Blue nose Pitbulls are not a separate breed, they are a color variation of the popular American Pitbull Terrier. This rare shade of gray dog is medium sized, stocky with a blue colored nose. A Blue Nose Pitbull’s average weight can be anywhere from 30 to over 50 pounds. Even small Pitbulls are bulky, and these dogs are physically strong. They are clever, active, affectionate pets. Although they have a bad reputation in some circles, with calm handling, socialization and positive training these cute puppies can grow into fantastic pets.
- How they got their noses
- Working histories and natural instincts
- Are they aggressive or family friendly?
- Is nose color related to health?
The blue nose Pitbull has a history tied together with the Bulldog, American Pitbull Terrier and Old English Terrier. Although they look a lot like the American Bulldog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier they are not related. Blue nose Pitbulls with blue eyes are especially stunning, and the blue nose brindle Pitbull coloring adds an exotic flair.
Any walk in a dog park reveals the staggering number of possible coat color combinations. So it may surprise you to know that there are only two basic coat color pigments! These are eumelanin (black) and phaeomelanin (red).
These pigments express themselves differently depending on other genes, creating the kaleidoscope of colors we associate with dogs. The blue color associated with the Pitbull’s blue nose is actually a diluted black pigmentation.
The blue nose Pitbull is rare for a reason. The blue color is recessive, which means it takes two Pitbulls with the gene to make another.
Blue Nose Pitbull Size
There is quite a variation in size between Pitbulls from different lines. Looking at the parents of your puppy will give you a good idea of final size but it isn’t unusual to be surprised!
A full grown blue nose Pitbull weighs from 40-80lbs. Males are heavier than their sisters, and a blue nose Pitbull female is likely to weigh nearer the lower end of that range.
An adult blue nose Pitbull will reach up to 21 inches at the shoulder. Females are smaller and may reach 19 to 20 inches in height once fully grown.
Grooming and Shedding
One of the best things about that blue coat is that it is easy to groom. Their fur does not tangle or mat, and they do not require trimming.
However, they do shed. Brush your Pitbull a few times a week with a simple brush or a mitt to help reduce shedding and improve coat health.
Where do Blue Nose Pitbulls Come From?
You probably know that pitbulls were used as fighting dogs. You may not know that they were also popular on farms, where they hunted rats and helped hunt dangerous game like wild pigs and bears. That’s why their prey drive is so high!
Blue Nose Pitbull Temperament
Pitbulls have a bad reputation, but the truth is that these dogs were not bred to be guard dogs. Most would rather play with an intruder than defend their turf. Despite their intimidating appearance. Their reputation came from the way that they grab and hold, not from a nasty nature.
Pitbulls are terriers, and terriers like to dig. This is useful when chasing rats, but bad news for your yard. If you do not want your dog to dig, supervise him when he is outside. Or give him a designated zone where he can dig to his heart’s content.
Pitbulls Prefer People over other Pets
Pitbulls are terriers, and like most terriers, they tend to prefer humans over other animals. They do not always get along well with other dogs.
For this reason it is a good idea to avoid dog parks and play areas with your Pitbull. If you are not very sure of your dog’s reaction, they must be leashed in public.
That’s because prey drive may override training. The Pitbull has powerful jaws and a gripping bite which can cause severe injuries in a fight.
Blue Nose Pitbull Training
Don’t be fooled by all that muscle. These dogs are as brainy as they are brawny and need mental stimulation to keep them happy. That means a thorough program of training
Bored Pitbulls can be destructive. So, make sure to train your dog regularly and allow time in your schedule for play. Don’t leave your blue nose dog alone for long periods of time. And make sure they have lots of fun, but durable, toys.
Most of the dogs that end up in animal shelters have never had any obedience training at all. All dogs need to be trained in order for them to live safely and happily in our human world. It’s especially important to train a powerful dog like a Pitbull.
Like all dogs, Blue Nose Pitbulls need training and socialization from a young age to help them be well-adjusted canine companions. Dogs without socialization can find new situations scary, and visitors to their homes unnerving. They often develop behavioral issues, making them a challenge to live with.
Blue Nose Pit Bulls are canine athletes. These dogs need regular, intense exercise to keep them healthy. Overweight dogs are prone to health problems. Bored Pitbulls may express pent up energy through destructive behavior and aggression.
Pitties love spending time with their owners, and healthy dogs make great jogging companions. You may also find your pup likes hikes, water sports, or licking your face while you try to do push-ups.
Restrictions and Legality
The same breed restrictions faced by American Pitbull Terriers or Pitbull mixes apply to Blue Nose Pitbulls. Make sure your apartment, homeowner’s insurance, and county or city allow Pitbulls before buying or adopting. In some countries the breed is banned completely.
Owning a Pitbull is rewarding in many ways, but owning a breed with a stigma can be hard for some owners.
You know your dog is a sweetheart. But others may be afraid of Pitbull type breeds. Even cute blue nose Pitbull puppies aren’t always immune.
Watching a mother drag her child away from your dog in fear is not easy to deal with. If you want to bring a Pitbull into your home, you will need to prepare yourself. There are things you can do to move away from the fear.
Like make sure you choose a puppy without cropped ears, or putting her in a bright ‘I’m friendly’ jacket.
Some people will assume your dog is dangerous, and may react badly to your pet. So, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for how you will calmly handle any conflicts like this.
Carry treats with you. Reassure people that you won’t release your dog. Then if and when they are calm, you can allow them to offer your pet a treat. And discover for themselves how nice and friendly your dog is.
Are They Healthy?
Blue Nose Pitbulls have higher rates of allergies and skin conditions compared to other Pitbulls. They are also prone to other common Pitbull health problems.
Pitbulls are already prone to skin diseases, and American Blue Nose Pitbulls are at an increased risk. These diseases include allergies, mange, skin infections, ichthyosis, and skin conditions caused by thyroid problems.
If you don’t think you will be able to afford medical treatment for skin issues or other health problems, carefully weigh if a Pitbull is the right pet for you. Taking out medical insurance before problems arise is a good idea.
Always ask a breeder about the health of the parents. And about any health testing they’ve done to keep their breeding lines stable.
A good life expectancy in any dog breed depends on three key factors: genetic diversity, the shape and structure of the dog’s body, the quality of nutrition and health care provided for the dog.
While some Blue Nose Pitbulls may suffer from increased health problems, the average Pitbull lifespan is 10 to 15 years. Most Pit bulls inherit a good body shape and structure. This means that their legs are not too short, which helps avoid back problems, and their muzzles are not too short, which helps avoid breathing and overheating problems.
You can help ensure your baby blue nose Pitbull lives a long and healthy life by also choosing a puppy that is not inbred. And by feeding and exercising your puppy appropriately and arranging regular health checks with a qualified veterinarian
Blue Nose Pitbull Puppies
Since the blue color is recessive, some breeders choose to breed selectively for the color. Breeding for a specific color, instead of health or temperament, can lead to problems. Especially when blue Pitbull breeders rely on inbreeding.
It’s easy to make a blue puppy if you combine two parents that are related to each other. But inbreeding increases the risk of health problems. Look for a breeder who uses responsible breeding practices and performs health checks on their breeding parents.
As interest in the blue nose Pitbull has increased, the price has gone up. You can now expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,500 for a blue nose pit puppy.
Jeff Whitlock says
My neighbor has a blue nose pit bull puppy named Blaze. He Is the sweetest dog I have ever met on my life. He runs up and hugs me every time he sees me while they are out.
I had to put my 12 yr old red nose Joker down 11/9/22 suffering from CHF I’m still in tears crying day and night. We done everything together , well socialised and loved by everyone that met him.My sons told me to buy a blue nose so it won’t remind me too much of my Joker , so heartbroken 💔 😭
Kevin fox says
I want a male blue nose puppy . I lost my did Dante on June 8th and I hate being home without a dog . I have 17 yr old twin girls and he was the best dog ever . I miss him so much I. Any even tell u . He would’ve been 12 on Oct 10th this year .
I love learning about any dog but especially my blue nose best friend. I have been wanting to change the way ppl see the PITBULLS IN GENERAL , so I decided to make my 6 yr old blue nose into my emotional support dog. I still have ppl scared of my TANK but that’s when I try to explain to ppl that they smell fear and not to do that around any dogs in general (some scream, some run away but i always try to tell anyone that if you would spend time WITH ANY DOG ppl would start reacting different)
Tracey Hager says
Great Article only one issue. There is no such thing as a Blue Nose Pitbull. It’s a common mistake… They are actually just Blue Pitbulls and it based on their coat not their nose. Their nose is dark just like any other dog with a dark nose.
I love my blue and you hit the nail on the head with skin conditions/allergies. We spent the first two years fighting large lumps in his skin. Cancer tests, allergy test, etc. Turned out to be chicken and chicken fat in treats. Recommend anyone with a blue to started out with limited ingredient foods and treats.
We adopted a blue nose pit bull from Brooksville humane society. She was abandoned in a Wawa parking lot in a box with 7 puppies 2 of them past away. We kept the mother witch is 3 yrs old. She is absolutely amazing and we love her to death. Her pups were fostered out. Now her name is Wawa. And she became a service dog.. shes the best.
OMG thanks so much these facts are so helpful for research reports.
I love it my baby girl is named blue you say she’s black she’s blue Sabrina comes out beautiful in the sun the red does stand out very strong characteristics she does do very good she has to meet everybody we’re in a semi all week she is just amazing that white mark on their nose stands out in every one of them
Supposed to be brindle not Sabrina don’t know what happened
I have a 5 y/o male American pit bull that loves people but not other dogs. How can I get him to accept other dogs. I was recently given 3 six week old pit puppies and my dog growls at them.
Reed Clayton says
I’m looking for an adoption blue nose pup or even a 1 year old. Any leads would be appreciated
randy del randolph says
i have a blue nose xxl blue nose pit,blue heeler cross puppy, she is a very good looking dog, as for early socialization we got her when she was 4 and 1/2 weeks and aprox 2lbs,she is now 6 mo old and weighs 48lbs,and is a gentle giant,she is still all puppy but extremely intelligent,thank goodness we have a large yard and she likes to go to the woods with us,that helps keep her in shape.she has found her way into my wifes and my hearts,she is truly a member of our family!
Absolutely awesome yes my spoiled kid she can run a good two miles solid not completely fast she’ll start out around 35 and she drops to about 15 to 20 but she will still do it I think she might weigh maybe 60 and nobody can believe it until she goes to learn on themand yes you have to have plenty of room cuz if not there kids with ADHD LOL
My blue nosed pitbull is a wonderful service dog, She knows when her harness is on it’s time for work, when her harness comes off then she becomes a ” dog ” again. Obviously as a service dog she is out and about quite a bit around the neighborhood and she has made many friends whilst staying loyal and when working, focused on me.
Betty J Jones says
I totally agree with you. My boy is a service dog too, and does the same thing. Love him and the breed.
I’m looking into pit,s for myself.
Tanya Fuoco says
They also have black toungs