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The Blue Nose Pitbull is a beautiful dog with a mixed reputation. Is the Blue Nose Pitbull a ruthless killer or a friendly family pet? Despite any fears you may have, a well-bred and well-socialized Blue Nose Pit Bull can make a great family pet that loves children and will tolerate rough play better than many other dog breeds.
Could the Blue Nose Pit Bull be right for your family? Read on to learn more about this breed.
Height: 17 to 19 inches
Weight: 30 to 90 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
Origin: United States
Breed Group: Terrier
Alternative Names: Pittie, Pibble, Blue Nose Pitbull Terrier, APBT
Energy Level: 4/5
Bonding Level: 5/5
Amount of Shedding: 3/5
Tendency to Bark or Howl: 3/5
The term “Pit Bull” is thrown around a lot to refer to several different dog breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier. These dogs are all separate breeds, but they have similar characteristics and a similar history.
The Blue Nose Pit Bull is not a separate breed. While most Pitbulls have a red nose, Pitbulls contain a recessive gene that, if both parents carry the gene, can result in a Pit Bull with a blue nose instead of a red one. In fact, it’s possible for one litter to have both Red Nose and Blue Nose Pitbull puppies.
While Blue Nose Pitbulls are rarer than Red Nose Pitbulls, they shouldn’t cost that much extra since they are the same breed, just with a different color. There are no personality differences that separate Blue Nose Pit Bulls from Red Nose Pit Bulls.
All “Bully Breeds” were originally bred in Europe to be used in bull- and bear-baiting, events where one or more dogs would be pitted against a bull or a bear and people would bet on which animal would win the fight. When baiting games were outlawed in the 1800s, Pit Bulls were then used for either farm work or dogfighting.
Pit Bulls were brought to America and further refined as dogs that could do a variety of jobs on a farm from guarding the property to killing rats to providing companionship. These dogs needed to be friendly with families and children, even as they were aggressive toward vermin or predators.
Even Pit Bulls that were bred for fighting are inherently gentle with humans. Since humans must handle the dogs between fights, dogs that were aggressive toward people weren’t allowed to breed. Thus, even Pit Bulls that were bred to be aggressive toward other dogs were also bred to be gentle with humans.
The size of a Blue Nose Pit Bull can vary greatly depending on the dog’s gender and what lines they were bred from. A fully grown female Blue Nose Pit Bull may be as small as 30 pounds, while a muscular male Blue Nose Pit Bull could reach 90 pounds or even heavier!
Every dog has a unique temperament based on their genetic line and how well they were socialized as puppies, but Blue Nose Pit Bulls tend to be very friendly toward their families, especially children, while being aggressive toward other animals. They often perceive smaller animals as being prey and larger animals as being predators. Unless they are socialized with other animals from a very young age, Pit Bulls usually do best being the only pet in the house.
If you adopt or rescue a Blue Nose Pit Bull, make sure the rescue group or shelter does personality testing first so you can get an idea of the dog’s temperament first. You don’t want to find out the hard way that the dog you lovingly rescued would likely bite your child if they tried to reach into their food bowl.
As with any breed, Blue Nose Pitbulls are prone to their fair share of common health issues. The most common health issues affecting them include:
Blue Nose Pit Bulls may be at a higher risk for these genetic problems if they are bred by a breeder who selects breeding dogs only for their nose color rather than their overall health, so be wary of any breeder who proudly exclaims that they have Blue Nose Pitbull puppies.
Blue Nose Pit Bulls don’t require any unusual care compared to most other dog breeds, although it’s important to note that many cities have breed-specific legislation (BSL) banning Pit Bulls and other bully breeds. You should always make sure the city you live in allows Pit Bulls.
Most apartment buildings and many hotels also forbid Pit Bulls, making it much harder to move and travel when you have a Pit Bull, so be sure to keep that in mind. Your best bet is to own a house in a city without any BSL and plan on boarding your Blue Nose Pit Bull when you travel.
Blue Nose Pit Bulls are quite prone to allergies. While their allergies tend to be more environmental than food-related, be aware that your dog may be sensitive to food ingredients like wheat, corn, rice, or beef.
Since Blue Nose Pit Bulls are such a muscular breed, they tend to benefit from foods that are higher in protein. Check out our article on the 5 Best Dog Foods for Pitbulls for specific dog food recommendations for your Blue Nose Pit Bull to make sure they’re getting the best nutrition possible to help keep them healthy.
Blue Nose Pit Bulls have quite a bit of energy and require an hour of exercise every day. Between their strong jaws and their stubborn streak, a Pit Bull that doesn’t get enough exercise can become quite destructive if left to their own devices.
A leashed walk or jog is best, but leash training is critical for Blue Nose Pit Bulls because they are very strong and may want to chase small animals or pick fights with other dogs. You don’t want to be in a place where your Pit Bull is the one walking you instead of the opposite!
If your Pit Bull isn’t great on a leash, you may need to burn off your dog’s energy with a run around the back yard, a vigorous game of tug, and lots of fetch if your dog shows interest.
While Blue Nose Pit Bulls are quite intelligent, they can also be quite stubborn, making training them a bit difficult at times. Make sure you start training your Pit Bull as soon as you bring them home and use high-value treats as rewards for behaviors that you ask for.
There’s a lot of stigma surrounding Pit Bulls, so you want your dog to be an ambassador for the breed by being well-trained and well-socialized. A Pit Bull that walks on a loose leash and calmly obeys commands is much less intimidating to those who haven’t experienced the wonderful personality that most Pit Bulls have than one who pulls on the leash and follows its own desires rather than obeying its owner.
There is arguably more pressure for Pit Bulls to be obedient than any other dog breed due to people’s preconceived notions, so take advantage of your Pittie’s intelligence to present a less-intimidating animal to the public and help spread the message about this wonderful breed.
You may use a Furminator once or twice a month for additional shedding relief, but be gentle with it, because you can irritate the skin of your Blue Nose Pit Bull or even cause bald spots if you aren’t careful.
Since Pit Bulls are prone to skin problems, you should bathe them at least 3-4 times per year with a gentle shampoo formulated specifically for dogs. You can wash your dog as often as once a month, but try not to wash your Blue Nose Pit Bull more frequently than that because it can dry out their skin.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t ready for the responsibility of owning a Pit Bull, and many Blue Nose Pit Bulls end up in shelters and rescue groups. Pit Bulls are one of the most common breeds found in shelters and are also one of the breeds most likely to be euthanized in a shelter as a result, so consider adopting a Pit Bull before purchasing a puppy from a breeder.
Apart from your local shelter, some popular Pit Bull rescue groups include:
If you choose to look for a Blue Nose Pit Bull puppy through a breeder, make sure you can visit the puppies and see at least one of the parents on site. Ask the breeder for health testing certificates on the parents and how they manage their breeding program. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unscrupulous breeders out there looking to make a quick buck from the popularity of Pit Bulls who aren’t interested in improving the breed at all. This is especially true for the rarer Blue Nose Pit Bulls.
Since Pit Bulls are so misunderstood, people tend to have plenty of questions about the breed. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about Blue Nose Pit Bulls.
Most Pit Bulls have a pink or tan nose, but some Pit Bulls have a recessive gene that affects their skin and makes their nose look like a bluish shade of black. This recessive gene only affects the dog’s skin and nose color (and may cause blue eyes) – there are no personality or other differences between Blue Nose Pit Bulls and Red Nose Pit Bulls.
Since Pit Bulls were bred to be friendly toward people, they generally don’t make good guard dogs. They may bark to alert you to the presence of a stranger, but they are unlikely to become aggressive toward an intruder.
Generally speaking, yes, Blue Nose Pit Bulls love children! They have the patience to let even small children climb on them, poke them, or be a little rougher all in all than many other dog breeds.
With that being said, every dog has upper limits to their patience, and small children should never be left alone with any dog, but especially a Pit Bull. While Pit Bulls have a much lower incidence of biting humans than other breeds, they have one of the strongest bites of any dog breed and can cause significant damage when they do decide to bite.
With the right training and socialization, the Blue Nose Pit Bull can make an excellent addition to most families. They are generally friendly with most people, including children, and they can make gentle, loving companions.
They aren’t the right fit for everybody, however. They often have a hard time getting along with other pets, they can be stubborn, and there’s the constant public perception that they are evil dogs out to kill or maim anything in their path. If you aren’t confident in your training abilities or if you don’t want to explain your choice of family pet to every person you meet, the Blue Nose Pit Bull may not be a good fit for you and your family.