What Is the Difference Between a Red-Nose Pit Bull and a Blue-Nose Pit Bull?

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What Is the Difference Between a Red-Nose Pit Bull and a Blue-Nose Pit Bull?
Bluenose American pit bull terrier (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A pit bull can only be called by one name: an American pit bull terrier. At times, pit bulls are confused with other terrier breeds. Many people are confused not only about which dogs can be classified as pit bulls, but also about the differences between pit bulls with red or blue noses.

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Breed Overview

American pit bull terriers are muscular, medium-sized dogs with above-average athleticism, strength and gameness. They were bred as hunting and working dogs. Although some breeders unfortunately breed them, against their nature, to be combative with other dogs, pit bulls are loving and loyal.

Colour Variation

Many lines of the American pit bull breed exist. Due to breeding, many colour variations have arisen within the breed. Their breeding, though, was not meant to enhance appearance or colour; pit bulls have, and largely still are, bred for working purposes. Among the colour variations are the Colby line of pit bulls, which are brindle coloured, grey with blue noses or red with red noses. Pit bulls of almost every other colour exist, as well. Having a red or blue nose doesn't mean the pit bull is rare. Beware of breeders who try to pass off red or blue noses as special and thus charge more money for the dogs.

Blue Nose

A bluenose pit bull is a dilution of either many lines of black pit bulls or of the interbreeding of black and red lines. It is unclear where exactly the blue colour originated or if it was intentionally created by breeders. The general consensus is that the bluenose pit bull resulted from chance breeding. Its coat is a deep blue-grey, at times with white patches on the chest, legs, or muzzle; and the eyes are a light colour.

Red Nose

Red-nose pit bulls can be traced back to the Old Family Red Nose strain of pit bulls that originated in Ireland. While it is also hard to trace the exact evolution of the red-nose trait, it is generally believed to have started in Ireland and kept alive by careful breeding of the original carriers of the red-nose genetic trait. These dogs will most commonly have red coats, at times with white markings and light brown eyes, although other colour variations do exist.

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