Bulldog vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bulldog is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The American Pit Bull Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Bulldog.
  • Children - Both the Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Bulldog has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Bulldog vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NameBulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height13-15 in.17-20 in.
Weight49-55 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (England)United Kingdom
Origin Year1500 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 75°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium-High
Exercise RequiredLowMedium-High
Top Running Speed15 mph30 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountHighNone-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 NameBulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingVery LowAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowAverage
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan8-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Brachycephalic SyndromeYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesYes
Dry EyeYesNo
EntropionYesNo
Head ShakesYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Reverse SneezingYesNo
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBulldogAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
FallowYesNo
FawnYesYes
Fawn & BrindleYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesYes
Fawn, Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red, Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Light FawnNoYes