Q:

How can you tell if a pit bull is full-blooded?

A:

Quick Answer

The ASPCA explains that the term "pit bull" applies to several dog breeds and mixes between them. However, most experts agree that the two breeds that best suit the "pit bull" label are the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Proving a dog's pedigree is only possible if its parents have papers from a reputable kennel club such as the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.

Know More
How can you tell if a pit bull is full-blooded?
Credit: photography by Rick Lowe Moment Open Getty Images

Full Answer

According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, the UKC recognizes the American Pit Bull Terrier as a purebred dog, but the AKC does not. The AKC will only allow the registration of American Staffordshire Terriers. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are another breed that can be registered with both kennel clubs, but there is some disagreement as to whether it should be classified as a pit bull.

Because there are other breeds that closely resemble pit bulls, it is impossible to know if a dog is full-blooded without seeing pedigree papers. Unfortunately, some dishonest breeders turn to shady kennel clubs for falsified papers on dogs that do not have verifiable lineage. Researching the kennel club to determine its authenticity is a vital part of determining the purebred status of a dog, notes Pit Bull Rescue Center.

Learn more about Dogs
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How long does a pit bull stay pregnant?

    A:

    A pit bull pregnancy lasts about 63 days, but it can take anywhere from 58 to 71 days. A pit bull pregnancy that lasts 72 days or more is not normal, thus a veterinarian usually induces labor.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What Is a Boudreaux Pit Bull?

    A:

    A Boudreaux Pit Bull is a sub-breed of Pit Bill that was created by a man named Floyd Boudreaux.

    He began raising the breed in the 1930s.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a reverse brindle pit bull?

    A:

    A reverse brindle pit bull has a coat pattern of extensive stripes that mask the background coat color, giving the dog the appearance of being black or black with light markings. Normal brindle is a pattern of dark stripes on a light background.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How can you tell if a pit bull is purebred?

    A:

    The American Dog Breeders Association describes purebred American Pit Bull Terriers as athletic, heavy dogs that do not stray into bulkiness with defined and smooth musculature. The head must be in proportion to the body with a neck long enough to seat the head above the top of the back when upright. They must be socialized and gentle without displaying signs of aggression or timidity.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore