Are American Bullies Pitbulls?

There are quite a few breeds of dogs that fall under the umbrella of Pitbulls. But are American Bullies and Pitbulls the same?

Many people think of them as the same breed but they are in fact quite different.

Are American Bullies Pitbulls?

They may have similar builds and be of a similar size but they are inherently different breeds of dogs.

But what makes them different? Well, let’s take a closer look at how these amazing breeds differ from each other. 

Let’s Take A Closer Look At Pitbulls

As we said at the beginning, Pitbulls and American Bullies are not the same breeds.

So, in this section, we are going to explore various things about each of them so that you can compare both of these amazing breeds of dogs starting with the Pitbull. So, without further ado, let us dive straight in!

Basic Physical Traits

Let us take a closer look at the physical traits and stats on Pitbulls. 

  • Height – Pitbulls are usually between seventeen and twenty-one inches in height
  • Weight – Pitbulls are usually between thirty and sixty-five pounds
  • Temperament –  Pitbulls are usually quite friendly, affectionate, energetic, and loyal dogs. 
  • Energy – Pitbulls are usually high energy and can be described as intense
  • Health – Pitbulls tend to be quite healthy dogs and are considered to be above average in health.
  • Lifespan –  Pitbulls tend to live for between twelve and sixteen years.
  • Price of Puppies – The price of Pitbull puppies varies but on average they cost about $1000 or more. 


Commonly known as the American Pitbull Terrier, this breed was first created in the 1800s in England. They were the result of combining Bulldogs and terriers with the goal of making the perfect fighting dog.

The Pitbull was commonly used for dog fights, a nasty and bloody sport that often left the dogs wounded or even killed.

Along with dog fighting they were also often put in a right and made to kill as many rats as possible so that men could gamble. 

Later on, England banned this cruel and bloody sport and the dog fighters took their animals to America. This is where the American Pitbull was created.

The breeders crossed this existing dog with another and the Pitbull as we know it was born. 

Inevitably, dog fights were later banned in America and people finally started to see the sweet and soft side of the Pitbull.

They became therapy dogs, ranch hands, and household pets across the country despite bans and restrictions on the breed in some states and cities in America.


The Pitbull is a loving dog that is always eager to please and always has the desire to be close to its owners. They are confident and always on alert which makes them ideal watchdogs.

They have the predisposition to alert you to the presence of strangers, but that is not because they are aggressive, they just want to greet new potential friends and get plenty of love and affection from them. 

This breed like many other breeds needs to be socialized early on in its life and should be exposed to plenty of dogs, people, sights, sounds, and experiences before they mature.

This will ensure that your Pitbull puppy will grow up into a well-rounded and friendly animal. 


American Pitbulls are very intelligent dogs and can be easy to train as long as you use the correct methods.

They are always eager to please and respond really well to positive reinforcement training. 

Let’s Take A Closer Look At American Bullies

Let’s Take A Closer Look At American Bullies

Basic Physical Traits

Below we have taken a look at the physical traits and statistics on American Bully dogs. 

  • Height – American Bullies are usually between thirteen and twenty-three inches tall.
  • Weight – American Bullies are usually between twenty-five and a hundred and twenty pounds in weight. 
  • Temperament – American Bullies are typically quite friendly, loyal, and happy dogs. 
  • Energy – American Bullies have a tendency to be quite high energy and can be described as intense. 
  • Health – American Bullies are usually quite healthy dogs and have average health according to studies done on this breed. 
  • Lifespan – American Bullies usually live for between nine and thirteen years. 
  • Price of Puppies – American bully puppies will cost about $1200 on average but that price can be higher or lower depending on the breeder. 


The American Bully is one of the breeds that is considered to be a ‘Pitbull-Type’ breed and falls under the general umbrella term of Pitbulls.

This breed originated in America where it is thought that the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Olde English Bulldog were used to create the American Bully.

It was not until 2013 that this breed was officially recognized as a breed of its own by the UKC.

The American Bully shares the misunderstood reputation of Pitbulls and also is a restricted or even banned breed in some places. 


The American Bully is a sweet and friendly dog despite its muscular and intimidating physique. They are in fact sweet-natured and loving dogs that make excellent family pets.

The American Bully loves attention, kisses, and cuddles so if you are looking for a dog that is eager to please and loves attention this is the breed for you.

While they look like they would make good guard dogs, much like the Pitbull. They have a strong love for people and would rather love a stranger than hurt them.

But if you need a dog to alert you to people then they might work as a watchdog. 


The American Bully can be a stubborn breed however as long as you start working with them early on and deal with behaviors that you do not want when they are young your dog will be quite easy to train later on.

They are a very smart breed and as long as you spend time with them and use positive reinforcement alongside fun and enjoyable training methods your Bully dog will learn quite quickly. 

Final Thoughts

We hope that you enjoyed reading our article on whether American Bullies and Pitbulls are the same or not. In conclusion, they are in fact not the same at all despite both of them falling under the Pitbull umbrella.

They are their own breed and are very different despite their similar look.

Emily Andrews