American dog terrier network nose ears eyes coat ft

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NOSE – The nose is big with wide, open nostrils. The nose might be any color.

Two totally sweet searching dogs showing different nose colors. The left dog includes a red nose leather and also the dog around the right has what is known a butterfly nose. Dark with lighter patches. Either of those noses is perfectly acceptable. Nose color is not important. Nanny nanny boo boo!!!!

EYES – Eyes are medium size, round to almond-formed, and hang well apart and occasional around the skull. Every color are equally acceptable except blue,



Photo shows correct almond formed eyes (A) and proper round eyes (B). More squinted eyes aren’t preferred but the quantity of sun may cause squinting that ought to be taken into consideration. Similarly when the eyes are any rounder or even more bulging than individuals in B it’s not preferred. Bulging eyes really are a fault.

Serious fault: blue eyes. Haw shouldn’t be visible. SEE Problems PAGE

Serious Problems: Bulging eyes both eyes not matched colored blue eyes . SEE Problems PAGE AND ABOVE

EARS – Ears are high set and could be natural or popped without preference. If natural, semi-prick or rose are preferred.


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FIGURE 10A – Pic1 (photo credit Ruth Kramer Arkay Kennels) shows your dog with uncropped "half-prick" ears. The half-prick ear is really a preferred shape and isn’t frequently identified by idol judges even individuals very acquainted with the APBT. Pic2 (photo credit Ruth Kramer Arkay Kennels) and pic3 (photo credit Chocolate from Colorado) are natural rose ears of various lengths this can be a more prevalent natural ear for that APBT. Natural ear in past standards was considered preferred more than a popped ear speculate the most popular picture of the APBT is by using popped ears even so excellent dogs with natural ears were frequently overlooked.

Minor fault: Prick or flat, wide ears aren’t preferred (SEE FAULT PAGE)


The coat is glossy and smooth, close, and moderately stiff to touch.

Problems: Curly, wavy, or sparse coat.

Disqualification: Lengthy coat

I’ve come across "APBTs" which have hair almost 1 " lengthy that sheds all year long lengthy (yuck no offense to lengthy haired breed but my spouse is really a groomer so we prefer wash n put on LOL). Anyway, lengthy hair around the APBT is really a Disqualification!!!. Where hair is commonly longest is incorporated in the hackles or perhaps be blades. Typically .5 inches or fewer is a great short coat from hair measured in the shoulders, beyond one half inch long and for me you’re verging on medium coat.

Any color, color pattern, or mixture of colors is suitable, aside from merle.

Disqualification: Merle

EVEN Eco-friendly AND PINK!!!!


The ft are round proportionate to how big your dog, well arched, and tight. Pads are difficult, tough, and well cushioned. Dewclaws might be removed.

Dog with nice round tight ft

Fault: Splayed ft

Diagram showing what correct ft are. The 2 left figures are correct. The 2 right figures would be the common problems which are overlooked. Ft are part of the breed as strength and speed of motion comes from a solidly built feet.


The tail is placed on like a natural extension from the topline, and tapers to some extent. Once the dog is relaxed, the tail is transported low and extends roughly towards the hock.

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This photo depicts the frequently descriptive phrase the APBT tail is "formed just like a pump handle"

Shows an effective tail length and carriage for any relaxed dog

The relatively short tail is placed low, thick in the base and tapers to some extent.

UKC JUDGE and APBT breeder: I see couple of idol judges that really FEEL to find out tail set. There are lots of dogs within the breed which are so muscled (as well as within the rump the eye cannot tell the particular set with regards to the spine . Same applies to the small dip within the withers. Only feeling the spine will inform the real story. "The tail is placed on like a natural extension from the top line, and tapers to some extent.Inch For me, this can be a poorly worded statement, due to the above. The APPARENT tail set will be different using the condition around the dog, however the ACTUAL tail set won’t ever vary with regards to the spine.

Once the dog is moving, the tail is transported level using the backline.

Shows your dog moving with tails in acceptable preferred positions.

Once the dog is happy, the tail might be transported inside a elevated, upright position, but never curled within the back

This feminine within the first picture is displaying a fired upOrproblem tail. The tail shows a rather exaggerated curl having a slightly greater tail set which may remove a place however is not considered a fault. The feminine and also the male within the second and third pictures have preferred form of the task tail no points deducted.

Note from APBT breeder about terminology from the standard

""Tail shouldn’t be measured towards the hock…"" Tail ought to be judged compared to total body length as used to be mentioned within the standard. The main reason….Duration of hock can distort the look of the tail length. Short hock can produce a good tail appear short….Lengthy hock can produce a short tail appear correct or perhaps lengthy. Overall balance between parts is essential within the APBT so tail length and the body length have been in direct correlation and both negative and positive could be transported with an incorrect wheel base.

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graphics depicting gay tails. Notice they relax and also over the rear. This is extremely not the same as challenging tail.

a merle having a gay tail.

This graphics above and also the photo show exactly what a gay tail is. Spot the tail curls completely within the back. The graphic shows a minimal tail set having a curl within the back. The photo is an extremely high tail set having a serious "within the back" curl. A significant fault 5-10 pts based on severity

This drawing shows your dog having a lower tail set compared to female above, that is more correct, however the tail is curled up and also over the rear of your dog that is a serious fault

Fault: Lengthy tail (tail tip passes beyond reason for hock) .

Shows a tail that is simply a little too lengthy and can pass the hock by a good inch when extended lower.

Shows your dog having a lengthy tail having a serious curl in the finish (great natural stack position though)

Serious problems: Gay tail (to not be mistaken with challenge tail) begin to see the above photo taking display kinked tail. (


Shows your dog having a kinked tail a significant fault 10 pts

Disqualification: Bobbed tail