Dogs that Look Like Pit Bulls

Purebred Pit Bulls are known for their small size, muscular build, and other fierce features. So, it's very common and understandable why so many people find them intimidating, even just by looking at their strong jaws.

Regardless, they can also be some of the most delicate, loyal, and friendliest pets you can own.

One interesting fact about Pit Bulls is that other existing dog breeds look exactly like them.

 At some point, you may have come across a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or another dog mistaken for a pit bull. But don't you worry, you're not the only one!

Here is a list of 9 dog breeds that look like pitbulls:

1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier


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An American Staffordshire Terrier is a distinctive dog breed but is also considered a type of Pit Bull. At 16 inches tall, you may think their shorter size makes them less intimidating - think again.

Like Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a muscular body and an intense stare that can make people feel nervous. In truth, they make great companions and family dogs.

2. American Bulldog

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American bulldogs are also commonly mistaken for Pit Bulls due to their muscular and bulky look.

Bulldogs are almost the same height as Pit Bulls but sometimes slightly taller, standing at a maximum height of 28 inches, whereas Pit Bulls stand at only 21 inches.

Despite being a muscular dog, a bulldog is also elegant. Moreover, they are smart, which makes them stubborn at times. But overall, they are loyal and easy to train, thanks to their affectionate nature and desire to please their owners. 

This dog breed is suitable for families interested in physical activities since they require exercise and do well when given a task. These factors make them great companions when working on a ranch or farm.

Running is the best activity for an American Bulldog. Check out the best dog collar to make running safe and enjoyable for them.

3. Bull Terrier


 Another breed similar to the Pit Bull is the Bull Terrier.  But these dogs are distinguished by their small, pointed ears and oval face shape. They are very muscular, low to the ground, stocky, and stand at only 22 inches.

Bull Terriers are lively dogs and don't thrive living in apartments or tiny homes. However, they can make an exception for those families who love being physically active like them.

One thing to remember is that these dogs demand a lot of attention, so you shouldn't ignore or leave them alone for long.

Bull terriers are ideal for large families, thanks to their goofy and sweet personalities.

4. Cane Corso

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 Cane Corsos make excellent guard dogs, even though they may not be exactly a part of the Terrier family. However, they still share the same look and personality as the Pit Bull.

A Cane Corso is an Italian mastiff initially bred to be a fierce hunter. They can be protective of their owners and oppose outsiders, making them excellent guard dogs.

Unlike Mastiffs, a Cane Corso is more elegant and athletic, just like Terriers. On the other hand, they are considerably bigger, standing 28 inches tall and weighing up to 120 pounds.

5. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog


 Like the Cane Corso, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog take their job seriously as a guard dog. They are affectionate towards their dog owners but are unfriendly to unfamiliar faces.

They also show a dominant attitude to other animals if they are not socialized well.

Furthermore, this dog breed is an ancestor of American Pitbull Terriers and owns a unique color pattern: a grey-blue and white color, dotted with black spots of various sizes. In addition, they have broad shoulders, can grow up to 26 inches, and keep an elegant and muscular appearance.

6. Presa Canario


The Presa Canario is another member of the Mastiff family that offers a unique color pattern. Some similar features they share with Pit Bull breeds include a bulky look, only slightly larger and standing 26 inches tall.

Furthermore, Presa Canarios require a special kind of owner since they are considered to be a complicated breed. Although these dogs share the same size and build as the Pit Bull, they are not as affectionate.

Moreover, a Presa Canario needs a lot of socialization and training. They can be unpredictable with strangers, other animals, and children. However, they are also confident, brave, and protective.

Regular gentle walks are the best activity for a Presa Canario. Check out our walk collection to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for them.

7. Bull Mastiff


Another dog member part of the Mastiff family is the Bullmastiff. Their face shape differs from a Pit Bull's, but they share the same body build. They are also likely to drool due to their hanging jowls, weigh 120 pounds, and can grow up to 25 to 27 inches.

Originally, Bull Mastiffs were bred in England to guard game threatened by poachers.

They are firm and sometimes appear serious. But underneath their stern appearance, they also make a loving, dedicated, protective, and fantastic family pet.

8. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog thrives in an active lifestyle due to their playfulness. Like Pit Bulls, they can be protective and friendly. However, they are less aggressive and weigh more.

Since Mountain dogs are large, they need to be raised in a large environment. They also make excellent guard dogs because of their size, reputation, and tendency to bark at new faces.

However, unlike other breeds, they don't require much exercise to keep them healthy.

Our Comfort control harness is perfect for walking your Greater Swiss Mountain dog.


9. Dogo Argentino

 Dogo Argentino


The Dogo Argentino was initially bred in Argentina for protection and hunting. Their breeding also includes bravery in their genes.

Just like the Pit Bull, this dog carries its facial structure and muscular build. Although, one feature that separates them is their coloring. They are also known for their whole body covered in white.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), a Dogo Argentino shows a "cheerful, humble, and friendly" dog personality that suits well with any family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What dogs are classified as Pit Bulls?

Some core dog breeds considered Pit Bulls include the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Meanwhile, some closely related dog breeds include English Bull Terrier (Standard and Miniature) and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

What dogs are compatible with Pit Bulls?

Some dog breeds compatible with Pit Bulls include Alaskan Malamutes, Berger Picards, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Irish Terriers, and many more.

Do pit bull dogs make good pets?

Pit Bulls are not usually intimidating or aggressive, but it also depends on their environment. Although some Pit Bulls possess a muscular and bulky build but can also be gentle and friendly.

Is a pit bull a good family dog?

Yes, the Pit Bull makes a good family dog. They are one of the most loving, cuddly, friendly, and loyal dogs you can own. As long as you raise them in a healthy home and environment, they will make great family pets.

Final Words

Some people see Pit Bulls as aggressive and protective natures. However, beneath their muscular and intimidating appearance, they also show a gentle and adoring side.

Like any dog, Pit Bulls require the right family owner to give them attention, love, and consistent training to make them good companions.

We hope that this article expands your knowledge of different dog breeds that look similar to the beloved Pit Bull.