We beleive that education is the resolution to all of the negative problems, attention, images and myths that the American Pit Bull Terriers has become victimized to.
THE HUNGER & QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE
When researching the APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier) with the quest for knowledge on the breed be sure that you are obtaining information from either the pioneers of this breed or a renowned dog man or woman, whom dog experience has plaid a dramatic role in the breed and its history. Don't read most new age books, they don't respect the way our breed originally derived to the point they'd prefer ignorance instead of peering into the pitbull original producers design plans & prints, thus not truly knowing the breed! They are basically on the outside looking in, the backseat driver or the bench player spewing their uneducated opinions, or their knowledge of dogs in general when true apbt owners agree there’s no dog like and APBT.
Read quality dog men, women & fancier books because they or people like them engineered and designed this breed they know it better than anyone else.
Although we may not agree with everything these people write we can recommend you a few good authors, Richard F Stratton, Diane Jessup, Louis B Colby etc.
Good reading Material, The PITBULL BIBLE, all Richard F Stratton books, all books from the Colby family, The WORKING PITBULL book, the ADBA gazette, the sporting dog journals etc.
Common apbt illnesses are cancer, parvo, mastitis, pyometra, canine eclampsia hypocalcemia (milk fever), prolapsed uterus, kennel cough, lyme disease, hip dysplasia, babesia & valley fever depending on your living location etc. Common parasites are worms types such as heart worms, round worms & mites, flees and ticks. Be cautious of areas where foxtales grow, or toxic plants.
Commonly use medications, penicillin, parvaid, tea tree oil, pet balm, liquid dewormer, etc.
Snake bites were once very common for our breed most pits would get sick after a bite but recover without treatment. Originally the pit bull was a pretty hardy almost disease proof animal, the results of being bred for extremes like hardiness and high pain tolerance. Once our breed could either tolerate or be unaffected by illnesses like distemper or parvo. Today this has drastically changed in most apbt lines due to people diluting the blood & changing the true purpose of the dogs, breeding for the wrong reasons.
OUR PLEDGE TO THE BREED
WE PLEDGE TO TAKE A STAND!
A.M.P. KENNELS IS & ALWAYS WILL BE A PUREBRED AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS KENNELS & BEING WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED US TO DEDICATE OUR CORPERATION TO THE TASK OF EDUCATING OURSELVES, EMPLOYEES, ASSOCIATES, CUSTOMERS & THE PUBLIC ON THE BREED. DURING OUR EDUCATIONAL/LEARNING PROCESS WITH THE COMBINATION OF HANDS ON, READING THE RIGHT MATERIAL & STARTING AS PRODEGES TAKING IN QUALITY INFORMATION FROM RENOWNED MENTORS WE WERE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THE BREED AND ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE OF THE BREEDS CONFORMATION DEFFINITION.
WHAT THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER IS!
A product of its origin, the American Pit bull Terrier is an ultimate athletic performance dog, with perfect use of its every distinctive feature for example, wide deep chest, large heads, strong jaws, muscular strait legs & powerful necks. All of these pronouced, evolved & enhanced features were crucial to the APBT being the successful form & make up of the ultimate dog warrior. Fighting made the pitbull the ultimate athlete because of the competition factor, there is no physical challange as extreme for the pitbull as fighting its own mirror image, its own replica, another athletic living thinking dog capable of doing everything the other was capable of, this made merely being an athlete not enough, they had to be selectively bred, evolve & improve to be better than athletes of their own kind resulting in them becoming super athletes. Today the APBT original task which in the old days was pit fighting and baiting vicious & large animals, have been removed from the present APBT lifestyle, never the less hundreds of years of a harsh/intense history & competitive selective breeding has permanently shaped these dogs as the most fearless & powerful athletes in the dog world, a title that the true breed will always hold.
WHAT THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER IS NOT
This sections text is subscribed mainly for false AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER BREEDERS MAINLY FOUND UNDER THE NICK NAME (the bully nation and or bully breeders)! These people are notorious for breeding dogs that are very short, wide, obese with huge oversized heads & necks, huge chest, fat stubby legs often bowed out at elbows, often two different color eyes, possessing both over bites & under bites, short muzzled brachycephalic, unconditioned/un athletic dogs which resemble and could be the cross of a (Staffie) or Staffordshire bull terrier and English bulldog.
The Bully Nation Breeders, their practice of breeding to no professional pit bull standard which is not breeding at all! Their method consist of basically just mixing and stirring a pot of rejects & different dog breeds, Fraudulently hanging (falsely claiming a dog to be the identity of a different dog on registration papers) papers, producing mutts and mongrels doomed & bred to be purposeless, bred without standard guideline and boundaries with conformation obviously very far from the standards of the real American Pit Bull Terrier. Breeding dogs for all the wrong reasons, color, size, etc, Taking away the apbt's true purpose and identity experimenting creating potentially human dangerous animals, with the audacity to claim their dogs as AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS so we take the blame for all the malfunctions and lash outs of these hazardous mongrels. Contamination is the problem they are crossing pit bulls with bulldogs and mastiffs of all types and as a result there are more pit attacks on the news than ever before with the true criminals being only part PIT or incorrectly bred pits. To mix a non human aggressive pure pit bull, a breed containing a level of power and ability naturally designed to house that power and ability with a different breed that may naturally be human aggressive is a huge mistake and often results in offspring that are not aware of its inherited power and not against using it on humans.
BASICALLY BULLIES NORMALLY DON'T MEET THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER'S CONFIRMATION DUE TO NOT BEING PURE.
RESPECT THE HERITAGE
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT BEING A BREEDER OF THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER (APBT) IS THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OR RESPECT FOR THE WAY IT CAME TO BE THAN YOU SHOULDN'T CONSIDER BEING INVOLVED WITH THIS BREED! RESPECT THE HERITAGE BECAUSE IT IS WHAT MADE THE ULTIMATE DOG RATHER WE AGREE WITH THE WAYS OF THE PAST OR NOT. WE HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE PAST SHAPED THESE SUPERDOGS, WHICH ARE FEARLESS & LOYAL ABOVE ALL OTHER BREEDS. THEY ALSO HAVE THE DESIRED TO PLEASE WITH NO LIMITATIONS, LACK OF SELF PRESERVATION INSTINCT, & PHYSICALLY UNMATCHED IN ATHELETIC ABILITY.
You must first accept the APBT for what it is, so you can truly embrace and understand its nature thus being always able to read & predict your dogs. Attempting to help or assist anything that you don’t accept or understand often does more harm than good simply because your trying to help the wrong way.
ONE IMPORTANT FACT TO REMEMBER IS THAT FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION & THATS WHAT THE AMERICAN BULLY INDUSTRY HAS TRIED TO REVERSE! THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER'S FORM EVOLVED DUE TO THE TASK OF BEING A WARRIOR. FURTHERMORE, HAVING A POWERFUL HEAD, NECK & JAWS A SLEEK ATHELETIC BODY FRAME IS WHAT A WARRIOR NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THEY WERE NEVER BRED TO HAVE A SHORT STUBBY BODY, A BIG SLOPPY HEAD OR A CHEST THAT TOUCHES THE GROUND. THIS IS DUE TO AMATURE BREEDERS CREATING SOMETHING THAT HAS NO PURPOSE, COMPLETELY GOING AGAINST WHAT AN APBT IS WHICH IS FAR FROM WHAT YOU SEE IN AMERICAN BULLIES, HENCE THATS WHY THEY HAD TO CHANGE THE NAME FROM AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER TO AMERICAN BULLY . LASTLY, IF YOU WANT YOUR DOG BUILT FOR CERTAIN TASKS SUCH AS WEIGHTPULLING BREED FOR THIS TASK-JOB AND AFTER MANY GENERATIONS THEIR BODIES WILL EVOLVE JUST TO SUITE ITS TASK!!!!!
IF YOUR INTO DOG REHABILITATION MAKE SURE YOU AREN'T TRYING TO REHABILITATE AGAINST THE NATURAL NATURE OF WHAT THE BREED WAS CREATED & BRED TO DO. IN OTHER WORDS DON'T BE MAD AT A HOUND FOR TRACKING, A LABRADOR RETRIEVER FOR RETRIEVING OR GERMAN MAN STOPPER DOGS SUCH AS THE ROTTWIELER, DOBERMAN PINSCHER OR GERMAN SHEPHERD FOR ATTACKING OR AN AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER FOR HAVING AGGRESSION TOWARDS OTHER ANIMALS IT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN BRED TO DO FOR MORE THAN HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
ON THAT NOTE EARLY EXSPOSURE IS THE KEY FOR HAVING OTHER PETS OR ANIMALS AROUND YOUR APBT, IF THERE RAISED TOGETHER THEY'LL STAY TOGETHER
WORLD MOST POWERFUL DOG BREED
MEET THE WORLDS STRONGEST DOG BREED! It is a Fact that this breed is the strongest breed in the world, this is proven simply because the American Pit Bull Terrier is the only Breed in the World that can pull OVER 100 times it's own body weight. For example, to pull 30 times its body weight a 50lb APBT with decent strength & health will pull 1,500lbs.What this means that in any weight class healthy our breed is physically superior with power/strength per pounds than all other breed, MORE MIGHTY THAN ANY DOG IN THE SAME WEIGHT CLASS! This breed is also the only 100percent fearless breed of dog know to man. It's simply the bravest due to it's original warrior past of fighting and baiting. It's bred for a unmatched level of gameness which makes it truely superior to and set a part from all other breeds. Gameness is the instinct that says I will die before I give up, I will never quit at any task or challenge. But the true gameness instinct over powers other instincts, resulting in a lack of self preservation instinct which makes them focus on their task to the level that they care more about completing the task than their own well being and the risk of damage & injury to their own bodies that may be associated with a task such as catching a wild boar!
Brief description on how AMP bloodline derived, the founders of the AMP bloodline selected the best show lines, weight pull lines and original game lines to after many selective breeding generations produce one hybrid super line capable of dominating the needs of all working dog competitions. While breeding performance dogs they focused on also breeding human, loyal and submissive dogs with no human aggression. The methods of breeding that were use were line breeding mainly & some in-breeding for over 7 generations.
Game Bred animals can/often become territorial/aggressive against other animals usually of the same gender as soon as they reach sexual maturity. This is genetics and often happens with out any forms of training or exposure.
The way you control these natural tendencies is by prompt corrections and reading the animal's body language and expecting it to do what comes natural
Limit your animal to only positive exposures with other animals, although this doesn't guaranteed an accidental dispute won't happen, it may reduce the levels of intensity in an accident.
This is why it's ignorant to make a statement such as those people are training/forcing an animal to fight. A game bred animal needs no encouragement to assert dominance in fact the only way to enhance a game bred animals desire to fight is not by training/forcing it's to breed that desire into them, that's why animal fighters focus on conditioning to reach it's conditioned shape.
Animals fighters are selecting the animals that show the most desire to fight not the ones that don't, it is impossible to force desire and no one would bet on an animal that didn't show desire for fear of losing a wager.
FIGHTING DOG MATCHES WERE INDEED CRUEL BUT DOGS VERY RARELY ACTUALLY DIED IN THE PIT, MOST WERE CULLED OR PUT DOWN BY THEIR BREEDERS FOR A LACK OF GAMENESS OR NOT MEETING TRUE APBT STANDARDS WHICH IS TO BE PROVEN GAME. ALL PROFESSIONAL BREEDERS PRACTICE CULLING WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY WE HAVE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SPECIFIC TASK SUITED ANIMALS. CULLING IS NOT NECESSARILY PUTTING AN ANIMAL DOWN, HOW EVER IT IS TO ELIMINATE ANIMALS WITH UNDESIRABLE TRAITS FROM PASSING ON THOSE UNDESIRABLE TRAITS, SIMILAR TO A CRIPPLED RACEHORSE BEING SENT AWAY TO BECOME GLUE OR A GREYHOUND BEING PUT DOWN FOR NOT BEING UP TO STANDARD OR RACING QUALITY.
THINK ABOUT IT HOW CAN THEY EARN A REP OR MAKE MONEY IF THEIR FIGHTERS DIE EVERY TIME THEY FIGHT. THE MEDIA ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION WAS THAT FIGHTING DOGS ARE BRED TO BE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY & RESPECTFUL TOWARDS PEOPLE. BACK THEN, DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF DOGFIGHTING EVENTS & HAVING DOGS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO HUNDREDS OF STRANGERS INCLUDING THE REFS & HANDLERS INVOLVED WITH THE ACTIVITIES, IT WAS A MUST TO HAVE SUBMISSIVE DOGS. THIS MEANS THAT DOGS COULDNT HAVE A STICH OF HUMAN AGGRESSION EVEN IF THEY WERE IN EXTREME PAIN. THIS IS WHY WHEN POLICE RAID ILLEGAL DOG FIGHING RINGS THEY NEVER ARE BITTEN .
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF AGGRESSION, WHICH ARE PEOPLE AGGRESSION AND THERES ANIMAL AGGRESSION & THEY GENERALLY DO NOT MIX. DOGS THAT ARE NATURALLY AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS OTHER DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS GENERALLY DON'T-WONT BITE A HUMAN BUT DOGS THAT BITE PEOPLE GENERALLY WILL NOT FIGHT WITH OTHER DOGS OR BE CONSIDERED CURS. THIS IS THE REASON IT'S A CHALLANGE TO MAKE THE APBT A DECENT GUARD DOG BECAUSE GUARDING AGAINST HUMANS IS AGAINST THEIR NATURAL NATURE OF BEING ANTI HUMAN AGGRESSIVE.
SOME REALISTIC SOLUTIONS TO THE PITBULL BREEDING PROBLEM & EPIDEMIC
While adopting out and rescuing stray unpapered pit bull type dogs is indeed a good deed and kind compassionate gesture, ultimately it does more for individual stray dogs and realistically will never result in saving our breed simply because they’re not a true representative of the breed and no professional apbt breeder would and should ever use a stray undocumented dog for a professional standard breeding program. Only correct purebred papered APBT can affect the outcome of saving the breed because they are guaranteed the breed. A dog is only as valuable as the efforts that the breeder of that dog put into preserving its family registration documentation (keeping up with its registration paper work), If a dog has no registration papers it is safe to assume that it is either not purebred or even if it is pure bred and no one cared enough to keep up with the paper work it probably came from a very low quality bloodline no one felt was worth preserving. Either way if you’re looking to own a pit bull only a quality pure papered pit bull is an accurate representative of the breed. The chances of seeing champion bred dogs running loose are extremely rare because they are very valuable to their owners.
Never be tricked into buying or paying for an unpapered dog, they’re at every dog pound and shelter basically for free. We understand and respect that some people don’t care if a dog is pure or not and may just be animals lover in general or pet people, never the less the safest, most predictable and stable dog is always going to be the dog whom family tree and genetics you are aware of.
True and realistic solutions are to always maintain total control, to keep your dog properly contained with no chances of breakouts or slip ups. Every time a dog is out of sight it should be kept in a clean comfortable enclosed kennel with sturdy impenetrable sides a top and bottom with a locking mechanism on the entrance, plenty of shelter, food and water other options are unbreakable proper cable & chain runs (unfixed anchoring core). Dogs are like teenage kids if they’re allowed to roam unchecked they’ll often get into trouble.
More solutions are to allow only strict professional selective breeding programs to exist programs that only allow the reproduction of the finest representative of our breed and it standards and bans the breeding of low quality uncharacterized pit bulls. All APBT's must be bred for a realistic, legit working purpose and not just to make a profit or because it looks good.
We believe one the most important pit bull saving tools of all is probably for more people to utilize the pit bulls for more positive jobs, activities and roles in society such as search and rescue, narcotics service dogs, seeing eye dogs, etc. Of course all the fun apbt competitions and shows also aid to showcase the talents as well.
While APBT’s make the best pets of all time, we feel you and your pet will be the happiest and most fulfilled if you had a team activities to participate in. APBT’s may make great stuffed animals and couch potatoes but they are a working breed and are the happiest not just being a pet but being a co- worker & partner, ultimately they live for making you proud and pleasing you. Having a job and routine also greatly reduces destructive behavior which is usually cause by boredom.
HERE AT AMP KENNELS WE BREED, RAISE, TRAIN, SHOW AND SELL ALL FLAVORS OF THIS BREED. WE POSSESS BLACKNOSE, REDNOSE, BLUENOSE, YOU NAME IT, WE GOT IT! WE TRUELY BELIEVE THAT THE COLOR IS JUST THEIR COMPLECTION LIKE LIGHTSKIN & DARKSKIN HUMAN BEINGS & NOTHING MORE. THEY ARE THE SAME & THEIR SHADE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHATS ON THE INSIDE, (HEART). THERES ONE BREED THAT THE WRITTEN STANDARD ACCEPTS EVERY COMPLECTION & THATS THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER. THAT MEANS ALL DIFFERENT COLORED APBT'S ARE JUST FAMILY/BLOODLINE COMPLECTION WHICH DOMINATE GENES THAT BREEDERS OF THEIR BLOODLINES SELECTED AND USE UNTIL IT WAS COMMON IN THEIR OWN BLOODLINES. EVERY BREEDER HAD A COLOR PREFERENCE THAT HE OR SHE STUCK TO UNTIL THEY HAD THAT COLOR DOMINATE IN MANY GENERATIONS FOR EXAMPLE OLD FAMILY REDNOSE- RED DOGS OR CHINAMANS &GATORS-BLACK DOGS OR COLBY'S BINDLE &WHITE OF TAN/COLBY RED AND WHITE DOGS.
THIS IS WHY EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE REDNOSE DOGS WILL HAVE BLUE PUPPIES OR BLUENOSE DOGS WILL HAVE REDNOSE AND NOSE PUPPIES OR BLACK DOGS WILL HAVE BLUENOSE OR REDNOSE PUPS AND VISE VERSA. BECAUSE THERE THE SAME THING!!!!
ALL OUR DOGS ARE DUAL REGISTERED U.K.C. & A.D.B.A APBT'S OR AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS.
ALL DOGS ARE DUAL REGISTER WITH THE UNITED KENNEL CLUB AND AMERICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION.
We are Breeding For Temperament/Good Nature, Conformation/Structure, Color, and gameness/drive and intelligence. The true breed is already perfect but if we can we just want to preserve and better it!
WE PLAN TO SLOWLY BUT ASAP REVEAL TO THE WORLD THE TRUE AND POSITIVE IMAGE OF THIS BREED THAT MOST OF THE WORLD HAS BEEN BLINDED OF SEEING!
This is the reason why we created Hybrid ability made pits. There are many APBT bloodlines for different competitioin classifications, for example there are game bloodlines for the original fighting dog strains and qualities, there are show bloodlines for the American Pit Bull Terrier's true conformation structure and standards and there are weight pulling bloodlines for weight pulling competitions. All these different bloodlines and the many others we didn't mention have mastered and dominate there classifications but most tend to lack talent in the other classifications, categories and competitions due to being greatly and strickly bred for a specific task. Having had the life time and expearience with all different category bloodlines we notice that what we really desired was the best of all bloodlines purposes and classifications in one total complete package. The first thing that became very clear was that it is very difficult to creat dogs that would give there all but were very handler responsive and would listen in any situation. We saw that game bred dogs had all the gameness drive and fire anyone could ever ask for but weren't very handler responsive when in a heated zone such as catching and holding a wild boar and show bred dogs were very handler responsive but lacked the fire, drive and gameness that's common to game bred lines, we also noticed that schuzthound police trained pit bull attack dogs held thier full potential, strength, power and biting ability back while attacking the suited trainers and those dogs that didn't hold back and gave their all would slip into that level of task focused so deeply that they were out of focus of their handlers which we determined was cause by a combination of a few strong traits in the APBT genetic makeup one being bred with an anti aggression nature towards humans and the other was lacking that source which motivated them to go harder against competition in their original past which was pain, frustration and aggrivation. You see in a past original competitions when their competition inflicted pain on them the only way to stop it or get through it was to inflict more pain and fight harder than its competition rather a bull or another dog, the frustation and aggrivation kept them thirsting for their revenge, opertunity and chance while helpless in the grasp where they couldn't take hold and return pain that was inflicted by their oponent. So certain classifications would require our dogs not to go against but expand their natural nature. The show world focused on breeding for their intelligents obiendience, fur coat and structure rather than their inner heart values, the gamedog breeders focused on their heart, gameness, fighting and biting ability rather than looks, and the weight pull breeders focused on their size, muscle and drive, realizing this we knew that they set the foundations for us already so we threw a blanket over all of the classifications and categories and began breeding the best of all worlds into one. Today well on our way to success we have testimonies of our dogs dominating all the different bloodline in their own fields of exsperties not because we bred them for that particular categorie its because we breed for all categories and classifications. We know that there is and will alway be thousands of breeders for Gameness, confirmation shows, weightpull competitions and all other categories but their will only be one kennel breeding for all areas that the breed can reach, what ever the breed has to offer us and that is us ABILITY MADE PIT KENNELS!
Correction over Punishment
Kendrick Robinson Quote: To correct a child or pet is an expression of love and concern, if your not concerned enough or don't care enough to correct them when they're wrong you don't care for that child or pet. If you do not correct your kids or pets life will and it will not be as lenient as you are. Theirs a huge difference between spanking a child or pet for correction from spanking a child out of anger/frustration/embarrassment which is actually fighting that child or pet.That being said since a correction is an expression of love it should never be done out of anger frustration or embarrassment it should only be done out of genuine concern and love. Corrections are meant to be done immediately, a swift repercussions for bad behavior any hesitation will leave that child or pet confuse and not knowing the reason behind the correction therefore defeating the purpose all together. Don't attempt to correct a child or pet if your angry, calm down first because both children in pets can sense feel and see your intentions and negative intentions can cause a loss of a bond, love, respect and can also cause hatred and resentment.
Canine Gestation And Breeding
Best quote of the day (The causes of the issues cannot be merely summed up by the blaming it on the act of breeders breeding, it is the conjunction of the act of the uneducated breeder breeding with the lack of necessary culling.)
We strongly do not recommend breeding, over population and unprofessional breeding is the reason this breed is in trouble today, but if you are accidently placed in that situation here is some information that may answer some of your questions.
Female dogs tend to go into heat every six months (this is why you should never breed a dog on her first heat she’s merely a pup), for some their heat cycles can be a far apart as every year. The best heat to breed a dog for the first time is usually the third heat, this one puts her at or closest to the age of 2yrs which generally is the age when she’s fully mature and developed. Heats cycles usually last three weeks, usually ten days into the heat is when she’ll be receptive and fertile to the male. After successfully mating usually Identified by a tie (two dogs tied or stuck together) canine gestation period is usually around 63days give or take some days. You can usually tell if a dog took if her cycle is cut short after she has mated. After a litter it is wise to give a dog over a year before she is bred again due to the strain wear and tear a litter causes a female dog. Never breed a dog back to back, remember they may come into heat just 6 months after their last heat which is definitely not enough time for a female dog to recover 100% from her last litter.
ADBA CONFORMATION STANDARD BREAKDOWN
DUE TO THE IMPROPER USE OF THE AMERICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION INC. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER BREED STANDARD BEING USED AS A BREED IDENTIFIER IN PROPOSED LAWS AND ORDINANCES, A BREED STANDARD USE CLAUSE WILL NOW BE A PART OF OUR AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER BREED STANDARD.
A. To truly understand any breed standard, one must know the history behind a breeds existence.
B. The purpose of a judge is the unbiased selection of quality breeding stock with true breed type.
C. The responsibility of judging is to put up the dogs that conform most to the conformation standard leaving personal bias aside.
II. Overall Appearance 20 points A. Conforming to breed type
1. Should look like an American Pit Bull Terrier from across the ring
2. Sturdy, three dimensional. Giving the impression of strength, not slight or frail.
3. Appears square, with heavy boned, solid front end with a light and springy back end.
4. Should look athletic, not bulky. Musculature should be smooth but defined.
5. Presentation of an adult dog should be of a lean, exercised animal showing a hint of rib and backbone (without hipbones
showing) with muscles firm and defined. Clean, glossy coat with short trimmed nails. Presentation of dogs in the puppy
classes should be of a well nourished puppy, showing no ribs, backbone or hips. Coat should be glossy with short, trimmed
1. Equal angulation of front and rear assembly - judged best at the trot.
2. Height to weight ratio - the tallest dog at a given weight
3. Head size in proportion to the body, with a neck long enough to have the head appear above the top of the back when head
is in a normal upright position.
1. Dog is socialized , showing interest in things around him.
2. Although some degree of dog aggressiveness is characteristic of the breed, unruly behavior will detract from the judges
ability to accurately judge an individual dogs conformation.
1. The vitality of the dogs spirit, the gloss of the dogs coat and the sharpness of the dogs eye, will exude the healthfulness of
the individual animal.
2. Colors or color patterns known to be genetically linked to health problems will be considered a serious fault . Major faults:
merle color pattern, albinism(white dog with blue or pink eyes, pink nose, lips, no pigment present on pads, rims of eyes etc.)
III. Attitude 10 points
A. Confident and alert
B. Interested in things around them, in control of their space, not threatened by anything in their surroundings.
C. Gentle with loved ones Faults: shy or timid
IV. Back end 30 points A. Loin
1. Broad and long enough to square the dog. Too short can interfere with a dogs flexibility. Too long a loin causes the dog to
carry excessive weight and affect a dogs agility and quickness..
1. Long and sloping with adequate width. This can be judged by the set of the tail, which should be low.
2. Ideal slope of hip should be 30 degrees to the ground.
C. Proportions of the back leg.
1. The femur should be of a length so that the stifle joint is proportioned in the upper 1/3 of the rear assembly.
2. The tibia-fibula is the longer bone of the rear assembly
3. The length of the metatarsal is moderate, with muscles that attach equally on each side of the bone so that the hocks move
parallel to each other, deviating neither in or out. The metatarsals bones, hock and lower part of the tibia will be light, fine
4. Rear angulation - ratio between the lengths of the bones and the muscles which attach on these bones, causes a bent stifle
which leads to a well bent hock. This contributes to the natural springiness that is desired in the rear assembly.
5. The muscle attachment is long and deep, well past the joint , which causes the muscles to appear smooth, but defined. (Not
Faults: short or flat hip, straight stifle, double jointed or slipped hock, cow hocked, bunchy muscles.
V. Front end 20 points
1. Deep and elliptical with a prominent breastbone or prosternum. From the side, the bottom of the ribcage should at least be
even with the elbow joint.
2. Well sprung at the top, tapering to the bottom, extending well back into the loin.
1. Wider than the ribcage at the 8th rib. Scapula well laid back, 45 degree or less angle to the ground, and broad and flat
allowing for adequate muscular attachment for a heavy and sturdy front end.
2. The humerus is angled at an opposite 45 degree angle and is long enough that the elbow comes to the bottom of the
ribcage, elbows lying flat against the body.
3. Forearms are slightly longer than the humerus and solid, twice the thickness of the metatarsal at the hock.
1. Small and tight, set high on pasterns.
2. Pads thick, and well built up
3. Dew claws are natural on front feet, and do not naturally occur on back legs.
Faults: barrel chest, narrow chest, fine bones, out at elbows, down in pasterns, splay feet, thin pads, back dew claws.
VI. Head and Neck 15 points A. Neck
1. Heavily muscled to the base of the skull
2. Long in length
1. Head size balanced in relationship to the rest of the body
2. 2/3 the width of the shoulders
3. Wedge shaped when viewed from the top or side, round when viewed from the front.
4. Cheeks 25% wider than the neck at the base of the skull
5. The length from the nose to the stop should equal the length from the stop to the back of the head.
6. The bridge of the muzzle is well developed. The fill in under the eyes should be wider than the head at the base of the ears.
7. The head should be deep from the top of the head to the bottom of the jaw.
8. Straight box like muzzle
9. Lips tight
10.Teeth, incisors should meet in the front in a scissor bite. Canines should be wide at the base and taper to the end, top
canines fitting tightly together behind the bottom canines. They should be sound and healthy with none missing.
11. Eyes, small and deep set. Elliptical when viewed from the front, triangular when viewed from the side.
12. Ears- no preference should be given to cropped or uncropped ears, except to enhance the overall attractiveness of the
Faults: short neck, cheeky, underdeveloped muzzle, lippy, missing canines, overshot or undershot to the extent that
the canines do not fit tightly together.
VII. Tail and Coat 5 points A. Coat
1. Skin thick and loose around neck and chest, tight fitting elsewhere, showing vertical folds around the neck and chest even in
a well exercised animal.
2. Short and bristled, the gloss showing overall health of the animal.
3. Color or any combination of colors, except for colors or color patterns known to be genetically linked to health problems.
1. Thick at the base, tapering to the point. Its length should have the tail extending to the point of the hock.
2. Hang down like a pump handle when relaxed.
Major faults: Merle color pattern or albinism. (White dog, blue or pink eyes, lacks pigment)
Faults: Longer coat, fringed hair on tail or elsewhere, bobbed tail or any tail other than straight.
Disqualifications: Man aggression, one sided or both sided cryptorchid, spayed or neutered dogs
Above all, the American Pit Bull Terrier should appear to be an all around athlete. His body is called upon for speed, power, agility and stamina. He must be balanced in all directions. Too much of one thing, robs him of another. In his ideal form, he is a thing of beauty.
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American Dog Breeders Association Inc. (ADBA) APBT Standard Disclaimer
This breed standard is not a breed identifier. It may only be used to judge the standards of quality of the American Pit Bull Terrier, as set forth. It's purpose is for use by American Dog Breeders Association Inc. breeders, or American Dog Breeders Association Inc. sanctioned judges, in determining the quality of each animal being judged at an American Dog Breeders Association Inc. sanctioned show, or event and for awarding ADBSI points based upon individual quality as reflected by the breed standard of excellence. It may also be used to evaluate the quality of breeding stock by breeders of ADBA registered American Pit Bull Terriers for selecting breeding stock, and for evaluating the quality of individual puppies from ADBA registered American Pit Bull Terrier litters.
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INTRODUCTION – The Breed Standard for the AADR, LLC registered American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the outline, to which the actual living breathing dog is compared. Each dog is to be judged only against the standard, and not to the other dogs in the show ring. Because the purpose of the conformation ring is to assess brood stock, dogs incapable of reproducing may not compete in this event, even though they are welcome to join (“fun”) classes such as “judge’s choice” and performance events such as weight pulling. Any dog that displays human aggression anywhere on the show grounds will be permanently removed from the show site. HISTORY – The All American Dog Registry, LLC has a mission of preservation. The ideal standard is based on a consensus of the opinions provided by individuals who possess an in depth knowledge of breed history and purpose. Times may have drastically changed, but it was only a few generations back that almost all types of dogs were bred not for looks but for performance. If we lose the characteristics that made our dogs the greatest and most versatile canine athletes ever created, then we do the breed a great disservice. The written standard for every recognized breed was based upon the original purpose of that breed, regardless of its current use(s). In keeping with our mission, the AADR, LLC encourages the breeding of dogs for qualities such as a stable temperament, intelligence, trainability, the ability to focus despite distraction, structural soundness and the desire to please their human counterparts make it easy to transition the performance bred dog into a seemingly limitless variety of jobs that benefit mankind. The AADR, LLC does not encourage or condone any activity which violates The Animal Welfare Act, or any other law.The dog is a malleable creature, completely capable of forgiving human error and indiscretion. American Pit Bull Terriers that have been rescued from horrific circumstances have gone on to become successful United States Customs dogs, search and rescue dogs, Law Dogs trained to detect explosives and narcotics, therapy dogs and assistance dogs for people with special needs. The modern American Pit Bull Terrier as promoted by the AADR, LLC is an intelligent, people loving, athletic, robust dog with a healthy genetic makeup that is free of many of the congenital disorders which plague other breeds. Because they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and because of their history of loyalty, versatility and devotion to family, the American Pit Bull Terrier has remained one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The American Pit Bull Terrier also enjoys a devoted international following.
BREED TYPE, GENERAL APPEARANCE AND PERSONALITY – 20 pointsIt can be difficult for some people to separate out and define breed type because the outward impression of a dog is mostly a manifestat of the underlying structure. However, a dog can be physically sound, functioning as nature intended, but exhibit no distinguishable breed type. The dog that closely resembles its breed standard in both its physical appearance and personality is said to exhibit “type”. Type is best determined by asking “at first glance, is the dog’s breed easily identified or could it be mistaken for something other than an APBT?” Without “type” an individual breed does not exist.At first impression, the correct APBT is lively, physically sound, and in balance. No one aspect is exaggerated, everything in proportion and nothing to extremes. To reach an optimal balance of power versus speed the American Pit Bull Terrier should have a balance of height to length, size to weight and equality of skeletal angulation in the front and rear assemblies. The dog should be presented to the judge clean and conditioned to the proper weight for its height. The ideal APBT should appear athletic and capable of great endurance with well defined lean muscle. It should never appear starved or dehydrated nor should it appear soft or bulky. Puppies should be shown at a healthy weight, neither pudgy nor skinny, and they are not encouraged to begin a conditioning regimen until at least 9 months of age. Show dogs are expected to live a full and well rounded life outside of the conformation ring. SIZE – The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog, most often falling within a 30 lb. to 60 lb. range. Balance of proportion and balance of height to weight are more important than a specific size. Realistically, APBTs at the extremes of the size spectrum usually lack balance, possess physical features that are often disproportionate to the rest of their bodies and rarely exhibit the desired movement. Therefore, females are preferred to be 50 lbs or less and males are preferred to be 60 lbs or less. It is preferred that no mature APBT be smaller than 30 lbs.COLOR - All coat colors are acceptable. Accepted nose colors are black, blue, chocolate and red. A solid color nose is preferred over a bi colored (“butterfly”) nose. A completely un-pigmented (“Dudley”) nose is a serious fault, and should not be confused with a diluted shade of red nose.PERSONALITY – The APBT should be bold and confident. He should be curious with his environment, but responsive to his handler and gentle with family members. Unwarranted human aggression is highly unacceptable. Like most terriers, they can have a strong prey drive and many APBTs exhibit some level of aggression towards other dogs and/or non human animals. Their intelligence combined with their natural athleticism is best suited for families with prior dog ownership experience, individuals who are willing to research the breed and make adequate preparations, or those who have access to a breed mentor. Ultimately, if you are not prepared to hold your self up as a public example of responsible ownership, the AADR, LLC humbly asks that you do everyone a favor and choose another breed.HEAD – 5 pointsThe size of the head should be in proportion to the rest of the body, roughly 2/3 as wide as the shoulders, and as long from the tip of the nose to the stop, as it is from the stop to the back of the top of the skull. The head is shaped like a blunted wedge when viewed from the top and the side, and appears square when viewed directly from the front. The muzzle is broad under the eyes as well as deep, tapering only slightly toward the nose, and the top line of the muzzle is straight when viewed from the side. The cheek muscles are powerful and well developed at maturity. The lips should be clean and tight. NECK – 3 pointsThe neck should be muscular, and long enough that when the dog stands naturally on a slack leash, the bottom line of the jaw is level with, or just above the center of the spine when viewed from the side. About 3/4ths the width of the jaw where it joins the skull, the neck widens gradually until it transitions smoothly into the shoulders.TEETH – 5 pointsThe incisor teeth should comprise a scissor bite, with the top teeth fitting tightly in front of the bottom. The canine teeth should also fit together tightly and be wide at the base. As long as the canines are tight fitting, a level bite or a reverse scissor bite (where the bottom teeth close tightly in front of the top teeth) are permitted but not preferred. Some tooth wear is expected relative to the advancing age of the dog, just as missing teeth are common in young puppies. A chipped or broken canine tooth is only considered a fault and not a disqualification, but missing canine teeth exclude a dog from receiving a trophy award.EYES – 2 pointsThe eyes should be elliptical and deep set, with no looseness or saggin of the eyelids. The color of the eye is relative to the color of the nose pigment. Red nose dogs will naturally have a lighter eye, usually golden or sometimes hazel, and on rare occasion they may be green. White dogs and those with minimal color spots will have eye color relative to the nose pigment color and one or both eyes can be partially blue. Solid blue eyes do occur, but manifesting in a pair is rare. EARS – 2 pointsThe natural ears should ideally be medium sized and rose shaped (folded back), but half prick (semi erect) or half drop ears are acceptable. Full drop and fully erect (bat) ears are undesirable. The ears should be set on the skull so that an invisible line could be drawn from the outside corner of the eye to midway between the top and bottom of the inner formation of the ear (burr), when viewed from the front. Cropped ears are not considered a fault.REAR ASSEMBLY – 25 points If the dog is standing square, the rear pastern will be vertical from the hock to the ground and be placed slightly behind the rear point of the hip. With the back leg in this position, the slope of the hip should be a 45 degree angle to the ground when measured from the top point of the pelvis to the rear point of the hip. The leg bones should be longer than the thigh bone. This positions the knee in the upper third of the leg. If you were to draw a line from the rear point of the hip to the knee it should create a right angle (90 degree) to the slope of the hip. The line from the knee down to the hock should make an opposite right angle that is also a 45 degree angle to the ground. The pasterns are relatively shorter, only about a third of the overall height of the rear leg. TORSO – 10 points A correct ribcage is elliptical in shape, broader at the top but tapering as it reaches its maximum depth between the elbows. Like a bellows, this shape moves a greater volume of air more efficiently than a wide “barrel” or a shallow “herring gut”. The loin should be well developed, broad and fairly short, but not so much that it reduces the dogs’ flexibility. There should be breadth across the pelvis so that the back feet are placed somewhat farther apart than the front feet for added stability. FRONT ASSEMBLY – 15 points With the dog standing square, the shoulder blade should ideally lay back at a 45 degree angle to the ground with an upper arm of equal length that returns at a right angle to the shoulder blade. This places the elbow directly under the top of the shoulder and creates a powerful front because it allows adequate surface area for broad muscle attachment. The shoulder should be a little wider than the ribcage at the 8th rib. When viewed from the front, the lower arm should appear straight and solid, twice as thick as the rear pastern and longer than the upper arm. However, the side view reveals that the front pasterns are not quite upright. This minimal angulation gives spring to the dogs gait and acts as a shock absorber. The natural stance should have the elbows parallel to the ribcage and places the front feet forward. Extreme toeing out is undesirable. So is toeing in, as it usually accompanies loose elbows that are held away from the body. The chest should be well developed but not overly broad, and the breastbone should be prominent.FEET – 3 points The feet should be round and compact like a cat’s paw with well cushioned pads. Naturally open feet with longer toes, more like a rabbit are common and acceptable, but less preferred. The nails should be trimmed regularly so that they do not cause the toes to splay or the foot to position itself unnaturally. Flat feet at the tarsals (toes) or metatarsals are undesirable. Double dewclaws or dewclaws on the rear feet are a fault. TAIL – 3 pointsWhen relaxed, the dog’s tail is carried low and resembles an old fashioned water pump handle. The length of the tail should end with a taper at the point of the hock. When moving with purpose, the correct tail is carried about level, as an extension of the top line. When standing at attention, the tail may be held in a gently curved upright “challenge” position, but should not curl completely over the top of the back or be held submissively between the legs. The tail should never be docked or altered. SKIN AND COAT – 2 pointsThe skin and coat are indictors of good overall health. The coat should be short, slick and glossy and the skin should be thick. The jacket should be tight fitting except at the neck, where some looseness of skin is expected, but should not be excessive or extreme.MOVEMENT – 5 pointsIf the dog has correct angulation and is in balance, it can move properly. Ideally, the dog should be exhibited at the trot, with the dog on all fours. That being said, it is understood that under situations where excitement is high, and distractions abound, dogs will often act like dogs. Therefore, it is the handler’s responsibility to show the dog in motion to the best of their ability. At the trot, the dog should move out with a flexible but level top line and a ground covering stride. There should be no wasted movement. From forward most extension through rearward follow through the feet should move in close proximity to the ground. Unlike a dog with a more restricted range of motion, the dog that moves efficiently appears fluid and effortless but may need a step or two to fall into a natural rhythm. High stepping, crabbing sideways, rolling or pacing are undesirable for this breed. Feet should not cross over or interfere with each other. As speed increases the footfall will naturally converge towards, but never reach the center line of balance. A dog that is openly lame is considered unsound, and, at the judges discretion, may not receive a ribbon (points) even if it is the only dog in the ring that day. With written authorization from the determining judge, any dog that is dismissed for lameness will receive a refund of paid entry(s) for that weekends events.
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