8 Dog Breeds Most Similar to Pit Bulls

American Staffordshire Terrier:

Often confused with the Pit Bull due to their close resemblance, the AmStaff shares a lot of genetic history and characteristics with Pit Bulls.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

Another breed closely related to the Pit Bull, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or Staffie) is known for its muscular build and affectionate nature.

American Bulldog:

Known for their strength and loyalty, American Bulldogs share a similar appearance to Pit Bulls but are generally larger and stockier.


Boxers are energetic and muscular dogs with a playful temperament, similar to Pit Bulls in their need for exercise and strong bonds with their families.

Bull Terrier:

Recognizable by their distinctive egg-shaped heads, Bull Terriers are known for their outgoing personality and affectionate nature towards their owners.


A larger breed than Pit Bulls, Bullmastiffs are gentle giants known for their protective instincts and loyalty to their families.

Rhodesian Ridgeback:

Though larger and originally bred for hunting, Rhodesian Ridgebacks share some similarities with Pit Bulls in terms of their muscular build and protective instincts.

Cane Corso:

A powerful Italian breed, Cane Corsos are known for their guarding abilities and strong physique, making them somewhat comparable to Pit Bulls in terms of strength and protective nature.