Pit Bulls have a reputation for being aggressive or dangerous dogs; this bad reputation comes –in no small part- from their association with blood sports such as dog fighting.
It’s true that Pit Bulls are selectively bred to grow very strong, and have an exceptionally strong bite force, however, as with any dog, their temperament and behavior is largely based on the environment in which they are raised.
A well raised, healthy and properly disciplined Pit Bull poses no more of a threat to the public than any other dog.
In recent years, Blue Nose Pitbulls have soared in popularity for their beautiful coloration which can range from a dark charcoal gray to a light silvery color. This is due to a recessive gene present in both parents which causes a dilution in the black pigmentation (called ‘Eumelanin’), which leads to this beautifully unique shade.
This guide will give you some facts for prospective Blue Nose Pitbull owners, and will help you to make an informed decision about where to look when buying a Blue Nose Pitbull.
What causes the ‘Blue Nose’ in Pitbull?
The Blue Nose Bully, contrary to popular belief is not a different species of Pitbull, but rather one possessing a recessive gene, which causes the coloration (the light gray color referred to as ‘Blue’ in dog-breeding circles) to be expressed in this way.
In order for a recessive gene to be expressed, the parents must both possess the recessive gene. This means that Blue Nose Pitbulls are often selectively bred from a small gene pool, and can exhibit behavioural and health problems (most commonly, skin diseases) such as mange, hot spots, and alopecia; however, these are easily treated and can be prevented (or the effects minimalized) through good care and diligence.
Can a Blue Nose Pitbull Parents have a Red Nose Offspring?
Most likely not. Blue Nose Pitbulls are defined by the low levels of melanin (black skin pigment), which gives them their unique coat and skin color, caused by a recessive gene coming from both parents. Meaning, both parents possess this same recessive gene, and hence they cannot likely have an offspring with red noses.
Do Blue Nose Pitbulls have Behavioral Problems?
No. But as with any dog, there are certain provisions that you must make in order to ensure that they remain emotionally and psychologically healthy.
With Pitbulls, the most important thing is exercise. Make sure that you can walk your Pitbull every day for at least an hour. Give them the opportunity to get off the leash and run around; a large park is ideal.
Ensuring your Pitbull gets enough exercise is crucial in to be certain that they do not become bored, overweight or frustrated.
A lack of exercise may cause your Pitbull to start acting out; this could involve destructive or aggressive behavior, towards people or property.
Pitbulls are Very Emotional Like Human
Pitbulls are very emotionally invested and sensitive dogs; this can be a double-edged sword. On the plus side, it means that they can be incredibly playful and loving if treated well from a young age, the downside is that if they are treated badly early on, it can be very difficult to win their affections later on, or change their behavioral patterns later in life.
Blue Nose Pitbull are Very Smart
Blue Nose Pitbulls are also highly intelligent and highly intuitive, this means they can be trained quickly and learn some of the more challenging or complex tricks with the right training.
If you intend to train your Pitbull, make sure you are either properly qualified to train them, or you hire the services of a proper dog trainer to ensure that they get the best training available.
A Highly Sociable Breed
Pitbulls tend to be sociable with other dogs when raised around them (or given regular walks where they can interact with other dogs). Mature Pitbulls that have not socialized much with other dogs are likely to be less sociable; however, they are unlikely to be aggressive if raised properly.
It’s recommended that –if buying/adopting a mature Pitbull- you find out about the dog’s history to see if it’s sociable around other dogs (especially if it will be sharing a home with other dogs/animals).
Superb High Jumpers
Pitbulls also tend to jump – and quite high too! It’s strongly recommended that you have a high fence surrounding the perimeter of your property, as they can be known to jump up to 6 foot high.
Common Health Problems
Blue Nose Pitbull tend to come from a limited gene pool; this comes from breeders using the same dogs to create offspring within the same families, in order to produce dogs with low melanin levels. This means that Blue Nose Pitbulls have a higher propensity to suffer from diseases, allergies or skin conditions.
The most common problem Blue Nose Pits tend to suffer from is Canine Scabies (more commonly known as Mange), and other skin conditions such as hot spots and alopecia (baldness). It’s important to check your Pit Bull regularly for redness, sores, bumps, baldness or scratching, and take them to the veterinarian for regular checkups.
Other issues that they may suffer from include grass allergies, deafness, poor vision, heart disease, and cataracts. Don't worry, though, with regular checkups, a healthy diet, proper sanitation and plenty of exercises; your Blue Nose Pitbull can live a long and healthy life.
Blue Nose Pitbull as Guard Dog?
Pitbulls are not generally recommended as guard dogs. Their temperament, when raised correctly in a loving environment, means that they are quite sociable animals, and will only tend to attack an intruder when it harms their owner. As guard dogs, they are not the best, although they may deter some based on the reputation they have as dangerous dogs.
If you’re looking for a guard dog, there are many other dogs which are better suited to this task, such as the Rottweiler, German Shepherd or Bullmastiff dog breeds.
How much does a Blue Nose Pitbull cost?
Blue Nose Pitbull can vary substantially in cost (ranges from $300-$15,000). The variation in price mostly depends on the breeder. A poorly bred Pitbull will likely cost less than $800, and will probably come from a “Backyard Breeder” and with little or no paperwork.
More expensive breeders are less likely to be interbred, and so will likely have fewer health problems throughout life. Remember, a Blue Nose Pitbull is not a specialist breed, different species or bloodline; they are simply Pitbulls exhibiting a recessive gene. Some breeders may try to convince you otherwise and use this as an excuse to charge extra.
Pitbulls are one of the most common dogs in animal shelters, so I’d strongly recommend you to go and adopt one and give these dogs the loving home they deserve. This will not only help to reduce your costs (dogs leaving the shelter is fully vaccinated, neutered and dewormed) but also you'll give a chance to help and provide a home for an abandoned Pitbull.
Blue, Red, Black Nose - All Dogs are Special
Remember, although Blue Nose Pitbulls are exceptionally beautiful dogs; don’t buy a dog just for the way it looks. Dogs are unique, sentient and loving creatures, and it is our duty to show them the care and respect they deserve. Don’t treat them as a fashion statement or some kind of luxury item.
It’s important to ensure that you are fully equipped with the knowledge of looking after Pitbulls. If you’re unsure about anything, I’d recommend joining some Pit Bull forums, search and read some articles, or getting some books such as "Pit Bulls for Dummies". This will provide you with a concise, no-nonsense guide to raising and properly training Pitbulls, ensuring they are happy and healthy.