American Pit Corso

75-115 lbs
24-34"
United States
American Pit Bull Terrier
Cane Corso

The American Pit Corso is a mix of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Italian Cane Corso. They are large dogs weighing approximately fifty pounds. The American Pit Bull Terrier was bred as a farm dog, and eventually the dog became more of a guardian and companion dog. However, some currently use the American Pit Corso for wild boar hunting. The Cane Corso Italiano was bred for big game hunting, specifically wild boar. The American Pit Corso is usually even-tempered and is highly trainable. The American Pit Corso is typically a great companion; he needs minimal grooming and a moderate amount of exercise. 

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Pit Bull Terrier, Cane Corso

American Pit Corso Health

Average Size
Male American Pit Corso size stats
Height: 24-34 inches Weight: 75-115 lbs
Female American Pit Corso size stats
Height: 24-34 inches Weight: 75-115 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Heart
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests

American Pit Corso Breed History

The American Pit Corso hybrid is most popular in America and is a mixture of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Cane Corso. Both dogs are similar in build and personality. They make excellent guard dogs, which is one reason people began to interbreed the Pit and the Corso. Some use the hybrid breed as watchdogs for businesses. Unfortunately, often the Pit, Corso, and the hybrid breed are portrayed as fighting dogs in the media. Often this gives the breed a bad reputation, but with early training and socialization, the American Pit Corso is a very sweet dog and very protective of its family. The Cane Corso is said to have roots from Roman war dogs, while the American Pit Bull Terrier is the term given to the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier and the Bull Terrier. The Bull and Terrier breeds in earlier days were associated with bull and bear baiting, which was fortunately outlawed in 1835 in England. The Cane Corso had a different upbringing, mainly working on the farm, performing jobs like cattle driving and guarding property. The first Cane Corsos were brought into the United States in 1988 and were granted AKC status in 2010, while the American Kennel Club gave recognition to the American Pit Bull Terrier some time in the 1930’s, under the name American Staffordshire Terrier, in an attempt to separate the breed from its fighting past.

American Pit Corso Breed Appearance

The American Pit Corso generally weighs between 75 and 115 pounds. The exact size of the adult Pit Corso is determined by the size of the dog’s parents. His fur is usually short and shiny. Often the Pit Corso will greatly resemble the Cane Corso with the skull and muzzle of the American Pit Bull. The American Pit Corso has a thickly muscled neck, a deep, muscular chest, and is generally stocky. The Cane Corso has a short coat much like the American Pit Bull. Rarely, there may be a blue American Pit Corso. The coat is not very dense and is not waterproof. 

American Pit Corso Breed Maintenance

The American Pit Corso’s coat will be short and shiny, but stiff to the touch. It is not a hypoallergenic dog; in fact, it sheds much more than expected given that it has a short coat. Unlike other breeds related to the bulldog, the breed is not likely to drool. The American Pit Corso is generally a very clean dog; weekly brushing with a stiff brush is likely all your dog will require. Bathe your dog occasionally only, or you risk stripping the coat of its natural oils. You should brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week; however, daily brushing will help prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Nails should be trimmed twice a month. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, they need to be trimmed. It is very important to begin grooming your puppy when he is young so that he will become used to a routine. 

American Pit Corso Temperament

The American Pit Corso usually has a high prey drive and will require a stern owner. Many American Pit Corso mixes often end up in shelters because the owner did not take the time to properly socialize the dog as a puppy; the mix can be aggressive if time is not taken when the American Pit Corso is young to properly socialize and train the dog. They will be extremely loyal to their masters; they are also very alert. Because both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Cane Corso can be aggressive, it is imperative that socialization and training begin at an early age. The American Pit Corso should be around loving family and other dogs  from an early age.

American Pit Corso Activity Requirements

The American Pit Corso enjoys games of fetch, tugging, running, and swimming. The American Pit Corso is a high energy dog, and he is not recommended for those who do not have a lot of quality time to spend with him. This exuberant canine does best in a rural setting with a fenced-in yard so that he can enjoy free play. He must begin training and socialization at an early age. It is also recommended that he is kept on a leash when he is on walks with you in order to avoid problems with unfamiliar dogs. (This is not to say he will start a fight; however, if another dog acts aggressively towards him, he will not back down.)  The American Pit Corso is not ideal for apartment living, and some areas will have restrictions on the American Pit Bull Terrier, so it is always best to check to make sure these regulations do not apply to your American Pit Corso. These are not dogs for inexperienced owners. Firm, consistent training is a must for the American Pit Corso. 

American Pit Corso Owner Experiences

Quazar
7 Months
5 People
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Our best friend is THE absolute best. Que is 72 lbs. He loves my son (9) and is so playful and gentle with him. He can be stubborn at times but usually turns it into play mode. Que is our first pet and though sometimes its frustrating because its like having an infant in the house, I would not give this experience back for the world.
1 month ago
Zeus
21 Months
3 People
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Zeus is 1 year and 9 months.. he’s a big loveable giant.. he currently weighs 125lbs. And thinks he’s a lap dog.. he gives smooches and knows lots of other tricks!! We ❤️ him!!
1 month ago
Kane
7 Weeks
2 People
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Best dog ever thus far!! He is a great dog with a great temperament and well mannered. Kane learns very fast, he can be a little stubborn from time to time but when i drop the tone in my voice he knows i mean business and typically does what he is suppose to.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Boots
6 Months
6 People
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I bred my straffy and my Corso. The puppies are amazing! They are so loving and playful. They do require a lot of socializing in order for them to act appropriately when around dogs and people they are not familiar with.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Tink Senegal
14 Weeks
5 People
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My baby is the best puppy anyone could ask for. She is very intelligent and easy to train. She is an inside dog she only goes out to use the bathroom and exercise. She doesn't like to be alone at all. If I go to the bathroom she's at the door waiting when I get out. Everyone that meets her falls in love with her. She's only barked (while awake) 3 times since we've had her. She's grey and white with grey eyes and beautiful!!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Red dawg
2 Years
2 People
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Fetch
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A loyal loving friendly boy! Lots of energy loves to play and cuddle. Gets along with the cats in fact they are good buddies.
5 months, 1 week ago
Aradia
3 Years
4 People
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Laser light
Tug of war
Fetch
Ara is my first American Pit Corso. She mostly take after her Cane Corso mother with the spirit of her pit bull father. She has grown to be 80lbs, 23 in at the whithers. She is blue with lightly scattered brindling, her eyes match the color of her brindle. She is absolutely the easiest dog I have ever trained. She has an exuberant personality and is a big cuddle bug. She thinks everyone who comes to visit is there to visit her,but she will absolutely protect her family and home if needed. She loves other dogs, but will not back down from an aggressive dog. Honestly one of the best dogs I have ever owned.
5 months, 1 week ago
Dosha
Five Years
4 People
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Playing in the snow
Amazing and loving dog but very very stubborn. Is a loving and loyal dog They all have their own loving personality and very good with kids!
6 months, 1 week ago
Gator
5 Years
2 People
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Love this breed not for any one to own thou
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Ghost
10 Weeks
1 People
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My Pit Corso is eager to please.
8 months, 1 week ago
Holly
10 Months
5 People
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Holly is a gentle giant... full of life and energy. She's very friendly and eager to learn.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Zilla
3 Months
5 People
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She is very smart and shy gets along with my cat and my 2year old niece. So far correcting and training has been a breeze. Can't wait to see her grow.
9 months, 1 week ago
Torque
4 Months
2 People
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So far he is very smart and trainable. Very loving to us. Funny and playful. Not great with small dogs due to size different but we're working hard on socializing.
10 months, 1 week ago
Egypt
8 Weeks
4 People
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It's brand new..I'm just starting to feel her out...we're getting it though
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Diesel
6 Months
4 People
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Hunting
The ane I am put coral is the most loyal and trainable dog bread I’ve ever owned and I highly recommend for those who are looking for a child friends protection dog
1 year ago
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