do cane corsos snore

Why does my Cane Corso snore so loud?

Does your Cane Corso snore loudly, and you are unsure if it is normal? In this post, we will discuss if Cane Corsos are known to snore and, if so, why.

Cane Corsos are one of the brachycephalic dog breeds, which means that their airways are a bit narrower, and they can’t breathe as freely, and because of this, they can snore. However, Cane Corsos are far less affected than many other breeds. Other causes of snoring can be obesity, allergies, infections, or diseases.

Are Cane Corsos brachycephalic?

Brachycephaly comes from Greek and is composed of “brachys” for short and “kephal” for the head, meaning nothing else than short-headedness.

This includes all dogs that have a short muzzle and a broad head. The best-known dog breeds suffering from brachycephaly are the French Bulldog, the German Boxer, and the Pug. In them, it is particularly evident.

But also, the Cane Corso belongs to the brachycephalic dog breeds, which can have breathing problems due to their head shape.

Brachycephaly is congenital and is actively caused by breeding. The breeding goal here is to have as cute and round a face as possible. This should not be the case with a Cane Corso, fortunately.

So with the Cane Corso, it is by far not as pronounced as with other dog breeds. Also, in various forums and areas with higher temperatures, one hears and reads little of problems.

Also, we have not noticed any problems with breathing in Malou.

Consequences of brachycephaly

  • Nostrils are too narrow, and less air can get in.
  • The nasal concha, covered with mucous membrane, humidifies the air we breathe and helps cool us down in the summer. In brachycephalic dog breeds, the nasal concha does not grow long enough or at all and remains compressed. As a result, incoming breath air cannot be appropriately humidified, and the turbinate does not perform its function adequately.
  • The soft palate and tongue are too large due to the short snout. This, in turn, leads to breathing problems.

Reasons why Cane Corsos snore!

Your Cane Corso may snore even without brachycephaly. Here is a list of possible reasons.


A common reason for loud snoring is overweight. Cane Corsos are large dogs. Unfortunately, many owners overdo it and feed their Cane Corso simply fat because they think the more weight, the better.

It is a status symbol for many if the dog is as heavy as possible. The consequence is that your Cane Corso tends to snore loudly when he is overweight because too much weight is pressing on the airways.

Another consequence is that your Cane Corso’s lifespan will decrease.

In addition, Cane Corsos are vocal. Cane Corsos have an imposing bark, and light snoring can sound very loud.

Sleeping position

The sleeping position is a decisive factor in whether Cane Corsos snore. Malou does not suffer from breathing problems and is not overweight.

However, she snores incredibly loudly when she is lying on the couch with her head bent down so that the desire cannot easily flow.

Cane Corso snores loudly
Malou is in a strange sleeping position

Dry air

Dry air can promote snoring.


With age, Cane Corso, and other dog breeds, snore more often. This is due to the connective tissue around the airways losing its tightness, leading to more air resistance. This causes louder breathing noises or snoring. You have to live with it ;-).

Foreign bodies

Especially in summer, foreign objects can get stuck in your Cane Corso’s nose if you put them everywhere. This can result in loud snoring.

Allergies / Infections

Allergies can be the cause of constricted airways, which in turn can cause your Cane Corso to snore.

However, a cold can also be the cause of sudden snoring. In this post, we will discuss whether a Cane Corso needs a coat in the winter.

Swelling in the airways

Swelling in the airways can be the cause of loud snoring in your Cane Corso. These include abscesses, cysts but also tumors.

Heart disease

Cane Corsos, like many large breeds, are more prone to heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, asthma, coughing, etc., which can be the reason for snoring or loud breathing.

How to prevent snoring in your Cane Corso

If your Cane Corso snores so loudly that it is just annoying, I have the following tips for you to minimize it:

  • First, you must get your Cane Corso from an official breeder who has already had the parents tested for hereditary diseases. There is never a guarantee that the puppies will be 100% healthy, but this is the first step in getting the healthiest Cane Corso possible, and one that will not snore and have problems due to disease later on.
  • Check if your Cane Corso is too fat and overweight. If he is too fat: more walks, less treats!!! An easy way to check is to palpate the ribs. You should be able to feel the ribs clearly but not see them. He may be too fat if you have a thicker layer on the ribs. If you are unsure, talk to your vet.

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  • Change his sleeping position. With Malou, it is enough if we push or pull her somehow to the side so that she doesn’t bend her head anymore. Then she will not snore anymore.
  • If the first two points do not apply, you should have your dog examined by a vet. Is there something stuck in his nose? Is he suffering from allergies or a recent cold? Just get him checked out so you can be sure.
  • Try humidifiers in the room where your dog snores. Sometimes snoring is simply a reaction to dry air and dry climate, for example, when you are on vacation.

Is it dangerous when Cane Corsos snore?

Normally it is not dangerous when your Cane Corso snores because it is often a simple cause that can be fixed. As described above, the first thing to do is to reduce the weight by walking more and giving less treats.

If your Cane Corso has never snored but suddenly does, you should have him examined by your veterinarian to be on the safe side to exclude worse or to start appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Conclusion: Do Cane Corsos snore?

Yes, Cane Corsos can snore for a variety of reasons. Often it is an unusual sleeping position that restricts free breathing. But obesity, allergies, or illnesses can also be the cause of loud snoring.

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Malou our Cane Corso


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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