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American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff" Compare American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler. Which is better: American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler or Bullmastiff?
Name American Pit Bull Terrier Rottweiler Bullmastiff
OriginsUnited States Germany England
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank336851
Reviews450
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Other Names APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Rottie, Rott Bully, Bullie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club Backwoods Bulldog Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $1200-$2000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Size Medium Large Giant Large
Weight 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Avg. Weight 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg)
Height 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Avg. Height 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Hair & Care - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Coat Fine Dense Rough
Colors Blue Gray White Tan Brown Red Yellow Black Mahogany Tan Rust Black Fawn Red Brindle
Grooming
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Temperament Affectionate Clownish Friendly Loyal Strong Willed Aggressive Courageous Intelligent Obedient Stubborn Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Docile Loyal Reliable Calm Devoted Powerful Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bullmastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Rottweilers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Bullmastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Stranger Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bullmastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Health Issues
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Skin Allergies Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Cancer Entropion Heart Problems Hemangiosarcoma Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Lymphosarcoma Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 8-11 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rottweiler drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Bullmastiff

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-8 puppies 8-12 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8

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