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R.R.R. Show Standard

Rapid Reply Registry

Standard for the
AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER

There are many other standards for the APBT devised by various registries throughout the world. We at R.R.R. have consulted with some of today's top breeders in arriving at our standard for the conformation. We want to concentrate on the trait and looks of some of the great pit dogs of the past.


The R.R.R. Conformation Champion should reflect the great dogs of yesteryear. The problem is that there was so much variation in appearance, since the dogs where bred for performance. The traits that all the dogs had in common where he ones that were incorporated into the standard.


Obviously, there are very few perfect specimens, so it is not expected a show winner be exceptional in all areas, in general, a balance of many good traits is preferable to an outstanding head or a perfect tail or other near perfect trait.


GENERAL APPEARANCE

A smooth, short coat, well balanced, giving the impression of great strength and ability. The demeanor should be fearless and bold, but the temperament MUST be totally reliable with people. The gate should be powerful and fluid, and a dog with exceptional conformation should seem to glide across the ground effortless in his stride.


HEAD

The head should be wedge shaped and short and deep, as compared with most other breeds, with powerful jaw muscles

EYES

Generally, a dark eye is preferred, but the color of the coat must be taken into account. Red dogs with red noses may have lighter (reddish or yellowish) eye with out penalty and the lids on dark dogs should be uniformly dark.

EARS

The ears should be rose (half pricked), not large and heavy. Full dropped and fully erect (bat ears) are undesirable, however, ears are not an important trait as compared to the rest of the dog.

MOUTH

The mouth should be tight and clean. The incisor teeth should comprise a scissor bit, meaning the top teeth should fit tightly over the bottom teeth. The canine's teeth should also fit together tightly. Undershot mouths, although not desired should not be considered a serious fault.


NECK

The neck should have a slight arch. Muscular but not short, free from extreme looseness of skin.

FOREQUARTERS

The front legs should be straight, and the feet should point forward. The elbow should be even with the chest, the elbow should not turn in or out.


BODY

The body should be muscular with good bone. There should be a slight incline from the wither to the rump, the idea being to provide leverage for a driving dog, a short back with a slight roach is preferred.


HINDQUARTERS

The stifle should be well bent, with the femur (hip bone) shorter then the tibia and fibula (bones in the lower part of the leg). The feet should point forward when the dog walks. A dog should not be considered cow hocked if its rear feet momentarily point outward when standing.


FEET

The feet should be strong and of medium size, not splayed (toes splayed apart).


TAIL

The tail should be shaped like a pump handle, with the tip about even with the hock. It should not be carried over the back and the hair should be short. A docked tail is a major fault.

COLOR

Any color is acceptable. A black or or red nose is acceptable, but duller (pink) nose is a fault.


SIZE

The breed has Historically been of great size variation, however, Males are preferred not over 70 pounds and Females are preferred not over 60 pounds, as extremely large dogs seldom show fluid and agile movement. Any departure from the forgoing points should be considered a fault. The seriousness of the fault shall be regarded in the proportion to its degree. A balance of these points is what is important here. A dog that is clearly superior in conformation to the other but has an undershot bite should still place above the others. Spade or neutered dogs shall not be entered in sanctioned events.