American Bulldog vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Compare the American Bulldog to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between American Bulldogs and American Pit Bull Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The American Pit Bull Terrier is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the American Bulldog is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the American Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the American Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The American Pit Bull Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the American Bulldog is an average barker.
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American Bulldog vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NameAmerican BulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-16 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height20-28 in.17-20 in.
Weight60-120 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1700 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed23 mph30 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumLow
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountMediumNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAmerican BulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican BulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-16 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Demodectic MangeNoYes
EctropionYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican BulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesYes
BrindleYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Tan & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & BrindleYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
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