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Bulldog vs Pitbull: Know the Differences

Lets explore the differences between a Bulldog and a Pitbull. Due to their similar physical appearance, American Bulldog and American Pitbull Terrier are often confused. But the truth is that these dogs vary in a number of aspects such as origin and history, behavior, and characteristics. American Bulldog belongs to mastiff group while American Pitbull Terrier belongs to terrier group. The present article will reflect on important aspects that differentiates these working breeds of dogs.

History and origin:

American Bulldog:  Originally bred for hunting and guarding, American Bulldogs are believed to evolve from English bulldogs. The breed was earlier used for bull baiting, and for guarding purpose. The American Bulldog, which we see today, is the result of efforts of Dr. John D. Johnson who saved them from extinction.

American Pitbull Terrier: American Pitbull Terrier, or simply known as Pitbull, was produced as a result of breeding of Old English Bulldogs and Old English Terriers which came from Ireland and England. Similar to American Bulldogs, Pitbull was also used in blood sports such as bull baiting or bear baiting etc before it was banned.   


American Bulldog: Confident, fearless, courageous, and socially active are the traits that perfectly fit for American Bulldog. These dogs are also known for their loyalty towards their owner. In its puppyhood, Bulldog is unresponsive with new people but it gets mature and confident as it grows old. Also, this dog truly loves children. This dog has developed a kind reputation, and is considered as a family dog.

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American Pitbull Terrier:  Pitbull loves to please others. This breed of dogs is more touching and emotional towards people as compared to other breeds. These dogs are also known for their courage and strength which makes them favorite among dog-lovers for guarding purpose. These dogs are sporty and lively, and need daily exercise or walk to maintain their fitness. These dogs also do not attack on human but these are violent towards other dogs and wild animals.

Physical Appearance

American Bulldog: This sturdy, muscular and strong dog is generally 20-27 in (for males) and 20-24 in (for females) tall with large head, and powerful jaws. These dogs are by and large white in color with red, black, brown, or brindle patches. Having a deep and broad chest, this dog is highly athletic and strong. American Bulldog generally has weight varying from 30-58 kg. Eyes are usually brown but may be of any color. Overall, these dogs have a wide frame with thick tail. This dog has soft and small coat with varying colors.

American Pitbull Terrier: Physical appearance of American Bulldog and American Pitbull Terrier are somewhat similar but they vary in few parameters. Strong jaws, broad skull, and lean body rightly describe the appearance of Pitbull. These dogs may be found in any color, and have a weight varying between 16-27 kg (for male) and 14-23 kg (for female). These dogs are shorter than bulldogs, hence they are more athletic.  American Pitbull Terrier has shiny coat in various colors such as red, blue, grey, black etc.

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Both the dogs have their own characteristics in terms of appearance, nature, health and other aspects. A normal observer can’t spot the difference between these two. American Bulldog and American Pitbull Terrier have life expectancy of 10-15 years and 8-15 years respectively. American Pitbull Terrier is likely to suffer from hereditary cataract, heart disease, grass allergies etc while American Bulldog is prone to hip dysplasia. Generally, both dogs are looked upon as healthy dogs, and have good immunity. American Bulldog love to stay outdoors as these are not active indoors while American Pitbull Terrier is agile indoors, and needs a place for living that is sufficient for its exercises.


Hailing from Delhi, Prateek Tiwari is an avid animal lover who believes in Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” A graduate in Biotechnology, he has vast knowledge about different breeds of pets and pet food that are both nutritious and promote healthy growth. In order to make people aware about pets and pet care, he shares his expertise through his blog posts.

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