Blue Nose Pitbulls are rare American Pit Bulls with beautiful blue-grey noses and are simply a bloodline which carries this recessive feature rather than a separate dog breed.
The specific genetic trait is a recessive one and it causes this specific and very interesting pigmentation of the nose of these dogs.
Being so rare and beautiful, these dogs are often referred to as “blue lust” alongside the blue-coated pit bulls, because of the increasing demand of fanciers and owners to buy or adopt dogs with this specific feature.
Often the dogs with this trait also have stunning blue eyes and brindle coloring which makes them stand out from the crowd even more.
Some Blue Nose Pit Bulls actually have red or incomplete blue noses, but they are still considered to be of the Blue Nose type.
What makes this specific lineage of Pitbulls even more popular is the belief that they are more docile than other Pitbulls but while they are gentle with people, they may not always get along with other family pets, and are also prone to some health problems which you should know about before adding a Blue Nose Pitt Bull to your family.
You can read on to find out more about this popular dog type, and what makes it so special, as well as what to expect if adopt a Blue Nose Pit Bull.
- Canine breed group: Terrier dogs
- Height at the shoulder: 1’5” – 1’7”
- Average weight: 30 – 85 lbs.
- Average lifespan: 12 – 16 years
- Coat color: grey, blue, silver, brindle and often it is combined with blue eyes and a blue nose
Overview of the Blue Nose Pitbull breed
As mentioned above, the most specific trait of the Blue Nose Pitbull is its rare bluish-grey hue of the nose, coat, eyes, skin, and toenails. There is a similar lineage of strangely colored Pit bulls – the Red Nose Pitbull which has red nose, skin, toenails, and eyes.
The striking blue-grey color of these dogs is a result of the breeding of two parents who have recessive genes and the same coat coloring. Crossing two dogs with the same recessive genes by accident is pretty rare. The fact is, due to the growing interest in dogs of this type, many breeders cross parents only of this type in order to produce Blue Nose Pit Bull puppies.
The recessive gene in these dogs reduces the production of melanin which is the determining natural pigment for the skin color and in people is responsible for sun tanning.
It is essential to understand that these dogs are actually American Pitbull terriers rather than a separate breed. The Blue Nose Pit Bull is not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a separate breed.
History of the Blue Nose Pitbull
Blue Nose Pit bulls are really actually American Pit Bull Terriers with special genetic pigmentation features which makes their noses blue.
As all American Pit Bull terriers, these dogs are actually preferred companion and family dogs today, even though they were originally bred to be “bait” for bulls, as well as for use as farm dogs.
Since they are very gentle with children, pretty soon, these dogs began moving into the homes of their humans and acted as nannies rather than working or guard dogs.
They are agile, strong and tenacious companion dogs which are often excellent competitors in agility, obedience and other dog sports.
When the English settlers brought their bull terriers to the US in the 19th century, they began growing these dogs bigger and stronger. In 1898 these dogs were named American Bull terriers. In the 1930s, the American Kennel Club finally recognized this breed but under the name American Staffordshire terrier. This change was made to separate the breed from the pit-fighting and bull baiting blood sport past of its ancestors.
If you are not sure what the difference between all of the pit bulls is, here is a brief overview of all of them:
The American Pit Bull Terrier – this is a breed which is officially recognized by the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeders Association.
The American Staffordshire Terrier – this is a breed which is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier – this breed is officially recognized by both the American Kennel Club and by the United Kennel Club.
All three have similar characteristics due to the fact that they have descended from the same ancestors. They are all in the terrier dog group and were bred originally for bull baiting.
The Blue Nose Pitbull is an American Pit Bull terrier which is more genetically variable than the officially recognized by the AKC American Staffordshire Terrier.
The size of the Blue Nose Pitbull
Blue Nose Pit Bulls weigh between 30 to 50 lbs. and are very strong dogs. Due to their heritage, they are very stubborn when it comes to challenges with other dogs and animals, which is why you should socialize and train the dogs from this breed very meticulously and consistently from a very early age.
The personality of the Blue Nose Pitbull
Unfortunately, due to the bad rep of pit bulls, they are even banned in some countries and are not recognized as official breeds by certain official canine organizations. The truth is that Pit bulls are not guard dogs, and despite how strong and intimidating they may look, chances are that your Blue Nose Pitbull would rather play with an intruder rather than defend its territory and attack somebody.
They are very loyal dogs but do not have protective or strong territorial instincts. In fact, they are friendly pups who love humans and are prone to interact well both with their human families as well as with complete strangers.
This is why they are not suitable if you are looking for a watchdog for your home or property.
These playful and comical dogs are rather expressive and have human-like expressions which help them communicate their feelings and needs with their human parents and friends.
Their strong emotionality can lead to more complex behavior and to stubbornness, but with sufficient and timely training and discipline, these emotional outbursts can be curbed before they become reckless and will help the dog understand that such behavior is not tolerated.
Blue Nosed Pit bulls are very gentle with children and are perfect nanny dogs. They may not be reliable watchdogs but they are true and loving friends.
In order to take care of the emotional needs of these sensitive animals, you will need to spend sufficient quality time with them, show your affection, love and a lot of attention, so that you can keep them happy and in control.
Health care and common health problems for the breed
The Blue Nose Pit bulls are pretty rare due to the fact that the blue color is a recessive trait, and two dogs with the same gene are needed to produce puppies of this type.
There are breeders who are breeding dogs of only this type in order to answer the “blue lust” demand among fanciers.
But the traits which make these stunning looking dogs look so beautiful can also lead to some specific health problems which this type of American Pitbull terriers is prone to.
First of all, Blue Nose Pit bulls are more likely to suffer from some skin conditions and allergies as compared to other Pit bulls.
You should always ask the breeder for the lineage and health history of the puppy before adopting it.
Here are some common health problems which the Blue Nose Pitbull is at risk of:
- Heart problems
- Immune disorders
- Neurological disorders
Unfortunately, many of these diseases are caused by the inbreeding of Blue Nose Pit bulls by some breeders.
Caring for the Blue Nose Pitbull
Like most other terrier dogs, Blue Nose Pitbulls prefer the company of humans over that of other animals. You must be very consistent and patient when you are socializing your Blue Nose Pitbull and make sure that it meets various other dogs as it is growing up. Still, keep in mind that the dogs from this breed do have a strong prey drive, so you should be extra cautious when allowing your pet to interact with other dogs. It is best to keep your dog on a leash especially if you are uncertain of its reaction.
The reason is that Pit bulls have incredibly powerful jaws and gripping bites, which can lead to serious and even fatal injuries to another dog if they happen to get into a fight.
Also, due to this prey drive instinct, it is not the best idea to add a Blue Nose Pitbull to your household if you already have other dogs or pets at home, especially if you are inexperienced in obedience training with positive reinforcement and in socializing dogs of this breed.
While training and socializing an adult Blue Nose Pitbull can be quite a handful, training and socializing a puppy of this dog type is relatively easy.
Always use positive reinforcement, especially with adult dogs of this type.
Even if you manage to teach your pup to interact well with other dogs, you can be pretty sure that it will grow up loving you more and wanting to play and communicate with you more than it will with other canines.
These dogs are extremely smart and expressive and can be amazing companions to their humans.
Since Blue Nose Pitbulls are naturally very athletic canines and need a lot of exercises and physical stimulation, make sure that you provide your dog with sufficient exercise and playtime every day. The dogs from this type are perfect jogging buddies, and will enjoy running along with you when you are running, cycling or hiking.
The Blue Nose Pitbull is a suitable dog for active owners or families. If you keep them active you will ensure that they are healthy and do not become overweight and lethargic. Also, this will keep them happy rather than bored which can lead to destructiveness and even to aggressive behavior.
Always check with your city council or homeowner insurance or other local authorities whether there are restrictions for owning a dog from this breed before adopting or buying one because Pittbulls are completely banned in certain countries and areas.
Keep in mind that the Blue Nose Pitbulls love digging, as well as jumping. You can provide your dog with a specially designated digging area in order to keep its natural instinct to dig and to chase rats under control.
They also can jump much higher than dogs from other breeds and will often jump high with all four paws up in the air. So, expect that your pup will jump when it greets you or when you are playing games inside or outside.
Be warned that being emotional dogs, this type of jumping can become dangerous when the dog becomes overexcited. So, teach your Blue Nose Pitbull to abstain from jumping in certain situations – such as when it is greeting you or other family members, or from jumping indoors where it can damage your furniture, or hurt you or itself.
Feeding the Blue Nose Pitbull
The recommended daily amount of good quality dry food a day for an adult Blue Nose Pitbull is about 1.5 to 2.5 cups per day, divided into two meals. Of course, the amount of food you give to your dog depends on the type of food, the size, and age of the dog, its health and activity level and other factors. This is why you should speak with your vet to get recommendations about the most suitable type and quantity of food to feed your dog.
Do not let your Blue Nose Pitbull become overweight because this can cause it to become lethargic, lazy and to develop health problems and changes in its behavior.
Grooming the Blue Nose Pitbull
The dogs of this type are pretty easy to groom. Since the blue short coat does not mat or tangle, nor does it require trimming, all you will need to do is to brush your dog several times a week, and massage the coat and skin with a mitt in order to improve the health of its coat.
During the shedding seasons, you can expect that your Blue Nose Pitbull will shed though, so some extra grooming may be required in order to prevent your home from becoming full of hair.
Also, because they are very active dogs, Blue Nose Pitbulls do require regular baths. They are not too good at regulating their own body temperature so keep them cool in the hot summer days and warm when it is cold outdoors.
These dogs are prone to developing skin allergies and different disease, like mange, ichthyosis, infections, and others caused by problems with the thyroid. So, always carefully inspect the skin of your dog for any rashes, sores, redness or other tell-tale signs that something could be going on with its skin.
Socializing the Blue Nose Pitbull with pets and children
As mentioned previously, the Blue Nose Pitbull may not be a fan of other dogs and animals, but it is a very friendly dog when it comes to humans and especially children.
The fact that Blue Nose Pitbulls are strong dogs with an incredible tolerance to pain makes them suitable playmates for children who like roughhousing as well as for children who are not aware that they need to handle dogs carefully.
Of course, you will need to socialize your pup and meet it with new people – young and old when it is growing up, and also to supervise its interactions with the children, but overall, this is one of the friendliest breeds when it comes to humans and children, so you will have a loving puppy at home rather than a fierce watchdog.
As for interacting with other dogs and pets, be aware that the strong prey drive of these dogs could be dangerous for other animals. Socialize your puppy from day one, and always supervise its interaction with other dogs at home or outdoors in order to prevent fight and injuries due to the strong bite and jaws of your Blue Nose Pitbull.
When bored, these dogs can be destructive and even become aggressive, so give them the exercise they need in order to keep them happy and your home and yourself safe.
Ensure that your dog has many durable toys and try not to leave it alone for long.
Baby Blue Nose Pitbulls are much easier to train than adult ones.
Bing stubborn dogs, you should teach your dog to obey your commands with patience and positive reinforcement if you want to prevent your pup from starting to resent you due to harsh disciplinary actions.
Buying or adopting a Blue Nose Pitbull
Always choose a reputable breeder when opting to buy a Blue Nose Pitbull. Check the health and lineage of the puppy before bringing it home with you. It is a good idea to meet at least one of the parents of your future dog to get a sense of what to expect when it comes to interaction and behavior.
If you are experienced with caring for and training Pit bulls you can opt for adopting an adult dog from a local shelter too.
If you have decided to buy a dog of this type, keep in mind that they are rare and thus are not cheap at all. In fact, you can expect to be charged up to several thousand dollars for a puppy of this dog type.
Due to the “blue lust” popularity and demand for Blue Nose Pitbulls, some breeders have been inbreeding dogs, and inhumanely breeding pups in order to make a large profit from the growing popularity of this dog breed.
Inbreeding can cause a number of genetic defects and lead to serious health problems for the pups. Check with the breeders about the health history of the parents including problems with allergies, heart disease, immune disorder, cataracts or cancer before buying a dog.
Also, due to their low melanin levels, the Blue Nose Pit bulls are more susceptible to dysfunctions of the nervous and the immune system such as alopecia, deafness, skin spots, poor vision as well as bad temperament.
Always make sure that the breeder is not breeding the dogs solely for the color, but also for the temperament because you don’t want to end up with an overly stubborn and problematic dog later on right?
Plus, remember that Blue Nose Pitbulls are really American Pitbull Terriers, so if asked for an outrageous price, the breeder may be trying to scam you.
Unfortunately, because of the fact that these dogs can be a handful to train and take care of, many Blue Nose Pitbulls end up in shelters. So, check with the rescue shelters before proceeding to buy a puppy.
Due to the bad rep of these dogs, you should be prepared for the stigma on the dogs from this breed and on their owners as well.
Remember, that even though you know that your dog is a sweet darling, many people believe that Pitbulls are aggressive and dangerous, so be prepared to meet and have to handle frightened reactions from others.
To decrease the fright in others, abstain from choosing a pup with cropped ears, and use an “I’m friendly” collar or jacket when you are walking your dog.
Remember, that your dog is a reflection of how you are caring for it, and whether you are giving it the proper attention, affection and time for exercise, play, and training. So, if you don’t want your dog to be feared and people running away from you when you cross paths, then take care to socialize and train your pup from an early age, and to provide it with the love it needs to be a gentle and loving companion and canine.
You can become one of the ambassadors for this mistreated breed by showing people just how gentle and loving your Blue Nose Pitbull is!
Blue Nose Pitbulls are incredibly beautiful dogs but unfortunately, the entire breed is mired in controversy due to its bad reputation of being used for blood sports and illegal dog fights.
If you get a Blue Nose Pitbull from a reputable breeder or shelter, and take the time and put in the effort to properly train and socialize it, as well as provide it with the attention and the daily playtime and exercise it needs, you can successfully convince others that the dog is a gentle and loving pup rather than an aggressive and dangerous dog.
The fact is that Blue Nose Pitbulls are very gentle, smart and loving dogs which love their humans and people as a whole.