Do Cane Corsos Shed? (Low-Maintenance Breed Guide)

By Coty Perry

Cane Corsos shed, but not nearly as much as other large dog breeds. A Cane Corso has a short double-layered coat. The length of their undercoat varies depending on the type of climate they live in. 

This popular dog breed is considered a low to moderate shedder that molts throughout the year.  The shedding season for a Cane Corso typically happens during the Fall and Spring, when you might notice more hair floating around your home than usual. 

Do Cane Corsos Shed?

Cane Corsos shed very minimally, mainly during the Fall and Spring. With regular grooming, you can help minimize shedding. Since the length of their coat is short, brushing a Cane Corso shouldn’t be too time-consuming. 

Cane Corsos shed about the same as breeds like a Bullmastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Greyhound. They do not molt nearly as much as other large breeds with heavy and thick coats, like a German Shepherd. A Cane Corso is the perfect pet for those who want a low-maintenance dog with minimal shedding. 

Shedding is something you do not need to worry much about with this breed. However, if you notice excessive shedding, it could be due to other factors. 


Your Cane Corso’s diet can significantly affect shedding. Your pup might shed excessively if he is not receiving the proper food, or it can be due to a food allergy. Some common allergens in dog food that contribute to excessive shedding include grains, dairy, soy, and eggs. 

Most Cane Corso owners look for a nutritious dry food that is high in protein and contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help promote a healthy coat and skin. Other Cane Corso owners claim that a raw diet helps reduce shedding. With proper nutrition, your Cane Corso will not shed excessively. 


Pests like ticks, fleas, flies, or other bugs can cause significant skin issues for Cane Corsos. They are often picked up while playing or swimming outside. These pests sometimes carry diseases that impact how much your pup sheds. Look out for excessive licking and itching, indicating that pests are to blame for excessive shedding. 

The shedding becomes excessive because the pests cause your Cane Corso to chew and scratch more, which causes hair loss. These pests will also cause a Cane Corso stress, which can cause additional shedding. Talk to your vet right away if you believe your Cane Corso has pests, so the vet can let you know how to best treat it.


If food allergies are not to blame for increased shedding, it could be due to environmental allergies or atopic dermatitis. Symptoms of environmental allergies include scratching, licking, and face rubbing. If your Cane Corso is severely affected by these allergies, you will notice more shedding and possible skin or ear infections. 

Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease that causes excessive itching. It is usually due to inhaling airborne substances, like house dust. Your vet will need to examine your Cane Corso to diagnose him with this skin disease and may perform allergy tests and prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve him from being itchy.

Final Thoughts

Do Cane Corsos shed? Yes, but Cane Corsos typically do not shed excessively, it can happen due to allergies, diet, or pests. Your Cane Corso will likely shed a little in the Fall and Spring, especially if you brush him regularly. 

Another way you can help minimize shedding is by bathing your Cane Corso less and using high-quality shampoo. Look for a shampoo with a high amount of vitamin E, as it will help loosen any dead hair and make it easier to brush your Cane Corso. 

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Coty Perry
Coty is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer and animal lover. Growing up his mom ran a dog training business out of his childhood home so you can say it was complete chaos 24/7. Today, when he comes home after a long day of writing about animals, he’s greeted by his two loving cats Marley and Cozmo.