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General Appearance: The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short-coated dog with smooth, well-defined musculature. This breed embodies strength, agility, and athleticism.



  • Skull: Broad and flat, with pronounced cheek muscles.

  • Muzzle: Medium length, square and deep.

  • Eyes: Round to almond-shaped, set well apart.

  • Ears: High set, may be cropped or uncropped.



  • Neck: Muscular, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of the skull.

  • Back: Short, strong, and slightly sloping from withers to rump.

  • Chest: Deep and broad, ribs well-sprung.



  • Forequarters: Shoulders well-muscled with wide, sloping blades.

  • Hindquarters: Well-muscled, with broad thighs and well-bent stifles.

  • Feet: Round, compact, with well-arched toes.


Coat: Short, stiff to the touch, and glossy.


Color: Any color or color pattern, except merle.


Gait: The gait is powerful, with strong drive from the hindquarters. Movement should be effortless, smooth, and well-coordinated.


Temperament: The American Pit Bull Terrier is confident, enthusiastic, and loyal. Known for its intelligence and eagerness to please, this breed thrives on companionship and is generally friendly with humans.


Faults: Any departure from the above standards should be considered a fault, with the degree of the fault affecting the dog’s suitability as a representative of the breed.



  • Aggression towards humans.

  • Severe unprovoked aggression.


This standard aims to preserve the breed’s working heritage while promoting health and temperament suitable for family life.

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Question & Answer

Can You Register a Pit Bull Terrier?

Yes, you can register your puppy or dog with the Designer Kennel Club. The DKC is the best registry for the designer dog breed. 

Can I get Papers for a Pit Bull Terrier?

Yes, you can receive registration papers for your puppy or dog. Register your puppy or dog as a Foundation dog.

Can I register my Pit Bull Terrier puppy litter?

Litter registration is offered by the Designer Kennel Club. To register your puppy litter, you must register both parents as Foundation dog, then register your puppy litter. 

Can I register my dog without AKC papers? Yes, you can register your dog as a Foundation dog

How to prove my dog is purebred without papers? registration papers will show proof of breed & ownership. 

What is the best registration for a dog? DKC registration papers are the best for all designer dog breeds. 

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