Let’s introduce the Blue Nose Pitbull.
What many think as a separate breed is actually just a rare type of American Pitbull Terrier; more commonly known as the Pitbull or Pit.
These guys are often confused with Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bully Dogs and American Staffordshire Terriers. It’s easy to see why…
Baffled? We’re not surprised. Let’s have a look at the Blue Nose Pit in a little more detail.
|Blue Nose Pitbull Facts|
|Purpose||Friendly Family Dog (i.e. Companion)|
|Suitable For||Blue Nose Pits will suit any family – providing you socialize them from a young age|
|Size||Between 18″ to 21″ (male) and 17″ to 20″ (female)|
|Weight||Between 30 to 60 pounds (male) and 30 to 50 pounds (female)|
|Lifespan||8 – 15 years|
|Color Variations||Typical color is Blue/Grey|
|Temperament||Loyal, Loving, Gentle, Obedient, Intelligent and Strong|
|Activity Levels||High – Upwards of 60 minutes exercise daily|
|Daily Food Consumption||Between 900 – 1800 calories per day (30 calories per lb of body weight)|
|Known Health Issues||Immune System Dysfunction, Deafness, Cataracts/Poor Vision, Heart Disease and Alopecia|
What is a Blue Nose Pitbull (Overview)
You would be forgiven for being reserved before reading this.
Pitbulls aren’t exactly top of the list for popularity. They have a checkered past which has resulted in being banned in many Countries across the world including; Germany, Spain, Italy, UK and even some cities (e.g. Jacksonville City) here in the US.
Even the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize them as a breed. Their working ability is often overlooked; being mostly known for their work in protecting criminals or for their role as fighting dogs.
Where did these strong and powerful pooches come from?
We can thank those Brits for these incredible animals. Pits were a result of breeding Old English Terriers with Old English Bulldogs. They wanted a dog with the strength of the Bulldog and the eagerness of the Terrier.
Thankfully in 1835, The Cruelty to Animals Act was passed which outlawed these “sports” in the UK.
But this success was bittersweet – as bear-baiting and bull-baiting was now outlawed, it was incredibly difficult to conceal underground operations. Fans instead decided it was easier to conceal dog fights and started to pit dogs against each other. They wanted to breed stronger, more aggressive dogs.
Needless to say, this history hasn’t gone unnoticed and to this day, Pits are used widely in illegal dog fighting rings in the UK and in the States.
Blue Nose Pit Statistics
Pits top most lists when looking at dog bite related fatalities. Between 1979-1996, there were 60 reported fatalities caused by Pits compared to 4 reports of fatalities caused by Akitas (another “dangerous” breed).
It begs the question, would you ever let a Pit near you?
Well, yes, I absolutely would!
The Blue Nose Pitbull is strong, loyal, obedient and intelligent. Let’s just consider the above statistics. Remember earlier when we mentioned how often a Pit is confused with a Bully, a Staffordshire terrier and an American Staffordshire Terrier – how easy, in a stressful situation, like being bitten by a dog, would it be to confuse a dog? Animal shelter workers have even misidentified bull breeds.
And let’s just put dog bite fatalities into context:
|Injury Cause||Fatalities Recorded in 2016|
The reality is that dog bit fatalities are actually extremely rare – they just make the news more. Dog bites also rarely occur within the family, it is usually an unknown dog.
You have no idea what this dog has been trained to do.
Pits are extremely intelligent and obedient – they will do what their owner asks them to. Which is why, if you ask them to be a loyal, loving family dog – they absolutely will. Let’s look at the Blue Nose Pit in a little more detail.
Blue Nose Pitbull Temperament
|Ease of Care|
The Blue Nose Pitbull, like all Pitbull Terriers are affectionate, friendly and loving. When raised right, they are impeccable family dogs.
They are energetic and enthusiastic – they will happily hike up mountains or play ball in the yard. Their intelligence and want to please people makes them an absolute dream to train. Which is why so many of them make it into the service industry.
As we have mentioned, they love being with people which is why they don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods. We have seen how powerful their jaw can be so you don’t really want them chewing on your furniture if you make the mistake of leaving them too long. They also aren’t afraid to bark – letting all your neighbors know that you left them.
With their ancestry, you would be hard pushed to find a more loyal protector. The heartwarming story of Weela shows you how incredible these animals really are.
When the floods hit Southern California in 1993, over a 3 month period, Weela the Pitbull helped to save 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and 1 cat. Before rescue teams could get to stranded dogs and puppies, Weela would cross the flooded river with stores of food.
So do you really deserve one of these incredible animals? Let’s have a look at what you need to provide on a daily basis.
How to Care For a Blue Nose Pit
Food and Diet Requirements
How much should you feed a Pitbull?
Classed as a medium sized breed, a Blue Nose Pit will range in size between 30-60lbs. Males are usually larger than females. In general, they would utilize around 30 calories per lb of body weight so their daily caloric intake would range between 900 – 1800 calories.
When considering which food to feed your Blue Nose Pit, ensure it is meeting all of his daily nutritional requirements; especially fats and proteins.
|Daily Protein Requirements||Daily Fat Requirements|
|Pitbull Puppy||12.5g per kg of body weight||5.9g per kg of body weight|
|Mature Pitbull||2.62 per kg of body weight||1.6g per kg of body weight|
Blue Nose Pits are supposed to be stocky and muscular in appearance, ensure this stocky appearance isn’t just him being overweight. You should be able to see a waistline and also feel his ribs.
Blue Nose Pitbull Puppy Growth Chart
|Age||Weight in lbs|
Remember the table above is a guide – any concerns on how your puppy is growing, consult a veterinarian.
Exercising Your Dog
We know that these guys are high energy so expect to walk your pit for upwards of 60 minutes per day. They are happy being busy, they love having a job to do; chasing the ball in the park is perfect. Luckily, they do have an off switch and want nothing more than to cuddle up on the sofa at the end of a busy day.
Their high intelligence means they excel in brain games. An easy one to keep them occupied in the house is “find it!” you will need a helper to train this one initially though.
- Have your helper hold your Blue Nose by his collar.
- Go and hide a treat under a cushion or behind a curtain, make sure he can see where you hide it.
- Your helper should let go of his collar so he can “find” the treat. As he does so, label the movement as “find it!”
- Ideally, if you have trained the sit and stay command, you can ask him to sit and stay whilst you hide the treat, then release him to find it on command!
Top tip – avoid stinky treats unless you like the smell of liver on your sofa cushions!
Speaking of training – we have a few more top tips below.
How to Train a Blue Nose Pitbull
We know that Blue noses respond best to positive reinforcement and reward based training – like all dogs! Use food and toy rewards and plenty of verbal praise.
Terriers are renowned for their fast responses, the Blue Nose is no different so you have to be on the ball when training these guys.
High value rewards are best. To find out which rewards your dog places a high value on, line a selection of food treats up on the floor and see which one he eats first. Then repeat with toys – keep him out of the room and line a selection of toys up. Let him into the room for free play and see which one he picks up first. His first choices are his high value rewards.
When he’s responding how you want him to, reward him and praise him! Avoid the use of punishment and aversive techniques at all costs. They’re ineffective and actually cause problematic behaviors.
Early socialization is essential if you want a well-rounded Blue Nose Pit. Introduce him to people, other animals and different environments. We know that dogs who are appropriately socialized from a young age are less likely to exhibit fearful and aggressive behaviors as they grow.
This can be easier said that done due to the reputation that Pitbull Terriers have – other dog owners who lack understanding of the breed can be fearful of allowing their dog to socialize with a Pit Type Dog! This is where we need to be patient and to educate other dog owners.
You could also consider a “friendly” label on his collar or harness. His training and socialization is the best chance he has at blowing the misconceptions about his breed out of the window.
Known Health Problems
As we mentioned earlier, we have the blue nose pitbull as a result of a recessive gene which causes low melanin levels. This produces the blue/grey hues. However, we also mentioned they are rare, which means the gene pool is pretty small. The low melanin levels and small gene pool means they actually suffer a significant amount of health problems.
- Immune System Dysfunction – we know that melanin has an antibacterial function so low levels of melanin can affect the immune system’s ability to fight infection.
- Deafness – again thanks to their recessive gene and pigmentation, Blue Noses are more prone to deafness.
- Cataracts/Poor Vision – Cataracts cause loss of eyesight and can eventually lead to blindness.
- Heart Disease – There are a range of heart problems that Blue Noses can suffer with. Some are well managed through surgery or medication.
- Alopecia – This is when there is partial or complete loss of hair, where there should be hair. Again, we can thank the the Blue Nose’s pigmentation for this.
Blue Nose Pitbull Appearance: Coat, Color and Grooming
Blue Nose Pitbull Terriers look just like the other Pitbull Terriers apart from their color.
They are stocky and muscular with an angular head.
Blue noses are exactly that, they have a blue/grey hue in their skin, eyes, nose and even toenails. You may see some with white markings on their chest or face.
They have a short coat, smooth to the touch.
Relatively low on the grooming front, a couple of brushes a week is ample. A bath and dry every couple of months throughout the year will keep their coat in tip top condition.
Regularly check their eyes and ears and brush their teeth.
Starting grooming in puppyhood; this gives you the best chance of them tolerating it and make it a positive experience; if they are hell bent on chewing the brush, give them a chew whilst you brush them. The best time to check their eyes and ears is when they are cuddling on the sofa; happy and relaxed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do blue nose pitbulls live?
They should have a lifespan of between 8-15 years.
How big do blue pitbulls get?
Males will grow up to 21” in height and females will grow up to 20” in height. They can weigh anywhere between 30-60lbs.
How much do blue pitbulls eat?
Depending on their size, it will range from 900 up to 1,800 calories per day. The most important thing being they get their recommended 12.5g per kg of body weight as a puppy.
How much do blue nose pitbulls cost?
A Puppy Pit should cost anywhere from $750 to $2,000 depending upon the breeder.
We hope we have dispelled some of the misconceptions of the Blue Nose Pitbull – and Pitbull Terriers in general.
These loyal, courageous and intelligent companions are well suited in any family.
Perhaps not ideal for a first time dog owner, these guys thrive with an owner who understands the importance of early training and socialization.
Their high intelligence makes them a dream to train; responding best to positive reinforcement and reward. Figure out their high value rewards and you will have them eating out of the palm of your hand! They love hiking up mountains and through the woods, but are equally happy chasing the ball in the park or the yard.
They are powerful and confident with an unfaltering zest for life. They are still battling a bad press but you really couldn’t ask for a more courageous companion – just make sure they’re legal in your state and not beholden to Breed Specific Legislation.