Know the Difference: Types of Pit Bulls Breeds

The term “pit bull” is often mistakenly understood as a single type of dog breed. While in reality, pit bull refers to a group containing several breeds of dog with certain characteristics. The most common types of pit bull breeds are American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Read along to find the difference between these different pit bulls breeds.

Types of Pit Bulls Breeds

1. American pit bull terrier

Just like any other pit bull breeds, American Pit Bull Terrier are trainable and adaptable, thus, could make a good pet. This type of pit bull breed is intelligent and friendly, but also protective. American Pitbull Terrier has short hair, and they do not require a lot of grooming. They only need to be brushed and bathed once in a while. Therefore, this type of pit bull breed may be the best choice for people who want pets, but do not have much time to groom them.

American Pit Bull Terrier

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The average size of American Pitbull Terrier is 18­19 inches tall, and they can weigh up to 85 lbs. They could live for 12­14 years. The breed is strong. They especially have powerful jaws and like to chew things. If combined with their tendency to be stubborn and bossy, it can be a worrisome look. This is why they need a firm and discipline owner. It is also advised that they are trained and socialized since a puppy so that they understand that you are in control. They are also likely to be aggressive towards other dogs. Therefore, when you take your American Pit Bull Terrier out for a walk, always keep them on a leash at all times.

American Pit Bull Terrier can be a good choice for a watchdog. Here is why. They are generally strong and have a muscular body. They are also intelligent and trainable. They are warm and friendly to their owners but can be alert towards strangers. They love their family and are courageous enough to defend their family with their lives. When put into a fight, they are not the type to back off until the end.



2. American staffordshire terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier is often confused with American Pit Bull Terrier, while in reality they are different. American Staffordshire Terrier is slightly smaller. Their coat is thick, short, and glossy. As one of pit bull breeds, American Staffordshire Terrier has a muscular body with a square build. This type of pit bull breed is very affectionate and loyal to its owner and generally friendly to strangers. Although they have this tough look, American Staffordshire Terrier can be very good with children. However, they are also protective and can be aggressive towards other dogs, especially when challenged.

American Staffordshire Terrier

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Just like other dogs, they like when their owners give them attention. Therefore, a regular walk and playtime will make them happy and healthy dogs. On average, the male American Staffordshire Terrier can measure 18-19 inch tall and 57-67 lbs in weight, while the female breed has an average height of 17-18 inch, with the same range of weight.

3. Staffordshire bull terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier is typically small compared to other pit bull breeds. In average, they can grow up to 13­16 inches and weigh between 27­45 lbs. Their lifespan is similar to other pitbull breeds, i.e. 12-14 years. They have a smooth and short coat, broad head, and various in colors, including fawn, white, black, blue, and brindle.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally created to be a small but agile, fighting dog, but now they make a good pet. This type of pit bull breed is typically affectionate and friendly, but can be protective when threatened. They are known for their courage, intelligence, and friendliness towards children. They especially like sporty games and dog toys to chew. It is recommended to give them chewable toys or else your furniture might be the victim of their mouthy tendency.

They could adapt well to new owners, and could live well in apartments.  They can also socialize really well with children and family. They do not need much grooming as they have short hair, but they have this tendency to drool. So, you may need to often clean your house and furniture.

Although they are loving creature, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not recommended for timid owners. They need a firm owner that could take control and show domination. It is also not recommended to leave newly adopted Staffordshire Bull Terrier with children. Always keep watch of their interaction.

Several types of pit bulls breeds are banned in several cities and countries because of their negative portrayal as dangerous and threatening dogs. While the truth is that some of them are not pit bulls, but being incorrectly grouped as pit bulls. In fact, the types of pit bull breeds are trainable, intelligent, and can be a great pet as well as a watchdog.


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