplasia problems; Great Danes have an average joint laxity of about .4. Great Pyrenees, Afghan Hound, Doberman, Irish Wolfhound, Ridgeback, Anatolian--all have very good hips as a breed.
Corsos have twice the dysplasia rate, according to the OFA, of Golden Retrievers; they even "beat," by a substantial margin, Bassets and Bloodhounds. They're in the top 10 (or bottom 10, depending on how you look at it) of dysplastic breeds.
I am glad that you've had such good experience with the Corso; when they are bred as intended they're a unique, valuable, and fascinating breed. However, would I advise that anybody buy one bred in the US? No.