Belgian Malinois vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Compare the Belgian Malinois to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Belgian Malinois 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 Belgian Malinois is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - The American Pit Bull Terrier is very child friendly. The Belgian Malinois does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the American Pit Bull Terrier.
  • 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 Belgian Malinois is an average barker.
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Belgian Malinois vs American Pit Bull Terrier
Belgian Malinois (Belgian Shepherd)
Fawn Pit Bull Terrier
Breed NameBelgian MalinoisAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height22-28 in.17-20 in.
Weight55-75 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryBelgiumUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1891 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageVery Good
Family FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Kid FriendlyAverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed35 mph30 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumLow
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumMedium
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 NameBelgian MalinoisAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighAverage
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBelgian MalinoisAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBelgian MalinoisAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Wire CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BrindleYesNo
CreamYesNo
Cream & SableYesNo
FawnYesYes
Fawn & SableYesNo
GrayYesNo
Gray & SableYesNo
LiverYesNo
MahoganyYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & SableYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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