Blue nose pitbulls are known and desired for their distinct look and sweet demeanor. But are they actually their own separate breed of pitbull?
What Makes a Blue Nose Pitbull Different from Any Other Pittie Breed?
The Blue Nose Pitbull is a highly desired dog among the world of Pittie lovers. People seem to love the look of their shiny blueish-grey coat (and of course, their nose). But outside of their color scheme and a couple of recessive genes, there really is nothing that sets them apart as a breed in itself.
The color of their fur coats and their noses do not differentiate them as a breed any more than a Black Lab differs from a Chocolate Lab. If you are looking to adopt a Pittie in the near future, and you are specifically leaning toward a blue nose, then you’ll want to know these things ahead of time to avoid getting “bamboozled” by a dishonest dog breeder.
*Honestly, we would recommend not buying from a Pitbull breeder to begin with, and instead adopt from a shelter or a local animal rescue. They will likely not try to take advantage of you. Also you will be doing the right thing by saving a dog’s life.
- What Makes a Blue Nose Pitbull Different from Any Other Pittie Breed?
- What Actually Is a Blue Nose Pitbull?
- The Tall-Tale That’s Told About Pitbulls – Debunking Their “Mean” Reputation
- Pitbull Bloodlines: a Brief History of the “Bully” Breeds
- Other Facts About Owning a Pitbull
- 3 Keys To a Longer, Happier Life for Your Dog
- Trendy Name Ideas: Naming Your Dog Something EPIC!
- Why Adopt a Pitbull?
- Final Thoughts On Adoption
What Actually Is a Blue Nose Pitbull?
The Blue Nose Pitbull is an American Pitbull with a distinct greyish-blue colored nose, and often matching colored fur. This is due to a recessive genetic trait that gives them them their distinctive look. Their coat is not set in stone though. Pitties and Bully breeds are a very diverse breed with a full array of colors and patterns that very wildly.
You’ve probably seen the “color canvas” of patterns and uneven patches and spots that make up their fur coat; which makes them all the more beautiful and interesting. Another trait that varies wildly with Pitbulls are their eyes. Common eye colors can include blue, copper brown, and olive green.
Are They Hard to Come By?
Blue Nose Pitbulls are actually quite common. Some breeders will try to pass them off as a special breed of Pittie because they are are well sought after. Some breeders will even attempt to charge a premium price for them.
Do not fall victim to this fallacy. There’s no need to pay a premium for a so called “rare breed”. Especially when shelters and rescues are full of loving dogs just waiting for someone to come save them and give them a good home and a second chance.
Another common issue with Pitbull breeders unfortunately, is some of them will overbreed or interbreed the Pitbulls to increase the likelihood that the recessive “blue nose” gene will pass on to the puppies. This can cause health issues, skin allergies, or genetic defects in the dog. It is arguably a form of animal abuse; and definitely an irresponsible practice.
Overbreeding has also shown up as a rampant problem with the Pitbull breed, and is one of the contributing factors as to why animal shelters are overcrowded with them.
In short, the Blue Nose Pitbull is not it’s own breed. They are very much the same thing as any other American Pit Bull Terrier, and they are just as wonderful of a pet to have!
What About Red Nose Pitties?
Same thing… American Pit Terriers just as often have a reddish brown nose (sometimes with pink or grey spots on them), and along the contours of their mouth and eyelids. They also have a very diverse color scheme and patterns on their fur coat; just like the blue nose.
Below is a list of different colors you’ll commonly see in the Pitbull Terrier; with any combination of these colors combined on their beautiful coat. This family of dogs are among one of the most diverse breeds, as far as looks go.
Common Fur Coats on Pitbull Terriers:
- Brindle (multi-color marbled pattern)
- Blue (blueish grey)
The Tall-Tale That’s Told About Pitbulls – Debunking Their “Mean” Reputation
Pitbull Temperament Myth: Are They Dangerous & Mean?
Don’t let the name fool you; despite the stigma behind the “mean-scary” pitbull reputation, they are really just big babies. Just about anyone that’s owned one before will tell you how loveable they are. They love to goof around and play. They are very attentive to family members; particularly children (more on that in a bit).
They are exceptionally warm-hearted, loyal, and obedient dogs. More than most breeds in fact. The A.T.T.S. (American Temperament Test Society) found that American Pitbull Terriers passed their temperament test with flying colors 87.4% of the time; one of the highest scoring breeds out of over 120.
The American Pittie scored very high on the list for best temperament. Even outperforming well-known family-dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Beagles. According to Canine Journal, you are literally 16 times more likely to drown to death in a 5 gallon bucket of water, than you are to be fatally attacked by a Pitbull.
American Pitbulls: Lovers by Nature; NOT Fighters
If you’ve ever owned a Pitbull before, they probably stole your heart really fast. So what gives them such a bad rap then? Well in part, the media loves to demonize them any chance they get (thankfully, this is starting turn around a bit).
Sure there have been instances where a pitbull attacks somebody, and we never wish that on anyone. However, the same can be said about a good number of breeds. There were points in time where German Shepards and Rottweilers were under scrutiny for being “dangerous dogs”, and people were “taught” to fear them.
Another major reason is despite their loving nature, their bloodlines were originally bred and used for blood sport in England in the 1800’s. Tragically, they are still mistreated to this day; being used for illegal dog fighting. This is where a good share of the “stigma” remains in some people’s perspectives. Their bad rap was given to them by HUMAN’s misuse of the breed.
In an article on PetHelpful.com, a fellow Pittie lover and owner shares her personal thoughts as to why this breed’s reputation has been drug through the mud so much, and why people are TAUGHT to fear Pitbulls; as society used to portray the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler the exact same way before the Pitbull. The article does an outstanding job of pleading the Pitbull’s case.
Giving Back the Pitbull’s Good Name
What many people don’t know, is that the American Pitbull Terrier was bred in America in the 1900’s to be “nanny-dogs”. Because of their sturdy frame and their caring hearts, they were used to tend to children in the family and watch over them as sort of a baby-sitter. Watching after small children, how’s that for a “big scary Pitbull”?
Dogs are primarily a product of their environment, just like people. You can teach a dog to be mean, fearful, or aggressive. You can also train them to be obedient and loving through a good home environment and socialization with other people and animals.
The American Pitbull is also one of the more re-trainable breeds of dogs. It’s said that the American Pit Terrier has a greater ability to “come back” from the trauma of being mistreated by a previous owner than most other breeds. Where many breeds tend to be unable to snap out of aggressive or anxious behavior, the Pitbull tends to be more “flexible” to mold back into their sweet loving self that they are by nature. They have a very resilient spirit!
The sad truth is that the Pitbull is currently the most mistreated breed; they have by far, the highest euthanasia rate in animal shelters (60% of shelter dogs are put down, and most shelter dogs are pitbulls).
The good news is that pitties are also quickly becoming one of the most cherished and desired breeds again by many good people that are giving them a good home and a second chance at life that they so deserve. With much thanks to these WONDERFUL people springing them from shelters and adoption agencies. It’s a big win for giving this “nanny dog’s” good name back to them! There’s still a long way to go though.
The Pitbull’s REAL Personality – They’re All Heart
Pitties have a very gentle, loving nature about them. One that you plainly see only after spending enough time around one. They are also very durable and can be very goofy and playful. This also contributes to them being such good nannies to children a century ago.
Pitbulls typically are NOT mean by nature. They are almost always taught to be that way. Like any breed of dog, if you mistreat them, neglect them, abuse them, starve them, or hurt them, it is very likely the dog’s personality will change to a more hostile and anxious aggressive behavior.
Sadly, this breed has been abused and neglected way too much in recent years. But because of their strong spirit, they have an ability to unlearn bad behavior more flexibly than most other breeds do.
So how do we rebuild their trust and bring their “natural light” back? Good positive reinforcement training, and giving them a loving home are the best chance for them being able to “come back” from traumatic experiences and let their happy, loving nature shine back through.
Like children, dog’s just need love, patience, and some guidance; They very much deserve that.
Pitbull Bloodlines: a Brief History of the “Bully” Breeds
The entire “bully” bloodline originated in ancient Greece. There are a lot of modern breeds considered “bully” breed dogs; including the American Pitbull Terrier. They all derive from a common ancestor (the Molosser).
The Molosser breeds were typically used to protect livestock and stand guard from possible intruders on property. Mix-breeding was used in order to breed Molosser dogs, and use their the stocky stature and muscular build to get the modern “bully” breed dogs we have today (Including the beloved Pittie). Having a short fur coat and snout are trademark traits of “bully” breed dogs.
19th Century England
In England in the early 1800’s; the cross-breeding of 2 “bully” breeds became a trend (the English Bulldog & the Terrier). And So began the Bull Terrier. The Bull Terrier’s wide frame and thick bone structure were inherited from the English Bulldog. Coupled with the aggressiveness of the Terrier, this made way for another disgraceful misuse of this wonderful breed.
Unfortunately as history repeats itself, many of them were used for the sake of blood sport again. The primary intent for this new breed was for the sake of bull baiting; in which a bull would be tied up and attacked by the dogs for entertainment purposes. This is where the term “bully” derives from.
Mid 19th Century: The Bull Terrier Comes to America
The Bull Terrier was brought to America by the mid 1800’s. They were mostly used as work dogs. Since they had a good build for it, they were once again used for farming purposes like their ancestors were in ancient times.
They would once again look after livestock, along with people and the property they lived on. The dogs had a very important job, since farming was so commonplace in those days. They were further bred to become what we now know as the American Pitbull Terrier.
America: Early 20th Century
The Pitbull had an all new job by the early 1900’s; due to people recogning their caring nature, and there innate tendency to protect. They began using them as “nanny dogs”; with their primary purpose being to look after children. A noble duty for a noble breed. Children were considered safe and “in good hands” (or paws) with a Pitbull around the house.
“True-Blue” Pitbulls & Other “Bully” Breed Dogs
Pitbull is kind of a loose term in the dog world. It usually describes them in a general sense; but there is a difference between what the United Kennel Club recognizes as a true Pitbull, and “Bully” breeds as a whole. As previously mentioned, Bully breeds all derive from the same common ancestor.
There arose many diverse bloodlines of “Bully” dogs through countless generations of breeding new dogs into existence. The term Pitbull embody’s a list of different dogs. But there are only a few “true-blue” Pitbull dog breeds recognized by the United Kennel Club. They are categorized, basically from head to toe.
But they share one true commonality, their origination. True Pitbulls were bred from the English Bulldog, and the Terrier in England. And then brought to America, where they were also further bred to become an American Pitbull Terrier.
Here are the primary Pitbull breeds:
*These breeds originated from the crossing of the English Bulldog and the Terrier. They are the true Pitbulls.
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
As Far As the “Bully” Dogs Go
An American Bully breed dog share many physical and behavioral attributes, that qualify (and disqualify) them as a Bully breed dog. The U.K.C. (United Kennel Club) released an in-depth description of the American Bully. Classifying them in great detail with a long set of common characteristics (smooth glossy short fur coat, a shortened muzzle, ear placement, etc.).
Here’s a few examples of popular dogs that are considered Bully breeds (derive from the same common ancestor in ancient Greece):
- English Bulldog
- English Mastiff
- Boston Terrier
There are alot of Terriers, Mastiffs, and Bulldogs, in the list of Bully dog breeds. Some of them may even surprise you; like Boxers, Rottweilers, the Great Dane, and even Pugs make the list believe it or not. The Canine Journal gives an extensive list of bully breed dogs, as well as the true Pitbull breed.
Other Facts About Owning a Pitbull
Height & Weight
A pure-bred American Pitbull Terrier will typically reach the 18 to 24 inch height range. Males will typically be larger than females. This is what you can expect from a full grown adult. As far as weight goes, generally they will reach the 35 to 60 pound range.
Of course these numbers can vary when talking about mix-breeds. An American Pitbull that has some Boxer in them, could stand a good 6 inches higher off the ground and weigh more like 80 pounds. Pitties will reach adulthood, and become fully grown by up to 2 years of age.
Their Fur Coat
One distinctive thing Pitbull breeds are known and recognized for are their short, shiny fur coat. It’s a very appealing look for a dog, you would think that these short-haired breeds don’t shed. The fact is though, that pitties do shed their fur.
The peak time of year which they generally shed the most is the Summer and Fall time. Other factors however, can cause a dog to shed their coat as well, such as a sudden change in the diet or food they are accustomed to.
If you are not into the whole idea of having fur on your clothes and your furniture, then perhaps, a Pitbull is not your ideal breed. However if you don’t mind a little vacuuming your home and brushing your dog every so often; then you may find like so many others do, that they will warm your heart as soon as you bring one home.
They are such a lovable breed, and are sure to work their way into your heart quickly. That being said, what’s a little bit of shedding compared to the love and joy of having a Pittie as your new family member?
Average Life Expectancy
The average life expectancy of a pittie can range between 8 and 14 years. Of course there is no set amount of time they will live. When talking about the lifespan of your family dog, we don’t really like thinking about that part, but it’s something me must face.
The hardest part of owning a dog is knowing that you will have to part ways with them much sooner than you want. They are family, and we always wish they could stay around forever. When bringing a dog into your home though, it’s an important factor to consider.
Because you want to make sure you’ll be able to care for them and keep them for the whole duration of their life. Also, so you can take steps to help increase both, the quantity, and the quality of their life. Here are a few things you can do to help your dog get more out of their time here with you. Lord knows they deserve it.
3 Keys To a Longer, Happier Life for Your Dog
1. Exercise their Body & Mind:
Getting your dog out and walking around in the park or the sidewalks through town are key to their health and longevity. But the mental stimulation aspect of it plays an important role in keeping them a happy dog for many “dog years” to come. Regular daily walks improve both their body, and mental function.
An active mind also keeps the body healthy. Teaching them new tricks, playing with a frisbee, keeping them socialized, or just giving them personal and family attention will keep their brain stimulated and help them age gracefully.
2. They Are What They Eat:
Like humans, how well we take care of what go’s into our dog’s body has a huge impact on their life expectancy. Feeding them high quality and natural foods, along with plenty of fresh water will keep them well-nourished and well balanced. It also produces a healthy coat, and keeeps their bones, muscles, and organs in good standing.
Portion control and feeding times very much play into your dog’s diet. These steps will all help prevent disease and keep their weight down to healthy levels. Consult with a qualified veterinarian for more details on a diet plan for your dog.
3. Good Oral Hygiene:
You may or may not have ever wondered if dogs need their teeth brushed; they definitely do. starting them on a daily brushing routine can help them fend off mouth and gum disease, and help prevent major problems down the road. Regular brushing also keeps their heart and organs healthy by stopping plaque buildup that can get into their bloodstream.
Trendy Name Ideas: Naming Your Dog Something EPIC!
Greek & Roman Mythology – a Growing Trend for Pitbull Names
You might have already picked up on a trend across the web, or with dogs throughout adoption agencies. Naming them after Greek and Roman mythological folklore (and names from other folklore) has become increasingly popular. It’s been especially popular with bully breeds and Pitbulls.
It makes perfect sense that this is a thing. Names like these have a certain powerful display of inner-strength and valor about them; very fitting for the Bully breeds. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a Pitbull or adding a Rottweiler into the family in the near future, a mythological Greek name could be a fine fit for your pup.
A name like Zeus or Apollo suits these types of dogs well. Here’s a sample of some of the more popular mythological names people have been giving their dogs.
Trending Male Pitbull & Dog Names:
- Zeus – God of Thunder King of All Gods
- Aries – Greek War God
- Thor – Norse God of War
- Cerus – Mythological Giant Bull
- Pluto – God of the Underworld; and Brother to Zeus
- Apollo – God of Music
- Hercules – Son of Zues; half man & half God of Strength
- Perseus – God of War and Peace
- Poseidon – God of the Sea
- Triton – God & Messenger of the Sea; Son of Poseidon
Trending Female Pitbull & Dog Names:
- Athena – Goddess of Wisdom
- Xena – TV Character Based on Mythology (not actual mythology; but is a popular dog name)
- Aphrodite – Goddess of Love & Beauty
- Iris – Rainbow Goddess & Messenger of the Gods
- Juno – Queen of the Gods
- Luna – Moon Goddess
- Venus – Goddess of Beauty
When deciding on what to name your dog, it’s a good idea to think about what character quality you want to exemplify when you think of your dog. If you have a male Pitbull and you want to emphasize power or strength when you think about them; then maybe Thor or Hercules might be a good way to go. If you have female dog, and you want her to be known as a “pretty girl” or for being very lovable; names like Venus or Aphrodite are perfect.
Why Adopt a Pitbull?
Why Adopt Instead of Shop?
This is a subject that personally, we have a lot of passion for. It’s sad but true, that Pitbulls and Bully breeds are the most common dogs left in shelters. Unfortunately, they have often been neglected, harmed, starved, and mistreated from previous owners (let down by their humans). Sometimes they are not quite this unfortunate, and do not come from as dark backgrounds as this. But they still wind up in shelters because they were surrendered by their owner for various reasons.
Because of the stigma behind the Pitbull name, they can be hard to adopt. This seems to be changing around a bit in the recent years. This is due to more great people stepping forward and realizing they are can be just as loving as any other breed. Giving these loving animals a second chance at life. But there is still much progress to be made.
The bottom line here is, when you choose to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue service, you are more than likely saving that dog’s life. Many dogs are so happy after being rescued, that you can actually physically see their appreciation for what you’ve done for them by springing them from the shelters and into the safety of a good home.
Many shelter dogs take some work, love, and patience (and possibly formal training), but at the end of the day, your new rescue animal has a very well-behaved dog that lives inside them, with a good heart. They just need some work.
Things to Consider Before Adoption
Because of a shelter dog’s questionable past, lack of proper care, and the anxiety that comes from being left in the shelters; they sometimes have behaviors that need correction. This will take some work and patience for their trust to be built back up. But if you commit to them on this, it will warm your heart like you’ve never experienced.
They may have never been taught to get out of bad habits, like chewing everything in sight. Or they may have been kept out in the back yard their whole lives, and were never properly potty-trained and socialized.
Some dogs my not play well with other animals or take kindly to people they don’t know do to previous abuse (often times, males). Not all mistreated dog’s are aggressive though, some of them will just act scared. And with enough of the right training, even extreme cases can be corrected. Truthfully, with enough work, almost no dog is “too far gone”.
According to some trainers, the Pitbull breed has an ability to come back from mistreatment, and become the well-rounded “big babies” that they are more so than many other breeds. Pitties have a very strong spirit that often times cannot be broken; regardless of their past experiences.
Before adopting any dog, you will want to know as much as you can about their behavior ahead of time to see if they are the right one for your home. Also, having a meet-and-greet with your other dog(s) before adoption is helpful. This way you can get a feel for how they may interact together.
If you have your heart set on rescuing and adopting a dog, but you want “lower-maintenance”, then adopting a senior dog is always a great option. They usually do not need as much physical activity (although they still do need a certain amount of exercise & mental stimulation) as younger dogs. They are also less prone to behaviors that need changing.
There are no shortage of senior dogs to be adopted, since people typically gravitate toward younger dogs that have more years left. By opening your home (and your heart) to a senior dog, you are ensuring that their remaining golden years are filled with love and warmth.
Final Thoughts On Adoption
If you take a shelter dog into your family and give them a second chance at life, they may be well behaved already, or they may need some work. They may even need a good, well experienced positive reinforcement trainer to use force free, fear free methods to bring back out the “good dog” in them.
One thing is for certain though, if you care about the dog’s well-being, it’s important that you make the commitment to them to have the kindness and patience to work with them; and not give up on them. Far too many rescue dogs are brought back into shelters as a “re-surrender” for menial reasons like barking.
It’s never fun when a dog does something like chews the couch; but in our opinion, taking them back to the shelter a contradictory solution. For the cost of less than a new couch, you can usually get a good positive reinforcement trainer that can help them break that habit (with your willingness to work with them too).
For more serious matters like aggression, fear, anxiety, and biting; professional training will be a must. Knowing the dog has these behaviors before bringing them into your home is extremely important in these cases, and proper training will be needed right away. You’ll want to consider this before making a commitment to adopting them, in order to avoid having to bring them back to the shelter.
Of course if adopting a “project” is not your preference, you can get a senior dog, or one that is already known to be pretty well behaved. If you want to adopt a dog that is pretty low maintenance, you are still doing that dog a great favor.
If you have what it takes and want to take in a dog that needs some work, that’s great too. Rescue dogs are typically very low in cost compared to buying a puppy at a pet store that could cost thousands, and they will still need to be worked with as well (potty training, chewing, socialization, etc.).
When we adopt a dog, they become a member of our family. If you adopt a Pitbull or any other dog, make the commitment ahead of time, that you will not give up on them. No matter what… If you don’t view them as a member of the family, but rather as an “accessory”; then you probably would be better off not owning a dog.
Or if you have not took the time to weigh and consider the responsibility of bringing a new dog into your home, you probably shouldn’t get one either. This is a bit harsh and blunt to say it this way, but it’s kind of meant to in order to save yourself the trouble, and save them from possibly being re-surrendered to the shelter. There is really no shame in having second thoughts before getting a dog.
If you took the time to read this however, we hope first off, that you found this informative, heart-warming and enjoyable. We also hope that it helped guide you in your decision weather or not to rescue a dog.
And if you already know you want to make the commitment, save a life, and adopt a new furry 4-legged member into your family; we hope you fully experience the heart-melting joy of rescuing a dog in need! They will love you for it until their last breath.