When selecting a dog food, the following essentials
1. The word "real" should appear within one of the first
three ingredients (i.e. real beef, real chicken or just
simply beef, chicken).
2. Choose "all natural" food preservative.
3. Protein levels should be between 23%-28% (to prevent
4. Fat levels should be between 12%-14% (to prevent
5. Avoid overfeeding, especially table scraps and too many treats.
This can change the balance of your growing puppies'
recommended diet. Increased proteins and calcium can
cause the bones to grow too rapidly and may effect the
development of joints and cartilage as well. This can also attribute to problems
in the future development of your puppy. Keep your
growing puppy on the leaner side.
Suggested Dog Food:
Roman Cane Corso's uses Purina ProPlan Formulas.
Feed selected Large or Giant Breed Puppy Formula for 18 to 24
months. Then switch to selected Giant
Breed Adult Formula (fortified with Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate).
Today, many companies are making an adequate food for
this type of dog. Remember stick to a large and giant
breed formulas. Others include: Eukanuba, Nutro, Science
Diet, Diamond, etc.
3 times a day until 14 weeks old, then twice a day for
life (allow ample rest before and after feedings).
The activity of your puppy should be limited, until the
age of 2 years or longer (this depends on its' size
and growth rate). Your puppy will not reach
full maturity until the age of 3 - 4 years (males will
take the longer). Your puppy will put on most of its'
weight and size in approximately the first 10 months of
its' life. Excessive physical activity, trauma, rapid
growth and overweight could damage the
undeveloped joints, cartilage, cartilage flaps,
underlying soft bone and ligaments of your growing
puppy. "Easy Does It"
It is recommended that you avoid the following:
Extended time on slippery surfaces (i.e. linoleum
Jumping (i.e. in and out of vehicles or up and
Unnecessary stair climbing
Excessive hill climbing
Putting weight on (i.e. 'pony rides')
Excessive weight gain
Remember, give your puppy time to grow!