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Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff" Compare Argentine Dogo and American Pit Bull Terrier. Which is better: Argentine Dogo or American Pit Bull Terrier or Bullmastiff?
Name Argentine Dogo American Pit Bull Terrier Bullmastiff
OriginsArgentina United States England
Group Guard Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank39033651
Reviews150
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Other Names Argentine Dog, Argentine Mastiff APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Bully, Bullie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Federacion Cinologica Argentina
Backwoods Bulldog Club
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
Price $2800-$5000 $500-$700 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Hair & Care - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff

Coat Fine Fine Rough
Colors White Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Fawn
Red
Brindle
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Argentine Dogo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Argentine Dogos shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff

Temperament Sociable
Loyal
Protective
Tolerant
Loving
Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Alert
Courageous
Docile
Loyal
Reliable
Calm
Devoted
Powerful
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Argentine Dogo's has great intelligence.
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Argentine Dogos are quite easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Argentine Dogos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Argentine Dogos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Argentine Dogos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Argentine Dogos need for social interaction is average.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Argentine Dogo rarely barks.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Argentine Dogos are one of the best watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Argentine Dogos are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Argentine Dogo has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Argentine Dogos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong 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 Argentine Dogo is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Argentine Dogos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
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
Argentine Dogos are not apartment-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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
Argentine Dogos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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 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.
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 - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff

Stranger Friendly
Argentine Dogos are not stranger friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Argentine Dogos are average friendly dogs towards children.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Argentine Dogos are not cat-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Argentine Dogos are not dog-friendly.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Argentine Dogo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Argentine Dogos are commonly okay with elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Argentine Dogos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Argentine Dogos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
American Pit Bull Terriers 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.
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.
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
Argentine Dogo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier 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 Yes
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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Bullmastiff

Health Issues
Argentine Dogos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies
Cancer
Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Cancer
Entropion
Heart Problems
Hemangiosarcoma
Hypothyroidism
Kidney Issues
Lymphosarcoma
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Argentine Dogos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Argentine Dogos need quite a lot of exercise.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Argentine Dogos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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 Argentine Dogo has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Argentine Dogo is an average drooler.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
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 - Argentine Dogo vs American Pit Bull Terrier 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 4-8 puppies 5-8 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8

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