The American Pit Corso: A Complete Guide

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The American Pit Corso is a mixed breed of dog that brings together the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Italian Cane Corso.

While this may not be the kind of mix that you would expect to be brought together, what you get is a rather wonderful dog that has the best of both breeds.

Of course, before going ahead and taking ownership of this breed of dog, there are several things that you should know about them, and that is where this complete guide is going to help.

American Pit Corso Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black American Pit Corso
The American Pit Corso is not as aggressive as it may seem at first glance.

As we work through this guide, you will learn everything that you need to know regarding an American Pit Corso. However, at this point, we want to turn the attention onto you.

There is no point in even going ahead and buying this puppy if your knowledge of the breed is very limited.

That will not only make your life harder, but it can have a detrimental impact on the health of your dog, and you certainly do not want that to happen.

So, as you work through this guide, you should think about these kinds of questions, and be honest with your answers.

  • How much do you know about this breed?
  • Are you aware of their needs and requirements?
  • Do you believe that you can provide them with these needs and requirements?
  • Can you provide them with the correct level of exercise and mental stimulation?
  • Can you afford to pay for any treatment that they may require throughout their life?

There will be several other important points that will crop up as we progress, but just be aware of those questions as it will certainly make your life a whole lot easier as a result.

What Price are American Pit Corso Puppies?

So, let’s begin by looking at the price of American Pit Corso puppies.

There are several contributing factors to be aware of that do have a direct influence on the price that you are going to pay, and the first one is their pedigree.

The better their pedigree, then the higher the price that you pay, and this is not unique to this breed of dog.

This is where you require evidence from the breeder, and they should be more than happy to provide you with this, and voluntarily as well.

Also, your location plays a role as it makes sense that certain breeds of dogs are just not popular in some areas.

If there is no demand, then there is no real supply, and that can influence the end price that you pay.

With that in mind, the average price for an American Pit Corso puppy in the United States is anywhere between $1000 to $2000 depending on the breeder.

Also, in the UK, where they are a rarer breed of dog, then this price will be somewhere above £1000 if you are going to a good breeder.

How to Find Reputable American Pit Corso Breeders?

We have already mentioned that it will be important for you to go to a breeder with a good reputation, but how do you find them for the American Pit Corso?

One place to check out is the Dog Breeder’s Association for your country, or perhaps even give the Kennel Club a call and see if they can help.

There will generally be a register of breeders for you to check out, and they will have come up to a certain standard.

Of course, you can also talk to other owners and see if they are in a position to recommend somebody good to you.

The added bonus of this is how you can learn more about the dog which may very well make a difference to your decision as to whether or not to go ahead.

3 Little-Known Facts About American Pit Corso Puppies

There are so many interesting things connected to American Pit Corso puppies, but to make life just slightly easier, we will look at just three different facts connected to the breed.

Hopefully, it then means you have a new understanding of the breed.

The main reason for this dog being bred was as a farm dog, but that has certainly changed into something more of a companion. It was due to its hunting and protective instincts that it was viewed as being perfect for on a farm.

  • You might get a blue one

Even though it is very rare, there are occasions where American Pit Corso puppies have a blue tinge to their coloring.

  • It sheds more than you would think

Even though it has a short coat, it is guilty of shedding way more than you would ever imagine. For that reason, it is certainly not hypoallergenic.

Physical Traits of the American Pit Corso

The American Pit Corso running
The American Pit Corso will be protective of you and your family.

With any mixed breed, there’s no way of knowing for sure as to how much of an influence one breed will have over the other.

However, certain key physical traits are pretty common with the American Pit Corso.

This is known as a large dog and one that is also regarded as being rather strong and sturdy.

That does then lead to people perceiving it as being aggressive and ferocious, but that’s not the case.

As you look over its body, you just see strength. Also, its neck is wide followed by a large head with a shorter muzzle.

It will be more common for their head to resemble the Pitbull while the body is more in line with the Corso. Also, their legs are powerful and lead to well-rounded feet that are very well padded.

Their fur is short and close to the body, but they do shed.

They can come in different colors, but it will be more common for them to just be the one color rather than a mixture through their fur.

They do require grooming every week, so do not think that because they have a short coat that this is not required because it is.

How Big is a Full-Grown American Pit Corso?

As we just said, the American Pit Corso is a large dog, and the male will tend to be the biggest out of the two as well.

In general, you are looking at this dog measuring anywhere between 24inches to 34inches with the male normally being more towards the upper end of the scale.

For their weight, then it is also quite a heavy dog. The average weight can be anywhere between 75 – 115lbs, but this is absolute muscle.

What is the Life Expectancy of the American Pit Corso?

The life expectancy of the American Pit Corso is going to vary according to different potential influencing factors.

That being said, the life expectancy for this breed is around 12 years but the rest of our complete guide will help you in extending that life expectancy as much as possible.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Pit Corso

The American Pit Corso is often viewed with suspicious eyes and the belief that they will be vicious and aggressive. However, that is not true.

Instead, what you have here is a breed of dog that is protective of both where it stays and also its owners.

That is what makes it such a good guard dog, and it will certainly be loud enough to let you know when something is afoot.

They certainly also have a playful side to them as well, which is something that needs to be explored further.

They can be stubborn when trying to train them, but you just need to make it fun and they will certainly pick up on what you are saying.

Even though they are strong, they are wonderful around the family, but you need to train them to know their place in the pack from early on in their life.

They will try to push their luck from time to time, so be prepared to deal with this and be confident in your approach.

The American Pit Corso’s Diet

American Pit Bull Terrier and Italian Cane Corso mix
The American Pit Corso is a well-mannered pet.

Of course, as we are dealing with a larger dog, then the amount of food that you need to give them daily is going to be bigger than normal.

That being said, you still need to regulate things simply because it will be all too easy for them to become overweight in a short period.

You need to be in control of what they are eating and do not just leave food lying out.

If you get them as a puppy, and as long as the breeder is to be trusted, then you should have been provided with a guide as to what they must eat, how much, and how often.

Do yourself a favor and stick to this. Aside from that, you must look at only providing them with the best quality dog food that you can buy.

Avoid offering them anything that primarily consists of cereals or grains as that is only there to reduce the manufacturing costs.

How Much Exercise Does an American Pit Corso Need?

An American Pit Corso is a real livewire when it comes to the amount of energy that it has.

You will find that it loves to play, and if you can make things quite rough and playing at pulling on toys, then they will be very happy.

Also, you need to take them out for a walk on a daily basis and add some variation to your routes.

You should be aiming to walk them for an hour a day, but quite a brisk walk giving them enough time to check out the various scents that are around them.

This is also not a breed of dog for apartment living. They need to be outside as much as possible and having their own yard to explore whenever they want.

Mental exercise is also important and should not be overlooked.

You certainly do not want this breed to become bored or you will find that their energy will be spent rather quickly destroying your furniture.

American Pit Corso Health and Conditions

The argument that any hybrid breed is going to be relatively immune to genetic health conditions is not entirely true. However, it does reduce the chances of it happening.

That being said, there are still several health conditions to be aware of as the owner of an American Pit Corso.

You should also quiz the breeder to discover if the parents have been checked out for various diseases, and there should be paperwork to show this.

Even so, the main health conditions to be aware of here are as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies

Compared to other breeds, this is a relatively short list of potential health conditions to be aware of.

Special Treats

This handsome brute has the appetite of a heavyweight boxer, and given his or her way, would come back for seconds after every dinner.

This, coupled with how good they are at cajoling snacks out of people, puts this breed at risk of overeating and obesity.

Therefore, you can create special treats for this big eater of a dog breed by instead considering ways to get him or her to enjoy new flavors and textures that also happen to be healthy.

Diced up portions of boneless fish, for instance, are a good way of getting protein and omega-3 into the systems of this dog and are fantastic for keeping their muscles strong too. You could say similar for chunks of cooked, unseasoned chicken.

However, don’t overlook the likes of fruit and nuts for these treats either. Fruits like cucumber and melon especially are superb at being hydrating and vitamin-rich, but also being low in calories and natural sugars.

If you’re looking to spruce up treats, consider rice balls or a crust of bread dipped in honey.

Honey is far better than sugar when it comes to making a treat taste sweet, and it’s got more vitamins within it overall than you might think too.

This dog breed can get a little too used to the good life, so make sure you keep special treats special by only dishing them out in moments of exceptionally good behavior, or as a last resort incentive.

Dogs like the American Pit Corso are clever, and can sneakily find ways to cajole you into handing over snacks like candy if you’re not vigilant!

My Final Thoughts on the American Pit CorsoAmerican Pit Corso

The American Pit Corso is one of those dogs where you need to go beyond how they look and do not fall into the trap of thinking that they are going to be aggressive.

Instead, what you have here is a breed of dog that is very loving and will snuggle up to you to snooze but, at the same time, it will be protective of you and your family.

Yes, they are powerful and strong dogs, but they are more well-mannered than you would perhaps expect.

Also, they just love to play around, but they can get carried away at times so be warned.

You need to make sure that they know their place in the pack as it is in their nature to try to lead.

However, train them that this is not the case from an early age and you should have no problems.

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