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.
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.
indian bolio rom
Bolio was bred by Maurice Carver and Eddie Klaus in 1969. His sire was the famous pit ace Klaus' Zeke and his dam was Klaus' Goldie. Bolio's pedigree is very heavy in the blood of a bitch named Carver's Judy and her sister thegreat Carver's Black Widow. In fact he carried fifty percent of this blood in his breeding. Bennett Clayton of Texas bought Bolio from Carver and sent him to Floyd Boudreaux to be matched, he was hooked into a dog that had killed both of his previous opponents. This dog's name was Rowdy. Bolio was contracted into Rowdy twice. The first time Floyd was not content with Bolio's conditioning for the fight, he knew that Bolio must be perfect to fight a dog of this caliber. After Floyd paid the forfeit he set up a new match with Rowdy for the big night of a southern convention. This time Bolio was in great shape and when they hit, it was a real war. Bolio killed Rowdy in about two hours and was voted best in show! At this same convention, there were many champions being shown and among them was Davis' Grand Champion Boomerang. I was not at this fight and I got my information from other dog men and the sporting dog magazines. Sometime after the fight Bolio was sold to a fancier in southern California.
The new owner of Bolio was not interested in matching him again, even though I felt he was the best 43 lb. dog alive at the time. He decided to use him as a stud dog and that was the best use for him. Bolio was so talented he never got hurt in rolls. I was lucky enough to see him roll many times against all kinds of dogs including dogs that were up to 15 pounds larger than he. He handled ALL his opponents with ease. I have not seen a large number of the famous foundation dogs fight and maybe some of them were better dogs than Bolio. I have seen many fast lane dogs in action since these foundation dogs faded into the past and I can say that Bolio is the best dog I have ever seen pound for pound. He was not an extremely hard biter, but he could shut his mouth. He was very skilled at keeping his holds and sometimes it would appear that he was glued to his rivals head, he liked to fight the head. He was very strong and fast wrestler and would quickly get his hold and then use his body weight and muscle power to wear the opponent down while punishing him the whole time. He would move in such a way that the other dog would be carrying most of Bolio' weight with him. When the other dog would slow down from the head holds, Bolio would go into the throat. If a dog did happen to get Bolio off his head, Bolio would go toe to toe with him, but not for long. Bolio would work his way back to the head and again be in total control. He was the fastest, smartest, and most effective head dog that I have ever seen. He had natural air and I never saw him slow down. He was a very intense dog and he loved to fight. When in the corner he would scream with rage until he was released into the other dog. Occasionally, he would bite you if not released quick enough.
Bolio as a producer was the best stud dog that I know of that ever lived. He was bred to some poor cur bitches and produced excellent pit dogs from them. When he was bred to good bitches, those results were amazing. Some friends of mine had a dispute with Bolio's owner and ended up taking the dog while he was at church. I had no part in the taking of Bolio from his owner's yard and do not know the details of the dispute between him and my friends. I don't use his name because the purpose of this article is to praise Bolio, not to put down his former owner. Bolio's former owner had stolen dogs from me and so I feel that I owed him nothing. When the people who took Bolio offered me breeding rights to the dog, I accepted immediately. Bolio remained on my yard until he died at the age of thirteen. He would sire litter after litter of good dogs and I would rate him as a better stud dog that my Tombstone dog, who was also a great stud in his own right. Bolio produced fine dogs from all his breedings, no matter what the bloodline was. His pups carried the same traits that made him such a great dog. When I bred a daughter of Bolio's, Red Baby, to Tombstone, the result was thirteen very good dogs. Eight of these dogs won 20 matches. the other five five was used as brood bitches. Champion Tonka, Champion Snubby, Champion Crash, and Creamator were some of the better known dogs I sold from this breeding.
One of the first bitches I bred to Bolio was Faith, a Clouse bitch. This breeding produced eight game and talented dogs, including Chen Leng and Champion Princess. Red Baby's mother was a sister to Offer's Crazy Babe, a pure Clouse bitch. Red Baby's litter was a bunch of great dogs.
I had a bitch named Tuffy that was heavy in Clouse blood. She was by Tater and Faith, and when I bred her to Bolio, I got some very good dogs including Bull Boy Bob ROM and Champion Dugan. Bolio worked well with good Tombstone and Clouse bitches. He also sired good ones to great dogs out of bitches from the bloodlines of Eli Jr. and Ironhead. This reminds me of a statement made by Ricky Jones. He said, "My favorite bloodlines are the Eli/Ironhead cross dogs that came from Maurice during the early and mid seventies. Percentage wise these dogs will get you to the pit more times than any other bloodline out there. There are a lot of good dogs from other bloodlines, but over all you will get more dog for your money and time from the Eli/Ironhead line." Ricky Jones can run any bloodline he wants and he has a right to his own opinion. I don't think any bloodline is so superior to the other top bloodlines that it wins every time. However, Ricky stated very clearly that his dogs will win more that any other, now how in the hell would he know this to be a fact, he never used anything except the Eli blood and did 99.9% of his winning in his own back yard! I say his opinion is weak and wrong! I owned and saw dogs of Bullyson, Eli Jr., and Ironhead when Ricky still had his hound dogs. I say the Bolio blood is superior and I sold my Bullyson-Eli Jr dogs to make room for the Bolio blood that I breed. I talked with Carver on many occasions and he told me more than twice that the Bolio dogs are his best without a doubt. In the whole article he never spoke about two of the best dogs he owned, Chome and Chocolate Soldier. These two dogs won 4 matches for him and they were bred by Diamond Jim out of a Bolio bitch bred to the great Luther dog. The mother of Chome and Soldier was Patrick's Rose. I understand that Jones had a lot of wins to his credit, but the fat is that a puppy I sold as a pet beat Grand Champion Sandman even though Sandman outweighed him by 3 lbs. I am talking about Grand Champion Buck, a Bolio dog. If Ricky can make a statement that his dogs are the best, I can tell you that the people with Bolio dogs aren't losing any sleep over his "Honest Dogs." I would not trade one good Bolio dog for any of his dogs. I quess most serious dog men run the line of dogs they like the best. Bolio's blood is by far the biggest part of my yard. Almost all my dogs have some Bolio blood in them and many are 60-70% Bolio blood. I don't think you get the best results by just inbreeding on one good dog. You need other good bloodlines to cross them with and to keep them strong. I am without a doubt the biggest Bolio fan in the world and i have been bragging about him for twenty years. Maurice Carver told me that "all the Bolio dogs will do for you is win. Lots of people don't like them after they win, but they get the job done!" Eddie Klaus and Maurice Carver deserve the credit for breeding Bolio and his great litter mates Mendicino, Andy Capp, Daisy, and Leggs Diamond. All I did was realize his potential as a stud dog. I am sure I would still have bulldogs if I had never heard of Bolio, but I know my yard is a better yard because of him. If I could have any dog that lived in the past, today, as a two year old dog, I would take Bolio!
"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. 'YELLOW'
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.
Garner's CH Chinaman ROM
WHY CHINAMAN? In order to answer this question let me quoute the story written by The Historian (Capitol Kennel from Italy): "Eli was the product of the breeding efforts of Floyd Boudreaux. He was heavily bred on Floyd's all time favorite dog Blind Billy. When Eli a 2xw was bred to Mr. B.'s Spook, another Blind Billy breed dog, the outcome was to change the sporting community forever".
Three famous names that come to mind from the Eli/Spook breeding are: Eli Jr., Bullyson, and a bitch named Brendy.
Eli Jr - Brandy - Bullyson
Brandy - sister of Bullyson
Eli Jr. was a fantastic 2xw himself and sire of one of the greatest dogs of all time, the 7xw Gr. Ch. Art. Art was unfortunately stolen and never recovered. Before Art was stolen the breeding's made with him produced a high percentage of quality game dogs and enough to make Art an "ROM" producer. Just to imagine what Art could have produced if he wouldn't have been taken is enough to boggle the mind. Art had a litter brother who was an exceptionally talented dog in his own right, the 3xw Ch. Hurt.
Mr. Floyd Boudreaux with Gr. CH Badger
Bullyson was a 2xw, 1xL and another fantastic producer. Bullyson's only loss was to one of his sons Benny Bob. Benny Bob subsequently lost to Jimmy Boots in a classic match. Bullyson's legend as a producer can be found in many dogs, but his most famous offspring has to be the 5xw Ch. Honeybunch, the all time leading 'ROM' bitch. Honeybunch subsequently produced the 4xw Ch. Jeep.
Gr. CH ART
Jeep now ranks as the number one 'ROM' dog to this day and literally deserves to be covered in a story alone. Other famous Bullyson offspring are Loposay's Buster "ROM", and the ever so famous Midnight Cowboy.
Brendy when bred to her brother Eli Jr., produced P. Carver's Black Shine. Shine subsequently produced the legendary 8xw, 1xL Ch Rascal, Oso Negro a brother to Rascal, and the world famous P. Carver's Stomponato. Rascal when bred to Honeybunch produced the 3xw Polly, who in turn was bred to Jeep's father the 6xw, 1xL Ch. Bo "ROM", thereby producing the great 7xw Gr. Ch. Outlaw. Another famous Eli bred dog was the 5xw Gr. Ch. Nigerino. Nigerino represents some of the purest Eli Jr. blood to be found today and is a highly respected bloodline in its own
Gr. CH Outlaw
The thing that make the Eli dogs so popular is that they are powerfully built dogs with devastating mouths who consistently throw these traits into their offspring.
One of best crosses to be made with the Eli line, was with the 'ROM' Snooty dog. Snooty was an extremely intelligent dog who added the highly desirable traits of pit intelligence and style. Eli dogs tended to be barnstorming dogs and this would lead to short-windiness. The Snooty cross corrected this problem without sacrificing the highly
Garner's Frisco ROM
Tom Garner and Frisco breeding
Garner's CH Chinaman ROM