Pit Bull Lifespan: How Long Do Pit Bulls Live?

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Updated: April 20, 2023
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Key Points:

  • The lifespan of a pit bull depends on what specific crossbreed it is.
  • The minimum number of years they live is eight years.
  • However, most breeds live a maximum of years ranging between 14 -16 years.

Pit bull is not a dog breed; it is a group of dog breeds that evolved from bulldog-terrier crossbreeds. The American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bully are the main pit bull breeds.

Pit bulls are widely misunderstood due to careless owners, sensationalist media, and myths. As a result, breed-specific legislation (BSL) has sprung up in places across America, restricting or banning pit bulls as pets. Pit bulls are even banned in many Canadian communities and towns. However, pit bulls are known to be fantastic companions in a caring and supportive environment.

If you are thinking about adopting a pit bull, one of the most common inquiries is “how long do pit bulls live?” This article will cover everything from the lifespan of the pit bull to factors impacting pit bull’s lifespan. Let’s begin!

American Pitbull Terrier

The American Pitbull Terrier Lifespan is 8 to 15 years


How Long Do Pit bull’s Live?

Pit bulls live between 8 and 16 years on average. Their life expectancy varies depending on the specific pit bull breed. Among the pit bull breeds, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to live the longest.

If you’re looking for a long-term companion, you can always go for a pit bull breed with a longer lifespan.

Pit bull Lifespan by Breed

The pit bull’s lifespan is broken down by breed below. American Staffordshire terriers live 12 to 16 years on average, which is the longest lifespan. However, all breeds of pit bulls have the capability of reaching into their teen years when well cared for:

Lifespan: American Pit Bull Terrier               
8 to 15 years
Lifespan: American Staffordshire Terrier               
12 to 16 years
Lifespan: Staffordshire Bull Terrier               
12 to 14 years
Lifespan: American Bully  
8 to 15 years
Pitbull lifespan by breed

How Old Was The Oldest Pit Bull to Ever Live?

American Staffordshire Terrier running through the leaves


American Staffordshire Terrier

Lifespan is 12 to 16 years


Max, a pit bull from Louisiana, lived the longest of any pit bull ever documented. Max had a long and healthy life, dying at the age of twenty-six. Max was a terrier crossbreed but still qualified as a Pitbull.

According to various reports, pit bulls can live into their twenties and beyond, proving that pit bulls are more resilient than previously thought.

Factors That Impact Pit Bull Lifespan


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Lifespan is 12 to 14 years

©Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com

Pitbull lifespan is influenced by a variety of variables, including:

Underlying Health Issues

A dog’s general health is determined by genetics. Buying a pit bull from a trustworthy breeder is advised. To assure that their puppies are genetically sound, they do DNA screening on all their parent dogs. You should have your puppy evaluated for underlying health issues if you plan to adopt instead.

From the first few months of life, pit bull owners should be aware of their pet’s health. Despite this, pit bull’s still have health difficulties that aren’t genetically based.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying/neutering affects a dog’s longevity. In general, spayed/neutered dogs have fewer health issues such as prostate cancer, pyometra, and intestinal issues. If you do not intend to breed your pit bull, have it spayed or neutered when it reaches the appropriate age. This increases the pit bull’s longevity.


Exercise is important for your dog’s longevity; owners are advised to keep their dogs active and moving. Taking frequent walks, vigorous workouts like climbs and swimming, or even a fast game of fetch will help. But don’t overwork your pit bull! Also, make sure your pit drinks adequate water after every walk.


Diet is one of the elements affecting pit bull’s longevity. Give your dog the correct kind of food to keep their diet in check. You may need to examine the labels of every dog food to locate the right one for them. Homemade dog food and treats are occasionally good options. To find the ideal diet for your pit bull, visit a dog nutritionist.

American bully puppy with two paws on ledge

The American Bully Lifespan is 8 to 15 years



Gray and white American bully pocket on grass

Leashing your pitbull when it is outside, and placing it in a fully enclosed, secure area can keep it safe. However, you will also need to check on it regularly

©Rock City Kennels / CC BY 2.0 – License

Outdoor dogs live shorter lives than indoor dogs. Outdoor dogs are more prone to accidents, dog fights, and other mishaps. Exposed dogs are also thought to be more susceptible to disease. Indoor dogs are less prone to accidents or diseases.

When your dog is outside, keep them on a secure leash. If left unattended, make sure they are in a secured area that is fully enclosed or fenced in and monitor it frequently.

Never leave your dog unattended too long, especially overnight. If your dog gets heatstroke or hypothermia, the longer it goes untreated, the worse it gets. Always check on your dog to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Lots of Love!

Dogs are affectionate creatures and love giving kisses and cuddles. Respect their value with your own love and treat them with the respect they deserve.

Talk to your pit bull. Even if they don’t understand you, is a terrific way to show them attention and their familiarity with your tone and voice can be extremely comforting.

Let your pit bull spend as much time with you as possible if you want them to feel like family!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © NDanko/Shutterstock.com

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Jennifer Gaeng is a writer at A-Z-Animals focused on animals, lakes, and fishing. With over 15 years of collective experience in writing and researching, Jennifer has honed her skills in various niches, including nature, animals, family care, and self-care. Hailing from Missouri, Jennifer finds inspiration in spending quality time with her loved ones. Her creative spirit extends beyond her writing endeavors, as she finds joy in the art of drawing and immersing herself in the beauty of nature.

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