American Pit Corso

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75-115 lbs
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. 

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

American Pit Corso Health

Average Size
Height: 24-34 inches Weight: 75-115 lbs
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

6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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
2 months, 2 weeks ago
8 Weeks
4 People
It's brand new..I'm just starting to feel her out...we're getting it though
1 month, 2 weeks ago
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
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.
1 week, 2 days ago
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