Dr Tracy Douglas
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Published 12:20 pm

Exceptionally rare and commonly mistaken for another breed entirely, the Blue Nose Pitbull is a beautiful creature which deserves the attention they bring from others. Quickly increasing in popularity, these dogs are becoming a staple on the American breeding market. But, what is a Blue Nose Pitbull and what do you really know about the Blue Nose Pit?

Read on, to get yourself up to date with everything you need to know before purchasing a Blue Nose Pitbull puppy. After all, learning everything you can about these super-friendly but hyperactive dogs can save you a lot of stress and, possibly, even heartache. Check out our article below, for a comprehensive overview of the Blue Nose Pitbull.

Blue nose pitbull standing in the grass

History of the Blue Nose Pitbull

The blue nose pit is a rare variety of the American Pitbull, whereby they are bred from a recessive gene which causes their “blue” fur and nose. They are, in fact, the same breed as the Red Nose Pitbull, albeit with a different genetic code, giving them their distinctive coats. Despite their name, Blue Nose Pitbull puppies are actually grey or silver in color, with their nose holding the same shade as their fur, instead of the traditional black color.

Less frequently, they can hail from the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier over the Pitbull, as there are no specific breed guidelines for breeders to follow, including the ancestry. That said, it is generally agreed by most breeders (and buyers) that the Blue Nose Pit comes under the breed of the American Pitbull, rather than any bull-type dogs.

The Blue Nose Pitbull is pretty much a new breed, although they are not a breed unto themselves, making them all the rarer. Indeed, because of this, not much is known about whether there are any strong genetic factors which make them more prone to health conditions or whether they excel in other areas. What we do know, however, is that these dogs are not bred to fight in the same that their ancestors were. This means that you’re more likely to get a friendly, happy and family-oriented dog than you would be if you were to choose a pedigree American Pitbull.

Instead, the Blue Nose Pit actually belongs under the umbrella of the larger, American Pitbull (although this is subject to change at any time, as the American Kennel Club are always interested in adding new members to their family). The traditional American Pitbull breed was initially bred for hunting, baiting and fighting, and they are still banned in many parts of the world to this day, due to their instinctual fighting nature.

These days, luckily, many of these sports have been banned globally. Instead, breeders have sought to “breed out” these traits, which are now considered undesirable, leaving the better traits of loyalty, friendliness and confidence. Of course, there are still some breeders out there who are simply looking to make a quick buck, and simply opt for the coloring of their Pitbulls to be the prime motivation. For this reason, we always suggest having a good chat with your breeder before buying a dog, so you can be sure of their health and the happiness of the entire household.

Quick Facts

Want to know the basics about Blue Nose Pitbull Puppies or their background? Here, we give you all the basic, quick facts about the Blue Nose Pit, so you can be informed on the go!

  • A Blue Nose Pitbull doesn’t always have a “blue” nose. It can come in a range of different hues, including darker grey and even an incomplete blue nose.
  • The blue nose comes from a recessive gene
  • The breed itself is still an American Pitbull – it’s just the color that is different!
  • Their ancestors were fighters and used in blood sports. Luckily, most of these have now been outlawed.
  • They require high levels of activity and can quickly become bored if they are not kept mentally and physically stimulated.
  • A well socialized Pitbull can make an ideal family dog, due to their patient nature, energy and loyalty.
  • They are incredibly easy to train.
  • These Pitbulls prefer people to other dogs.
  • They are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • They can grow up to 21 inches in height, and up to 60 pounds in weight.
  • Their typical lifespan is between 8 and 15 years old.
  • Jumping is a big habit to crack with these pups – and they certainly like to jump often (and high!).
  • Their short makes them easy to groom, but also susceptible to the cold.

The most important fact when it comes to these lovely dogs is that buyers should always do their homework before purchasing a Blue Nose Pitbull. This is because there is a high demand for this specific coloring, which has led to an increase in in-breeding and therefore a high chance of health problems. That said, when bought from an ethical breeder, these dogs are a joy to be around and are likely to be very healthy.

Blue nose pitbull puppy

Things You Should Know

Every breed has 5 main areas that any new household should be aware of. Below, we talk you through the main things you should know about the Blue Nose Pitbull, including tips and tricks specific to the breed that make all the difference in their happiness.

Training

While the Blue Nose Pitbull puppy is usually a little stubborn, they are equally eager to please and highly trainable due to their intelligence. This usually means that, with a confident dog owner, the Pitbull can become one of the most easily trained dogs around, allowing them to excel in a range of areas.

Generally, these dogs are very treat and food-oriented, giving you a great opportunity to take advantage of this during training. That said, training should start early, to stop any negative behaviors from developing, as well as helping this breed to learn who is the master of the house. The best commands to begin with are:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Come
  • Leave
  • Quiet and
  • Bed

Feeding

Pitbulls use a lot of energy and have a lot of muscle that requires feeding, leading to them to burning up to 1,800 calories per day. When you consider that high quality foods are often lower in caloric value, that can mean that feeding your new Blue Nose dog can get expensive, very quickly.

Full grown dogs should have roughly 3 cups of kibble per day, made up of high-quality foods that are rich in nutrients – especially proteins (to feed the muscles) and fats (to burn for energy). If you are looking to switch over their food at any time, you should start with a small amount of the new food, mixed with their old food and gradually alter the ratios until they end up with a full bowl of their new food.

Puppies will naturally need less food, and their hunger can quickly grow. For this reason, we recommend free feeding your dog (leaving dry kibble out at all times) until they are around 6 months old. If, however, your puppy is particularly greedy, it can be a good idea to buy a bowl that discourages eating too quickly or feeding your dog up to 6 times a day, with smaller portion sizes of between ¼ to ½ a cup of kibble at each serving.

Be aware that these dogs can grow up to 60 pounds once they’re fully grown, and you should always be able to feel their ribs while stroking them. However, you should never be able to see their ribs with the naked eye, as this would indicate they are currently underweight. If you can’t feel their ribs while stroking them, it is likely that they are overweight – both issues should require a change in their daily intake, as suitable.

Grooming

The American Pitbull – and therefore the Blue Nose Pitbull – are generally very easy to groom. They have a short, close coat that requires little to no brushing, although they are prone to health problems with their skin. For this reason, it is usually a good idea to give them a once over a few times a week, so you can stop problems as early as possible and before they progress. You can also give your Pitbull a stroke with some chamois leather, which will keep the coat looking healthy and shiny.

As with all dogs, your Blue Nose Pit should have their ears checked regularly for signs of wax build-up, in order to avoid infections. Similarly, their claws should be checked regularly and trimmed by a trained professional if you feel they are getting too long.

Health

There are a few health conditions which come with the American Pitbull breed in general, as well as some health conditions that are linked to the recessive gene found in the Blue Nose Pitbulls. The latter of which are usually linked to skin conditions such as dermatitis and alopecia. This specific coloring is also more likely to suffer from deafness, poor vision and immune system dysfunctions.

Of course, because the number of Blue Nose Pitbulls is still so small, these are only known through studies of the genetic makeup itself, which has been found in many breeds of other dogs. Luckily, most of these problems can be managed through medication and by following the advice of your veterinarian.

Some of the more common issues in Pitbulls, such as joint problems and weight issues can be combated through the use of high-quality, nutritious food and regular exercise. This should not only keep them at the right weight, but also help them to build denser bones and appropriate muscle mass to support their hefty frames.

There is a more significant problem with Blue Nose Pitbulls, in that there are a number of unethical breeders who look for their coloring over health or temperament. This issue can lead to overbreeding and therefore a high number of different health problems which come with that. To avoid this, always seek out ethical breeders – you should be able to see mum and dad, on request – and request for basic testing for deafness and other common problems with the breed.

Blue nose pitbull

Temperament

Generally speaking, the Blue Nose Pit is a very happy dog that can easily form a strong bond with their owner. This is both a blessing and a curse, in that without proper socialization from a young age, they can sometimes become dependent on just one person. They usually enjoy spending as much time as they can with their “pack” and a well-socialized Pitbull is usually more than happy to spend time with the whole family.

While these dogs are excellent with children, it is always recommended that both children and the Pitbull are knowledgeable of each other and they should never be left with each other, unsupervised. Instead, teaching children to respect the boundaries of any dog is always a good idea, while dogs should also – simultaneously – be able to mature into happy canine companions of young people.

While many people think of the Pitbull as being a protective breed, they are actually quite relaxed around strangers and make for pretty poor guard dogs! They work much better as a watchdog that can inform you of changes when something happens, rather than being used for guarding purposes. Indeed, they would much rather play with a stranger than attack them – which is great for busy households where there are a lot of comings and goings.

They can, however, be extremely stubborn at times and – despite generally being eager to please and highly intelligent – they require a knowledgeable and confident dog owner to train them. Without a figurative firm hand in training, they may become the dominant dog, leading to frequent signs of aggression and problems with authority. For this reason, they are not ideal for first-time dog owners.

The Blue Nose Pitbull is generally much more friendly around people than they are around other dogs and are generally better suited as the only pet in the household. While a lot of the aggression has been bred out of the bloodlines, they are still known to be “dog aggressive” and can easily become jealous or dominating toward other animals.

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Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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