The Clash of the Titans: Sarplaninac vs Pitbull

Welcome to the ultimate showdown between two powerful dog breeds – Sarplaninac and Pitbull.

In this blog post, you won’t find easily verifiable data on weight, height, bite force, or country of origin because we’re not interested in just facts and figures.

Instead, we’re going to delve deeper and explore the temperament, behavior, and overall characteristics of these breeds.

As someone who grew up with Sarplaninac dogs and had the opportunity to interact with Pitbulls and American Staffordshire Terriers, I will share my personal experiences and observations to provide a comprehensive analysis of these dogs.

Get ready to discover what makes Sarplaninac and Pitbull breeds truly special.

American Staffordshire Terrier vs  Pit Bull Terrier

Interestingly, Pit Bull Terriers are not recognized by the FCI as a breed, making it difficult to determine their standard.

On the other hand, the American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club), but not the American Staffordshire Terrier!

The pit bull terrier evolved from the bulldog in combination with many other terrier breeds. It has a standard almost identical to the American Staffordshire Terrier, except for the lack of specific height and weight limits for the breed. Instead, the only requirement is that the dog is proportional.

“The American Pit Bull Terrier must be both powerful and agile; overall balance and the correct proportion of weight to height, therefore, is far more important than the dog’s actual weight and/or height.”

In comparison, the Staffordshire Terrier has a slightly narrower front leg stance and less musculature in the shoulder girdle.

Despite their subtle differences in appearance, many scientists believe that based on genetic research, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Pit Bull Terrier are the same dogs.

This conclusion may stem from the fact that these two breeds have almost identical origins. In some countries, the standards for each of these breeds differ, making it possible for them to be exhibited together under the same name.

In contrast, other countries consider them to be completely different breeds that also differ significantly in size.[1]

Sarplaninac and 2 American Staffordshire Terrier Dogs

My former elementary school music teacher became the proud owner of a beautiful dog named Car (eng. “Emperor“). As soon as I saw them together, I could tell that they had a special bond that only comes from years of companionship and trust.

I was struck by the way Car followed his owner’s every move and looked up at him with admiration and love. Inspired by their relationship, I had the idea to make a video for my YouTube channel.

My teacher was thrilled at the opportunity, and we set out to find the perfect locations in the city!

As we shot the video, I was amazed by Car’s incredible agility and impressive jumping skills. It was a well-trained dog, responding obediently to its owner’s every command.

Seeing them interact so seamlessly made me appreciate the power of the human-dog bond even more.

Second Dog?

The second furry friend in question is a female dog who was once under threat of being put down.

An (un)known person had trespassed into her property and she had reacted aggressively. The case went to court!

Thanks to our friend’s efforts, she was rescued and taken to his home.

However, as soon as she arrived, another challenge emerged – introducing her to the sarplaninac Meda (a dog from our kennel).

Our friend was afraid that the new dog might harm Meda, given her previous experience with aggressive behavior.

This brought a smile to my face!

To solve the issue, my father decided to bring the two dogs together and help them bond. The first step was to get both dogs out of their yard, and you can see how it all went down in the video below.

Sarplaninac and American Pit Bull Terrier

One day, my father came to my apartment with some surprising news: we were going to shoot a video with a pit bull.

I have to admit, I was shocked.

I had the wrong impression of these dogs. When I heard “pit bull”, my mind jumped to “dog fight” – aggression, strength, and all sorts of negative stereotypes.

The local media only seemed to reinforce this negative image, with constant reports of pit bull attacks and vicious behavior.

However, I soon learned that these stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, pit bulls can be loyal, loving, and playful pets when properly trained and socialized.

My father asked me which dog we should take for a walk, and I suggested a young pup from our kennel.

There were two reasons for this choice: first, we had received criticism for our previous video featuring our “Sarplaninac Rex and American Bully Tyson”, and second, it would be a great opportunity for socialization.

My Opinion About Pit Bull Terriers

First and foremost, I’d like to highlight a few things I appreciate about this dog: its rugged facial features, impressive speed and agility, and the way the collar stands out around its neck due to its short hair.

The latter is something I wish we could see in Sarplaninac, but unfortunately, it’s not possible.

However, one thing I’m not fond of is the heavy emphasis on the purple color around the dog’s lips. I am thinking of the dogs I have seen in person!

A stable character is implied and it has nothing to do with the breed of dog but depends on the owner and the socialization process.


Every dog, regardless of breed, has the potential to be a wonderful and loving companion!

Unfortunately, some breeds, like the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Sarplaninac, have been unfairly stigmatized and even blacklisted in certain countries.

It is important to realize that a dog’s behavior and temperament are largely dependent on its upbringing, socialization, and the behavior of its owner.

Rather than blaming specific breeds, we should focus on responsible ownership and education to prevent any incidents.

At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner!


My name is Alen Stefanovic, and I am the founder and administrator of the website "Awesome Sarplaninac". As an economist-trade manager, and web designer, I have a passion for the Sarplaninac breed (number 1 dogs for me). My father has been breeding these dogs since 1990, and through the website, I aim to share valuable information about nutrition, care, and training for both puppies and adult dogs. Whether you're a new or experienced owner, you'll find plenty of helpful tips and resources on the site. Welcome to "Sarplaninac FCI 4302", and I wish you a pleasant stay.

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