Blue pitbulls were once considered rare. Now they are more common and are everywhere. The rise in popularity of blue pitbulls
over the past decade has become more and more.
A blue pitbull is quite simply one with a “blue” coat which can range anywhere from a light silvery gray to deep charcoal.
Likewise, blue nose pitbulls have grayish nose leather rather than the more common black nose. Blue pitbulls ARE NOT a
separate breed or a distinct bloodline of the APBT.
What causes the blue-gray coloration may actually surprise you. Blue is a dilution of the color black. The genetic make-up of a
blue dog contains a recessive trait that causes the color pigmentation to clump around the middle of the hair shaft leaving the
tips colorless. The effect to our eyes is the dusky gray that is commonly called blue.
The most common health problems associated with blue coated dogs are skin diseases–ranging from hot spots to allopecia
(baldness) to mange. While most of these conditions are treatable, they can be stubborn to resolve and the cumulative cost can
According to this article on the genetics of color found in The Encyclopedia of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the cells that create
pigmentation interact closely with the neurological and immune systems. The article suggests that this may explain why dogs
with recessive coloration seem more susceptible to nervous conditions and immune disorders. Consider, for example, the high
incidences of deafness, low vision and temperament issues that are associated with white, merle and harlequin dogs.
A number of breeders state prominently on their websites that blue pitbulls are known to be more susceptible to bacterial, viral
and fungal infections and they will not guarantee their blue pitbull pups or those with blue parents against skin disorders.
But Most of these coat and skin conditions can be treated inexpensively treated .
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