Red Nose Vs. Blue Nose Pit Bull: Pictures And Key Differences

Written by Chanel Coetzee
Updated: October 25, 2023
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Key Points

  • There are three main differences between these two patties.
  • The red nose pitties have reddish-pink noses and their noses typically match their coats.
  • The blue nose pit bull derived its name from the blue color of its nose.

Since the red nose pit bull and the blue nose pit bull are from the same breed, they don’t have too many differences. But, there is one very noticeable variation, which is the coloring of their coats. However, to better distinguish these two pitties, there are three significant differences to take into account when choosing between the two.

Differences Between The Red Nose Pit Bull And Blue Nose Pit Bull

There are three main differences between these two pitties, they include:

  • Color
  • Health conditions
  • Price

Let’s take a look at these differences in more detail.

Red Nose Pit Bull

A Smiling Red Nose Pit Bull

The three differences that set red nose pit bulls apart from blue nose pit bulls.

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The three differences that set red nose pit bulls apart from blue nose pit bulls include the following:

Color

The coloring is the most obvious difference between the red nose pit bull and the blue nose pit bull. For example, like their namesake, these pitties have reddish-pink noses. In addition, their noses typically match their coats. Meaning they are usually red, fawn, or brown. Furthermore, they typically have copper or amber in their eyes. Due to genetics, this is the second-rarest pittie in the world, the first being the Merle pit bull.

Health Conditions

Pit bulls tend to be healthy pets. However, they are still prone to several ailments that plague most dog breeds. But, red nose pit bulls are usually susceptible to cerebellar abiotrophy and hip dysplasia.

Price

While prices can differ depending on the breed, red nose pit bulls cost, on average, $1,000. The price might be high, but working with a reputable breeder is always best. Unfortunately, there are many backyard breeders that inbreed, resulting in dogs with medical and mental conditions.

Blue Nose Pit Bull

Blue Nose Pit Bull in Yard

The blue nose pit bull derived its name from the blue color of its nose.

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Here are the three main differences between the blue nose pit bull and red nose pit bull in more detail:

Color

As you’ve probably guessed, the blue nose pit bull derived its name from the blue color of its nose. However, this does not mean that their noses are blue. In fact, they are actually gray or a shade of black. Their coloring results from a double recessive gene that causes the color of their nose and coats to turn blue (or gray).

Health Conditions

Unfortunately, achieving this beautiful blue coat and nose comes at a price. To get the desired results, breeders had to inbreed. Therefore, blue nose pit bulls are prone to a lot more health conditions than their red counterparts. For example, they are susceptible to hypothyroidism and skin allergies.

Price

The price of blue nose pit bulls varies depending on their location, gender, and breeder. However, they tend to be more expensive than red nose pitties, usually fetching around $1,000 to $3,000 per pup. But it really depends on their popularity. Red nose pit bulls are sometimes more expensive, depending on the trends.

Red Nose Pit Bulls Are Best Suited For…

The red nose pit bull is perfect for active families with older children. They can be very protective of your children, but they are not recommended for younger kids because of their strength and size. While they might not mean to, they can easily knock over a toddler in excitement. In addition, these pitties are not fond of other pets, especially other canines. While most people see these dogs as aggressive monsters, they are actually very loving and gentle dogs. Their loyalty is what makes them aggressive to potential threats.

Blue Nose Pit Bulls Are Best Suited For…

The blue nose pit bull also needs an active family to keep it happy and healthy. While they aren’t great with other dogs, they will tolerate them if introduced when they are puppies. If this is not an option, socialization from a young age is vital. Taking them to obedience training or the dog park is a good option.

Conclusion

Pit bulls are not good dogs for novice pet owners. Whether you want to get the red or blue nose pittie, you need to have some experience with a power breed. These dogs are tough to train because they are extremely stubborn. In addition, they need early socialization because they can be dog-aggressive. So many pit bulls land up in a shelter or on the streets because owners don’t know how to handle them. If you are a first-time dog owner, rather look for a calmer breed, like a Labrador or golden retriever.

What are the 5 Different Types of Pit Bull Breeds?

Funny nice red white American Bulldog puppy is walking on the grass. Puppy's acquaintance with nature. Dog is afraid of the world

This cute America

bulldog

is one of the breeds of dogs that make up the ‘bully breeds.

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Pitbull is a generic term that people use to refer to one of the following breeds of dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is the most widely recognized and popular of the pit bull breeds. This breed was developed in England during the 19th century for a variety of tasks, including dog fighting and herding livestock. It is known for its strong muscular physique, intelligence, loyalty, and courageousness. The American Pit Bull Terrier comes in varieties that include the red-nose, blue-nose, and white-nose pit bulls.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Another popular type of pit bull breed is the American Staffordshire Terrier, which is a combination of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. This breed was bred to create an even more muscular version of the American Pit Bull Terrier with a larger size and an increased ability for protection work. The American Staffordshire Terrier is known for its strong physique, intelligence, loyalty, and courage.

American Bully

The third type of pit bull breed is the American Bully. Developed in the United States during the 1990s from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, this breed is known for its larger size than either of its parent breeds. It also has a strong muscular physique, intelligence, loyalty, and courage but is more docile in nature.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The fourth type of pit bull breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which was bred in England for fighting. This breed is slightly smaller than its counterparts and has a more muscular physique. It is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and courage but can also have an aggressive streak if not properly socialized.

American Bulldog

Finally, there is the American Bulldog. Originally developed in the United States to be a working dog used by farmers to herd livestock and guard property, this breed has since become a popular pet. It is known for its strong physique, intelligence, loyalty, and courage, as well as its ability to be a loyal companion.

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About the Author

Chanel Coetzee is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily focusing on big cats, dogs, and travel. Chanel has been writing and researching about animals for over 10 years. She has also worked closely with big cats like lions, cheetahs, leopards, and tigers at a rescue and rehabilitation center in South Africa since 2009. As a resident of Cape Town, South Africa, Chanel enjoys beach walks with her Stafford bull terrier and traveling off the beaten path.

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