American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association

The Truth About APBT


American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association is fighting against animal cruelty and for the rights of our beloved American Pit Bull Terrier breed. Join us and help us to spread the word.

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

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Changing People Minds
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The APBT SAA Includes

Pedigree Certificates

The American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association will verify and authenticate your dog(s) bloodline and extend a pedigree certificate.

Find A Home

The APBT SAA have a community section to advertise your puppies for sale as well as the adoption of abused, neglected or rescued dogs to selected homes.

News Blog

We have a news blog with informative articles about many topics where you can leave your comments. Please refrain from using this section to report animal cruelty

Animal Cruelty

The APBT SAA facilitates a link to report animal cruelty and dog fighting. Please report ALL cases of animal cruelty disregarding dog race.

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 American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association makes emphasis that 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

This American Pit Bull Terrier South African Association was created with the purpose to educate South African people about the reality of the APBT as well as to know the difference between a pure APBT breed and other cross-breed dogs.

The Reality About American Pit Bull Terrier

By recommending this site and spreading the word you can help to prevent Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in South Africa
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Your donations will help to relocate stranded APBT’s and to keep our community running!