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ADBA Event Rules

American Pit Bull Terrier Conformation Standard

Weight Pull Rules 2024

Top Dog Athletic Event Rules 2024

ADBA Incident Report (Club Use Only)


  • All dogs must be A.D.B.A. registered to enter any ADBA sanctioned event. (Dogs ADBA registration paper(s) or Show & Pull ID card must be presented when registering for event)
  • Conformation Age Requirement: Dog must be no less than four months of age (to the date of its birth) to be entered. (This is to protect the temperament & health of the young dogs.)
  • Weight Pull/Top Dog Athletic Event Age Requirement: Dog must be no less than nine months of age (to the date of its birth) to be entered.
  • No puppies or dogs allowed on the premises – for sale or otherwise – unless entered in one of the day’s sanctioned events.
  • All children on premises must always have adult supervision.
  • All dogs will be secured in dog crates and attended to at all times.
  • All dog crates must be in good condition. No wire crates allowed.
  • Dogs will be held in designated holding area until called for participation.
  • While participating in event(s), leads are to be no longer than 4 feet and attached to a secure “belt buckle” collar.
  • No “flex” leads, “quick release” snaps, or “choke chains” or chain leads allowed.
  • There will be no “facing-off” of dogs, “challenges” or un-sportsman like conduct allowed.
  • Conformation: No spayed or neutered dogs.
  • Weight Pull and Top Dog Athletic Event: Only ADBA registered dogs, both intact and or spayed/neutered, or LPP (Limited Performance Privilege) dogs are allowed to enter in an ADBA sanctioned weight pull.
  • No bitches in heat allowed.
  • Females that can be determined to be pregnant by visual inspection will be ineligible to compete in ANY/ALL ADBSI Sanctioned event(s).
  • Inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Any vendor’s inventory not complying with ADBA guidelines will be removed. Failure to comply will result in removal from show grounds with notification sent to ADBA.
  • Any dog showing aggression to humans, or human showing aggression to dogs, will be excused and barred from participation.

Club designated Security Officers are present to ensure that ALL ADBA, Hosting Club and Show Site rules are enforced.

Anyone not abiding by these rules will be asked to leave.

No Refunds Will Be Given