The blue Pitbull is comparatively rare. After all, how often do you see any healthy dog with a blue nose? You may think it is better than this breed of dog is rare, Pitbulls have earned a bad reputation.
According to figures 68% of dog attacks in 2014 were undertaken by Pitbulls, with 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982 being attributed to the Pitbull.
The reputation has been enhanced by incidents of dog fighting, the American Pitbull terrier can be trained to be aggressive and even angry. That is why they have won so many dog fights.
This is unfortunate and a case of nurture not nature. Prior to their bad reputation this was one of the preferred dog breeds as a family pet! If you are still not sure if you want to choose this dog as your family pet, read our Bully Pitbull blog here.
In a nutshell, a Blue Pitbull is a loving and playful dog, with a protective streak.
Recognizing The Blue Pitbull
A Pitbull can be called an American Pitbull terrier or an American Bully. It is worth noting it is a close relative to the American Staffordshire terrier but not the same as the American Bulldog, although they all share certain characteristics.
The Pitbull is not recognized by many clubs and associations. It is also banned in many countries around the globe.
However, if you meet a Pitbull puppy or especially a Blue Nose Pitbull puppy, you will fall instantly in love.
These dogs are incredibly cute with soulful eyes. More importantly, they are outgoing, very friendly, and just want to please you. If you win your dog’s heart they will remain loyal to you for life. They are muscular and have powerful jaws that can be an issue if they get bored as they like to chew things.
Pitbulls have wide faces, flat heads, medium-sized ears, short tails, and a fine coat. They do not shed a lot and need minimal grooming. You will find these dogs are available in a variety of coat color options, ranging from white and brown to steel gray. Despite the unique blue nose the Blue Pitbull is not considered a separate breed.
Blue Pitbull – A Little History
In the 19th century someone felt it was a good idea to cross-breed a bulldog with a terrier. The result was the Pitbull. The theory was to create a dog with a muscular statue and one that was athletic. While the cost color changes according to the parent’s gene pool, the Blue Pitbull is simply a result of a recessive gene which creates blue coloring on their nose. In most cases the fur is a silver-grey.
It is most likely to occur when two blue nosed Pitbulls are bred together although it is possible as a result of standard Pitbulls breeding. However, dominant genes in Pitbulls favor pink, black, and red noses, it is why the Blue Pitbull is so rare.
The recessive gene that caused this distinctive nose color also causes other genetic issues in blue pits. These include a less-effective immune system and early loss of hair.
The average male Blue Pitbull will be 21 inches tall and between 30-90 pounds, depending on whether they are a medium or large dog. A female will be in the same weight range but only 19-20 inches tall.
The average lifespan of the Blue Pitbull is between 8-15 years
If you are considering a Blue Pitbull then there are some facts you will want to know first, they can help you make the right decision.
They are not dangerous
It is a good idea to get a Blue Pitbull from a reputable breeder and spend time training it while it is a puppy. Trained and socialized Pitbulls are actually some of the most loving and loyal dogs in the world.
Of course, dogs that are not looked after are more likely to develop an aggressive streak, showing them love will support a positive outcome of loving, well-adjusted dogs. In fact, you are likely to struggle to find a more affectionate dog. They are great with children but regular monitoring them with younger children is essential, this is a powerful dog and can cause injury simply by playing too forcefully.
Blue Pitbulls Are Loyal
Despite the reputation, the main traits of a Blue Pitbull are affection and loyalty. Once they’ve settled they will be loyal to you for life and will be very protective of you. It makes them great guard dogs.
That’s why it is very important to socialize them when they are young, it is the difference between being a protective guard dog and an aggressive dog to strangers.
Pitbulls in general need plenty of exercise. These dogs are packed full of muscles, the terrier part of their breeding also makes them very athletic. They will need plenty of space to run and play on a daily basis.
If they don’t get enough exercise they will become bored, that’s when they could easily damage furnishings. Getting a selection of chew toys is a must!
You may also be surprised to discover that a Blue Pitbull can jump two-three feet in the air, that’s impressive considering the size and weight of these dogs.
Aside from the potential for reduced immunity and early hair loss, the Blue Pitbull is generally a very healthy dog. This is likely to be connected to the amount of exercise they require and do daily.
The good news is that they should not create much demand on your wallet. The level of exercise they enjoy also helps to stop them from getting overweight.
Interestingly, Pitbulls love food almost as much as the classic Labrador.
Pitbulls are known to suffer from cataracts as they age, these can be easily treated but, if left, they can lead to blindness.
It is also worth noting that, thanks to the Blue Pitbulls less effective immune system, they can suffer from heart issues. Again, these can usually be resolved through medication or surgery. But, it is useful to be aware of them in advance.
All Pitbulls suffer from a high-risk of hip dysplasia, this can be genetic but is generally a result of the aging process. The hip bone no longer sits in the socket properly, leading to the bone placement being awkward. Your dog will then develop a limp or may even become completely lame in their legs.
Fortunately, surgery and an array of medications can provide assistance in resolving this issue.
Muscles and brains are not always interlinked but they are one thing that the Pitbull excels at. This breed of dog actually likes learning new things and working out challenges. Thanks to this you will find that they are easy to train and generally will stubbornly stick at something until they achieve it.
Unfortunately, this intelligence does actually increase the likelihood of your dog suffering from anxiety. Some Pitbull owners actually use CBD oil to help keep their dogs calm.
Getting The Diet Right
Because the Blue Pitbull is so muscular and has a weaker immune system it is very important to give them a protein rich diet. This will help them to maintain strength in their muscles and bones. You may wish to supplement their diet with meat such as chicken or beef.
It is also advisable to give your Pitbull plenty of vegetables as they are full of vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, and even apples are good for them.
Dry food is an option, you just need to make sure it is full of all the necessary nutrients.
As mentioned, the short coat of a Blue Pitbull means that it does not need a lot of grooming. However, it is a good idea to give them a quick brush once a day, this will remove dirt. Considering these dogs often have sensitive skin it is a good idea to use a soft-bristled brush. Removing dirt reduces the likelihood of irritations and the brushing gets rid of dead skin cells.
Approximately once a month you should give your Pitbull a bath with a sensitive skin shampoo. Simultaneously undertake an ear inspection, bacterial infection is surprisingly common in Pitbulls, as it is in many breeds of dog.
Socializing Your Blue Pitbull
We have already stressed how important it is to socialize your Blue Pitbull. The best way to start doing this is to walk them around your neighborhood on a lead, this will allow you to tell and demonstrate to them how they should behave, and something they should quickly appreciate.
However, because they have a strong protective instinct it is a good idea to go to puppy training classes. The younger they participate the better socialized they will be. This is also a good time to teach them basic commands which will help to ensure they are well-behaved.
Choosing Your Blue Pitbull
It is best to use the services of a reputable breeder and verify that they have had positive reviews. Check on social media and with previous clients.
You should also endeavor to visit their home, this will allow you to verify that they are being taken care of properly and so are the parents. You should always meet the parents as this provides assistance with ensuring they have the right attributes.
Do not forget, the Blue Pitbull is comparatively rare which means the price will be at a premium. Be wary of anyone selling these dogs cheap, it demonstrates the potential as an indication of bad temperament.
One Last Woof
The bad reputation that Blue Pitbulls carry is not deserved, it is the compilation of human intervention that forces the breed to be aggressive because of the situations they are placed in. Whether you take on blue nose puppies or adult dogs, showing them love and affection will result in them being an adorable pet which you can take anywhere with you.
Getting a Blue Pitbull is likely to be one of the best decisions you have ever made.