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American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever" Compare American Pit Bull Terrier and Giant Schnauzer. Which is better: American Pit Bull Terrier or Giant Schnauzer or Golden Retriever?
Name American Pit Bull Terrier Giant Schnauzer Golden Retriever
OriginsUnited States Germany Scotland
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank336803
Reviews323
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Other Names APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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 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
Price $500-$700 $1000-$1500 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

Size Medium Giant Large
Weight 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

Coat Fine Wiry Silky Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors Blue Gray White Tan Brown Red Yellow Black Pepper Salt Black Golden Light
Grooming
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Affectionate Clownish Friendly Loyal Strong Willed Aggressive Courageous Intelligent Obedient Stubborn Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful 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.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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 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.
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.
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.
Yes
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
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

Health Issues
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Skin Allergies Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - American Pit Bull Terrier vs Giant Schnauzer vs Golden Retriever

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 5-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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