The Blue Nose Pitbull is a rare breed of Pitbull and is a result of a recessive gene which means they are bred from a smaller gene pool. Many people think of the Blue Nose Pitbull as a separate breed, where really they are just a rarer form of the American Pitbull Terrier, which is more commonly known as a Pitbull or Pit.
Blue Nose Pitbulls were originally a result of breeding Old English Terriers with Old English Bulldogs, when people wanted a dog with the strength of the Bulldog and the eagerness of the Terrier. Nowadays they have been confused with Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bully and American Staffordshire Terriers.
If you want to learn more about this interesting breed of the common Pitbull, read on below to find out everything you need to about these Blue Nose Pits.
History Of The Blue Nose Pitbull
Pitbulls have an unfortunate reputation as being very aggressive dogs and this has caused them to be outlawed in many different countries, including some states in the US. Blue Nose Pitbulls aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a dog breed, although the American Pit Bull Terrier breed is.
However, even with their reputation, there is little evidence that these dogs are actually a violent breed. Yes, they do top most lists when it comes to dog-related fatalities, but the number of these fatalities is so small that is it is clear only a handful of these dogs have shown signs of aggression.
As we mentioned above, Blue Nose Pitbulls were originally a result of breeding Old English Terriers with Old English Bulldogs. They were originally bred in England for bull and bear baiting, which is why they can be thought of as very aggressive today.
Fortunately, in 1835, these awful fighting sports were outlawed. However, it is known that to this day, Pitbull dogs are used widely in illegal dog fighting in both the US and the UK.
Despite their reputation, the Blue Nose Pitbull is known for being a strong, loyal, obedient and intelligent dog. Read on below to learn more about the Blue Nose Pit’s characteristics and temperament.
A Blue Nose Pitbull Puppy can cost anywhere from $750 to $2,000 depending on the breeder. These pups are very similar to other Pitbulls in characteristics and appearance, but their unique color does make them a little more expensive.
You should always remember to purchase your Pitbull from a reputable breeder to ensure you are getting a healthy dog.
As we said above, the Blue Nose Pit looks very similar to other types of Pitbull in the breed. They are stocky and muscular, with an angular head. Blue Nose Pitbulls can weigh anywhere between 30 to 50 lbs, too.
Blue Nose Pitbulls have a short coat that is smooth to the touch. They have low grooming needs but do shed during the shedding season, so this is something to watch out for if you are prone to allergies. We will go into more detail about grooming the Blue Nose Pit below.
The most prominent feature of the Blue Nose Pitbull is their color. The rare bluish-grey hue is present not just in the coat but also in the nose, eyes, skin and toenails. Some may have white markings on their chest and face too. This is very similar to other Pitbulls with interesting colors, such as the Red Nose Pitbull.
Despite their aggressive reputation that makes them sound like they would be great guard dogs, your Blue Nose Pitbull will more likely want to play with an intruder instead of defend the home.
Like all Pitbull Terriers, the Blue Nose Pitbull is affectionate, friendly and loving. When raised correctly, they can be the perfect family dog and are known for being very gentle with children. Because they are active, they have a lot of energy and love to hike, run and play, perfect if you need a companion to go on walks with.
They love to be with people which means they don’t do well when being left alone. Their strong jaw means they are great chewers, and they will take out their frustration of being left alone by chewing on your furniture! They also love to bark for the same reason.
The Blue Nose Pit is very strong emotionally, which can result in some stubbornness. However, with the right training, you won’t see any unwanted behavior or emotional outbursts from these pups. We go into more detail about training these doggies further on.
Their loyal nature means that the Blue Nose Pitbulls are becoming more and more common as therapy dogs in the US. Although they are loyal, they do not have protective or strong territorial instincts. For this reason, they get on well with everyone, including strangers.
The typical life expectancy for the Blue Nose Pitbull is anywhere between 8 to 15 years.
Known Health Issues
The Blue Nose Pitbull has a unique, beautiful coat that is the result of recessive genes. Unfortunately, this lighter coat can be the cause of some health problems that aren’t present in other Pitbulls.
Blue Nose Pitbulls are more likely to suffer from some skin conditions and allergies as compared to other Pitbulls. They are also more likely to suffer from immune disorders, deafness, cataracts or poor vision, heart disease and alopecia than other Pitbull Terriers. Unfortunately, a lot of these issues are actually caused by the breeders themselves through poor breeding.
Now you know what the characteristics and temperament of a Blue Nose Pitbull is, lets take a look at what it’s like to own and live with one.
Food And Diet
This medium sized dog breed needs around 30 calories per lb of body weight, making their daily calorie intake range between 900 – 1800 calories. A Blue Nose Pitbull can range in size between 30 to 60 lbs, with males usually larger than females.
The diet you feed your Blue Nose Pitbull should be balanced, as with any dog. A high quality dry kibble like Taste of The Wild dry dog food, is the perfect dog food for this pup.
While you should always check the back of the food packet to see how much of a specific food you should be feeding your Pit, as a guide it should be around 1.5 to 2.5 cups per day, divided into two meals.
The amount you feed them is going to differ based on the type of food, the size, and age of the dog, its health and activity level, and other factors.
Remember, Blue Nose Pitbulls are stocky and muscular in appearance, but make sure this doesn’t just mean they are overweight. You should be able to to see a waistline and also feel their ribs.
The Blue Nose Pitbull is a very energetic and active dog, so you should be expecting to walk them for around 60 minutes a day. They love to play games, especially “fetch” and their high intelligence means they are great at brain games. Fortunately, they do have an “off” switch and will want nothing more than to relax and cuddle up at the end of a long day.
A Blue Nose Pitbull is also the perfect exercise buddy, meaning that you can take them jogging, running, walking or hiking with you. A sufficient amount of exercise every day will stop your Blue Nose Pit from getting bored and exhibiting destructive behaviors.
These dogs love to dig as well, so if you can designate an area of your back garden to allow them to dig, this will keep their natural instinct under control. They also love to jump up in the air.
Before buying or adopting your Blue Nose Pit, double check with your local council or authorities to see whether Pitbulls are allowed in the area. As we’ve mentioned above, these dogs have a false reputation for being aggressive and are therefore banned in some areas. You would hate to get your Pit home and then find that you can’t walk them!
Blue Nose Pitbulls are loving and affectionate, which makes them excellent family dogs. Despite their reputation, they are actually very gentle which makes them perfect with children, especially young children.
They are active and energetic, so will excel in a home where they can do a lot of exercise. They also don’t like to be left on their own for a long time, so you will need to make sure you can give them as much attention as you can to avoid unwanted behaviors.
Because of their active nature and their love to dig, a large yard in which they can run around in will benefit them, too.
While Blue Nose Pitbulls are great company to humans, it is worth keeping in mind that they do not always get along with other family pets. You may want to think about this before adding one to your home.
Training a Blue Nose Pitbull is easy, because of their high intelligence. While it is easier to train a puppy and it is advised that you start training as soon as you bring your Pit home, training an adult Pit is also not difficult.
Blue Pitbulls respond well to positive reinforcement. This includes rewards such as verbal praise and treats. Avoid the use of punishment when training your dog because this won’t help either you or them — and it might make things worse!
Training is an essential part of owning a dog and it is especially important when owning a Pit. While these dogs are known for being one of the more aggressive types of dogs, when they are trained they are a dream to have around. Training allows them to understand what behaviors are wanted and what behaviors are not, making them loving and caring animals that are not aggressive at all!
Socializing your Pitbull is just as important as training them. While they may not be the biggest fan of other dogs and animals, they do get on well with humans — especially children. This is because Blue Nose Pitbulls are strong dogs with an incredible tolerance to pain, so even if a child is too rough with them, they won’t mind! Of course, you need to still supervise your Blue Nose Pit around other humans when they are meeting for the first time, but this shouldn’t be an issue.
Socializing your Pit with other animals, especially dogs, is important. This is so they are not threat to other dogs with their strong prey drive. If you socialize them as a puppy, they should not have any problems later on in life with socializing with other dogs.
Blue Nose Pitbulls have a very easy grooming regime and it does not take a lot to keep them in the best condition. Because their blue coat is short, it does not get matted or tangled, nor does it require trimming, so all you will need to do is brush is a couple of times a week.
During shedding season your dog will be likely to shed, so the amount you will have to brush them increases to prevent your home from becoming full of hair.
Because they are active dogs, Blue Nose Pitbulls do need a bath every few months to keep their coat in the best condition. They are not great at regulating their body temperature, so you need to make sure they are not to hot or too cold depending on the weather outside.
You also need to check their eyes and their ears for any signs of infections or diseases. The best time to do this is when they are cuddled on the couch next to you. Brushing their teeth is also important to prevent dental decay or disease.
Finally, watch out for any skin conditions that may arise. Because of their pale color due to the recessive genes, they are more prone to skin allergies so watch out for any cuts, sores or rashes and take them to the vet when needed.
Blue Nose Pitbull FAQ’s
Are Blue Nose Pitbulls aggressive?
Blue Nosed Pitbulls have a reputation for being very aggressive, because of their fighting background. While they are high up on lists of dog bite related fatalities, this number is very small. In reality, Blue Nose Pitbulls are known for being one of the most gentle and loving dogs, especially when they are trained properly.
They are very loyal to their owners and get on very well with people, even strangers, which makes them great family dogs and the worst guard dogs!
So the answer is no — when they are trained properly and brought up in the right family, Blue Nose Pitbulls are not aggressive dogs.
Do Blue Nose Pitbulls make a good family dog?
As we have just mentioned above, Blue Nose Pitbulls are very gentle and loving animals. They love to be around humans, especially children, which makes them excellent family dogs. Because they are so loyal they will just want to curl up next to you on the couch, so don’t expect them to be an aggressive guard dog!
Blue Nose Pitbulls are also very active dogs, so are great for those families who love to be outside and exercising. They are perfect for taking walking, hiking or running, too.
Of course, the way in which your Blue Nose Pitbull behaves is going to depend on how you train them, but generally they make great family dogs.
Although they have a reputation for being aggressive fighting dogs, Pitbulls are actually loving, friendly, family dogs. Blue Nose Pitbulls, which are just a rare variation of the American Pitbull breed, are no different and would love nothing more than to spend the day by your side.
Energetic and athletic, these dogs love to exercise and to be outdoors, and will thrive in a family environment where they can be around people all the time. They require minimal grooming and, although they are prone to some health issues, will make a great family pet.