Blue Nose Pitbull Puppies
Blue nose pitbull puppies are some of the most sought after designer dogs available today. Prospective owners are willing to pay thousands of dollars for them. Pitbulls in general are a very popular breed of dog in North America. Any difference that will set a pitbull apart from others, such as a unique color, is highly prized.
Make no mistake, they are a beautiful dog and the blue color is often transferred to their eye color making them even more striking in appearance.
Blue nose pitbulls are a hybrid breed of the American Staffordshire Pitbull Terrier. The one trait that makes them distinctive – their blue (actually gray) nose and bluish (actually silvery or charcoal gray) fur, is exploited by breeders looking to make a lot of money.
These pitbulls look different than any other normal pitbull you’ve seen. Most pitbulls will be black or brown in fur color. The bluenose pit has a recessive trait that dilutes the black color of its nose and fur, making it lighter and appearing bluish.
When a bluenose pitbull puppy is born, it is born with a lack of melanin in its body. The melanin is usually present in sufficient amounts to create a darker coat, nose, gums, and nails. When the melanin, called eumelanin in black coated pitbulls, is absent or less than it should be, the available melanin is not enough to create a normal color, so a lighter shade is the result.
Many years ago, red nose pitbull puppies were often sought after. These dogs were created when a lack of melanin called phaeomelanin was missing in some brown coated pitbulls. This made the fur appear reddish or rusty, and the nose and gums appear red or pinkish. The demand for red nose pits has died down over the years, and now blue nose pits are all the rage.
Blue Nose Puppy Breeders
Breeders of blue nose bullies take cash deposits months in advance from buyers eager to buy a puppy. The cost of these puppies can be anywhere from $1000-$5000, depending on the reputation of the breeder, and the color pattern and look of the puppy.
The problem with breeding this designer or hybrid puppy strictly for money, is that as a type of dog (I won’t say breed, that is not correct) health problems occur more often than in other types and breeds of dogs.
Purebred pedigrees have their own problems through hundreds of years of cross-breeding. Breeding any species within its own gene pool for generation after generation causes defects to be reinforced.
But at least purebred breeders have standards that they follow. Papers detailing the pedigree bloodine of the purebred puppy are given to the new owners. These bloodlines can be verified by reputable organizations such as the American Kennel Club, or the United Kennel Club.
With hybrid dogs, it was thought that because the gene pool was being expanded, that there would be fewer health issues than are seen with purebreds.
For instance, pitbull puppies are prone to hip dysplasia, whereas only about 2% of Siberian husky puppies are born with hip dysplasia.
So theoretically, crossing a pitbull with a Siberian should produce Pitsky puppies (yes, they exist too) that have less or at least a lower rate of this disease.
There is actually a scientific term for this called hybrid vigor.
The problem is when you get a hot trendy dog that everyone wants, like the blue nose pitbull. Disreputable breeders will exploit the trait that causes the bluish color and not care about the health of the animal. They will breed female blue nose pitbulls over again, with blue nose males often from the same family. This causes chromosomal defects in the offspring puppies.
And because these blue nose pitbull breeders are only in it for the money, they produce these animals in unhealthy puppy mill type conditions.
Blue Nose Pitbull Puppy Mills
- Puppy mills focus on increased profit while lowering overhead cost.
- Puppy mill dogs spend most of their lives in cramped cages, and are given no exercise.
- Female blue nose pitbulls will be bred every time they are in heat, often producing 10 litters by the time they are 5 years old.
- Water and food in puppy mills is contaminated with bugs and bacteria that create puppies born with intestinal issues, worms, and viruses.
- Puppies from mills are found with severe tooth decay, ear and eye infections, and malnourished.
In addition to the terrible breeding conditions in puppy mills, these mills also produce way too many puppies in search of the perfect dog. Some mills will produce dozens of blue nose pitbull puppies to get the perfect looking one that will make then $4000. The imperfect ones die through disease or are euthanized (put down, killed).
Thanks to the internet, it is also much easier to get dogs. If you have an extra couple of thousand dollars, you can easily find blue pitbull breeders online. They have flashy bold websites that are designed to market their dogs and make them look perfect. They only show you the best pictures, not the conditions of their business that they created the dog in.
On top of that, when you do get a puppy, many times it won’t be the one in the picture you saw on their website. The one you saw on their site was probably sold months ago and they use the image for marketing.
This is not to say that there aren’t reputable breeders that you can buy a blue nose pitbull puppy from. But the fact is they are breeding a dog for one reason, to take advantage of its uniqueness and charge you thousands of dollars. So if they start out there, then how reputable can they be? Do you really trust that they will treat the dogs with dignity and respect if their primary motivation is money?
Buyer beware, you get what you pay for. Do your homework.
Blue Nose Pitbull Puppy Vaccinations
Much like human babies, a puppy’s immune system is not fully developed yet. They cannot fight off simple bacterial infections and are susceptible to many different diseases at such a young age.
For instance, parvo is a terrible disease that many puppies contract. It is a highly contagious (between dogs) viral infection that is 90% fatal if not treated within 72 hours. It can be prevented with a vaccination.
Protect you blue nose pitbull puppy, protect your investment, and get him to a vet for these vaccinations 6 weeks to 20 weeks:
- 6 weeks: Parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and check stool for parasites (worms). Your vet will prescribe a deworming medication if needed. Heartworm can be a problem that requires early treatment.
- 9 weeks: repeat 6 week regimen.
- 12 weeks: repeat 9 week regimen, and add leptospirosis vaccination.
- 16 weeks: repeat 12 week vaccinations and add rabies vaccination.
- 20 weeks: repeat parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza for the last time as a puppy.
Your vet may prescribe heartworm medication every month. At a year and a half old, all vaccinations should be updated.
Your vet may also prescribe a lyme disease vaccine, coronavirus and bordetella, if you take your blue nose pitbull puppy to dog parks, or is in contact with other dogs at kennels or doggy daycare.
Scheduling your dog for a stool sample analysis every six months throughout its life is a good idea, to detect worms.
Blue Nose Pitbull
A blue nose pitbull is an impressive looking dog that really isn’t blue nosed. That’s right, their noses are actually gray not blue, and their coats are a shade of gray ranging somewhere between a darker charcoal gray to a lighter silvery gray.
Also called a blue pitbull or a blue nose pit, they are the latest popular trend designed by breeders to make extra money and charge more than they should for “exotic” looking puppies. Why buy a plain black pitbull when you can buy a blue nose pitbull?
Breeders are in the business of selling dogs, so they will always look for an edge, something different to offer that other breeders don’t have. The term “gray nose pitbull” doesn’t sound as good as blue nose pitbull, which is more colorful sounding, so they went with that.
Red Nose Pitbull
Like blue nose pits, these dog weren’t actually showing the color that their name suggested.
A so called red nose pit had fur that was gingery brown, and their nose, gums, and nails were pinkish.
The breeder who comes up with a “rainbow pitbull” is going to make a boatload of cash!
How Are Blue Nose Pitbull Puppies Created?
Blue pitbulls are not a distinct breed and do not come from a recognized pitbull bloodline. The gray shades in these dogs are caused by a recessive gene that causes a lack of black pigment in the skin and fur.
The “blue” or gray coloring is simply a diluted black color, created by two breeding parents who have a recessive pigment gene. Both parents must have the recessive trait in their genes to be able to pass it along to the offspring.
The gene causes a type of melanin called eumelanin (black pigment) to be produced in smaller amounts.
As a result, not enough of the pigment gets into the fur and skin of the dog, and a color dilution occurs, creating shades of gray. Depending on the amount of pigment, the dog may be a darker charcoal gray (more pigment) or a light silvery gray (less pigment).
This shows as gray on exposed skin such as the nose, under belly, and gums, and in the fur as a particular shade of gray rather than black if the dog’s parents didn’t have the recessive gene.
In red nose pitbulls, the type of melanin responsible for pigment is called Phaeomelanin. Irish Setters have this in abundance, creating the reddish fur they are known for. Phaeomelanin also causes tan, orange, and golden colors associated with Golden Retrievers and other dog breeds.
Blue Nose Pitbull Facts
Individual blue pitbulls can be just as healthy as other dogs, however, because of the possible inbreeding that was needed to create this color of dog, health problems associated with inbreeds can occur.
These health problems usually show as skin problems, because it is the melanin that is affected by this trait, and melanin interacts with the immune systems in dogs.
These health problems can be as small as a dog with a constant itch, to a dog with full on mange.
What is Mange?
The itching can sometimes be severe enough to create scabs, lesions, and through infection can cause death in dogs.
It is easily contagious to other dogs and can sometimes be spread to humans causing a rash of red bumps that look like small mosquito bites.
Mange is treatable but can be troublesome. It can take weeks to treat and causes pain to the dog because of the chemically based shampoos that are applied to the dog’s fur, skin, and open wounds.
Other than mange, other health issues that can arise in a blue pitbull are alopecia or baldness, and bacterial skin infections.
Some advanced studies suggest that a severe lack of melanin may cause the neurological system to produce dogs that are deaf or have poor vision. Breeds such as harlequin colored Great Danes and others with merle colored coats are affected. A merle coloring is a pattern that creates patches of black and white in no particular pattern. This is caused by a lack of black pigment.
Blue Nose Pitbull Breeders
The recessive trait has been exploited by breeders is done to sell more dogs, and at a higher price plain and simple. They breed these recessive trait dogs with other normal pitbulls in hopes of creating a litter that contains at least one blue nose pit.
To increase their chances of creating a blue nose puppy, breeders will actually breed blue nose pitbulls with other blue nose pitbulls. This results in multiple blue nose puppies.
Unfortunately, this sometimes can only be done by inbreeding with dogs in the same families. This is done over and over again within families with the recessive gene. In turn, this results in health issues associated with inbreeding.
Breeders that work in blue nose pitbull kennels will often sell blue pit puppies with a disclaimer or warning of sorts that these dogs are known to have skin problems, viral or bacterial infections, and even fungal infections, more than other breeds. Smart breeders will put these declarations clearly on their web sites, to avoid returns or being sued. They are basically saying consider yourself warned.
This does not mean that if you buy a blue pitbull your dog will have health problems. Just be aware that because they have less melanin, and are more likely to be inbred, that these things cause more health problems than an average dog.