Blue Pitbull and Blue Nose Pitbull – Facts You Should Know

blue pitbullBlue pitbulls and blue nose pitbulls have gained such an immense popularity lately that fanciers and breeders have coined a term “blue lust” that describes the incredible demand for these dogs of blue color. Just a few years back, red nose pitbulls had become popular and still are quite popular even these days. Maybe a few years later some other color of coat or another physical attribute will cause a craze and become the center of attraction.

No doubt, these dogs look striking; however, there are certain risks in choosing a pitbull merely based on appearance. Therefore before you throw down your big bucks for that coveted blue nose pitbull, it’s worth learning more about the facts.

What are Blue Pitbull and Blue Nose Pitbull?

A blue pitbull is simply the one having a “blue” coat which may range anywhere between a light silvery gray and deep charcoal. And a blue nose pitbull is the one having a grayish nose rather than the black nose that occurs commonly in dogs. However, remember that a blue pitbull is NOT any separate breed of the APBT.

Why are They Blue?

The reason for the blue-gray coloration may surprise you. Blue is actually a dilution of the black color. The genetic structure of a blue dog consists of a recessive trait that leads to the color pigmentation to gather around the middle of the hair shaft making the tips colorless. The effect of this in our eyes is the dusky gray that is usually known as blue.

You may remember what you learned in your school days – the scientific fact that if a recessive trait (such as blue eyes in humans) should be expressed in the offspring, both parents should have the gene for that recessive trait. Add one more fact to this that the alleles that work together and influence color of coat and skin, and color patterns occur in many places along the canine genome, and you will understand how tricky it can be to produce a specific color.

In short, breeders who “specialize” in blue pitbulls, so as to ensure the production of blue puppies should essentially limit themselves to a comparatively small gene pool. It’s common for breeders to use dogs from the same families again and again in breeding to bring the recessive traits to prominence. And when this practice is overdone, it creates health and behavioral problems.

Which Problems are Associated to Repeated Breedings?

The most common health problems caused due to repeated breedings in families are skin diseases, ranging from hot spots to mange to alopecia. While they are treatable, they may be often stubborn and expensive to treat.

Other problems are immune disorders and nervous conditions.

Many parents of blue pitbulls observe that their dogs are more vulnerable to fungal, bacterial and viral infections.

Should I Avoid Blue Pitbulls?

 

Not at all! Just because blue pitbulls are susceptible to the above diseases, it’s not necessary that the pitbull you are considering will fall prey to those diseases. So, just keep eyes open and go for the dog you love, but be prepared to spend for treatments. But otherwise, you can enjoy your lovely dog!