Blue Pitbull puppies are relatively rare and are among the most sought after coat color variations of the American Pitbull Terrier. If you are considering adopting a blue Pit, it is important to find a reputable breeder and to understand the breed. Learn about blue Pitbulls and what to look for in a puppy and a breeder.
About Blue American Pitbull Terriers
Blue Pitbulls and Blue-nose Pitbulls are American Pitbull Terriers with blue coats or blue noses. They are not a separate breed or specific Pitbull bloodline.
The blue color is a recessive trait, and both parents must carry this recessive gene for blue in order for one or more puppies in a litter to inherit it. Blue Pit puppies range in color from silver blue and gray to deep charcoal.
Due to the fact that blue coats and noses are the result of a recessive trait, breeders who specialize in producing blue Pitbulls have to be careful not to overbreed the same dogs since they are working with small gene pools. Unfortunately, overbreeding does occur in some blue Pitbulls and can result in behavioral and health problems. When you consider dog adoption, be careful to find a breeder who follows ethical breeding practices.
Blue Pitbull or Blue Staffordshire Terrier?
There is some controversy over whether Pitbulls should be called American Staffordshire Terriers or American Pitbull Terriers. The American Kennel Club (AKC) technically does not recognize Pitbulls as a breed in their own right, but it does recognize American Staffordshire Terriers (Amstaffs) as an official breed. On the other hand, the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognizes these dogs as two separate breeds. To add to the confusion, some dogs recognized as Amstaffs with the AKC are considered America Pitbulls by the UKC. A number of breeders believe the Amstaff and American Pitbull should be two separate breeds because the Pitbull has been cultivated separately for more than 75 years.
The issue of blue Pitbulls is also confusing. Some Pitbull experts argue that blue Pitbulls are not even true Pitbulls. Jessup claims that the blue color is only possible in Amstaffs.
Pitbulls, including blue Pits, are muscular, solidly-built dogs. Understanding the following characteristics can help you pick out a puppy.
- Weight: An adult male weighs between 35 to 60 pounds. An adult female weights between 30 and 50 pounds.
- Height: These dogs reach between 18 and 22 inches in height.
- Head: The head is large with a flat or slightly rounded skull and prominent muscular cheeks that are usually free of wrinkles. Wrinkles may form around the forehead when the dog is concentrating.
- Muzzle: The broad muzzle is shorter than the skull.
- Teeth: The teeth are set in a scissors-bite.
- Nose: The nose is large with wide nostrils. Nose colors are most commonly black, but they can be other colors,such as red or blue.
- Eyes: Round eyes are medium-sized and sit low on the skull. The eyes range in color and any color is acceptible. However, the UKC considers blue eyes a fault.
- Ears: The ears are set high on the skull and can be cropped or natural.
- Neck: The neck is broad and muscular.
- Body: The body is generally muscular with broad shoulders and a deep chest.
- Coat: The coat is stiff, shiny and short. The coat comes in colors ranging from tan and white to blue and black.
Blue Pit pups are loyal, energetic, affectionate and brave. Early socialization and training is recommended for puppies to ensure they do well in families with children and multiple pets. Training can help keep the watchdog nature and stubborn streak in some dogs from getting out of hand. With the right training, these puppies can become excellent family pets.
Adopting a Blue Pitbull Puppy
When you decide to adopt a blue Pitbull puppy, ask yourself the following questions to determine if this is the right type of dog for you:
- Do I have time to train this puppy? All dogs can benefit from socialization and training, but it is especially important for Pitbulls. Blue Pitbull puppies require early and sometimes lifelong training to prevent behavioral issues. You need to make time for puppy training classes and follow the professional trainer's advice for the best results.
- Does my lifestyle work for a Pitbull? Pitbull pups and adults are full of energy and thrive on exercise. Sufficient exercise can prevent behavioral problems. Leisurely walks may not be enough exercise for some dogs. A fenced-in yard is perfect for the dog to run around in and get daily exercise. This is not the best dog for an apartment dweller or someone without a fenced-in yard.
- Are my children mature enough to handle this puppy once it becomes an adult? Generally Pitbulls are not recommended for families with young children for both the dog's sake and the children's. Young children may be too rough with the dog, and the dog may react too strongly to any mishandling. However, a properly trained Pitbull may do well. Consult a professional trainer for advice if you are considering adopting a Pitbull and have young children. Always supervise young children with Pitbulls or any dog.
- Are Pitbulls allowed in my area? Unfortunately, some locations ban Pitbulls. Check local legislations and housing rules to make sure Pitbulls are allowed in your area before you bring a puppy home.
Recognizing Good Pitbull Breeders
To get a healthy and well-behaved blue Pit pup, you should adopt a dog from a reputable breeder. Reputable breeders of blue Pits should fit the following description.
- Produces only one or two litters a year in order to dedicate time and energy to the dogs
- Allows you to view the breeding facility
- Keeps the area clean, and the animals healthy and well-fed
- Requires a comprehensive adoption process to make sure the puppies go to the right home
- Requires an application, a phone interview, in-person meeting and sometimes a home visit before allowing the adoption
- Is willing to provide references
- Lets you see the puppies' parents and provides information on their lineage
- Is active with local and national dog associations
Working with a good blue Pitbull breeder will help you find the right dog.