If you’ve ever owned a Pitbull or are thinking of owning one, you know that the terms for different Pitbulls can be very confusing. There are so many terms that are used to describe them. For example, what really is the difference between Blue Pitbulls, White Pitbulls and Red Nose Pitbulls? Well, to explain that, we first need to explore some dog breeds.
You see, the confusion starts with the fact that many dogs are called Pitbulls when they actually aren’t. That was perpetuated by misinformed members of the media and the public. How many Pitbull breeds are there? Well, surprisingly, there’s only one breed with “Pitbull” in it’s title.
You see, when Pitbulls started getting a bad reputation, which, by the way, is mainly undeserved, people started to fear anything that looked even a little like a Pitbull. People also started to confuse the American Pitbull Terrier, or APBT for short, with various other dog breeds. So, dogs that weren’t actually Pitbulls were soon mistaken for them. For example, American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are all confused, on a regular basis, with American Pitbull terriers.
Those are all at least breeds of dogs, though. The confusion was intensified by the addition of descriptive words like “Blue”, “White”, “Red Nose” and more. It’s enough to make anyone dizzy with confusion.
Where These Names Came From:
There is no clear reason for the start of the name issue but, in general, a lot of it has to do with the lines of Pitbulls. There’s a big difference between breeds of dog and lines within a breed, but people who aren’t involved in showing or breeding the dogs don’t often understand that.
Defining Pitbulls as a Breed:
American Pitbull Terriers as a breed are defined as muscular dogs that are usually between thirty-five and about sixty-five pounds. Pitbulls that are to be shown have to have certain physical characteristics. For example, show Pitbulls have to have black noses. Where, then, does the “red nosed” Pitbull come from?
Defining Pitbull Lines:
Pitbull lines, or lines of any dog breed for that matter, refer to the specific bloodlines of a dog. Certain lines are bred for certain characteristics. Some are larger than others, for example. Some are also stronger than others. Breeding Pitbull lines specifically for fighting is popular even today, when dog fighting is illegal. Such dogs are usually larger and have worse temperaments than dogs that are responsibly bred.
One of the main reasons to breed different lines of dogs is color, though. People like a wide variety of colors in all things, including their pets. That’s why different lines of Pitbulls are often different colors. For example, the Sorrell line is characterized by a black nose and muzzle, but a fawn colored body.
On the other hand, a Pitbull that is from the Colby line is a completely different color. Colbys are generally black with a head that is totally white. Sometimes they also come in fawn and white. The point is, though, that Colbys and Sorrells are very different types of American Pitbull Terrier, but they are still all American Pitbull Terriers.
Are different colors worth more money? Well, that all depends on who you are and what you want. For example, red nose Pitbulls can’t be show dogs, so they aren’t worth much to people who do dog shows. Pitbulls in the show ring have to have black noses. On the other hand, though, many people who are just looking for a great dog as a pet like more colorful dogs and will pay more for a red nose, blue nose or other color of Pitbull.
If you have an American Pitbull Terrier, regardless of what color it is, it’s an American Pitbull Terrier. There’s no such breed as a Red Nosed Pitbull, White Pitbulls and Blue Pitbulls don’t exist as a breed, either. They do exist as color types within the breed, though.
How That Information is Valuable:
If you’re looking to get a Pitbull, that information is extremely good for you to know. After all, you don’t want to get confused by all of the hype and confusion yourself. If you’re looking for a show dog or a good dog to breed, that’s especially important. After all, Pitbulls have to have specific characteristics to qualify in the show ring or to breed other show dogs.
Also, though, you don’t want to buy from a confused breeder. Pitbull breeders should know the breed. They should not try to tell you that a Red Nose or any other color is a different breed of dog. If they do, you should definitely get your Pitbull somewhere else.
A Word of Caution:
Pitbull lines are bred, as mentioned earlier, to have different characteristics. Color is not the only characteristic that can vary from line to line. In fact, color should take a back seat to almost everything else, if you’re trying to pick a good pet Pitbull. You should always begin by making sure that the dog is healthy, hasn’t been mistreated at all and has a good temperament. It’s great to have a pretty dog, but it’s much better to have a well-mannered and well-adjusted dog.
So, now that that confusion is cleared up, don’t let anyone tell you your dog isn’t a Pitbull, just because of the color of its fur or nose. It’s a bit like the fact that we are all human beings, even though we may have different skin color, eye color or hair color. It’s what makes us unique and interesting and the same is true for our dogs.