Pit Bull Dog Breeds: 5 Different Types

Brown and white pit bull dog sitting with tongue hanging out

A pit bull isn't a single breed; there are numerous different kinds of pit bulls. Pit bull is a generic word for a variety of dog breeds. Pit bull-type canines are frequently subjected to prejudice. These canines were developed for their muscular appearance and have thus been employed in cruel dogfighting. As a result, they have earned the undeserved reputation of being highly violent canines. In fact, pit bull-type dogs are known for being extremely affectionate, loyal, and gentle with their owners. They are also amusing and eager to please.

Here are the five breeds that are most commonly referred to as types of pit bull dogs.

Breed Characteristics

Pit bulls are known for their strong, stocky bodies, thick chests, and huge, square skulls. They're known for their tenacity. They won't give up easy when given a task, whether it's learning a new skill or excavating a hole. They also desire attention and typically love people, particularly strangers. Pit bulls need to be trained and socialized from an early age. Otherwise, their size and power can make them difficult to control, as they may pull hard on a leash or leap up to greet people.


Due to the stigma surrounding these breeds, certain areas have banned ownership of pit bull-type dogs. Make sure to check your local legislation before bringing one of these dogs home.

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    American Bully

    American bully standing in a forest

    The American bulldog is a relatively young breed, having originated in the 1980s and 1990s. The breed originated from the American pit bull terrier and other bulldog-type breeds, and was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2013 but not by the American Kennel Club. Bullies are substantially bigger, more compact, and have a wider head than American pit bull terriers. Bullies from trustworthy breeders are known for their gentle and friendly nature. Bullies, on the other hand, are still powerful and athletic, and they require a lot of activity to stay happy and healthy.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 13 to 20 inches

    Weight: 65 to 85 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Compact, strong, thickset, and muscular; short and smooth coat; comes in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns

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    The United Kennel Club recognizes the American pit bull terrier, while the American Kennel Club does not. The breed's progenitors were British terriers and bulldogs from the nineteenth century, and it was developed in North America in the late nineteenth century. Unfortunately, this breed has been widely utilized in dogfighting. Modern American pit bull terriers are recognized for building great ties with their people, despite having a high prey drive and not always getting along with other dogs. They are very devoted and loving, like are most pit bull breeds.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 17 to 20 inches

    Weight: 30 to 65 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Muscular build; short coat; colors include black, white, brindle, fawn, blue, red, brown, tan, and gray

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    The American Staffordshire terrier is descended from 19th-century English terriers and bulldogs. Its emergence in late-nineteenth-century North America produced a dog that was bigger than its English counterparts. The breed was not as extensively utilized for fighting as other pit bull breeds, resulting in more placid canines. However, Am Staffs can still have a high prey drive and have trouble getting along with other dogs. With their family, though, they are noted for being loyal, lively, and good-natured.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 17 to 19 inches

    Weight: 50 to 80 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Short coat; variety of colors including black, brown, blue, fawn, red, and liver; brindle pattern and/or white markings are also seen

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    Despite the Staffordshire bull terrier's origins in dogfighting in the nineteenth century, the breed is now known for its unwavering loyalty and care for its family. These canines like cuddling with their owners and are kind and friendly with youngsters. Because they are prone to separation anxiety, they are best suited to a family where they will have companionship for the majority of the day. Furthermore, they are people-oriented and do not always get along with other dogs.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 14 to 16 inches

    Weight: 24 to 38 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Muscular build; colors include black, blue, brindle, fawn, white, and more

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    The American bulldog is descended from English bulldogs, which were bred in the 17th century for bull baiting, a blood sport in which dogs were pitted against bulls. Bulldogs were agricultural dogs and all-around amiable companions in North America. Despite their big size, they are incredibly loving with their family, often seeking to sit in laps. They frequently adore children. However, because they are protective of their family, socialization and training are essential to ensure that they are sociable to persons outside of your home.

    Breed Overview

    Height: 20 to 28 inches

    Weight: 60 to 120 pounds

    Physical Characteristics: Stocky build; deep chest; short muzzle; typically white with patches of brindle, red, black, or shades of brown or gray