The Truth About Red Nose Pit Bulls
by: je Dunn
How do "Red Nose Pit Bulls" differ from other Pit Bulls?
Well, besides having a red nose they don't.
With the exception of nose color, there is no difference between a red nose pit bull, a blue nose pit bull, or the most common black nose dogs.
A rose is a rose, and a pitbull is a pitbull, unless it has been cross-bred with another breed. The red nose dogs come from the same bloodlines as other pitbulls.
The fuss over red nosed and blue nose pitbulls, has everything to do with marketing, and nothing to to with the rareness or specialty of a pitbull.
Are red nosed pit Bull Dogs worth more?
That solely depends on the buyer. If you are considering showing your pitbull the only acceptable nose color in the show ring is "Black".
Red nose pitbulls often born in litters along with black, buckskin, "fawn to show people" or brindle siblings. When it comes to show dogs there is a strict set of standards the judges abide by.
Here are the standards for the AKA web site regarding AmStaff Pit Bull Terrier...
AKC AmStaff STANDARD
General Impression The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great power for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.
Head Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high. Ears - Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized. Eyes - Dark and round, low down in skull and set far apart. No pink eyelids. Muzzle - Medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Under jaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips close and even, no looseness. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Nose definitely black.
Neck Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
Shoulders Strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping.
Back Fairly short. Slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Loins slightly tucked.
Body Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest deep and broad.
Tail Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over back. Not docked.
Legs The front legs should be straight, large or round bones, pastern upright. No resemblance of bend in front. Hindquarters well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out. Feet of moderate size, well-arched and compact. Gait must be springy but without roll or pace.
Coat Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.
Color Any color, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80 per cent white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
Size Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches for the female is to be considered preferable.
Faults Faults to be penalized are: Dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot or overshot mouths. Approved June 10, 1936
Source: AKC web site.
Pit Bulls come in almost every color that is genetically possible in dogs. Some of the most common colors are, brindle, fawn, and blue.
Pit Bulls were traditionally bred to be a performance breed. Their value was based on how well they performed a certain task, and not what they looked like. A dogs true worth lies under the skin, just as it does with a person.
If the show ring is not in your dogs future, always choose a dog based on, "Temperament" first, color and size second.
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