Pointer vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Compare the Pointer to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Pointers 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 Pointer is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Pointer and American Pit Bull Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Pointer and American Pit Bull Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Pointer and American Pit Bull Terrier are above average barkers.
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Pointer vs American Pit Bull Terrier
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Breed NamePointerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height23-28 in.17-20 in.
Weight45-75 lb30-90 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1650 AD1898 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F45°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
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 NamePointerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentYesNo
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
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NamePointerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Skin AllergiesNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePointerAmerican Pit Bull Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & WhiteYesYes
LemonYesNo
Lemon&whiteYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver&whiteYesNo
OrangeYesNo
Orange&whiteYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Light FawnNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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