Beauceron vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Beauceron and the American Pit Bull Terrier are good for new owners, but the Beauceron is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - The American Pit Bull Terrier is very child friendly. The Beauceron does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the American Pit Bull Terrier is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The American Pit Bull Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Beauceron is an average barker.
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Beauceron vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NameBeauceronAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height24-28 in.17-20 in.
Weight70-110 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryFranceUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1587 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageVery Good
Family FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Kid FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyAveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsAverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph30 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-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 NameBeauceronAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighAverage
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesYes
HarlequinYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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