APBT, American Pit Bull Terrier, is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) and ,unfortunately, it is not recognized in South Africa by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) and tracking the purity of our APBT’s is, at best, difficult if not impossible. It is a medium-sized, solidly-built, intelligent, short-haired dog whose early ancestors came from the British Isles. When compared with the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier (another breed within the type commonly called pit bulls), the American Pit Bull Terrier is larger by margins of 6–8 inches (15–20 cm) in height and 25–35 pounds (11–16 kg) in weight. The American Pit Bull Terrier varies in size. Males normally are about 18-21 inches (45–53 cm) in height and around 35-60 pounds (15–27 kg) in weight. Females are normally around 17-20 inches (43–50 cm) in height and 30-50 pounds (13–22 kg) in weight.
The American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association is now offering conditional Certificates and conditional Pedigree Certificates hoping to help to stabilize the breed in South Africa and to better keep track of many dogs that are pure breed and lack of one document from their heritage blood line. Please see the different certificates here
The American Pit Bull has a short coat and smooth well-defined muscle structure. Its eyes are round to almond-shaped, and its ears are small to medium in length, typically half prick or rose in carriage. The tail is slightly thick and tapers to a point. The coat is glossy, smooth, short, and stiff to the touch. Any color, color pattern, or combination of colors is acceptable, both the ADBA and UKC do not recognize merle coloring. Color patterns that are typical in the breed are solid, brindled, and tuxedo.
Twelve countries in Europe, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Malaysia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Venezuela have enacted some form of breed-specific legislation on pit bull-type dogs, including American Pit Bull Terriers, ranging from outright bans to restrictions and conditions on ownership. The state of New South Wales in Australia places restrictions on the breed, including mandatory sterilization. The breed is banned in the United Kingdom, in the Canadian province of Ontario, and in many locations in the United States.
In South Africa the APBT has being the subject of banning debates due to the negligence and mishandling of such a beautiful breed as well as the cross-breed of different kind of dogs such as boerboel, rottweilers and many a times common stray dogs causing fatal attacks on people and more likely on children when such dogs scape their yards/chains and roam free on the streets. The temperament and behavior of the APBT pure breed is non human aggressive unlike the dobermans, rottweilers and some other large dog breeds.
It is important to note that, while there are many untrained APBTs, responsible owners know that such a fierce power-breed requires a person of strong character to establish a proper alpha male/figure relationship. Power-breeds such as APBT, Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro to mention some of them, require proper control and training to prevent any kind of incidents.
Many of the pit bull attacks are due to a skyrocketing number of poorly bred and badly trained dogs raised by backyard breeders, who are trying to cash in on the pit bull’s growing reputation as a cheap, but deadly effective guard dog, particularly in urban areas.