Mixed Breeds

American Pitbull Terrier Cane Corso Mix: Pit Corso Breed Information

Can't decide between a Pitbull or Cane Corso for your next pet? How about adopting a Cane Corso Pitbull mix? Find out all about this mixed breed including nutrition needs, personality traits, and training expectations.

Kelly Wilson

Last Updated: September 12, 2023 | 11 min read

Cane Corso Pitbull Mix

Thinking of welcoming a Pitbull Cane Corso mix into your home? Before you do, there’s some information you’ll need to know. The American Pitbull Terrier and the Cane Corso are two of the most formidable-looking canines alive. Those who know them understand that both breeds are both sweet and easygoing family companions who also make formidable guard dogs. When you put these two popular breeds together, you get a mix that’s affectionately labeled the Pit Corso.

The Pit Corso is going to be a big dog, so if that’s something you can’t handle, check this breed off the list right away. The Cane Corso parent is also known as the Italian Mastiff, and they are big dogs. Their Pitbull parent carries a bad reputation as a fighting breed, and most in the dog world say that’s unwarranted.

Pit Corsos are truly the best of both worlds. However, they can be a stubborn mixed breed, and they aren’t for everyone. And for those that take this pup on without the proper research, risk it not working out. This breed guide is a must-read for anyone looking to welcome one of these beautiful dogs into their life. But if you can tick all of his boxes, we know he will tick all of yours. Let’s find out if the attractive American Pit Corso is the dog breed for you.

Breed Overview
    • weight iconWeight50-90 Pounds
    • height iconHeight20-24 Inches
    • lifespan iconLifespan10-14 Years
    • color iconColorsBlack, Fawn, Red, Brindle
  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Exercise Needs
  • Puppy Costs

Parent Breeds

If you want an American Pit Corso in your life, you first need to learn about his parents. After all, he is a combination of them both. From their history to a little about their personality and appearance, let’s take a closer look at the Cane Corso Pitbull mix.

American Pitbull Terrier

Pitbull Outdoors in Woods
Pitbulls are one of the most feared dog breeds due to their reputation.

The American Pitbull Terrier has one of the most unfair and unjustified reputations in the canine world. His ancestors were used for betting purposes, to fight against other dogs, and to kill rats across the pond in England. The best and the biggest were bred together, making the Pitbull we know and love today. Since then, he has found work as a herder, therapy dog, and family pet.

Pitbulls stand between 17 and 21 inches tall and weigh between 30 to 65 pounds. They are muscular but athletically trim. Most Pitbulls will have a cheeky smile stretching from ear to ear, and he is affectionately known by those who adore him as the velvet hippo. They are generally friendly with all people, including strangers, which is why this breed often makes a terrible watchdog, despite appearance and reputation. Pitbulls are quite common in the United States and have become popular as crossbreed parents for other popular mixes.

Cane Corso

Cane Corso looking at Camera
Cane Corsos are also known as Italian Mastiffs.

The Cane Corso is a mastiff-type dog who hails from Italy. He was bred to work on the ranch, pulling carts, driving livestock, and protecting hen houses. Of course, he is also a guard dog for the family estate. As well as wild boar hunting. He nearly became extinct, but thanks to breed lovers and the Neopolitan Mastiff, the Cane Corso was saved. Now he is more commonly found in family homes on protection duties.

He measures between 23 to 27 inches tall and weighs between 88 and 110 pounds. He is also a muscular dog, but his extra weight makes him look less defined than the Pitbull and cuddlier. His coat is denser and rough to the touch, and he has a big square head with a catching smile. He has only been recognized for 10 years, but his popularity has shot to 32nd place from around 196 recognized breeds. Because of their reputation as excellent defenders of property, they are sometimes compared to German Shepherds and other guardian breeds.

American Pit Corso

Pit Corso Outside Playing
The American Pit Corso is a unique dog that’s more active than their Corso parents.

The American Pit Corso is a relatively rare mixed breed. Because he is a beautiful blend of both parents, he is bound to become popular very quickly. Of course, mixed breeds are a little unpredictable when it comes to their personality and appearance. But more often than not, he will inherit the best of both doggy worlds, so let’s take a look at a typical Cane Corso Pitbull mix.


Brindle Pitbull Cane Corso Mix
The Pit Corso has an even temperament and loves spending time with their family.

The American Pit Corso is a big dog with an even bigger heart. This pup adores his family more than anything in the world. So, if you want a dog that’s going to look at you like you are the best thing that has happened to him (every single time he sees you), look no further than this mix. He might be a big muscly guy, but deep down, he is a soppy sweetheart.

This means you and the family are in for lots of cuddles and kisses on the sofa. He is loving and gentle with every family member, from grandma all the way down to grandchildren. Both of his parents are fond of children, so you can be sure that he will follow them around, helping you with kiddy entertaining duties.

He does not extend this affection to strangers, however. Unlike his Pitbull parents, he does make a protective guard dog. But thankfully, he is not as protective as his Cane Corso parent, so he’s much easier to handle. He’ll bark and keep a watchful eye on all those who approach his family, and he won’t hesitate to protect them if he needs to.

All of these traits combined make him an intense doggy to have in the home. He craves human company, and he hates to be left alone simply because he doesn’t know whether you are safe or not. But if you can handle his intensity, he makes up for it in bundles of fun and goofball charisma.

Size & Appearance

Large Brindle Corso Pitbull Mix
Pitbull Cane Corso mixes will vary in both size and appearance.,

The American Pit Corso is a large-sized dog that will weigh anywhere between 50 to 90 pounds and measure between 20 and 24 inches tall. He is a muscular dog, just like both of his parents, with a little bit of Cane Corso chunk on top. He has a square-shaped body and head, a thick neck, and a tail that doesn’t fall below his hock (also known as the dog ankle).

His nose is square and fleshy, his eyes almond-shaped, and his ears are large and drop down. Some owners opt to have both the Cane Corso and the Pitbull’s ears cropped, so some may opt for the same look. He might inherit the droopy jowls of the Corso, but they will not swing as much, which also means less drool.

Coat & Colors

Smaller Pit Corso Mix
Brindle is usually the most common color as both parent breeds carry the Brindle-colored gene.

The American Pit Corsos coat is short and dense. It will not be as shiny and smooth as the Pitbull’s, but it will not be as rough as a Corso’s either. He will have a double coat that will keep him cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

When it comes to colors, a Cane Corso Pitbull mix is likely to sport black, fawn, and various shades of brindle or red. These are the most commonly shared coat colors between parents, but he could also sport a combination of any. The only color he won’t be is a merle. So, if you find a merle-colored American Pit Corso, he’s not an American Pit Corso.

His eyes will likely be dark brown, but they can be light brown or shades of deep gray. It’s rare for him to inherit yellow or blue eyes, but it does happen. If it does, you can expect him to be a little more expensive than his other siblings.

Exercise & Living Conditions

Corso Exercising Outdoors
The Corso Pitbull mix is more energetic than its Corso parent but lazier than a Pitbull.

The American Pit Corso needs at least one hour of exercise every single day. It needs to be intense and varied if you want to expel that athletic energy of his. Think long jogs, mountain adventures, and playing in the sea. He loves to be with you, so whatever your favorite hobby is, it’ll soon become his too.

Because both of his parents are regularly controlled by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), you can be sure that this mix will be too. This means that you need to check out your local BSL laws, as you may not be able to let him off-leash in public or enter a doggy park with him. This might also affect any tenancy restrictions.

This mix is expected to be a large-sized dog, so apartment living will not do here. Instead, he’ll prefer a medium to large-sized home in which he’ll have plenty of room to be a goofball. He would also appreciate access to the fresh air in his own yard. Just be sure to make sure it’s secure because he will guard his perimeter.

If the American Pit Corso is socialized well, he will likely get along well with other dogs. However, if he takes after his Cane Corso parent more than his Pittie parent, he might not. If you are a multi-pet household and welcoming him into the house as a pup, this shouldn’t be an issue. If you are welcoming another pet into the fold with an already resident American Pit Corso, you need to introduce them slowly. Do this before you make any commitments.


Pitbull Corso mix Yawning
Training a Corso Pit mix can be challenging and also rewarding.

The American Pit Corso is a lovely dog. But he can also be a handful, so you need to be prepared for lifelong training. Pitbulls are suitable for first-time owners, but Cane Corsos are not, so you’ll find this pup anywhere in between. With this in mind, you need to be prepared to be strict with him, be the pack leader, and not allow him to get away with unruly behaviors.

Socialization is critical. You will need to expose him to new dogs, animals, people, noises, and environments for him to grow into a confident pooch. Without this, he will become overprotective and problematic. Positive reinforcement training is the most efficient way to train this mix, and thanks to his Pitbull genes, he should pick up commands quickly.

Because he also hates to be left alone, we would advise crate training. Ensure that you have a crate waiting for him as soon as you bring him home for the first time. Bearing in mind his size and strength, you’re going to need an indestructible crate, just in case. But with proper training, he’ll soon come to love his own safe space.


Corso Pitbull Mix Playing with Stick
American Pit Corsos are generally very healthy dogs.

The American Pit Corso is a relatively healthy dog that will typically enjoy a lifespan of 10 to 14 years. As he is a mixed-breed dog, he could inherit the health concerns of either parent. Although this list is not exhaustive, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following most common health conditions and their symptoms:

Hip and elbow dysplasia: Both of his parents suffer from these conditions, so this is the most likely health concern of his.

Cardiac concerns: A Cane Corso parent is susceptible to various cardiac conditions, and the most common is dilated cardiomyopathy.

Skin allergies: The Pitbull parent has sensitive skin, either through exposure to allergens such as grass or nutritional factors.


Corso Mix Eating
The American Pit Corso has a healthy appetite.

The American Pit Corso will eat approximately two and a half to three cups of food a day. Because of his high energy and large body mass, he will benefit from a high-quality kibble that will keep him energized throughout the day. Thankfully, you can be sure that a high-quality kibble will provide a well-balanced diet and one that is super tasty, too.

As he is a large breed, you need to feed him a large breed formula as they have unique nutritional needs. It’s important to feed them large breed puppy food. It is necessary to help to control their rapid bone growth. Which, in turn, can lessen the severity of joint dysplasia, which they are prone to.


Corso Pitbull Eating
Grooming a Pitbull Corso mix doesn’t take much effort.

The American Pit Corso has a short double coat, and he sheds moderately throughout the year. He’ll only need a brush once a week with a pin brush. And on occasion, a deshedding tool will be useful during the shedding season. He’ll only need a brush once every 8 to 12 weeks to keep him looking and feeling his best. Keep an eye on his skin, and if he shows any signs of skin allergies, be sure to get them checked out. He will shed about the same amount as his Pitbull parent.

Breeders & Puppy Costs

Pit Corso Puppy
Corso Pitbull mix puppies will typically start at $1,000 and up.

The American Pit Corso is a relatively rare breed at the moment, which means you need to get your detective hat on to search for a reputable breeder. Always avoid puppy mills because they often sell sick puppies or puppies that have been mistreated. This is bad news for any dog, particularly a large dog who already has guarding behaviors.

Instead, find a breeder who has a professional website or can prove that they have experience in breeding Cane Corsos and Pitbulls. Testimonials from previous customers are a great insight into their reputation too. Always meet the pups and their parents in person, and ask to see the health clearances too. The extra effort will be worth it when you find a healthy and happy pup.

The average price of an American Pit Corso from a reputable breeder is likely to start from $1,000. You’ve also got to remember that there is more to a dog than just his initial cost. You have to factor in his food bills and equipment such as beds, brushes, collars, etc. And because of the BSL concerns, you will need to factor in the potential increased insurance and license costs.

Rescue & Shelters

Rescue Pitbull Corso
We always recommend that you adopt before you shop.

If you are considering adopting an American Pit Corso, welcome to the rescue club. Adopting a pooch is a fantastic thing to do, especially considering how many Pitbull mixes are out there waiting for their forever home. Try your local rescue shelters and speak to the staff about what you are looking for.

If you have no success there, try dedicated breed centers that rescue purebred pups and their mixes. The Pitbull Rescue Central website and the Cane Corso Rescue website list dedicated rescue centers and also have contacts. Not only will you be saving a life, but you’re also likely to save some money too.

As Family Pets

  • The American Pit Corso is a wonderful family companion.
  • He prefers to spend all his time with his family and hates to be left alone.
  • The Cane Corso Pitbull mix is fond of children and makes a great canine sibling.
  • He has the potential to do well in a multi-pet household.
  • The American Pit Corso needs a larger home with access to a secure yard.
  • He needs at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.
  • The American Pit Corso has a relatively simple grooming schedule.
  • He is a challenging dog to train and requires consistency.
  • American Pit Corsos are protective and make devoted guard dogs
  • He is aloof with strangers, and it will take him a while to warm up to them.
  • This mix is always going to be alert and on guard around the house.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, the American Pit Corso in all his gorgeous glory. He isn’t suited to everyone because of his difficult Cane Corso streak. But if you fancy a mellower version, this pup is a fantastic choice. His Pitbull streak will make him an obedient dog who will follow you around all day long. And with lifelong training, he will be a pleasant pooch who you can be proud of despite stereotypes and BSL laws.

He makes a wonderful family addition, and he and the kids will love each other. He’s lots of fun, and with his goofball personality, you’re sure to have lots of laughter for many years to come.

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Christina Reed

January 19, 2023 at 10:50 pm

This is more of a question. What does it mean when they don't eat and they're throwing up and have diarrhea? I need help. I love my dog and I'm scared. If anyone can help me it will be greatly appreciated.


Michelle Schenker

January 20, 2023 at 2:59 pm

Christina, Every dog is different and in different circumstances. So the best thing to do is to call a local vet to discuss this with them. There are also pet poison hotlines if you think it might be that.



January 23, 2023 at 2:32 am

You can try to give him canned pumpkin. It will help to settle his stomach.



January 27, 2023 at 11:20 pm

Yes, we gave our Cane Corso pumpkin, when he wasn’t feeling normal. Pumpkin also helped our lab when she was sick i’ll



September 4, 2022 at 12:06 am

Hiya all I’m wondering how long would be the max to leave a cc/pitty I’m scared will it turn him aggressive idk what to do ?



August 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm

I took in a pit Corso at The Rite age of 4 months she is gray with gray eyes actually her eyes are the same color as her coat and she's beautiful she is everything you explain to me in this literacy she's goofy she's protective she's dog aggressive she's fun she's human like she uses her paws for hands she eats whatever we eat so I had to make sure she gets food without seasonings and she's just so much fun I just love her so much


Christie Conroy

September 17, 2023 at 7:53 pm

This was a great read , very informative . Answered all my questions and more . I didn't even know there was a pit and corso mix . Thank you again 💙💙🐾🐾



May 7, 2022 at 11:23 pm

I got a pitcorso the day after Christmas 2020 his name is diesel he’s five months and he is something like Eric’s dog he’s black and and white ,he loves to play so I take him to the dog park Atleast 3 days a week he’s easy to train and is willing to learn something new everyday he’s like what’s new today lol I love see his brown eyes every morning and learning new things about him . He’s a great protector and let’s me know when anything is outside the house before I even see it . He’s loved attention so he jumps up on people when we are out ,I had to put him in training classes because I know he’s is going to be a handful lol trying to get him and my cat to get along but my cat haven’t came around to it yet he’s pretty chill


Eric Inlow

April 9, 2022 at 5:16 pm

I got a pit corso puppy last year. He was 8 lbs when I got him, and he's now about 90 lbs. He inherited the corso jawls, and can slobber with the best of them. (Slobber is my least favorite thing about him, lol) He is black and white, but in the sunlight, you can see some brindle in the black areas. He has a beautiful shiny coat, and very soft fur.
His temperament is friendly, and he loves other dogs. He does pick on his beagle sister, and he's very jealous if I'm cuddling her.
I have trained him to sit and wait until I say OK to eat. He isn't food or toy aggressive, but with toys he doesn't want to let go... he likes playing tug of war.
In the mornings, I let him out, and then give him breakfast while I get ready for work. Before I leave, I grab a couple of treats, and without me saying anything, he goes into his crate.
His worst habits are tearing up shoes if they're left out, and tearing up paper.
Leash training, and jumping up on people are the two biggest things he still needs to master.
I happened to find him on Facebook for $50. I don't do breeders... there's so many dogs out there in shelters that need homes.


Thomas Biso

March 17, 2022 at 7:02 am

Thank you for a great write-up on my wonderful Pit-Croso .Her name is Belle a four year old rescue ( I think she rescued me ) form a local shelter. Your article describes her perfectly. I smile and laugh every day. I just retired so lot's of walks and fishing in our future. 👍🥰



January 9, 2022 at 7:50 pm

I have a one year old female of this mix, she is a delight and the info you provided is read on so far for our girl. We were unable to crate train her as she was able to break out of all 5 pens we tried....so smart, but still big on chewing and is destroying house when we are not home. We have tried anxiety products, freezing toys with treats and giving to her prior to leaving to keep occupied, sprays, positive rewards when she does well and nothing has worked. We have started to put a soft basket muzzle on her- so she can drink/ breath when gone and is doing the trick but neither her nor us like this method....looking for suggestions



September 26, 2021 at 11:43 am

Thank you for the information. I live in NJ. Where can I find a Pit Corso puppy?


Kristal Hoskins

July 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm

I have this type of dog. He is six months old. He is smart, loyal and fun. I am still working on training with him in the puppy phases, but he is a quick learner and most loving.


Kelly Wilson

July 1, 2021 at 5:20 pm

Sounds like a great dog, Kristal! Thanks for the comment!



June 12, 2021 at 7:44 pm

Just got a pit corso and she is everything you describe. She picked up a lot from both parents and all the info that you provided will help me with raising her.


Kelly Wilson

June 14, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Thank you, Andy! Glad you found it useful!


Ange Jentz

May 3, 2021 at 11:06 pm

I really think our family adopted a pit corso puppy! This article is the perfect amount of info, and presented well. Thank you for the information. I'm excited to see him grow up!


Kelly Wilson

May 4, 2021 at 12:53 pm

Glad you found the information useful, Ange! Thanks for stopping by to comment!


Otis Stamps

April 26, 2021 at 5:18 am

Thanks for the information on I'm trying to decide if I want to adopt this type of mix. I really appreciate the information!


Kelly Wilson

April 27, 2021 at 6:45 pm

No problem, Otis! Glad you found it helpful!