When looking around for a Pit Bull puppy, you will run across the term- “Purple Ribbon-” which just means that the puppy’s pedigree must have the first 3 generations of both mom and dad registered with the UKC.
Many breeders will use PR as a sales gimmick, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that their puppies are truly purple ribbon.
You want to make sure that you ask to see the pedigree of the parents.
The pedigrees will be notated with ‘PR’ in front of the name, if they direct ancestors are truly registered with the UKC.
In some cases, the pedigree may not show six full generations of purple ribbon dogs, but the puppy being offered for sale can be a First Generation Purple Ribbon dog. In this case, there is at least one unregistered ancestor in the third generation of either the mom or dad’s side. This means the new litter is the third generation registered with the UKC within the pedigree, thus making them the First Generation Purple Ribbon Pit Bull.
If the unregistered dog is in the first or second generation, then the puppy cannot be considered purple ribbon.
So, when looking for a Purple Ribbon Pit Bull, the first thing you want to do is ask the breeder to see the pedigree of both parents of the litter. If there are three levels of PR, then the litter is PR; if the parents and grandparents are PR, then the litter can still be purple ribbon, as it would be a first generation purple ribbon litter within the pedigree.
If you don’t see either of these things, the litter is not truly purple ribbon.
If you’re just looking for a pet, purple ribbon is only a term. If you’re looking for a show and conformation dog, you may want to pay closer attention to the pedigree.