When one goes out to purchase an American Pitbull Terrier, they are often confronted by the different bloodlines that are available today. When advertised, one finds that the breeder often mentions that the pups are Rocky, Carver, Spike, Hank, Zebo, Booger, Yellow, Sundance, Palladin, Royal Red etc. Where do these names come from? What do they mean?

The different bloodlines don't have anything to do with the colour or size of the Pitbull or that only certain bloodlines carry the rednose gene, all the bloodlines have their unique blueprint.

Pitbull breeders breed certain bloodlines for unique qualities, characteristics or features that they find appealing, whether it's for big heads, large bone structures, gameness, size, colour etc. Every Pitbull has his own unique trait or personality.

There is no such thing as a redline, blue blood or royal blood. Pitbull but is in fact a status used on certain pedigree certificate done by other registering bodies indicating how many imports, champion or grand champions there are in the pedigree, in other words, how well the Pitbull was bred.

When choosing a certain bloodline one should do a little homework first by finding out as much as they can on what qualities that certain bloodline holds. Contact Breeders who breed a certain bloodline/s or go to a Pitbull show to see them in action.

I've come across many Breeders and Pitbull owners who tell me they have a certain bloodline or so they were told, yet on inspection and investigation of their Pitbulls pedigrees it proved otherwise.

The National Dog Breeders Council is there to help you make the correct choice and decision when purchasing an American Pitbull Terrier.

Many bloodlines today have originated from Imports, Champions, Grand Champions, Kennels or Breeders that produced and still produce top quality American Pitbulls that have continuously proved themselves time and time again.

I have included a couple of the well-known bloodlines found in South Africa and around the world today and have given a little history on where they've originated from.


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The HANK bloodline originated from a Pitbull known as 'Burtons Grand Champion Hank' bred out of 'Kepharts Tip' to 'Kepharts Susie'. 'Cummings Hank', although named Hank does not come from the Hank bloodline but rather comes off the 'Eli' line.




The Bolio lines originates from Indian Bolio R.O.M. Indain Bolio was a pure 'Carver' bred dog.




"Carver" originated from Pitbulls imported into S.A by Charlie Bensch out of Carvers Kennels or which originated from Carver bloodlines.If one had to do a six to ten generation pedigree on your pitbull where you'd see names like "Carvers Diamond", "Carvers Amber", "Carvers Black Widow" etc, one would follow the line forward to see whether the Carver line was kept pure by continuos Carver-line breedings (out of "Benschs Liquorice Kid for example"). Many Pitbulls bred today have the Carver bloodline in them but are not pure due to the introduction of one of the other popular bloodlines in S.A today.Your Carver bloodline is one of the most popular & desirable bloodlines preferred as they are known to be the best "all-rounders" to own.




 The "Spike" bloodline originated from a dog by the name of "Garners Gr Ch Spike" which was bred out of "Woods Snooty" to "Middletons Black Betty". "Jurgens Jack Daniels" was imported into S.A who was bred out of "Garners Gr Ch Spike" to "Brewers Spot" - hence the "Spike" line. Any dogs bred from Jack Daniels line was automatically recognised as being "Spike" dogs.



Rocky originated from Chris Bekkers imported Pitbull "Bekkers Rocky" bred out of "Pyburns Joker" to "Pyburns Candy Cane". The "Rocky" line is one of the most common bloodlines in S.A today where a large percent of S.A Pitbulls have "Bekkers Rocky" in their pedigree.




The yellow line originated from Kirby's Ch Yellow John R.O.M who was a Bass'Tramp Red Boy breeding to Marlowes Red Feather. Once again we have a bloodline created from a R.O.M dog being Yellow John. The yellow line is also refered to as the Red Boy line.








The "Royal Red" bloodline originates from an imported Pitbull by the name of "Jurgens Royal Red" bred out of "Cummings Red Fox" to "Cummings Annie Oakley". The "Red Fox" line goes back to your old "Bullyson/Carver & Eli lines, where your "Annie Oakley" line goes back to your Woods Snooty/Boomerang/Bullyson & Carver lines.