Bull Terrier vs Pit Bull

Both bull terrier and pit bull terrier belong to a terrier family. Some people even think they are the same breed. While they definitely aren’t the same breed, what are the similarities and differences between these two? Let’s find out.

But first let’s talk a little more about pitbulls.

Pitbull is a short name of American Pit Bull Terrier.  American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed without strictly defined visual characteristics.

The breed is regulated in a lot of countries of the world: from certain restrictions to complete ban which exists in twelve countries of the world, including Canada, Brazil, the US, Belgium and others.

This is one of the differences between pitbulls and bull terriers: due to bad reputation (not entirely deserved), pitbulls are considered a breed dangerous enough to be actually banned by several governments of the world.

Bull terriers are bred and sold freely around most countries in the world.

Bull terrier vs Pitbull: history

Both bull terriers and ptbulls have a difficult past. Both, at different stages of their history, were used for dog fighting (and sometimes even bull fighting).

Pitbulls were created by breeding bulldogs to terriers, with a specific purpose of creating a powerful, muscular dog capable of dominating over other dogs in the fighting pit.

Pitulls inherited their stubborness and confidence from bulldogs, and extremely fast reaction from terriers. The combination makes them an incomparable enemy in the pit.

Bull terriers also have bull dogs and terriers in their lineage, but dalmations were also used to create this dogs. Bull terriers have also been used extencively for fighting, but also for hunting rats. Their fighting past defines physical and temperamental traits of both of these breeds.

Bull Terrier vs Pitbull: size and stature

Pitbulls are a fairly large breed: an adult Pit bull can weight from 15 to 35 kg ( 30 to 70lbs), although weight is also not strictly defined for purebred pitbulls.

Bull terriers range from 18  to 30 kg (36 to 60 lbs), on average a little smaller and more compact than pit bulls.

Both breeds are uniquely built, different from any other breed out there. Both are extremely muscular muscular, sturdy and powerful dogs.

Both are fairly heavy and need a strong owner. (Not exactly the best breeds if you are planning on your small child walking them).

Both pit bulls and bull terriers won’t necessarily be the best breeds if you plan to keep your dog in a small apartment. Both would be more suited for living in a house.

One big way bull terriers differ from pt bulls is that bull terriers have clearly define breed standards while pit bulls do not.

Bull terrier vs pit bull: temperament

Character-wise, pit bulls don’t have the best reputation out there, although that is slowly starting to change as more and more breed lovers speak out the truth about their pets.

The main stream opinion, supported by governments of 12 countries where pit bulls are banned, is that pit bulls are aggressive, blood thirsty animals that can attack anyone at any time without any reason.

Over the years, there were enough incidents, highlighted by the press, that have portrayed pit bulls in this way, and helped create their unfortunate reputation. The truth about these animals is that they are indeed extremely powerful and definitely capable of seriously hurting another dog or a human.

They were also bred to be particularly stubborn and brave: both of those qualities used tio be highly valued in the fighting pits. However, this doesn’t mean that pit bulls are inherently aggressive or dangerous, simply that they need really good, dedicated owners to keep them in check.

Any dog can become aggressive, unmanageable or dangerous – even really small dogs. The difference is that a small dog can only bring so much damage, while a dog like pit bull (or, for that matter, a bull terrier), can be very dangerous if it isn’t controled by the owner.

Pit bull’s jaws (just like bull terrier’s jaws) are extremely strong and it can be very hard to get such a dog to let go if it decides to bite into another dog (or human). The sheer strength of the dog, combined with natural stubborness, can make a poorly controlled pit bull (or an aggressive bull terrier) a real danger to the public.

Because of this, both bull terriers and pit bulls need a really strong owner, able to put enough effort into learning about their dog and how to correctly manage it.

Of course, all dogs are very different, and so are pit bulls (and bull terriers.) Although pit bulls were originally bred to be dog fighters, the level of aggression towards other dogs in today’s pitbulls may vary from negligible to very high.

It depends on the dog’s natural predisposition, its history, the way it was raised and the atmosphere in its home, whether it was socialised enough or not, and other factors.

Due to their active past, both bull terriers and pit bulls prefer and generally do better in active households. This is especially true for pit bulls.

Hiking, running at the dog park, playing with other dogs – these would be a favorite activity for both pit bulls and bull terriers.

Having said that, a lot of bull terrier owners know that bull terriers are total couch potatoes in the house.

Bull terrier vs pit bull: family and kids

Despite their reputation, both bull terriers and pit bull sdo well in families with kids.

Bull terrier vs pit bull: maintenance and grooming

Despite being a fairly large dog, pit bulls are not very needy when it comes to maintenance. In fact, grooming-wise, they are easy to care for. Owners should pay thorough attention to their pittie’s ears, which have to stay clean and dry.

It’s a good idea to clean them once a week. While you are at it, you cuold also brush and groom your pit bull’s fur. There isn’t a particular bathing schedule, but your pet should be based on an “as needed” basis, if its muddy outside and they are visibly dirty.

If your pittie’s nails look long, they need clipping to prevent discomfort during walks.

It is also important to wach the state of your dog’s mouth: regular vet check ups will help prevent teeth decay. You can also help by giving your pet bones to chew, which helps clean their teeth. A pittie’s eyes also need to be cleaned from time to time.

Otherwise, the most important thing to remember is that any dog, and especially your pit bull (and bull terrier) need a lot of physical activity, regularly. This means walks, hikes, dog parks, or access to a gated back yard.

All of these will help you make sure your dog gets regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental health.

Bull terriers are not that different from pit bulls in terms of maintenance. Their short hair makes it easy to groom them (even if you have a white bull terrier). As with a pit bull, you will need to take care of your bull terrier’s eyes and ears, as well as their teeth. You can read more about grooming your bull terrier here.

Overall, bull terriers and pit bulls have a lot in common. Both are powerful breeds with history rooted in dog fighting. Both love their owners and are extremely devoted, provided the owner has a desire and abiliy to raise the dog well and control it, being the real leader of the pack. Both dogs are notoriously stubborn and strong-willed, but not inherently aggressive or dangerous. Both dogs need about the same level of activity and thrive in active households. Both dogs can make a great friend and companion for any family.







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