Boxer vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Compare the Boxer to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boxers 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 Boxer is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Boxer and American Pit Bull Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the American Pit Bull Terrier is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Boxer has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Boxer vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NameBoxerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height21-25 in.17-20 in.
Weight53-70 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1894 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed27 mph30 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingHighHigh
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-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 NameBoxerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighAverage
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoxerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Aortic StenosisYesNo
BloatYesNo
Boxer CardiomyopathyYesNo
CancerYesNo
Corneal DystrophyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoxerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesYes
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
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