Color in Pitbulls
What does the color of a Pitbull mean? What is a red nose Pitbull? What is a blue nose Pitbull?
Many people talk about the color of their dog, or the color of their dogs nose like this means that their dog is better for some reason.
I have heard people say “this is a Texas red nose pit” like that is of special significance. The only thing that means is that your dog is from Texas, and it has a red nose.
There are different strains, or bloodlines of APBT but generally speaking the color of a dog has nothing to do with these bloodlines.
The color of a dog has no significance or relevance to its abilities. A dog of a certain color, is not any better than a dog of any other color for any reason that personal preference.
What is a Red Nose Pitbull?
The red color is a recessive gene in dogs, just as in people, so when you get a red dog this is just this recessive gene showing up.
Any Pitbull can be red, regardless the color of the parents. Obviously red parents will be more likely to have red puppies, just as in people.
Some of these red nosed dogs can be white, chocolate, red, and blonde.
What is a Blue Nose Pitbull?
This is a topic of more debate, there are some who maintain that any blue dog is not a true APBT, but rather an American Staffordshire terrier, or American Bully which were bred specifically for this color.
These people maintain that th pitbull doesn’t carry the blue gene. The blue color is a dilution of black, which does occur naturally. The APBT was never bred for a specific color, it was bred for a purpose. Many of these people will say the same things about tri-colored dogs (black and tan, red and tan). This is a huge misconception, even among many people who are educated about Pitbulls. Look back at the old game dog magazines and you will see rare dogs that are blue, or trcolored. This
was not a trait that was bred for, it is very uncommon, but itdoes happen naturally from time to time in the APBT.
The APBT was bred to preform, regardless of appearance, that is why the APBT has so much variance within the breed. Some are taller and leaner, some are shorter and thicker, Their appearance played no role in whether the dog was bred, it was solely how the dog preformed his job. If he preformed, he would be bred, if he did not preform, he would not be bred.
Differences Between Red and Blue Dogs
As stated above, these dogs are virtually identical. The 2 differences between these different color of dog is
- A red dog cannot be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier according to the breed standard.
- Red occurs naturally more frequently than blue does.
Breeding for Color
Why are there numerous breeders that
breed specifically for these rare colored dogs, such as the blues, champagnes and tricolors? Is there any benefit of having a dog of these colors?
No, there is absolutely no benefit of having a dog of these colors. It is purely for style or appearance. It is actually counter-productive to breed for a specific color before other traits. Numerous health or temperament issues may arise from such a breeding program. When color is the primary focus for breeding, other traits will suffer.
The APBT should not be bred for color, it is to be bred for purpose. This is what will keep the functionality of these dogs alive. This is essentially what separates them from the Am Staff.
The Old Family Reds
There is a bloodline of APBT that is renowned for its red color though, The Old Family Reds. This is a strain of APBT that originates in Ireland, and was brought to the USA.
It is a very rare bloodline, there are only a select few kennels that have true old family red blood. These old family red dogs have red noses, red lips, red nails, and red or amber eyes.
I do need to be clear that not all red dogs are of this bloodline, in fact the vast majority have no old family blood anywhere in their pedigree.