Want To Find Out More About The Fascinating Red Nose Pitbull? Then Welcome To Our Complete Guide!
There is possibly no dog more controversial than the Pitbull.
The responses to this dog range from admiration to outright fear!
People may cross the street to avoid walking past one, or cross the street to ask if they can pet one.
Their use as fighting dogs and guard dogs has clearly colored the public view of this dog.
But there are still many people that have a special place in their heart for this powerful companion.
The red nosed Pitbull is one variety with real popularity.
Do Pitbulls deserve their reputation?
And could there be a place for one in your family?
Today we’re taking a look at red nose Pitbulls, so you can work out if one would be right for you.
What is a red nose Pitbull?
What most people in the USA call a Pitbull can be registered under two separate names.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) calls this breed the American Staffordshire terrier, and the UKC (United Kennel Club) calls it the American Pitbull terrier.
Although they are two separate breed registrations, they both come from the same lines, So a dog could easily fit both breed standards.
Both American Staffordshire terriers and American Pitbull terriers can be called Pitbulls.
Both of these breeds are descended from similar dogs in the United Kingdom.
Actual English Pitbulls are now outlawed in the UK as part of the 1991 dangerous dogs act. This was done in part due to the dangerous reputation of these dogs, but also because of their use in dog fighting rings.
‘Bully’ breeds often stem back to the days of bear baiting and other similar ‘sports’.
While this tradition has almost completely died out, fights between dogs (though illegal) still continue underground. For this reason, rightly or wrongly, the UK decided it was best that the public was not allowed to breed them.
Red Nose Pitbull origins
This sturdy, powerful dog has a large wide head and a gigantic mouth.
Their noses can be of a whole range of colors, most notably blue and red.
The idea of the ‘old family red nose Pitbull’ has had a large impact on the popularity of this particular variety.
The theory goes that red nosed Pitbulls are more similar to the old family strain of the breed that was imported to the United States.
This old family strain originated in Ireland, where they were considered the best fighting dogs.
This is used to justify the idea that American Pitbull terriers with red noses are closer to these origins, and somehow better.
With this being said, red nose Pitbulls are not a breed in their own right.
Old Family Pitbulls
The original old family Pitbulls has reddish fur, but nowadays you can find a white red nosed Pitbull.
The original reason for the old family red nose Pitbull strain’s popularity was its reported ‘gameness’, an attribute we’ll look at a bit later.
The truth is that this red nose gene has been shown to occur in Pitbulls of all shapes and sizes.
It’s been highlighted as a marker of genetics, but really doesn’t seem to have any affect.
It’s likely that the red nose appears every so often because a dog may have a member of the old family red strain in it’s ancestry.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding old family red nose Pitbulls, perhaps deservedly. Unfortunately just because a Pitbull has a red nose does not make it necessarily any closer to this strain than another Pitbull.
So what do we know for sure about the red nose Pitbull?
Red nose Pitbull temperament
Pitbulls in general have taken a lot of flak from people for their temperament. It does seem though that this is not entirely well deserved.
In a study on Pitbulls’ aggression toward people, they were far from the most likely breed to attack. They were however found to be much more likely than other breeds to attack other dogs.
This seems to make a lot of sense, as historically Pitbulls were bred to fight large animals and other dogs, not people.
It’s important to point out in the face of widespread criticism that many Pitbulls live as family dogs with no issue. They have the potential to be excellent pets as long as they have the proper guidance.
Engaging your dog in social situations from the start and training them with positive reinforcement methods only can help prevent aggression occurring.
So what has got people sorry worried?
It’s likely that the issue isn’t frequency of bites, but the nature of the bites that do occur.
Perhaps the most pertinent case against Pitbulls is not how often they bite, but the way that they bite.
It’s not that Pitbulls have the hardest bite of any dog — it’ that they exhibit a signature hold and shake style of biting, whereas most dogs’ instinct is to snap.
This was bred into them to help them to take down animals larger than themselves in fighting pits.
The end result of this, coupled with their wide set mouths, is that an injury that could have been a small wound is torn into a much larger, messier one.
A 2011 study of admissions to a level 1 trauma center as a result of dog attacks displayed this potential for harm very clearly.
The mortality rate for Pitbull attacks was 10%, where there was no mortality from attacks by other breeds.
It’s very clear that, although Pitbulls relatively rarely attack people, when they do it can be traumatic.
So does this mean that you should avoid the red nose Pitbull all together? Or does it just mean you need to be extra vigilant with socialization, training and making sure your Pittie is kept happy.
Red nose Pitbull training
Training is important for any dog, but it might be slightly more important for Pitbulls.
Studies have shown that training and socialization help to quell dogs’ fear of strangers.
Fear is a frequent motivator for dog attacks, and given the destructive potential of Pitbull’s bite it’s worth making sure they’re bomb proof.
Pitbulls are intelligent and capable dogs, so if done right training should be exceptionally rewarding.
Abandoned Pitbulls frequently end up in shelters simply because owners are not able to control them.
An old family red nose Pitbull may be challenging if you use traditional training methods.
Their chief reported attribute is ‘gameness’, the ability to shrug off intimidation and injury.
It’s obvious why this attitude was encouraged in fighting dogs, but it may mean your work is cut out for you if you want to use punishment and discipline.
Pitbulls are stubborn and strong-willed at the best of time, and the old family red noses have a reputation that stands out even among others of their breed.
Fortunately, modern methods of training don’t put you and your dog into conflict.
They use incentives and rewards, to help keep training something that the dog doesn’t just tolerate. He enjoys.
It is a good idea to use these methods with a red nose Pitbull, if you want to get the best out of him.
Red nose Pitbull socialization
The key to having a happy Pitbull is extensive socialization.
Help him to see the whole world as his best friend, by introducing him to a variety of experiences from the very day you bring your puppy home at 8 weeks.
Make sure you have a range of visitors, of a range of backgrounds, both male and female. Every visitor should give the pup a treat, and some rewarding positive interaction.
Take your puppy to every possible location you might want to visit. Get strangers to pet him and give him a treat if you can.
Stand outside local school gates and get the kids to say hi your puppy.
Carry him around busy stations and dog friendly shops, even before his second jabs and he is ready to be put on the ground.
Make this your soul purpose until your pup is about 16 weeks old. Do something that involves strangers away from and inside your house every single day until this point. Then keep it up as a regular activity from then onwards.
A confident dog is a safer dog.
Red nose Pitbull exercise
Pitbulls in general are strong, physically capable dogs. As such they’ll need frequent exercise to blow off steam and stay healthy.
These are dogs that can often scale small walls, where some other breeds have trouble with stairs.
This agility has led some Pitbull owners to build obstacle courses for their pooches.
We need to remember that this is a breed carefully selected for sustained physical performance.
Without sufficient space a pit bull will struggle to get enough activity. Taking a pro-active attitude towards exercise can definitely help in this circumstance.
Dogs can easily be taught to walk and run on treadmills, and considerable success has been achieved exercising your dog in this manner.
Red nose Pitbull health
Although clearly more physically sound than some other breeds, red nose Pitbulls are sadly not without their own health issues.
Their signature stance may have an adverse effect on their joints.
Coupled with their often heavy frames the actual positioning of their legs puts strain on their ligaments.
The cranial cruciate ligament is particularly affected, chronic damage to this ligament can cause hind leg lameness later in life.
It is therefore important to make sure your red nose Pitbull does not become overweight, so as not to exacerbate this condition.
Regular exercise and well balanced diet can both play a crucial role.
Pitbulls also seem to face issues with their eyes more than some other breeds.
The likelihood that a Pitbull will suffer retinal degradation makes it seem likely that this is inherited from dog to dog.
Issues with vision might make a dog more easily confused, and can certainly mess up a game of fetch.
Terriers in general are more likely to suffer from skin ailments. Pollen allergies in particular are a cause for concern. It doesn’t sound serious, but these allergies often present as dermatitis in dogs.
Skin irritation can lead to secondary infections that if left untreated could have serious ramifications for your dogs health.
It doesn’t appear to be that there are any red nosed Pitbull specific ailments. But all of the conditions that affect Pitbulls in general may pose a risk to them.
Red nose Pitbull breeders
Most Pitbull breeders will occasionally have red nosed puppies, and some claim to be old family red nose Pitbull breeders.
It’s important to restate that just because a Pitbull has a red nose does not mean it’s any more related to the old family strain than a Pitbull with a different color nose.
For this reason red nose Pitbull price can be the same as any Pitbull.
Often the price of a Pitbull depends on what they are intended for. Purpose bred protection dogs can sometimes reach six digits!
There are some breeders who continue to breed dogs directly related to the old family strain and their credentials should be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Due to the limited supply and rarity of these dogs they can be more expensive, but as with other Pitbull prices vary.
It’s really important to do some research into the reputation of the breeder you plan to use. Some Pitbulls are bred specifically for defense, and qualities like aggression may well be bred into them.
Make sure you meet both parents and that they are both relaxed in your company.
As with any closely bred pedigree dog, inherited diseases may be an issue. Make sure your breeder will guarantee the health of your puppy, and take them to the vet for a clean bill of health.
In the case of old family red nose Pitbulls this is even more pertinent.
Breeding from a smaller gene pool within a breed means inherited disease becomes all the more likely. Upstanding breeders will take measures against this and try and add some genetic variety to their dog’s lines.
As with any sought after dog, there will always be breeders who sacrifice the health of their dogs for profit.
Red nose Pitbull puppies
Red nose Pitbull puppies are adorable. They require the same love and care as any other puppy, though; socializing should start early to help prevent any unnecessary fear of strangers.
Nutrition is more important at this age than at any other point. Puppies on inappropriate diets are at serious risk.
Fortunately there are a huge variety of approved puppy diets readily available.
Food intolerances are common in dogs, so if your pup starts to have any problems with their food, make sure you see a vet just to make sure.
There is a huge range of hypoallergenic foods available, so no matter what food is upsetting your pup you’ll be able to feed them something.
Red nose Pitbull mix
The American Canine Hybrid Club currently lists 5 Pitbull hybrids. Unsurprisingly these are almost all other bully breeds.
This means that most Pitbull mixes around maintain the sturdy build and wide face synonymous with this group of breeds.
The red nose gene could be carried into any of these mixes.
It’s worth pointing out that aggression toward other dogs and the distinctive style of biting might also be carried into these mixes.
You can also find red nose Pitbull mixes in shelters.
An ASPCA survey of 30 animal shelters found that Pitbulls were the most numerous breed taken in by the shelter by far, but only the third most likely to be adopted.
Sadly, the end result of this is that more than twice as many Pitbulls are euthanized in shelters than make it through to a new family.
Is a red nose Pitbull right for my family?
Some people just have Pitbulls because they love the breed, and some people want to use them for protection. Precautions need to be taken whenever we keep a large powerful dog in the same house as our loved ones. Regardless of the breed.
Whether a red nose Pitbull is right for your household depends entirely on your family.
You’ll need to put more work into insuring that aggression doesn’t arise than with some other dogs, as otherwise the damage could be unthinkable. It’s also worth mentioning that children can sometimes antagonize dogs without realizing it. I wouldn’t leave any dog alone with a baby, and red nose Pitbull dogs are no exception.
Although Pitbulls can be wonderful with the children in their family, you will need to weigh up the potential risks that having an extra damaging bite could result in.
These truly awesome dogs are not for everyone. They should debatably only by kept by people with significant experience, as well as dedication to proper socialization, exercise, training and care.
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