For our APBTs, we chose to stick with performance bred dogs from gamebred stock due to their exceptional athleticism, drive, and health. These dogs display the determination and phenomenal stability that we seek. Maintaining clarity of mind during intense work such as hog catch or protection training is vital to our program, so stability was very important in our selection process since these dogs were going to be working with my family during high stress.
After examining the many lines of gamebred stock, we selected dogs with strong ties to the old "Zeke/Goldie" cross, as this combination created "Bull," (the foundation to the Sorrells' dogs), and also Bolio (the primary foundation to Pat Patrick's legendary line of dogs). I also like and have used some a few quality specimens from Redboy/Jocko strains, as I knew the Sorrells had a lot of success cross out with some of the better quality Redboy strains.
Being a "good bloodline" was not enough though. Our APBTs were carefully selected on the basis of performance. Those that passed our assessments were then also hip X-ray screened. We only kept and bred APBTs with either "good" or "excellent" ratings to help ensure our dogs were structurally sound, thereby aiding recovery time and longevity. Not every dog met our requirements, and those that did not meet our criteria were returned to their breeder.
Most lines of APBTs have dogs ranging from 30-55#. Our APBTs are generally a little heavier than most lines, and typically range from 50-65+#, which places them a little over half the size of our American Sentinels. Given their considerably smaller size, they are not as powerful as our American Sentinels, but not everyone can physically handle a strong, driven American Sentinel during high drive work such as hog hunting or protection training. Courtney, my daughter for example, is a small young lady and has a few shoulder problems as well. For her, the smaller APBT is considerably easier to manage, although given the efficiency of the APBT, this is certainly large enough for the tasks of hog hunting or protection work. Courtney is pictured on the left with her former dog, Little Rascal.
We are currently developing a line of "catch weight" APBTs from top quality, performance selected dogs derived exclusively from game bred stock.
Quality APBTs are phenomenal and very efficient dogs, but their power is limited by their size. It is rare to find true game bred APBTs that are in shape that still hit the scales over 60+#'s. While some people advertise "XL" pit bulls, please note that "XL Pitbulls" are not really APBTs. Breeders of "XL Pitbulls" bred for looks, not performance or even health, and therefore the "XL" dogs lack the health, sound structure, drive, and confidence required from true APBTs.
The APBT is often too social to be an effective sentry dog since they tend to like even strangers. That said, many APBTs are trained for protection work due to their exceptional drive, and some even become very successful at such work, but I would not claim the APBT as a naturally protective breed. Like the American Sentinel, they have very high prey drive, and for this reason they almost are always capable of becoming excellent hog catch dogs.
The biggest concerns with APBTs are responsible ownership and public perception. While all dogs should have responsible owners, this is especially true for the APBT. Far too many irresponsible people have owned and allowed APBTs to get into unnecessary and preventable trouble. In responsible and experienced hands, APBTs generally make great working dogs. It is not a breed for those that think all dogs are the same. These dogs are determined athletes, which is why they excel at most types of work. If you are interested in an APBT, learn about the breed and what it takes to manage and confine these dogs in a responsible manner before obtaining one.
Sorrells bloodline - Click HERE to see his Pedigree.
Frankie is a proven dog that we recently acquired and displays many of the traits that we desire, including a naturally protective response when someone behaves in a suspicious manner.
Extremely prey driven & very sharp. He is also a tremendous athlete. Lucky is one of those rare APBTs that is both "people friendly" while also naturally protective at night or when someone behaves in a suspicious manner. He is a also a big game dog.
Maddy is named after the man I got her from, Madison "Mad" Parker, who is not only a former breeder and handler of many of the legendary Sorrells' dogs, such as Shoshone, Joe Testiment, Uncle Bud, and any others, but is also a former US Navy Seal. This girl is exceptionally well bred, and I am confident she will be a great addition to our line of APBTs.