Beyond their attractive rare coloring, the Blue Nose Pitbull, a variation of an American Pitbull Terrier, has much to offer as a loving, loyal companion. Despite their unfortunate reputation, this sensitive, intelligent, and energetic breed can make an exceptional family dog.
Are Blue Nose Pitbull Dogs Dangerous?
The American Pitbull Terrier has endured a difficult history. Originally, they were bred in England as a hunting dog for barbaric bull and bear baiting in the 1800s. Eventually, the abuse of this breed transitioned into dog fighting, followed by scary news reports of attacks.
When raised in a loving home, Blue Nose Pitbull dogs are affectionate and caring. They love to play and have a nurturing temperament. They were once used in England as a “nanny dog” to guard and play with children.
In America, this breed started out as a farm dog offering their companionship and hunting and protecting skills. At the start of the last century, The American Pitbull Terrier had a run of popularity being featured as a shoe mascot, the RCA dog, and the loyal companion of the Little Rascals.
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Sadly, due to recent stigma, many dogs associated with the label Pitbull do not become readily adopted. The Blue Nose Pitbull is not recognized by American Kennel Club.
Why So Blue?
The Blue Nose Pitbull is not a separate breed. They belong to the American Pitbull Terrier breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier breed, or a mix of both, with recessive genes supplying the blue coloring. They gain their unique appearance from the selective breeding of two blue adults.
Despite the blue description, these dogs may not have a fully blue nose. Generally, their noses appear light gray, with a tint of blue differentiating them from the fully black nose of other Pitbull dogs. Black and reddish nose coloring is possible as well.
Regardless of the color variances, it’s worth noting that the color blue in any dog breed is extremely rare. The blue tone in the Blue Nose Pitbull reveals itself in more than just their noses. The hue of their skin tone, eyes, and toenails may also have a blue quality.
Blue Nose Pitbull dogs have a broad, angular face with small blue eyes, a short muzzle, and often, a light gray nose. They have a stocky, athletic body with defined muscles that may seem intimidating.
Males tend to be larger than females. Full-grown Blue Nose Pitbull dogs average between 30 and 60 pounds and stand between 18 and 21 inches tall.
Easy to maintain with limited shedding, the Blue Nose Pitbull’s coat is short and stiff with a glossy, smooth-to-the-touch texture. The color of their coat tends to be solid, although it can also be brindle stripe. White markings often give this dog its distinctive look, appearing between their eyes, down to their nose, across their chest, and on their feet.
Personality and Temperament
If you’re willing to regularly exercise and spend plenty of quality time with your Blue Nose Pitbull dog, you’ll enjoy the best that this breed can offer in unconditional love. These dogs are good with children and tend to make strong bonds with every member of your family.
Sensitive, Loving, and Loyal
One of the amazing traits of Blue Nose Pitbull dogs is their capacity for experiencing a broad spectrum of emotions. These dogs want to relate to their owners, and they’ll let you know how they’re feeling by their varied facial expressions.
However, with all that love and affection comes a heightened level of anxiety when family members leave. Before you adopt a Blue Nose Pitbull, be sure to consider how long you’ll need to leave your dog on their own. Separation anxiety can lead to frustration and destructive behavior.
Intelligent and Energetic
Blue Nose Pitbull dogs require, at a minimum, an hour to an hour and a half of exercise every single day. These dogs crave an active lifestyle with plenty of mental stimulation. They’re wonderfully playful and love active games.
You’ll want to avoid boredom with this type of dog. These dogs will find ways to entertain themselves that may not be satisfactory to you. Blue Nose Pitbull dogs are aggressive chewers and avid diggers. Offering your Pitbull dog sturdy chew toys and perhaps an acceptable portion of your yard to dig may help avoid unwanted destructive behavior.
While Blue Nose Pitbull dogs may crave human attention, they aren’t nearly as friendly to other dogs. They can quickly become jealous. If you frequently socialize your Pitbull as a puppy with other dogs, you may reduce this tendency.
You’ll need to take a kind and gentle approach with a generous dose of patience when training your Blue Nose Pitbull puppy. This smart yet stubborn breed responds best to consistency, short training sessions, and a fun approach.
Punishment will do more harm than good with this dog breed. It’s important to note that when abused, these dogs can become quite dangerous. Instead, always use positive reinforcement in the form of treats and praise.
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Offer your dog opportunities to use their bright mind and impressive athletic ability. Provide puzzle feeders and nearly indestructible chew toys. Also, playing hide and seek or running through an obstacle course can be excellent forms of interaction. Your Blue Nose Pitbull may impress you with their ample jumping ability.
Caring for a Blue Nose Pitbull
For the most part, Blue Nose Pitbull dogs are relatively low maintenance. With basic grooming, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and precautions for health issues, your Blue Nose Pitbull can live up to 12 to 15 years.
Blue Nose Pitbull dogs shed twice a year and require only occasional brushing and bathing. Be sure to use a mild shampoo, as this breed often suffers from skin irritation. Also, keep bedding clean. Pitbull dogs tend to sweat and in some cases, excessively.
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Finally, keeping your Pitbull dog’s nails clipped and ears clean of wax buildup and debris will help avoid and eliminate injury and infection.
By simply offering your Blue Nose Pitbull dog a balanced, high-protein diet, you’ll have a strong, happy and healthy companion. Your Pitbull dog will need to eat twice a day, morning and evening. They consume between a cup and a half to two and a half cups of kibble a day, depending on their size.
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Since the blue gene is recessive, inbreeding is the norm with Blue Nose Pitbull dogs. Pulling from a limited gene pool results in little variety, genetic problems, and recurring health issues. Be aware that common health ailments with this breed include hip dysplasia, skin allergies, and hypothyroidism. Buying a supportive, orthopedic dog bed can help comfort your Pitbull dog.
Your Blue Nose Pitbull dog not only wants to exercise daily, but they also need to do so for their overall health. Hypothyroidism can cause obesity. Regular exercise can keep your dog’s weight in check. Blue Nose Pitbull dogs enjoy walking, jogging, and playing. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash for their and other’s safety.
Buying a Puppy
Blue Nose Pitbull puppies are rare and thus, expensive. You can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000.
When searching for a puppy to purchase, be sure to look for a breeder with a solid reputation. You should be able to read verified reviews and testimonials and have access to health certificates or genetic screenings.
Ask questions before you commit to buying. Learn about the mother dog’s health, background, and number of litters she’s had. Find out the level of care given to the newborn puppies, such as feeding, socialization, and vet visits.
The breeder should ask questions of you as well. A high-quality breeder should want their puppies to only go to homes that are able to properly love and care for them.
Blue Nose Pitbull dogs can make wonderful family dogs. If you have the time and the energy, you’ll gain a smart, expressive, and loving companion.
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