Dog breeds that look like Pitbulls

Have you ever confused the pitbull breed with another breed? This blog post will talk about the 5 breeds that are similar to the Pitbull dog, let’s talk a little about the physical and behavioral characteristics of these breeds.

Dog breeds that look like Pitbulls

The Pitbull breed has its origins in Bulldogs and Terriers, so they can be confused with some breeds that share some common ancestors, or by dogs that only have similar characteristics to the Pitbull breed. So let’s talk about the 5 breeds that Pitbull’s confuse with some frequency.

These breeds are:

  • American Bulldog
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane corso
  • Boxer 
  • Dogo Argentino

American Bulldog

The American Bulldog is a powerful, agile and reliable dog. It is a very friendly and affectionate breed with its tutors, but very aggressive especially with strangers. They are medium sized dogs with a longer than wide body.

The main physical characteristics of this breed are:

  • Large head 
  • Powerful jaws; 
  • Broad muzzle;
  • Little ears in a V-shape, drooping or semi-spiky;
  • Deep and broad chest with well sprung ribs.

The fur should be curly and soft. It can be in different colors like solid white, white with all shades of brindle (white, red, yellow, blue, brown, black or grey), red and white, brown and white, beige and white, deer and white, black and white, brown and white, mahogany and white, cream and white.

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is a dog with an amiable and fun attitude. Balanced temperament and easy to be disciplined. It is a dog that needs daily physical activity for being energetic, it is an excellent company for its friendly character with people

The main physical characteristics of this breed are:

  • Oval head;
  • Long snout; 
  • The little ears are pointed upwards; 
  • The tail is short, and they tend to be horizontal;
  • Muscular and balanced body.

The Bull Terrier has a short, flat, dense coat that is rough to the touch and shiny. The white color is more common, but it is also possible to find them in black, brindle, red, fawn and tricolor.

Cane corso

Cane Corso dogs are quiet, faithful and friendly. They are extremely agile and obedient dogs. As they are medium sized dogs, they are very energetic and need regular physical activity. They are sweet with tutors but can be aggressive with strangers. They are excellent guard dogs.

The main physical characteristics of this breed are:

  • The molossoid type head;
  • Snout short and square;
  • Wide and thick jaws;
  • Medium sized eyes;
  • Triangular ears;
  • Strong and vigorous dog;
  • Musculous body.

The coat of the Cane Corso is short, shiny, very dense with a light glassy undercoat. And it can be in the colors black, lead gray, slate gray, light gray, light fawn, deer red and dark fawn, dark wheat color.

Boxer 

The Boxer breed dog is a calm, safe and balanced dog. It may be known for its overprotective instinct. It is a medium sized dog, excellent for guarding the house as it is a very courageous dog. It is very docile and faithful to its owners and is an excellent companion dog.

The main characteristics of this breed are:

  • Head size proportionate to body;
  • Broad muzzle;
  • The Boxer is a prognathous breed;
  • Medium sized eyes;
  • Pendant, forward-facing triangular ears
  • Muscular and vigorous body.

The Boxer has a short coat. Their colors range from golden to deep red and brindle with black stripes. It is also possible to find dogs with white fur.

Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino dog is a sniffer dog, agile, strong, rustic and brave. He is a quiet dog, does not bark much. This breed is strong and independent but never aggressive towards humans. It is an energetic dog that loves play and daily physical activities. It is an excellent companion dog.

The main characteristics of this breed are:

  • Mesocephalic type head;
  • Broad muzzle;
  • Jaws correctly placed, well developed and strong
  • Medium sized eyes;
  • Ears of medium size, wide, thick, flat and rounded at the tip;
  • Muscular and vigorous body.

The Dogo Argentino has a short, uniform and smooth coat and the it color must be entirely white. You can see some black spots mainly on the skull and ears.

Pitbull

The Pitbull is a medium sized dog. They are strength, self-confidence, generosity, loyalty and an excellent companion full of joy for living. This breed’s intelligence and adaptability are the most outstanding points regarding its temperament. It is a dog that likes children, making it an excellent companion dog.

The main characteristics of this breed are: 

  • The head is of medium length, with a flat skull 
  • Broad, deep muzzle. 
  • The ears are small to medium in size, set high. 
  • Relatively short tail that is set low, thick at the base and tapering towards the tip.
  • Muscular and vigorous body.

The Pitbull is also a very short-coated dog and can be found with many coat shades, except merle. Pitbull truffles can also be found in two versions: red and black.

Conclusion

Several breeds can resemble the Pitbull but if we look at the physical and behavioral characteristics we can identify the differences between the affectionate, playful and muscular Pitbull. The Pitbull is a unique breed, which makes it so desired by many owners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dog breeds that look like Pitbulls 

Is a Pitbull an aggressive dog?

Pitbull dogs show a certain level of aggression against other dogs, but the same should not be shown for humans. As due to its powerful physique, the breed needs tutors who carefully socialize them and who train obedience to their dogs from puppies.

How big is a Pitbull?

The weight of an adult male in good condition ranges between 35 and 60 pounds. The weight for a mature female, in good condition, ranges between 30 and 50 pounds.

Are Pitbulls good family pets?

Yes, they are smart, agile, faithful and companions and are great to consider if you have young children. They are famous for being cheerful, healthy and love to please.

References

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2018 Official Breed Standard: American Pit Bull Terriers. https://www.portalvidapet.com.br/pdf/padrao-raca_pit_bull.pdf Accessed 11th Jan 2022.

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2017. Official Breed Standard: Cane Corso. https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_35.pdf Accessed 22th Jan 2022.

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2015. Official Breed Standard: Boxer. https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_31.pdfAccessed 22th Jan 2022.

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2015 Official Breed Standard: Dogo Argentino. https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_42.pdf Accessed 22th Jan 2022.

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2019 Official Breed Standard: American Bulldog. Available in: https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_218.pdf. Accessed 15th Jan 2022.

CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2018 Official Breed Standard: Bull Terrier. Available in: https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_74.pdf Accessed 12th Jan 2022.

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