Height: 17 in-19 in
Weight: 30-85 lbs
Life Span: 12-16 years
Coloring: Varying shades and patterns with blue or blue-gray
Area of Origin: United Kingdom
Similar Breeds: Boxer, English Bulldog, American Bulldog, American Bull Terrier, English Mastiff
History and Origin:
The Blue Pitbull is a type rather than a breed of dog; the blue coloring that occurs in the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier is extremely desirable to some Pitbull lovers. With Mastiff, Bulldog, and Terrier blood in its veins, the Pitbull dog was well suited for its original purpose: blood sports. Used as a bull, boar, and bear baiter in the United Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, the Pitbull showed extreme fearlessness, intensity, and stamina in the ring until the sports were banned in 1835 under new animal welfare laws. More humbly, the Pitbull-type dog was also used as a general farm dog and as a catch dog for stray livestock as its pain tolerance and brute strength allowed it to chase down and herd or pin semi-feral cattle, pigs, and sheep. Today, its intelligence and physical fitness lend well to its use in many professional capacities: it is used as a police, military, and therapy dog.
Personality and Temperament:
Courageous, loyal and eager to please, the Blue Pitbull is a unique dog with a heart of gold. With the right owner, the Blue Pitbull can be an excellent companion and guard dog, fantastic with children and always eager for a challenge. It is intelligent and energetic, thriving in a structured environment with calm and confident leadership. Naturally friendly and frequently goofy, the Blue Pitbull can easily befriend strangers, cats, and even other small animals. It makes a good playmate for children who enjoy rough play due to its high pain tolerance, however the dog should always be supervised when interacting with children.
Exercise & Training:
The Blue Pitbull is typically an extremely energetic dog, and needs plenty of exercise to keep it happy and healthy. Participation in dog sports such as agility or competitive obedience will help to satisfy the dog’s need for mental stimulation, and also facilitates bonding between dog and owner. Extremely strong-willed, the Blue Pitbull needs extensive obedience training and socialization in order for it to be a well-adjusted member of the family. It is an eager learner and learns commands easily under firm and confident leadership from its owner. Extensive knowledge of dog behavior is recommended with the Blue Pitbull as it has incredible physical strength; it will be a challenge to reform a disobedient dog.
The Blue Pitbull dog has a short, smooth coat. It requires little grooming, and only the occasional bath to maintain cleanliness. A rub down with a cloth weekly helps keep the coat soft and shiny. It is an average shedder.
The Pitbull is an umbrella term used to describe a group of dogs with similar characteristics; the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (among other similar breeds) are commonly known as Pitbulls. The blue and blue-grey coloring appears in all three, thus “Blue Pitbull” can refer to individual dogs of these breeds. The English Bulldog and various Mastiff breeds were used in the development of all Pitbull and Bulldog breeds; other similar breeds include the American Bull Terrier, the Boxer, and the American Bulldog.
Interesting Facts about the Blue Pitbull:
1. Lovers of the Blue Pitbull have coined a term blue lust for the increased demand for this coloring in recent years.
2. Also known as Blue Nosed Pitbull due to a grayish nose instead of a traditional black nose most other dogs possess.
3. Pitbulls frequently lived inside the homes of their owners in eighteenth century Britain, and gained the nickname of nursemaids dog because of it.
4. Because of their physical strength, Pitbulls are frequently used as rescue dogs; three Pitbulls participated in the effort to find survivors after 9/11 in New York City.
Additional Resources on the Blue Pitbull:
National American Pitbull Terrier Association
Pitbull Info and Training – Blue Nose Pitbulls
The Proper Pitbull – What You Need to Know About Blue Pitbulls
Pitbull Rescue Central
Break the Chain – Pitbull Rescue