How Much is a Cane Corso? The Cost Guide with Calculator


If you are looking to buy or adopt a Cane Corso, it is important to be aware of the associated vet fees, grooming and training expenses, food and supplies prices, as well as the cost of the puppy itself. You will find all this information and more in this article. We have also developed a cost calculator that will help you estimate the cost of raising your Cane Corso.

A Cane Corso Italiano puppy is likely to cost between $700-$2,500 with the average price being $1,500. First-year expenses are around $4,500 and will be about $1,910/year (or $159/month) after that. Through the dog’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a Cane Corso is $23,600.

These figures are based on a comprehensive list of essentials: supplies, training, medical expenses, food, treats, grooming, license, and microchip. Additionally, if you spay/neuter your dog, buy pet insurance, send your dog to a boarding facility one week every year and need a dog walker every working day, your total cost of ownership could rise between $58,405 and $122,680 through the course of the Cane Corso’s lifetime, which we assume to be 11 years.

The higher end of the price range applies for premium products and services that you might want to purchase, particularly if you are living in expensive areas.

Below, you will find a comprehensive analysis of the expenses that come with raising a Cane Corso. At the end of the article, we have added a cost calculator that will generate a much more accurate estimate as to the overall, yearly, and monthly costs of raising a Cane Corso depending on your situation, habits, and needs.

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How much does a Cane Corso puppy cost?

Our team has perused through over 330 ads from reliable sources like the American Kennel Club and PuppyFind to estimate the average price for Cane Corso puppies under 6 months of age to be $1,500. Roughly 80% of the puppies reviewed fell between $700 and $2,500. But note that some Cane Corsos were priced as high as $5,500.

Puppy CostRangeAverage Cost
Cane Corso Italiano$700 – $2,500$1,500

When buying a Cane Corso puppy, we strongly recommend doing some research to find a reputable shelter or breeder. This will have a major impact on your dog’s long-term health and well-being! Also, adoption can be a much more economical option, with rehoming fees typically ranging from $50-$500, depending on your location.

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Puppies Price RangeAds Reviewed
$200 – $90056
$901 – $1,600153
$1,601 – $2,30067
$2,301 – $3,00040
$3,001 – $3,70013
$3,701 – $4,4002
$4,401 – $5,5001
Total332

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“As a veterinarian, I think it is ideal that Cane Corso breeding dogs be either evaluated or tested for the following conditions prior to breeding and throughout their breeding years: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye examination by an ophthalmologist once 2 years of age, cardiac evaluation by a cardiologist. Buyers should ask the breeder about health screening tests performed.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

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Factors affecting the price of puppies and why prices vary for the same breed.

Purebred or mixed. Usually, mixed-breeds are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation. If the parents are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, the price will be substantially higher. These breeders also tend to invest more money than others to take care of their breeding dogs and puppies.

Registration papers/pedigree. Some breeders are members of kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding dogs and puppies registered which would also add to their fees.

Health screenings and medical expenses. Serious breeders will have their breeding dogs and/or puppies evaluated/tested for different medical conditions. Moreover, some will take their puppies to the vet for an exam, deworming, vaccines, and/or microchip implantation prior to selling them. This drives the price higher but also reduces the risk to get an unhealthy dog.

Training and socialization. Some breeders sell their dogs after they are trained and socialized. It will increase the puppy’s price but generate savings as you most probably won’t have to invest in more training and also gives a better chance to get a well-behaved dog.

Breed popularity in the buyer’s location. Local supply and demand will have an impact on puppy prices. For example, small dogs tend to be more popular in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some breeds are more in demand in colder climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. It is worth looking for prices in different locations, but it is risky to buy a dog without having seen it before or at least have met with the breeder and visited the kennel.

Age. As most people want to get their puppy as young as possible, prices tend to be lower when the dog gets older. For example, on average a 6-month-old pup is likely to be less expensive than an 8-week-old one.

Coat color and markings. Coat color trends can change quickly. For any breed, some colors are more popular than others, sometimes temporarily. When the interest for a specific coat color grows, puppies get more expensive as an increase in demand leads to a higher market price. Also, for purebred dogs, only specific colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Finally, puppies with rare colors can be very expensive as well.

The cost of supplies for an extra-large dog

Supplies generally entail a few necessary items that you need to care for your new dog. As detailed in the table below, these products, through the course of the puppy’s first year, add up to a $495 expense on average ($245-$925 range) depending on your locality as well as the stores that are accessible to you and the brands chosen.

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Supplies PricesRangeAverage Cost
Food & Water Bowls$10 – $40$20
Dog Collars (x2) $10 – $40 $20
Leash $10 – $30 $15
ID Tag with Phone Number $5 – $20 $10
Dog Bed (48″ or 60″) $30 – $110 $60
Dog Crate (48″ or 60″) $50 – $165 $90
Plastic Poop Bags (900-1080) $15 – $110 $55
Pooper Scooper $10 – $30 $20
House Training Pads (75-100) $15 – $45 $25
Stains and Odors Removal Spray $5 – $20 $10
Toys $50 – $155 $90
First-Aid Kit $15 – $50 $30
Brush $5 – $45 $15
Shampoo $5 – $20 $10
Tooth-brushing Kit $5 – $15 $10
Toenail Clippers $5 – $30 $15

As your dog grows, the supplies expenses go down. For each subsequent year, you will be looking at expenses in the $105-$410 range, with an average cost of $225. Usually, you will want to buy a new bed, toys, poop bags, shampoo and a tooth-brushing essential every year.

Total Supplies CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year$245 – $925$495
Subsequent Years$105 – $410$225

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Does a Cane Corso need training?

According to expert animal behaviorists like Alexa Diaz, Ph.D., training is recommended for a Cane Corso and should cost between $700 and $1,000. Training should include 3 to 5 private lessons for positive leadership ($550-$800) as well as five 1-hour group training sessions to cover socialization and house manners ($150-$200).

Training CostRangeAverage Cost
Cane Corso Italiano$700 – $1,000$850

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Medical expenses for a Cane Corso

According to our consulting licensed veterinarian, Leslie Brooks, DVM, first year medical expenses for a Cane Corso puppy should be around $635. Even if the number of visits to the clinic are lower for each year that follows, the cost of medication as the dog gets bigger drives the annual price up close to $750. Spay/neuter and gastropexy procedures will add between $250 and $900 to the medical bills (more details below).

Medical CostRangeAverage Cost
First Year Vet Cost$440 – $830$635
Spay/Neuter (optional)$50 – $500$275
Gastropexy (optional)$200 – $400$300
Adult Year Vet Cost$475 – $1,025$750

Vet cost for the first year

When it comes to prices, Dr Brooks estimates that a dog owner will pay $65-$170 for each of the three recommended visits for a puppy, with the first one being scheduled at about 8 weeks of age. This will cover the exams, essential vaccines including rabies, the first doses of heartworm and flea prevention as well as a fecal examination.

Most of her clients also follow her advice to purchase heartworm and flea prevention medication for the rest of the year. These should cost $75-$120 and $100-$125, respectively.

Some dogs may also need additional vaccines depending on activities and lifestyle:

  • Leptospirosis if the dog is exposed to wildlife, goes camping often, hikes, plays in puddles, lakes, or ponds ($15-$25 and sometimes already included in the visit).
  • Influenza if the dog goes to doggie daycare or is kenneled/boarded often and if the daycare or kennels require it due to intermittent influenza outbreaks ($70-$90 for two doses).
  • Lyme, if exposed to ticks often, such as if the dog goes camping or hiking, or lives in a wooded area or on a farm ($60-$80 for two doses).

Some owners will also decide to spay/neuter their dog. Vet clinics usually charge $200-$500 to perform this procedure on a Cane Corso. It is even possible to find low-cost sterilization clinics that will do it for as low as $50 to $100 depending on your location. Generally, the procedure is more expensive for female dogs (spays).

For large, deep-chested dogs like Cane Corsos, Leslie Brooks, DVM, also advises performing a gastropexy at the time of their spay or neuter to help prevent the possibility of GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) later in life. GDV is a life-threatening condition that must be corrected with surgery. A gastropexy procedure typically adds between $200 and $400 to the spay/neuter bill.

Cane Corso veterinary expenses for the following years

Leslie Brooks expects dog owners to bring their adult Cane Corso to the clinic for an annual checkup. Yearly visits are usually priced between $125-$265 which includes the exam, vaccines, and a heartworm test (as well as blood work for middle aged and senior dogs to detect any potential issue).

Additionally, Dr Brooks suggests continuing flea and heartworm prevention medication, which usually fall in the $125-$250 and $225-$350 ranges respectively for a dog this big.

Annual booster shots for the optional lifestyle vaccines presented above will add $15-$45 each to the medical bill. Finally, some dogs may require a fecal examination costing an extra $40-$50. This is mainly if the pet is exposed to wildlife and/or other dogs or shows inconsistent stool quality.

Health problems to be aware of

Not all Cane Corso Italiano will have the following health problems listed by Dr Brooks, but it is important to be aware of them when considering this breed.

Health ProblemLikelihoodTreatment Cost Estimate
Hip DysplasiaMedium$500 – $13,000
Elbow DysplasiaMedium$2,000 – $3,500
ArthritisHigh$200 – $500 per month
Eye AbnormalitiesHigh$800 – $1,500
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV)High$1,500 – $3,000

This price range for hip dysplasia is very wide because of the variety of treatment options an owner may pursue. Conservative treatment including pain management and physical therapy is usually the cheapest alternative ($500-$2,500 per year), while total hip replacement costs about $5,000-$6,500 per affected hip. Hip dysplasia can affect a Cane Corso at any age.

Elbow dysplasia: the cost estimate is for surgery per elbow.

Arthritis: the monthly cost estimate is for various pain medications, joint supplements as well as physical therapy and/or acupuncture if needed.

Eye Abnormalities (entropion, ectropion): $800-$1,500 for surgical correction.

“Managing joint abnormalities and arthritis as they become older are probably the biggest expenses for Cane Corso dogs.”

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

A second veterinarian opinion on Cane Corsos

We have also consulted with another licensed-veterinarian, Mendi Baryzk, DVM, to share her knowledge when it comes to the medical costs of a Cane Corso.

Preventive care for the first year (puppy)

Strongly RecommendedCost Estimate
Exam & Vaccinations (3 to 4 sets)$150 each set
Fecal Test (2 times)$45 each
Heartworm Prevention$20 monthly
Flea and Tick Prevention$45 monthly

According to Dr. Baryzk, medical preventive care will cost around $1,190 for the puppy’s first year if we add up all the strongly recommended expenses.

OptionalCost Estimate
Castration (male)$250
Spay (female)$350
Gastropexy (at the time of sterilization)$300
Gastropexy (alone)$900

Preventive care for adults each year

Strongly RecommendedCost Estimate
Annual Exam & Vaccinations$250
Heartworm Test$35
Heartworm Prevention$20 monthly
Flea and Tick Prevention$45 monthly

For an adult dog, yearly basic preventive care expenses will be about $1,065 at her clinic.

OptionalCost Estimate
Heartworm Tick-Borne Disease Test$75
Blood Work & Urinalysis$200
Dental Cleaning (0 to multiple extractions)$300 – $1,200
Radiographs to Detect Hip Dysplasia$350
Radiographs to Screen for Cancer$500
Radiographs to Detect Heart Disease$350

Most common health issues

Cane CorsoTreatment Cost Estimate
Entropion$600 – $1,500
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus$3,500
Cardiomyopathy$2,500
Hip Dysplasia$1,200 annually – $6,000 per hip replacement
Demodicosis$350

“Canes should be trained professionally and tend to have many significant genetic health problems.”

Mendi Baryzk, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Dog health insurance

One might consider enrolling their dog in a health insurance plan as a safety net against unexpected costs, making budgeting much easier.

As per the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry report, the average annual price for accident and illness coverage plans round out at about $565. For accident only plans, the average price is $190. Contact pet insurance companies to know more and get a quote.

It is also possible to get complete health coverage with some insurance companies but it gets much more expensive, except for Eusoh (see below).

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As mentioned, some medical conditions can be expensive to treat. Although purebred dogs may have a higher incidence of some inherited disorders, mixed breed dogs are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. No dog owner should have to make critical decisions about their pets based on their ability to afford care. That’s why pet insurance is more popular every year in the US.

When comparing pet insurances, price is a significant factor, but it is also essential to consider:
Deductible type (per incident or per year) and amount
Reimbursements percentage and limits
Services included (emergency visits, hospitalization, surgery, medications, specialists, cancer treatments, pre-existing conditions, etc.)
When coverage will start

The price will vary depending on multiple factors, including the dog’s breed, age, location, and the plan chosen. You can compare pet insurance prices on comparison websites like PetInsuranceReview.

Community coverage VS Insurance

Eusoh: Better than Pet Insurance for Complete Health Coverage
Eusoh is a community-based pet insurance alternative in which members share the cost of their veterinary expenses. You get reimbursed for your pet’s medical, wellness, illness, routine care expenses but never pay more than $65/month ($40 on average).

For complete health coverage at a low cost, Eusoh is the best option. On average, members save around 50% when compared to traditional pet insurance. I love the idea of not having to worry about being able to afford medical care for my furry companion. Dogs are family, after all!

– There is no premium, so you don’t overpay for care in your monthly contributions. Any unused contributions are rolled over entirely as a credit.
– You can easily know in advance what will be reimbursed and by how much (usually 80%), and you can submit expenses easily from your smartphone.
– You can choose the veterinarian or healthcare provider you want and are covered for a wider range of services.
– You can get advice from other Eusoh members.

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The cost to feed a Cane Corso

Cane Corsos are large and grow to be 105 lb. on average (usually 90 to 115 lb.). Owners can expect to spend $285-$575/year for a puppy and $205-$630/year for an adult dog for food. In fact, adult Cane Corsos can be expected to consume more than 400 lb. of dry food annually. These cost estimations were made using prices of some of the most popular brands including Purina, Pedigree and Blue Buffalo.

Yearly Food CostRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$285 – $575$425
Adult Dog$205 – $630$380

Most dog owners will also feed their furry friend treats daily. They can be as expensive if not more than dog food itself. Once again, this is based on prices from PetSmart, Amazon, and Walmart best sellers.

Treats CostRangeAverage Cost
Yearly Treats$125 – $715$345

This cost estimation for treats is based on the premise that the dog gets one big treat every day. If you give your dog a treat every other day, you can divide these amounts by two. If it is once a week, divide them by seven, and so on. Enter the relevant information in the calculator at the end of the article to get your personalized cost estimate.

Four dog food brands compared

The following table compares the price of 380 lb. (average quantity needed for the first year) of puppy dry food from four popular brands.

Puppy Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Puppy Chow36 lb.11$27.78 (Walmart)$305.58
Purina One – Smart Blend Puppy16.5 lb.24$21.98 (Walmart)$527.52
Pedigree – Puppy36 lb.11$25.83 (Walmart)$284.13
Blue Buffalo – Puppy30 lb.13$44.08 (Amazon)$573.04

An adult Cane Corso owner will need to buy around 420 lb. of dry food every year.

Adult Food BrandsQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Purina – Dog Chow50 lb.9$22.98 (Walmart)$206.82
Purina One – Smart Blend40 lb.11$40.36 (Walmart)$443.96
Pedigree – Adult50 lb.9$25.83 (Walmart)$232.47
Blue Buffalo – Adult30 lb.14$44.98 (Amazon)$629.72

Additionally, dog food is perishable, but can be stored for extended periods of time. So, consider bulk-purchasing food for your dog to save money. You should also consult with your veterinarian to decide the most appropriate diet for your Cane Corso.

Example for a more expensive premium brand

Royal Canin – Size Health NutritionQuantity per BagNumber of Bags / YearUnit PriceTotal Price
Large Puppy35 lb.11$73.99 (PetSmart)$813.89
Large Adult35 lb.12$68.99 (PetSmart)$827.88

This illustrates the price difference between budget-friendly and premium dog food.

Cane Corso Grooming

According to Corryne Smith, professional dog groomer, grooming a Cane Corso is easy and many dog owners will be able to do it themselves. If they decide to take the dog to a professional instead, they can expect up to 6 visits to a grooming salon every year to keep the dog happy and healthy.

Generally, one visit at a grooming salon should cost anywhere between $45 and $65 for a Cane Corso.

Yearly Grooming CostRangeAverage Cost
Cane Corso Italiano$0 – $390$195

Professional dog grooming services usually include the following: bath, shampoo, hair removal (if needed), brushing, styling, nail trimming, teeth brushing, eye and ear cleaning. Rates will vary depending on the products used and the actual grooming time which is determined by the services requested as well as the dog (age, size, health, behavior, coat condition).

If you would like to do the grooming at home, you will need some equipment on hand to make the process effective and easy. This entails a $25-$290 expense, as grooming kits are available online and typically cost $75 on average.

Additional costs to consider

Additional CostsRangeAverage Cost
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
Dog Walking (per walk) $15 – $25 $20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

License

It is recommended to license your Cane Corso, as it can be illegal, depending on state and territory legislation, to own an unlicensed dog. Moreover, it makes identification much easier. Licenses usually fall in the $10-$20 range. It could be more expensive if the dog is not spayed or neutered.

Microchip

Microchips are a great way to identify a dog and are required in many U.S. states. Costs will range from $25-$50. Microchip implants make it easier to identify a lost or stolen animal and quickly notify its owner. They also allow dogs to be on some medical and emergency databases.

Dog walking

Cane Corsos are big, energetic pets and require a fair amount of exercise. If you are unable to cater to its needs and dedicate the time to take your dog outdoors during the day, a dog walker is highly recommended by professionals like Tamaria Reddick.

On average, dog walkers will charge $15-$25 for 30-minute walks ($20-$50 for 1 hour), depending on your location, and can be found on apps like Rover and Wag. If you are planning on hiring a dog walker on a regular basis, make sure to include this expense into your budget. If the dog is not properly socialized, it might need private walks which are more expensive.

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Traveling

Dog boarding services are a good option in the case of extended travel plans. Budget $25 to $85 a day, depending on location, services offered and time of year. Make sure to book in advance especially during holidays to increase your chances of finding an available spot for your dog and get the best rates.

It is not always the easiest thing when it comes to extra-large dogs, but if you are on a tight budget, having friends or family to host your Cane Corso Italiano while you are away will help you save.

Taking your dog with you is also a possibility, as some airlines and train companies offer this option. Planning is essential as you will have to submit a formal request in advance and availability can be limited. The cost of traveling with your pet will vary depending on so many factors that it is almost impossible to estimate it and can only be calculated on a case by case basis.

Yearly and monthly cost for a Cane Corso

The cost of a Cane Corso Italiano puppy during the first year

On average, using the metrics explained above, we have estimated that the cost of raising a Cane Corso puppy for the first year falls in the $2,530 to $7,005 range, with an average cost of $4,500. Most of these expenses will have to be accounted for before welcoming the dog or early during the year.

First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Puppy$700 – $2,500$1,500
Supplies$245 – $925$495
Training$700 – $1,000$850
Medical$440 – $830$635
Food & Treats$410 – $1,290$770
Grooming$0 – $390$195
License$10 – $20$15
Microchip$25 – $50$40
First Year Total$2,530 – $7,005$4,500

Some owners will also want to consider other costs introduced below.

Optional First Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Spay/Neuter$50 – $500$275
Gastropexy$200 – $400$300
Insurance$350 – $780$565
Dog Walking (30 minutes per day)$15 – $25$20
Dog Boarding (per day)$25 – $85$40

If you choose to spay/neuter your Cane Corso Italiano, buy insurance, board your dog for a week and hire a dog walker every weekday for 42 weeks, your expenses go up quite significantly, rising in the $6,455 to $14,530 range.

Potential First Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$3,130 – $8,685$5,640
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$6,455 – $14,530$10,120

Yearly and monthly cost for an adult Cane Corso

After the first year, the costs of raising a dog do go down. The yearly cost for maintaining a Cane Corso falling within the $920-$3,190 mark ($77-$266 monthly).

Adult Year CostsRangeAverage Cost
Supplies$105 – $410$225
Medical$475 – $1,025$750
Food & Treats$330 – $1,345$725
Grooming$0 – $390$195
License$10 – $20$15
Adult Year Total$920 – $3,190$1,910
Estimated Monthly Cost$77 – $266$159

Once again, if you choose to hire a dog walker 50 weeks during the year and board your dog for another week, your costs are likely to grow significantly. If you add insurance, the cost for each subsequent year ends up being in the $5,195-$10,815 range.

Potential Adult Year CostRangeAverage Cost
With Insurance$1,270 – $3,970$2,475
With Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$5,195 – $10,815$7,755

Total cost of ownership of a Cane Corso

On average, Cane Corsos live close to 11 years (usually 9 to 12 years). This puts total expenses, using the figures outlined above, between $11,730 and $38,905, with an average cost of $23,600 through the course of the dog’s lifetime.

Total Cost of Ownership (11 years)RangeAverage Cost
Cane Corso Italiano$11,730 – $38,905$23,600

With optional services and procedures mentioned earlier the average total cost of ownership could rise as high as $87,670 over 11 years.

Potential Total Cost of Ownership (11 years)RangeAverage Cost
With Spay/Neuter and Insurance$15,830 – $48,385$30,390
With Spay/Neuter, Insurance, Dog Walking and Dog Boarding$58,405 – $122,680$87,670

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The cost of a Cane Corso – A summary in 7 questions

1- How much is a Cane Corso puppy?

On average a Cane Corso puppy will cost $1,500 in the USA. Most puppies can be found between $700 and $2,500. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

2 – How much are dog supplies?

A new owner can expect an initial investment between $245 and $925 in supplies when welcoming an extra-large dog. Every year, the cost to renew some of them should be between $105 and $410. Prices vary depending on location, stores, brands, and products quality.

3 – Does a Cane Corso need training and how much will it cost?

Having a Cane Corso professionally trained is usually recommended (both private and group training) and should cost around $700 to $1,000. For this breed, training should mainly focus on positive leadership, socialization, and house manners.

4 – What is the cost of preventive medical care for a Cane Corso?

Preventive medical care should amount to about $440 to $830 for a Cane Corso puppy during the first year and around $475 to $1,025 every adult year. This does not include spay or neuter and gastropexy procedures (usually $200 to $500 and $200 to $400 respectively).

5 – How much food does a Cane Corso eat and how much will it cost?

A Cane Corso puppy will eat about 380 lb. and an adult close to 420 lb. of dry food yearly (it varies for each dog and food brand). Annual expenses should be between $285 and $815 for a puppy and $205 to $830 for an adult dog. Other types of food and treats would increase the costs.

6 – How often should a Cane Corso be professionally groomed and how much will it cost?

Grooming a Cane Corso is easy enough that most owners should be able to do it themselves. Those who prefer having their dog professionally groomed can expect up to 6 visits to a salon every year. Each session should cost from $45 to $65 depending on the dog and services needed.

7 – Are there any other expenses to expect?

In the United States, a dog license usually costs between $10 and $20. The cost could be slightly higher if the dog is not spayed or neutered. Having the dog licensed is mandatory almost everywhere.

A dog microchip costs $25 to $50 on average in the US and is generally implanted during a medical appointment. It is placed under the skin usually between the shoulder blades. Dogs adopted from a shelter or bought from a breeder sometimes already have a microchip.

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, the average annual price is $566 for accident and illness coverage plans or $190 for accident only plans.

Dog walkers usually charge $15 to $25 for 30 minutes group walks and $20 to $50 for 1-hour long ones. Prices vary mainly depending on location. Private walks are more expensive.

A dog owner should budget $25 to $85 per day for dog boarding services. Prices vary depending on location, time of the year, and the level of service among other things.

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To help you out, this guide contains all the primary expenses that are necessary to ensure your future dog’s well-being. Make sure to take these considerations seriously before adopting or purchasing a Cane Corso Italiano, as they are imperative to your dog leading a healthy, happy, and comfortable life in your home. Moreover, the dog should not be a financial burden on you or your family, so make sure to carefully read through each section to better understand the expenses that come with raising a Cane Corso Italiano. Figures provided in this article are for informational purposes only. A dog owner should always find the actual costs applicable to his own situation before making any decision.

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Johann Chapuis

Johann Chapuis has assembled a fantastic team of licensed veterinarians, animal behaviorists, dog trainers, groomers, and walkers to write every article and offer the most accurate content on petbudget.com. Being a pet lover and owner himself, Johann is sharing his experiences and his financial aptitude cultivated during his MBA with a specialization in finance and the numerous years he spent working as a business manager and entrepreneur.

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