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Male Vs. Female Pit Bull

By Ticara Gailliard | Updated September 26, 2017

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American pit bull terriers, or simply pit bulls, are good family dogs known for loyalty and intelligence. When considering a pit bull for your home, take into account the differences between males and females of the breed. Each sex has its perks and downsides.



Male pit bulls tend to be somewhat larger on average than female pit bulls, though female pits may have a longer body. Males are usually between 35 and 60 pounds, whereas females are between 30 and 50 pounds.

Skeletal Structure


While both sexes exhibit the classic broad pit bull skill, the heads of pit bull males are usually a bit wider than females.

Marking and Heat


Males of this breed, if not neutered, may mark their territory throughout your home. Non-spayed females don't mark territory, but they do experience a heat cycle twice a year.

Dog Aggression


Though pit bulls can have increased aggression toward other dogs, female pit bulls are less likely to fight with other dogs than their male counterparts. This is especially true if the dogs aren't neutered.

Human Aggression


Pit bulls are, on average, not aggressive toward people. However, those that have bitten humans have tended to be non-neutered males.

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Ticara Gailliard is a college graduate with a degree in communications/film and video production from the University of Memphis. She has been a writer for over 15 years and has been published in local writing magazines such as "Grandmother Earth." She also edited two books for her high school.