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Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff" Compare Akita and American Bulldog. Which is better: Akita or American Bulldog or Bullmastiff?
Name Akita American Bulldog Bullmastiff
OriginsJapan United States England
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank4727251
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Other Names Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita AmBulldog, AM Bulldog, American Bulldogge, American Bulldoggee, Old Country Bulldog Bully, Bullie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. 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 American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club Backwoods Bulldog Club Animal Research Foundation American Rare Breed Association American Bulldog Association National American Bulldog Association John D Johnson Bulldog Registry American Bulldog Club Of Canada All American 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
Price $800-$1200 $500-$600 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg) Male: 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg), Female: 60-100 pounds (27-45 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg) Male: 95 pounds (43 kg), Female: 80 pounds (36 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Hair & Care - Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff

Coat Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight Fine Rough
Colors Red Fawn White Black Brown Fawn Brown White Black Fawn Red Brindle
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Akitas are heavy shedders.
American Bulldogs shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff

Temperament Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective Affectionate Courageous Gentle Going Alert Energetic Loving Social Alert Courageous Docile Loyal Reliable Calm Devoted Powerful Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: American Bulldog's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Akitas are easy to train.
American Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Bulldog is a playful breed.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
American Bulldogs are a social breed.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The American Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Bulldogs have lower than 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 Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
American Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
American Bulldogs 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.
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
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs 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
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
American Bulldogs 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.
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 - Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff

Stranger Friendly
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
American Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Bulldogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akitas are generally with other pets.
American Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Bulldogs 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Bulldog 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 - Akita vs American Bulldog vs Bullmastiff

Health Issues
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Bulldogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis Allergies Cancer Cherry Eye Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Cancer Entropion Heart Problems Hemangiosarcoma Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Lymphosarcoma Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
American Bulldogs have an average exercise need.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
American Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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 Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The American Bulldog 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 - Akita vs American Bulldog 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 3-12 puppies 7-14 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8

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