United Kennel Club (UKC) Standards for Pit Bull Breed

The United Kennel Club was the first dog registry to recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier. The registry’s founder, C. Z. Bennett, assigned registration number 1 to his own APBT (“Bennett’s Ring”) in 1898.

Many breeders these days offer UKC registered puppies. Some even offer purple ribbion puppies, which means they have at least 14 direct ancestors (3 generations) that are UKC registered.

Like any reputable kennel registry, there are breed standards that dogs must abide by in order to compete in conformation events. These standards should be taken seriously by anyone who breeds or keeps UKC APBT’s even if they do not plan on showing their dog in competitions.

Eliminating faults from UKC Standards include any fault that is serious enough to eliminate the dog from obtaining an award from a conformation event.

  • Any disproportionate overdone characteristic (such as short legs, excessive bone or massive head or body) that would interfere with physical activity or working ability.
  • A so short, blunt muzzle that it would interfere with normal breathing.
  • Front legs so bowed as to interfere with normal movement.
  • Front legs (measured from elbow to ground) that are shorter than half the total height of the dog when measured at the withers.
  • Chest so wide that it can interfere with normal movement.
  • Bobbed tail.

Disqualifications that can eliminate a dog immediately from a UKC conformation event. These disqualifications must also be reported to the UKC.

merle pitbull

Merle Pit Bull = Automatic Disqualification in Conformation Show

  • Albinism.
  • Dwarfism.
  • Long coat.
  • Merle.
  • Screw tail.
  • Unilateral or bilateral deafness.
  • Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
  • Viciousness or extreme shyness.

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