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Why is my Cane Corso not eating?

Cane Corsos are imposing guard dogs from Italy. Due to their size and weight, they need a lot of food daily to be fit and healthy. But what if your Cane Corso isn’t eating? I’ll discuss why your Cane Corso isn’t eating in this post.

There can be different reasons why Cane Corsos are not eating. One very likely reason is that he just doesn’t like the food. Cheap food has a low meat content and is packed with cheap fillers, affecting the taste somewhere. But also diseases or stress can be why Cane Corso does not eat.

Are Cane Corso picky eaters?

In general, Cane Corso are not picky eaters. A dog is a picky eater if it does not eat its food at least once daily.

However, this is not a trait that you often hear about Cane Corso.

Your Cane Corso is a large dog breed and must eat enough food to provide the energy he needs in the form of calories to his body.

If your Cane Corso is the exception and you are having problems because he won’t eat, it may be due to one of the following reasons.

Reasons why your Cane Corso does not eat?

Cane Corso does not eat because he is sick.

A common reason why Cane Corsos won’t eat and refuse their food is that they are sick. Illnesses also cause dogs to lose their appetite and drive.

If you are unsure what is wrong with your Cane Corso, a visit to your veterinarian is recommended.

The food does not taste good to your Cane Corso.

Dogs also notice a difference in food. Dogs do not need a variety of food. But cheap food may well be the reason why your dog refuses his food and does not eat. It simply does not taste good. On the other side, cheap dog food can be the reason why your Cane Corso is always hungry.

Dogs are carnivores. Ensure your food contains a high percentage of meat and no artificial additives. You can also tell the quality of the food by specific terms. If a manufacturer uses muscle meat or food-grade meat, he will also label it.

If a manufacturer processes low-quality waste, there are terms like animal protein or similar.

The dry food from Orijen* is, in my opinion, one of the best dry foods.

Stress can lead to loss of appetite.

Stress is always negative and can be why your Cane Corso doesn’t eat or doesn’t eat anymore. Has something fundamentally changed in your life? Did you move or have to leave your Cane Corso alone for a long time?

These could be the reasons why he suddenly refuses his food.

Cane Corso puppy is teething.

If your Cane Corso puppy doesn’t want to eat, it may be due to teething. Some dogs are sensitive to teething and are in pain, or at least it feels uncomfortable.

To speed up teeth changing, you should provide your Cane Corso puppy with chew toys*. This way, he will lose one or two baby teeth causing problems faster.

Cane Corso puppy doesnt eat
Malou, our Cane Corso, as a puppy

Cane Corso puppy does not eat during the change of teeth
Cane Corso puppy Malou

Cane Corso eats less because he is old

In old age, Cane Corsos also eat less. They are less active and, therefore, less hungry. Even if it would be possible to feed a Cane Corso once a day, seniors may need to divide the food portion into 3 or maybe even 4 smaller meals. Possibly the portion is too big.

If your senior does not want to eat at all, this may be an indication of illness.

Cabe Corso has too little exercise.

Even though they are large Mastiff-type dogs, Cane Corsos need adequate exercise and activity daily. Too little exercise, in the long run, can lead to stress, lethargy, and loss of appetite, among other things.

Hormonal changes

When your female dog is in heat, it can cause a loss of appetite. Even male dogs can be affected if there is a female in heat in the neighborhood.

However, all in all, this is not a cause for concern. It will pass and settle down again after the heat.


If he has a cold, he may not want to eat. For this reason, Cane Corsos need a coat in winter when it´s freezing cold.

Tips on how your Cane Corso eats again

Here are some tips on getting your Cane Corso to eat more.

Change the food

The first thing I would do is change the food. Make sure you have high-quality food with a high meat content and no artificial additives.

As mentioned before, I think Orijen* is one of the best currently on the market. But also, BARF is an alternative you can try.

I don’t know any dog that doesn’t eat meat.

Visit the vet

Have your Cane Corso examined by your veterinarian to make sure he is not sick. As I said, diseases can be the cause of loss of appetite.

We are not hungry when we are not feeling well. It can be the same with your dog.

Avoid stress

Try as much as possible to avoid stress for your Cane Corso. If it is currently necessary to leave him alone for several hours a day, get a dog sitter or find out if there is a good kennel in your area.

Cane Corsos do not like to be left alone, which could be a significant factor.

Sufficient exercise

Make sure your Cane Corso has enough exercise and activity. Only an active dog is a healthy dog.

Feed him from your hand

If your Cane Corso does not eat at all, try to give him his food from your hand. Often dogs will not eat from a bowl but will gladly take food from your hand.

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This is not optimal, but at least your Cane Corso gets nutrients again, and you can eliminate the possible reasons why he does not eat.

How long can a dog survive without food?

If your Cane Corso doesn’t want to eat from one day to the next, you don’t have to panic immediately.

A reasonably fed dog can go up to 7 days without food. If he is overweight, he can survive up to 3 weeks without eating.

It becomes problematic if he does not drink anything.

Conclusion: Why does my Cane Corso not want to eat anymore?

Cane Corsos are not considered to be fussy eaters. Different reasons can be the cause why your Cane Corso does not eat anymore. Often it is simply due to the quality of the food. But also illnesses or stress are possible causes that can be easily controlled.

I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


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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