Among the different breeds that we can find with Pitbull genetics, the Pitbull Blue stands out for its peculiar beauty and physical characteristics.
With blue eyes or honey color and gray hair, he will not leave anyone indifferent. That is why we want to tell you all the details about this impressive breed, from its origins to the care it requires to live healthy and happy or the precautions we must take.
Index of contents
- 1 What is the origin of Pitbull Blue?
- 2 How is a Pitbull Blue?
- 3 Breed morphology
- 4 Pitbull Blue Temperament
- 5 Living with a Pitbull Blue
- 6 How is the Health of a Pitbull Blue?
What is the origin of Pitbull Blue?
Blue is a type of American Pitbull Terrier (known under the acronym APBT) characterized mainly by its bluish-gray color. Overall, it is a breed occasionally confused with the American Staffordshire Terrier, with which it shares origins.
These date back to the 19th century in the United Kingdom, where they began to experiment in the crossing between Terriers and Bulldogs – bearing in mind that the Bulldog at that time had little to do with the English bulldog current, having a physiognomy very similar to the Pitbulls that we know in these times, although they were much larger and fiercer.
In this way, they were looking for a race that combine the bravery of the Terriers, thus achieving greater agility without losing combativeness, and the strength of Bulldogs destined for bull and dog fights. They were chasing a pretty strong dog with hunting skills, but they only got a good fighter.
The origin of the name comes from the fights, called “bull-baitings”For fighting the bulls. After the 1835 ban on these fights in England, they were put in a pit to fight rats. The one that killed more rats in less time was the winner. The word “pit” in English is translated as “pit”, hence the unification to form the word “Pit Bull”.
In the case of the Pitbull Blue, it was forged from the aforementioned crossing and imported from the United Kingdom to later be crossed with the breed – now extinct – of Blue paul terrier, discovered by the pirate Paul Jones and where its grayish pigmentation comes from.
The pit bull was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and was subsequently removed from his records due to the bad press brought by a fighting breed.
How is a Pitbull Blue?
This imposing dog has many qualities and characteristics that make it special. It is desired for the blue and gray pigmentation it has. This is one of the most curious qualities and that’s where its name comes from. This same can be given both in the coat, in his eyes or in his nose (truffle).
This pigmentation is due to the fact that an “allele” is contained in their genes that causes pigmentation natural of the canines mixes with the bluish pigment, giving it this strange characteristic that Pitbull Blue possesses. Without a doubt, this characteristic makes it more than desirable, since its genetics is what makes it unique.
Its fur is greyish blue, its legs, tail, neck, forehead and chest are white.
The characteristic cloak is named Blue Fawn. It has to be short and strong. Of course, the luster of the coat normally reflects the dog’s health, a vital sign.
The skin should be thick and loose, but not pleated, except for the neck and chest, which should be loose enough to show some vertical folds.
Another characteristic for which we recognize him, after his incredible hair color, is the weight. This ranges from 14 to 28 kilos, although they have been seen up to 40 kilograms, but it is not usually healthy.
The Pitbull Blue is a medium-sized dog with a solid and compact appearance. In fact, in females it can be a little longer than in males.
The height at the withers of males can vary between 38 cm and 48 cm, and in females, from 35 cm to 45 cm. The weight in males is usually around 17-27 kilos and in females 13-22 kilos.
The Pitbull Blue provided on the head should appear two-thirds the width of the shoulders and be wider on the cheeks than on the neck at the base of the skull.
The muzzle must be straight and square, wide and somewhat flat, not as much as a bulldog, being able to be more or less long, but without reaching the length of breeds like some sheepdogs. The depth from the highest part of the head to the lowest part of the jaw is very important.
The head will have a wedge shape seen from above or from the side, and when viewed from the front it is round. Their eyes can have different shades of blue, although this is rare which is why most Pitbull Blue have honey colored eyes. Being gray, the nose should be the same color up to the lower lip.
The ears are small to medium in size, high to medium drop. This is the natural form, although unfortunately many are still found with the ears clipped off.The neck must be heavily muscled to the base of the skull.
The forelimbs are long, muscular and well inclined, with the elbows close to the body. Viewed from the front, the forelimbs are placed moderately spaced and perpendicular to the ground. As for the hind limbs, they are strong, muscular and moderately long.
As for the trunk, the chest is deep and full. Width must not exceed depth. The loin is short, muscular and arched. It has a strong and well defined musculature as it is a very athletic dog.
The tail is relatively short, with a wide base, gradually narrowing to the tip.
Pitbull Blue Temperament
Despite its unfair fame, the reality is that we are dealing with an intelligent, vital and playful dog that enjoys the company of people. However, we cannot forget that it must be socialized as a puppy, since we are talking about a breed, whose bite, apart from urban myths, can cause very serious damage.
In general, the APBT is a dog friendly and balanced which, contrary to popular belief, does not stand out for being aggressive.
The character of the Pitbull Blue is characterized by emotional stability, tolerance for children, affection for the family, non-sociability with strangers considered dangerous, aptitude for guard and dominance with other dogs.
It is a confident, happy, fun and very enthusiastic dog. Enjoy the company of both other dogs and humans to the fullest as they are
very familiar and friendly, even if they are strangers (as long as they do not present any danger).
The aggressive nature that in recent years has been related to this breed is not due to a characteristic element of it. Clearly, aggressive cases are about badly socialized dogs or dogs that have been abused, something that can happen in any dog, whether it is of breed or not.
The Pitbull Blue have a very charismatic and really friendly character. They are obedient and calm. Although their appearance is not apparent, they are the best pets that an owner could want.
Mainly, these canines are faithful, intelligent and kind to all kinds of people. For this reason, they should not be judged by what they look like, as they are quite robust and this may misinterpret their character.
Living with a Pitbull Blue
They have been shown to be excellent guard and companion dogs. Pitbull aggressiveness develops only if the owner wants it, or rather if the training is based on attack.
Of course living with a Pit Bull is not discouraged, just be aware of responsible breeding and be informed. Specialists in turn say that you should not be afraid of the Pit Bull, but of people who are dedicated to the indiscriminate reproduction of this breed.
For the rest, it is a breed of obedient behavior, with little tendency to destroy objects or furniture.
In order to educate these Pit Bulls it is necessary to give them imposing orders, but violence must not be used at any time. The latter can be the trigger that your Pitbull Blue is aggressive or does not know how to behave, you must use firm and clear orders to be able to successfully educate your pet.
Puppies absorb all stimuli, including aggressive behaviors. Thus, if a dog is bred aggressively it will be aggressive. Always be aware that the character of a Pitbull Blue will be defined by its own owner.
Many times a canine of this breed has been accused because it is very aggressive or uncontrollable, but the reality is that if you do not give it the necessary care and treat it with respect, they will not have the best of attitudes.
It is important to consult a trainer or study the training manuals carefully so as not to make any mistakes.
How is the Health of a Pitbull Blue?
These Pitbull Blue are quite resistant and do not present diseases like other types of breeds.
The Blue Pit Bull is generally a healthy breed. It does not usually present specific diseases, and the specimens themselves are usually very healthy and resistant.
Of course, it can be afflicted by any of the diseases typical of the dog breed, making special point in the hip dysplasia. As for the slightest symptom of dysplasia, we should go to the vet for a review.
You should also be aware of possible problems related to the heart due to the amount of exercise they are used to doing.
As for skin problems, this breed is prone to pyoderma or demodeccia. Some specimens can become allergic to fleas or certain foods, generating a dermatitis that makes them scratch continuously.