Facts About Blue Nose and Red Nose Pit Bulls
Blue Nose Pit Bull Versus Red Nose Pit Bull
The Term "Pit Bull" Refers to Several Breeds
When you think of the word pit bull, do you think about a particular breed? Turns out, a pit bull is not really a dog breed per se, but rather a term that is loosely used to depict a particular type of dog. However, say the word pit bull and people will give you different answers depending on who you ask!
If you ask the general public, the term is often used to vaguely depict dogs who share similar characteristics such as a muscular, stocky body and a blocky head. If you ask journalists, the term is used to depict any large vicious dog who ends up injuring anybody and becomes worthy of being slapped on the local newspaper's headline. If you ask the average dog owner, answers may vary widely. Even experts at times have a hard time defining what a pit bull truly is, as the term has been heavily muddled and its true meaning still remains shrouded in ambiguity.
All this vagueness over the term has created quite some confusion, so much so that many dog breeds and even mutts are being mislabeled as pit bulls! To get a grasp of the idea, you can try a "find the pit bull" test online. It depicts dozens of dogs who are often confused for a pit bull. If you give the test a try, don't feel bad if you miss; countless people require several attempts to get it right!
Pit bulls are not really a particular dog breed, but the term can be formally used to depict particular breeds.
The Term "Pit Bull" Is a Group of Dogs
To make things even more confusing, the term pit bull had been used to depict formal dog breeds, more specifically the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) oftentimes along with the American Staffordshire Terrier (AST) and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT). And to make things even more confusing, some others will also add the American Bulldog in the "pit bull" dog breed category!
For the sake of clarity, the term "pit bull" is used to depict a certain type of dog. Just like the term "hound" is used to depict breeds within the hound category like the beagle, bloodhound, and basset hound. The term 'setter' has been used to depict breeds within the setter category like the English setter, Gordon setter, Irish red and white setter and the Irish setter. But then, if one is asked exactly what type of pit bull? One can then go more into specifics and give out the exact breed name within the pit bull category.
What does the term pit bull really mean by the way? The term pit bull derives from the ancient bloody sports of bear-baiting and bull-baiting. In these bloody sports, dogs that originated from the Bull and Terrier, a fighting dog developed in the 1800s, were forced to face these animals in the pit fighting circuit for entertainment purposes. Years later, when these bloody sports were finally outlawed in Great Britain in 1835, these dogs were then introduced to the United States by English immigrants who employed them on their farms. Back in those old days, coat color and nose color was probably the least important thing considered. All that mattered is that these dogs were able to excel in what they were bred for and take over certain tasks.
Rather than a specific breed, pit bull is more of a generic term to describe a group of dogs with similar characteristics — much as are “hound” and “terrier” — and encompasses both mixes and pure-bred dogs.— Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club
Blue pit bulls are not as rare as thought.
Blue Pit Bulls Are Pit Bulls With Blue Noses
Are you wondering what a bluenose pit bull is? Here are some interesting blue nose pit bull facts. In case you haven't noticed, the average nose color of most dog breeds is black; however, in the bluenosed pit bull, the color of the nose’s leather (skin) just like the name implies, is blue. Here comes the element of surprise: despite what you may have heard, the blue-nose pit bull is not an entirely separate breed of dog, it's simply a pit bull who happens to have a blue nose.
A pit bull with a blue nose mostly has what we know as “a blue coat.” Alright, before you get confused about what this means when we say blue, it is not like the electric blue or Smurfette blue one thinks of when you think about colors. It is a little bit different from the conventional blue color you are used to, in the dog world, it's more like a grayish color ranging from light silver to a deep charcoal.
The blue coat color in dogs is as a result of a dilution of the color black. For a puppy to get a blue coat color, it must come from parents who are carriers of the recessive dilution gene. What this implies is that the breeders purposely breeding for the blue coat colors will need to use a narrow gene pool of dogs, mostly crossing dogs who are closely related genetically (i.e., linebreeding or inbreeding.) In order to prevent genetic disorders, it is very important that you get these dogs from a breeder who is an expert in what he/she is doing.
Additionally, you should be aware that research has shown that blue coats are prone to skin problems. As a result of this, some breeders are embarking on public enlightenment to let people know about these implications associated with diluted coats.
The dilute colors (fawn and blue) do have coat and skin problems and there is a ton of available information on them.— Teri Dickinson, DVM
Blue Nose Pit Bulls Aren't Rare
Note that a pit bull with a blue nose does not signify that it comes from any rare lineage and it is also not a sign of being a member of a different type of purebred pit bull breed. You can actually easily see a lot of pit bulls with "blue nose" colors.
Come to think of it; there wouldn’t be so many breeders advertising them if they are truly rare! In fact, it is believed that those breeders telling you that blue nose pit bulls are especially rare are doing so in order to increase the value of their pit bulls and force you into paying more for them!
Information from The Real Pit Bull website shows that unscrupulous breeders who only focus on producing the “special” blue coat color with the “rare” blue nose, have almost no consideration to temperament and health. Breeding just for a specific coat color with little regards to other factors is a poor breeding practice.
Another thing to consider is that some breeders, eager to make fast money, started to cross American Staffordshire Terriers with American pit bull terriers in hopes of attaining a "rare" blue coat color with its accompanying blue nose. So if you notice blue pit bulls that carry exaggerated features such as massive bodies, blocky heads, wide chest, and heavy bone structure, you are likely looking at the result of these crosses, dogs known as "American bullies" which, according to the United Kennel Club, are simply American Pit Bull Terriers "blended with stock from other bull breeds." To put it more bluntly, they are simply poorly bred American pit bull terriers.
However, not all breeders of blue-nose pit bulls are crooks. Sure if they advertise them as rare or ask a premium price, this is a big red flag, but sometimes there are genuine breeders who pay more attention to producing blue-coated specimens that are healthy and have a stable temperament. In summary, you must put a dog’s temperament and health above the coat or nose color.
Here's an interesting fact: Did you know that the term “Blue Lust” was coined over the past few years due to their high demand and associated high price tags of blue-nosed pit bulls?
Facts About Blue Nose Pit Bulls
A nose color does not a make a breed.
What About Red-Nose Pit Bulls?
Want some interesting red nose pit bull facts? Well, here are some. Reports show that the Red Nose Pit Bull and the Blue Nose Pit Bull are among the most popular pit bull ‘types” people look for every day. Now here's a big fact: it is wrong to make statements such as "My dog is of the blue nose pit bull type," or the "red-node type" just as it would be wrong to say, "My yellow Labrador is the black-nose type," as we're only talking about color!
So a red-nose pit bull is just a pit bull that happens to have a red nose, it is not a different breed of dog, and as such, it is not rare or expensive as some unscrupulous breeders may want people to believe! The term red-nose and blue-nose are therefore for the most part backyard breeder terms. Nowadays, pit bulls with a red coat ranging from deep red to light honey red are very popular, and so is the associated red nose.
Now, here is where things get even more confusing! You may have heard about a red nose pit bull that originated from the bloodline: Old family red nose" (OFRN) of Ireland. These were dogs belonging to a tight-knit family that were often inbred and who excelled in the pit. These dogs weren't purposely bred for color, but rather for their gameness. It only happened that since they were genetically close, this made it easy to pass on certain traits–and so came along the red coat, red lips, red toenails, red or amber eyes, and a red nose. William J. Lightner and Con Feeley were breeders who worked hard on this lineage.
The hype about "red nose" pit bulls may have therefore originated from the Old Family Red Nose dogs lineage out of Ireland. Unscrupulous breeders may have started calling any pit bull with a red nose as "red nose" making people believe that they were a different breed and particularly rare. Just because a pit bull dog has a red nose doesn't mean it's from the old family strain!
Pit Bulls come in almost every color that is genetically possible in dogs. Some colors are more common (brindle or fawn for instance); some colors you don't see as often (such as spotted or black and tan). One thing is for certain, however: blue and red nosed dogs do NOT fall into the "rare" category— Mary Harwelik /The Real Pit Bull
Know that we have looked at some blue nose pit bull facts and some red nose pit bull facts, here's the bottom line. If we look beyond coat color and nose color, we must recognize that pit bulls whether they are the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), the American Staffordshire Terrier (AST) or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) are all beautiful dogs and are priceless as they are unique in their own ways.
Pit bulls are loving creatures who are loyal and love to shower their owners with love and affection and nose color or coat color ultimately plays a little role in all this. A nose color does not a breed make.
© 2016 Adrienne Farricelli