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Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier" Compare Yorkshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Which is better: Yorkshire Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Name Yorkshire Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier
OriginsEngland England United States
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank982336
Reviews374
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Other Names Yorkie Staffy, Staff, SBT, Stafford, Staffy Bull APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1974 as a Terrier breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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
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
Price $600-$1000 $1500-$2000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Size Small Medium Medium
Weight 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) Males 25-38 pounds (11-17 kg), Female: 23-35 pounds (10-16 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Avg. Weight 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) Males 31.5 pounds (14 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Avg. Height 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Coat Fine Smooth Fine
Colors Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
Brindle
Red
Blue
Fawn
White
Black
Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed none to minimal.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Temperament Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Bold
Fearless
Reliable
Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Average: Staffordshire Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are quite easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Yorkshire Terriers 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
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a social breed.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier barks none to minimal.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are average defenders.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Yorkshire Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Yorkshire Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 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.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Yorkshire Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Staffordshire 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.
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.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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

Health Issues
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
Cataracts
Distichiasis
Mastocytoma
Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-14 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an average drooler.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Yorkshire Terrier vs Staffordshire Bull Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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 4-6 puppies 5-7 puppies 5-8 puppies

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