The Blue Nose Pit bulls, more famously known as American pit bull terriers, are quite fascinating dogs. Unlike other terriers, their unique feature is their blue colored nose from where the name originates. While being extremely frightening and intimidating to look at, they are quite loving, caring, and even good with children. Even though the blue nose Pit Bull is a relatively new breed of dogs, the hype has been surrounding it due to its unique features. If you have decided to own a Pit Bull terrier then here are some things that you must keep in mind before purchasing them.
A Blue Nose?
You must understand that Blue Nose Pit Bulls are not a different breed of dog. The blue nose Pit Bull is an American Pit Bull terrier, and they come in many colors and sizes. The blue nose is the result of breeding between parents that have recessive coat color genes. This abnormality is very rare in dogs, leading to blue nose Pit Bulls to be harder to find. The recessive genes trigger decreased melanin production; melanin is responsible for skin color in dogs and skin tanning in humans.
Some breeders take advantage of this rarity and mix different breeds of dogs to get said blue hues in dogs. These breeders then sell their makeshift dogs at high prices, so you should be careful. If a breeder tells you that they are a different breed, you should ask for previous medical records. A reliable breeder will be able to provide those records.
Simply put, these dogs are not a different breed of dog. Instead, they belong to American Pit Bull Terriers. However, the American Kennel Club does not recognize American Pit Bull terriers as an official dog breed. Furthermore, in response to this Chauncey Bennett created the United Kennel Club, which, in the U.S, is the second oldest dog registry. United Kennel Club later registered American Pit Bull Terriers as an official breed of dog.
More often than not, the history of Pit Bulls is confusing people. Even experts are having trouble tracing proper and authentic history for these dogs.
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT): These dogs are recognized by the American Kennel Club and their United Kennel Club
- American Staffordshire Terrier (AST): The American kennel club recognizes them
- American pit bull terrier (APBT): these canines are recognized by the American Kennel Association and the united kennel club
Currently speaking these are the three main types of pit bulls. All Pit Bulls belong to either one of these breeds or are a mix. The most plausible classification for these dogs would be work dogs. That’s in part due to them being descendants of the terrier dogs. These terriers were most useful for fighting in blood sports and people raised them for this purpose. However, the American bulldog, though sharing resemblance, belongs to a different breed of dog, the Mastiff. These dogs were mainly for hunting and guarding, as they were not as strong as terriers
The Blue nose pit bull is more an American pit bull terrier but shows traits more similar to the American Staffordshire terrier. The Staffordshire is a friendlier and less aggressive dog and were the first the American kennel club recognized. Overall, the American Kennel Club avoids pit bulls in general because of the controversy surrounding it.
The Pit Bull Controversy
During the time of the Ancient Roman Empire and the 1800’s a past time known as blood sports became quite famous. The ancestors of Pit Bulls, Terriers, fought each other or bulls to the death in these sports for the joy of the spectators. Born and bred to be killing machines, the Terriers were very muscular and had great power in their jaws. Even though such a blood sport is now against the law many people still breed Pit Bulls for underground death matches. With a blood-soaked history and current legal issues circulating these poor dogs, the American kennel club refuses to recognize Pit Bulls.
Now your surely wondering why is it so hard to differentiate between the AST, APBT, and SBT. Well, during the 1800s when breeders raised Pit Bulls to fight they would do so in secret. They did this to gain the upper hand on their competitors. This secret breeding gave air to the controversy that steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs were making these dogs beastly. These drugs could leave a permanent impact on their brains, making them result in violence.
You may be second-guessing owning them after knowing their history, but you shouldn’t be so quick to judge. During the 1980s, people in the U.S considered the Pit Bull as a symbol of strength and unity. This was until the breeders decided to increase the overall muscle mass of the dog, which resulted in bad temperament. The results of this breeding travesty were large dogs of up to 70 pounds with a bad temperament. Therefore leading to a bad name and a fear of pit bulls ever since.
However, you might change your mind after learning about their distinct traits. Furthermore, here is how the Blue nose pit bull could be the best dog for you and your family.
Although each Pit Bull is different, the Blue Nose prefers human interactions to interactions with other dogs. It is easy to see why they don’t get along with other dogs, as pit bulls are overly competitive. Nevertheless, they form greater bonds with humans due to their similar emotional and empathetic nature. As they are the host of complex emotions like humans, they can sometimes show stubbornness or complex behavior. If trained well, they will willingly subside their emotional needs when they see that their behavior is disturbing you. Moreover, if disciplined, they will not have an emotional outburst. They won’t even behave recklessly.
Pets are lovable in all shapes and sizes, but not in the case of the Blue Nose. Due to the dog being extremely competitive, it will probably fight with other dogs. Other smaller pets are also at risk due to the Blue Nose’s predatory nature. This can cause for concern as you will not feel your dog’s aggressive nature but your other pets will. While training an adult Blue Nose is very hard, they can learn because of socializing and proper training. In the case where your Blue Nose is an adult and not accustomed to socializing with other dogs, you can use the crate and rotate method on them. While one is roaming around you should put one in the crate and vice versa. Nevertheless, no matter how they interact with other dogs that will not change the way they interact with humans. Another one of their defining traits is that they can differentiate between species, which further proves how smart they are.
Due to their strong emotional state and durability, they make for amazing companions for children. Even with a history of bloodshed, they are surprisingly patient and loving to children. Since children tend to play rough with pets, a blue nose is your best choice for a pet. While playing, children often tug on their pets’ tails, hug them tightly or climb on their backs. Even for disciplined dogs, acts like these often result in aggression, but not for the blue nose. A Blue Nose has the physical and mental endurance to handle the children and their playful needs.
While pit bulls have a very complex emotional nature, this can turn out to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if treated with care love and affection, your Pit Bull will give you back the same. On the other hand, if you mistreat them during their young ages, they will start resenting you. Moreover, this might lead to major behavioral issues, If not taken seriously then cannot change later on. If you are worried about your Blue Nose’s temperament then you can simply adopt a puppy. You can train them at an early age to be the way that fits you best.
At times, the blue nose may look goofy or intimidating. However, what most people overlook about them is that they are very smart. Since they are smart, they make good pets. Due to high intelligence, you can train and discipline them very quickly. This also means that you can train them to do tricks that are otherwise too complex for other dogs through proper training. Furthermore, if you intend to train your dog you must ensure that you are qualified to train them. On the other hand, you can hire a professional trainer to make sure your dog gets the right training. When pit bulls grow old, they become more reluctant to new training.
As the case with most dog breeds, the Blue Nose has a lot of energy. If you are not a very active person yourself then the Blue Nose is not the pet for you. Along with quality playtime, these dogs (both adults and pups) require lots of exercising to burn off excess energy. Blue Nose pups are incredibly playful so having many toys around helps in releasing energy. Start getting them used to walks with a leash at a young age, as when they grow older they tend to get more stubborn. Even if you are strolling around the house, it is necessary they release their energy. If they do not get their required exercise for the day, they will start to act out. Much like other breeds of dogs, they may start to get aggressive, start chewing on things or start digging holes.
As much as they are active, Blue Noses are also excellent jumpers. These dogs can jump up to 6 feet high, and sometimes even higher. However, all that jumping in their excitement is not necessarily very good. As the impact of getting hit by the dog is identical to a tackle. Furthermore, furniture or other perishable items are at risk of braking while the dog jumps without restraint. With the help of a trainer, the dog must be disciplined and taught that such actions are not allowed. This will either lessen or prevent the jumping.
Watch the Watchdog
Based on looks Blue noses are very intimidating, but they only possess the looks to be a watchdog. These Pit Bulls are Loyal no doubt, but they are not protective. The reason for this strange trait being its extremely friendly nature, and they extend this nature to every human they meet. In simpler terms, your dog is most likely to play with the intruder than barking or scaring them away. This is the only shortcoming of the Blue Nose that is not changeable. No amount of training can change the way a blue nose views the people it sees. The most a blue nose can do is bark at someone not part of the family, but he can’t become a true watchdog.
Very much like other dogs, these pit bulls can also be prone to diseases or illnesses. Ailments can sometimes be genetic or by inbred breeding, they are also susceptible to cancer, grass allergies, etc. Other allergies include:
- Alopecia (baldness)
- Neurological Disorders
- Heart Diseases
- Immune Disorders
Most if not all these diseases are the result of inbreeding done by breeders to increase chances to get blue nose puppies. Nonetheless, these ailments should not discourage you from inhabiting a truly beautiful and loving companion. If you are taking care of their health and diet, they can live for up to 15 years with ease. If you are still felling doubt, you can always resort to a trusted veterinarian.
Grooming and hygiene
With a Blue Nose being active comes with it a great disadvantage, they sweat heavily. Hence, it becomes a responsibility for you to give them baths regularly. Unlike other breeds of dogs that are not used to baths, these pit bulls fairly enjoy taking baths. Bathe them using a tub or a sink with mild pet shampoo. These pit bulls don’t have a thick protective coat, which makes them cold very easily. Compared to other dogs Pit Bulls have a tough time regulating body temperature. This means a blue nose in most cases cannot withstand heat and prefer cold temperatures.
Baths are not the only important thing for your Pit Bull. Instead, you should groom them regularly. If done properly, this will reduce shedding and keep your house cleaner. Though it varies from dog to dog how often they bathe, Blue nose Pit Bulls should bathe at least once a month. While bathing them, you should use warm water, similar to bathing a newborn baby. Moreover, you should use specific dog shampoos as human products can cause irritations in the skin and dry the natural oils in their fur.
During a bath, you must also clean their ears with the appropriate ear care wipes, gently. If not taken care, dirty ears can cause infections or other health hazards. You must at all costs follow the instructions detailed on the packaging of the ear wipes. Because of these pit bulls being sensitive you can deal damage to your dogs hearing by using earbuds.
Much like humans their teeth also needs taking care of. You can care for your dog’s teeth by purchasing specialized dental products or by giving them a proper diet of dry and wet food. To no surprise, bathing hygiene and grooming must be introduced at a young age. Since these Pit Bulls are very stubborn, so your bestbet is to train your little pup through positive reinforcement. Due to a blue nose having similar emotional needs as humans it is necessary that you stay calm during a bath. If your dog senses that your stress, they will start to fret and might not cooperate next time.
In conclusion, the blue nose is a very emotional, loving and compassionate dog. Though at times they may act out or act aggressive, this is simply because of excess energy they have in their bodies. Moreover, they must be well fed and taken care of as many of their diseases do not have symptoms that stand out. Do not let their past discourage you from inhabiting them as they can be a wonderful companion to your family. Because of the immense strength, both physical and emotional, they are very good around children especially if they play rough.