The American Pit Corso is a whole lot of dog, not just in size, but in personality as well. While the parent breeds were bred for hunting and fighting, the American Pit Corso was originally developed as a farm dog but has made its way into the hearts and homes of those who truly know the breed, making them more of a companion dog these days.
American Pit Corso History
A date of origin is unknown for this hybrid breed, nor is there a lot of information about history, other than it was originally bred as a farming dog, most likely due to its size. The parent breeds have a bit more of a history, especially the Cane Corso, which belongs to the sub-category of working dogs, called mollosus, that have been around since ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
The Romans’ mastiffs were brought to Italy and bred with the native dogs there, the result of which became the ancestor to the Cane Corso and Neapolitan Mastiff. The Corsi, plural of Cane Corso, had many different jobs such as wild boar hunting, farming, livestock droving, and being a guard dog to the farmstead and hen houses. The breed was thought to have gone extinct but there were still some in the backcountry of Italy and they were used to repopulate the breed.
The American Pit Bull has an interesting history beginning in the early 19th century, when bull and terrier breeds were created for bull and bear baiting. After being deemed inhumane and illegal in 1835 people began to fight dogs. They wanted to create a breed that wouldn’t bite humans, so that they could stop the fights without getting hurt. Thus, began the life of the Pit Bull. The American Kennel Club recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier as a purebred in the 1930s, however wanted to shy away from the stigma attached, so they are referred to as American Staffordshire Terriers in the AKC.
American Pit Corso Characteristics
The American Pit Corso is a relatively large dog, that can stand up to 34 inches in height and weigh in at 115 pounds. The exact size will be determined by the parents of each litter. Physically, the American Pit Corso tends to favor the Cane Coro, with a skull and muzzle shaped more like that of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
American Pit Corso Temperament/Personality
The American Pit Corso is often perceived as an aggressive and volatile breed, as both of its parent breeds have been known for dogfighting. However, when crossing these two breeds, it seems to have produced a calmer, more stable breed, that still has a stubborn streak.
These dogs are fiercely loyal to their people and homes and will protect them if they feel threatened. Training them at a young age is imperative for socializing them around children and pets, and more so to prevent them from thinking they are the leader of the pack. They are intelligent and stubborn and will try to test you if you are not firm in letting them know that you are the pack alpha.
Caring for American Pit Corso
Surprisingly, for a dog the size of an American Pit Corso, there isn’t a lot of maintenance and care required, above regular maintenance that is needed for all breeds. However, due to their size, any maintenance is bound to take longer.
American Pit Corso Nutrition
American Pit Corsi should be fed a high-quality kibble, split into two meals daily. Be careful. Not to over feed them as they will start to become overweight quite easily. Adjust the food amount if you notice your dog getting too heavy as this breed tend to gain weight.
American Pit Corso Grooming
For a short haired dog, it can be surprising the amount of hair the American Pit Corso sheds. Even still, they only need a brushing about once a week, which should get rid of the dirt and debris, and any dead hair, lessening the chance of it getting on your furniture and clothes.
American Pit Corso Activity Levels
The American Pit Corso has high energy and needs to be exercised regularly each day, for up to two hours. Vigorous exercise such as a game of fetch, running, swimming and a game of tugging are a few of this breed’s favorite things.
These dogs need space, and a secure backyard, where they can run around outside is a great option. This will give the active owners a break as they can let their American Pit Corso run and explore outside.
American Pit Corso Maintenance
Once a week check your American Pit Corso’s ears for moisture and any dirt or debris and clean them. Regular oral care and nail trimming should be a part of their regular maintenance as well.
American Pit Corso Health
The biggest concerns for American Pit Corsi are hip dysplasia and bloat. As a bigger dog, there tend to be more health issues, such as heart disease, hypothyroidism and allergies.
Breeds Similar to American Pit Corso
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Neapolitan Mastiff