Difference Between Pit Bulls and Boxers

The Boxer and Pit Bulls (popularly known as American Pit bull Terriers) might obviously look different, but they are quite similar when it comes to their temperament. Both dogs are energetic and will always try to entertain and please their owners. These dogs are great family companions since both have a lot of love to give.


While both dogs are bred to become hunting dogs in the past, they have differing histories. Pit Bulls were the result of combining Old English Bulldogs and Terriers during the bull-baiting era in the 19th Century. When the cruel bloodsport was outlawed in 1835, these dogs were converted into farm dogs helping farmers in herding cattles and guarding the farm against wild animals. During the world war, Pit Bulls became the symbol of patriotism, loyalty, and courage.

On the other hand, the Boxer came from a larger, but now extinct breed, known as the ‘Bullenbeisser.’ Because they are powerful dogs, they were used for hunting bull and wild boar in the late 19th Century in Germany. However, when the German wanted a more slender and agile dog, the Bullenbeisser was crossed breed to an undocumented dog, and so the Boxer was born. They were named Boxer because of the way they use their front limbs to defend themselves in a fight, very much like a boxer does!


When it comes to their appearances, it is quite easy to tell the difference between these two dogs. The average male Pit bull will measure between 18 to 21 inches in height, whereas the average male Boxer will measure between 23 to 25 inches. Since the Pit bull is smaller, their weight has a huge difference. The average male Pit bull weighs between 35 to 65 pounds, whereas the average male Boxer will weigh more between 65 to 80 pounds.

Both breeds have a similar thick and square-shaped body. Having said that, it makes it easier for owners to put on dog clothes or Cuban dog collar. Both have a deep barreled chest and a skinny waist. However, the Boxer has bigger ears than the Pit bulls. The Boxer’s face is rounder, while the Pit bull has a squarer face with a longer muzzle. The Boxer’s lower jaw is much longer than his upper jaw that gives the dog a unique facial appearance.


As mentioned earlier, both dogs have similar temperaments. Both are incredibly sociable dogs, which make them excellent family pets. They love to travel and play outdoors since both of them are very bouncy and extremely energetic. Pit bulls are known for being gentle to children. In fact, Pit bulls are also popularly known for being the ‘nanny dog'.

Boxers, on the other hand, are very protective of their owners, especially when there are strangers around. Sometimes, Boxers will be suspicious and will bark at strangers until their owners welcome them. Having said that, Boxers are better guard dogs than Pit bulls. However, it is also important to remember that both Pit bulls and Boxers will chase unknown animals such as squirrels due to their higher prey drive.

Final Thought

Both the Pit bull and Boxer are excellent family dogs. Both of them are friendly and affectionate with every member of the family. They need a lot of daily exercises and mental stimulation and would not cope well in a sedentary lifestyle.