You might have owned a Golden Retriever or a Poodle, but when it comes to Pitbulls, things might seem a bit serious, given the negative news that follows their name. However, the Pitbulls might have been bred to be a fighter, but they are extremely lovely in actuality.
The story is the same for the beautiful Blue Nose Pitbulls. These dogs need love and adoration like any other dog. You simply need to go for the better upbringing and disciplined training to keep them reliable and mellow. So, if you have plans to bring home this breed, here is a complete blog with all the information you need on them.
Blue Nose Pitbull
Quick Info Table of Blue Nose Pitbull
|18-21 Inches Tall
|30lbs to 60lbs
|12 years to 15 years
|Primarily light gray in color (White Markings Might be Present on Body and Face)
|Highly Intelligent and Smart
|American Stafford Terriers/American PitBull Terrier
|AKC Breed Popularity
|Affectionate, Playful, and Loyal
|Daily Food Consumption
|Two to Four Percent of Its Body Weight on a Daily Basis
|Common Health Issues
|Skin Diseases, Thyroid Issues, Arthritis
Facts about the Blue Nose Pitbull:
Here are some amazing facts about the Blue Nose Pitbull if you are planning to bring one for yourself.
- They might not always come with a blue-colored nose
- They aren’t a separate breed (rather a mix of two)
- They often suffer from different types of genetic health conditions
- Some breeders might claim them to be unique breed (they aren’t as explained earlier)
- They tend to be happy jumpers
- The Blue Nose Pitbulls aren’t best watchdogs or guard dogs
- They are strong as well as smart
- They are amazing with the children
About the Blue Nose Pitbull:
If you love your Blue Nose Pitbull, you need to know their genetic line as well. This particular dog breed comes from the American Staffordshire Terrier lineage or the American Pitbull Terrier. Not just that, your blue-nosed buddy could also be a beautiful mix of both. These pooches pack in a specific gene that makes your coat a pretty blue color.
They are considered a rare breed of a dog, given the fact that this coloring comes from the recessive genes. In order for these genes to be expressive and dominant in your pooch, the parents need to have the blue gene to be just as dominant.
This coloring comes due to the diluted variant of the black pigment termed as the eumelanin. This is the very same pigment that is known to cause blue color eyes. The American Pitbull Terriers derive their ancestry from a rich background where these pooches were bred to be hunters, primarily in England. During the onset of the 19th century, the Blue Nose Pitbull was bred commonly for bear and bull baiting. Consequently, they were banned from being bred in the United Kingdom.
With a move to the land of America, this breed was later used for hunting, farm dogs, as well as protection of the land. With time, they were also used for their loving companionship.
Appearance of Blue Nose Pitbull:
Talking about the appearance of the Blue Nose Pitbull, it looks quite similar to its ancestor, American Pitbull Terrier. However, there is only the difference of color given the fact that the former is a blue colored breed.
Pitbulls generally feature a particularly broad face followed by a definitive and short muzzle. Not just that, the blues specifically come with small-sized blue eyes & nose that is light grayish in color. Apart from this, the Blue Nose Pitbull packs in an athletic and stocky body with some well-defined muscles.
Height & Weight of Blue Nose Pitbull:
Your Blue Nose Pitbull’s weight might vary depending upon the genes and size of the parents. As seen with most of the mammals, the females are smaller as opposed to males. When full-grown, your blue nose will weigh anywhere from 30lb to 60lb. On the other hand, the height of this beautiful dog breed can start at 18 inches and go as high as 21 inches.
Colors of Blue Nose Pitbull:
Blue Nosed Pitbulls aren’t actually blue in color. Rather, they are on the lighter side of gray. Their coat has solid coverage of the color that might sometimes be a brindle stripe. This makes the pooch look like a striped tiger.
At times, these dogs might also have some face markings like white markings that are present in between their eyes or going down to its nose. Apart from this, they might also have some white markings over the chest & feet, which looks something similar to your dog wearing a shoe.
History & Origin of Blue Nose Pitbull:
Blue Nose Pitbullsmake up for a great pet. Why you ask! This is because they are sociable, loyal, reliable, as well as gentle. This particular breed flaunts a vivid originthat brings in the mix of athleticism from the bulldog and gameness from the terrier breed.
The breed gets its name from Ratting, which is a technique where a large collection of rats are put together with a dog into a pit. The Blue Nose Pitbulls came into existence not normally, rather due to the selective breeding practice that was done with the pit bulls back in the days. The breed that comes from this selective breeding technique contains a genetic code that introduces color pigmentation that dominates the middle section of their hair.
When this gene comes into effect, it tends to leave the hair’s tip colorless and makes your blue nose pooch appear gray in color. Let us take a deeper look into the origin and history of the Blue Nose Pitbull.
According to the American Dog Breeders Association, an organization that registers and promotes the purebred variant of the Pitbulls states that the genetic research for the coat color hasn’t yet been done for this breed. This is due to the fact that this dog breed wasn’t actually bred for its color.
However, in the past few years, the blue-nosed Pitbulls, along with the red-nosed ones, have become a symbol of fashion among pet owners. Genetic research for the coat has actually been done with similar breeds like the popular American Staffordshire Terrier.
As per the ADBA, this blue color comes from a recessive and homozygous variant of gene mutation, which only happens when both the parents hold this recessive gene. Even the UKC or United Kennel Club is known to register the American Pitbulls. As per the UKC, this pitbull’s nose is large with open and wide nostrils. However, any color is acceptable for the pitbull breed.
The Blue nosed pooches come from a small gene pool. This technical blue is a result of the heavy dilution of the black color that happened through years of selective breeding among two different Pitbulls. As described earlier, the blue coloration tends to be recessive, which means the breeders involved in breeding the blue bulls should select the breeds after proper genetic study to create the blue puppies.
Now, one thing that hampers this breeding process is the fact that the blue coloration tends to hamper the pooches with multiple health as well as skin issues. Keep in mind that it isn’t uncommon for the blue Pitbulls to ail from a severe form of hair loss that starts at a very young age. This particular recessive genetics might also cause several problems related to the immune system. This includes issues such as hearing and vision loss.
Yes, the Pitbulls are popular as a violent breed. However, it entirely boils down to the way they are raised. This violent history comes from the fact that Pitbulls originate from a specific Old English Bulldog breed. This breed was majorly used for livestock control as well as blood sports like bull baiting. With time, Pitbulls have become a regular household pet that has mellowed down their aggressive nature massively. So, if you wish to bring home a Blue Nose Pitbull, they are just like other dogs, it entirely depends on how you bring them up with the proper discipline and lots of love.
Is this Dog Good with Children:
The Blue Nose Pitbullstend to be extremely loyal, loving, as well as reliable. They are perfect for children. Although the breed has a historical lineage of aggressive ancestors put into the pit for fighting and blood sport, this particular breed wasn’t actually bred for the same. Rather, it was bred for companionship and its beautiful color. So, you can easily bring them home as they are amazing with children.
Care of Blue Nose Pitbull:
Food and Nutrition Requirements:
Nutrition is an essential part of your Blue Pitbulls’ life. This helps ensure that your pooch is healthy enough, especially given the health issues that frequently gets hold of them. Although dogs come under the omnivorous category, it is important that you feed them a good amount of protein, especially during their initial growth years.
Both raw, as well as commercial food items, are critical to your dog’s health development. The overall section of food you provide your dog depends on a range of factors such as lifestyle, age, or activity level.
For puppies, you need to provide at least 22 percent of protein in the diet. On the other hand, adults require about 18 percent protein. It is perfectly fine to feed your pooch three times on a daily basis. Depending on the amount of exercise your pooch receives, the overall nutrition requirement can also vary. If your Blue Nose Pitbull is involved in hardcore exercises, he/she might need an extra serving in the evening as well, making it four meals on a daily basis.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t overfeed them, especially when they do not participate in regular exercises. Make sure you bring in a proper mix of veggies with protein to give them all the essential nutrients required to keep the pooch healthy and happy.
The Blue Nose Pitbull tends to be highly energetic as well as playful in nature. This means they need to invest in regular exercise for the prevention of obesity or boredom. Make sure you opt for a minimum of 90 minutes of exercise sessions on a daily basis. This includes activities such as jogging, walks, or even a playful experience.
When talking your pooch out for a walk, it is better if you keep them under your control with a leash & also avoid spaces that are frequented by people. This is due to the fact that Pitbulls can be a bit unpredictable in terms of behavior, especially around dogs that are unfamiliar to them.
Although your pooch might be friendly and mellow with you, they might not exhibit the very same behavior with other pet owners or their pets. So, make sure you avoid such situations and keep to places that are safe for a good walk with no people walking by you every now and then.
This breed has a history of hunting from its ancestors. This means they can be particularly athletic in nature. Agile sport can be fairly beneficial to this breed as it is known to provide both mental stimulations as well as exercise.
The Blue Nose Pitbull is a smart and intelligent breed. However, they can also be stubborn in certain cases. So, when training your Pitbulls, make sure you are patient with them. Keep in mind that you need to provide this breed with consistent training paired with some easy training exercises. With patience and some time, you will get access to a dog that is well-trained and highly reliable.
The right way is to go with positive reinforcement. Using this method will help you in effective training and avoid any punishment techniques. This is due to the fact that punishment can lead to problematic and unwanted behaviors or health issues in the dog.
In order to use the positive reinforcement technique, you can give the dog something they love like a reward, which is a sweet or savory treat. You can give them the treat, praise them, or even play more with them.
You need to start training the puppy right as they arrive on your doorstep as a puppy. This particular breed requires ample mental stimulation. This helps prevent any boredom or destructive behavior. In order to make the training way more fun, make sure you play with the pet after the training session is over. This will help with the improvement of your pooch’s memory & also relieve stress.
Yes, this is something most pet owners dread, given the fact that grooming can be a particularly energy-draining task. However, with the Blue Nose Pitbull, you do not require a lot of time and effort. The grooming task for this pitbull breed is straightforward and easy. In simple terms, they cannot be categorized as a high-maintenance breed.
This breed houses a stiff & short coat that requires occasional bathing and brushing to keep it shine and shed-free. One thing you need to keep in mind that your dog’s teeth should be brushed on a regular basis. As an alternative, you can also provide them with a tasty dental stick that will keep the mouth free of any issue.
Another thing you need to keep in mind that your dog’s nail should be clipped on a regular basis to avoid any splitting or overgrowth issue. You should also check the dog’s ear for any wax build-up or debris that might cause painful infections.
Lastly, make the regular grooming activity a positive and happy experience for the pooch. Many dogs are scare of getting groomed and tend to get aggressive. In case you instill a positive memory into their mind on a regular basis, your pooch will have a strong and long-lasting bond with you.
Common Health Issues:
Given the fact that this particular breed has been made the way it is through years of selective breeding, its gene pool carries a range of issues with minimal genetic variety. It is highly likely that your Blue Nose Pitbull will develop a range of health issues such as:
- Skin Allergies: This issue is triggered commonly by the fleas and other environmental factors
- Hip-Dysplasia: It is a malformation within your hip joints that causes arthritis and pain
- Hypothyroidism: It is caused due to an abnormal gain in weight or obesity
Apart from these major issues, your Blue Nose Pitbull might suffer from premature loss of hair. While this particular breed is wonderfully healthy in nature, they come with several health concerns. This is why a regular checkup is necessary to keep your pooch in great condition at all times.
The Blue Pits might also be susceptible to a slower immune system. This is majorly due to the lack of healthy melanin in their body. So, your pooch might find it a tad bit difficult to deal with certain infections. Pitbulls are also notoriously popular for suffering from cataracts. This is especially true as they get older. While this disease is treatable, it might also lead to blindness when left unchecked.
Even though this breed tends to suffer from health issues due to inbreeding, they can live as long as 12 years. A healthy female can give birth to 5 or sometimes even 10-puppies. Most of all, pets are family and nothing less. So, it is important that your dog gets proper attention in terms of health, along with lots of love and playtime.
Lastly, keep in mind that the love you give to your pooch will surely be returned back. Also, make sure you play your part in setting a positive precedent for these misunderstood Pitbulls, especially your Blue Nosed Pooch.
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.