Blue Nose Pitbull Breed Guide, Facts, Training & Price

Blue Nose Pitbull

The Blue Nose Pitbull is a beautiful Pitbull with blue fur and a blue nose to match. They are the result of a recessive gene, which makes them rare and very difficult to breed.

Blue noses are a wonder to see and are just as loving and sweet as any other type of Pitbull. This dog will love you unconditionally and has an undying loyalty to its family.

While this dog does not fit into every family, it thrives in a good home. As a working dog, it values a busy family that can keep its body and mind active.

There are so many things that make a Blue Nose Pitbull special. If you are thinking of adding one to your family, read on for a complete guide to its training, care, cost, and more.

About Blue Nose Pitbulls

pitbull blue nose

The Blue Nose Pitbull is an American Pitbull Terrier with a rare coat color. Its defining feature is its bluish gray fur and matching nose. Color is the only difference between a blue nose and any other pitbull.

This beautiful blue color is the result of a recessive gene. The only way to guarantee a litter of blue puppies is for both of the parents to be blue nose pitbulls. You may have to do quite a bit of research before you finally find a blue puppy.

Do not let his large build and striking appearance fool you. Beneath those big muscles lies an even bigger heart. Anyone who really knows this breed knows just how much of a sweetheart he is.

In the hands of a good owner, a blue nose pitbull is one of the most loyal and loving dogs around. He will look out for you just as much as you look out for him.

However, the decision to adopt this breed is not one that should be taken lightly. It takes a lot of dedication to keep this dog on its best behavior. These dogs are best suited to owners who want to raise awareness of their true nature and fight the stigma of them being dangerous.

Breed Origin

In spite of its name, the American Pitbull Terrier’s history began in England. In the 1500s, packs of Terriers and Bulldogs were used for bull baiting. Aggression was considered a good trait, dogs that displayed the most aggression were singled out for breeding.

When bull baiting was outlawed, these dogs were then taken to American in the 1800s to fight other types of Pitbulls. This bloodsport was eventually outlawed too. After dogfighting was banned, the Pitbull was repurposed into a working dog and family pet.

Their history is the reason why they have a reputation as a dangerous dog.

Because of their history as fighting dogs the American Kennel Club has yet to recognize them. Only the United Kennel Club recognize the blue nose pit bull.

Widespread misconceptions about Pitbull aggression and biting have led to breed specific legislation in many states. To this day, many towns and counties still ban ownership of pitbulls.

Fortunately, over the past ten years, this breed’s positive traits are becoming more obvious. Today, he is one of the most popular rescue dogs and is very well-loved by those who know his true nature.

It is unknown when the first blue nose pitbull was bred. However, the color was well known by the early 2000s.

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Fun Blue Nose Pitbull Facts

  1. In the winter, this dog’s blue nose may fade to gray or pink. This is known as a ‘snow nose’.
  2. The Blue Nose color gene is recessive, this means both parents must be carriers of the gene in order to produce a blue nosed puppy.
  3. The blue nose is often a victim of inbreeding and other poor breeding practices. While inbreeding does increase the chances of a pitbull blue nose puppy, it also results in many health and behavioral problems.
  4. This breed is not the only dog that can have blue fur. French Bulldogs, Blue German Shepherds and Australian Shepherds also come in blue.
  5. A Pitbull can have blue fur without having a blue nose. The blue nose is the result of a specific genetic mutation.
  6. Pitbulls of all colors love children so much that they are known as ‘nanny dogs’.

Blue Color

Blue eyes of a Pitbull

The blue color and matching nose are what lets you know that this particular Pitbull is a Blue Nose Pit. Its color can be a bluish gray of any shade, but it is usually a dark gray that is almost black.

Their nose matches their fur, so a deep blue dog will have a deep blue nose. A powder blue or ‘slate gray’ dog will have a lighter colored nose. The blue color can be solid or in patches against a white background (as pictured above).

The same gene responsible for the coat color affects the eye and nail color too. This dog’s eyes are usually light grey or icy blue, and the nails may be dark gray or black.

Blue nose Pitbulls have a short, stiff single coat that is cropped very close to their body. It is thin enough for you to feel the muscles underneath.

Their coat only needs brushing once a week and does not need haircuts or shaving. It really shines after a good brushing and is too tight and dense to shed very much.


The blue nose color is the result of a rare recessive gene. The same gene is responsible for blu-ish gray fur in other dogs such as the mini Australian Shepherd. To understand how these genes affect a pitbull, we need to know how dominant and recessive genes work:

  • Dominant alleles are always expressed first in the dog’s appearance.
  • Recessive alleles are only expressed if both parents carry it.

For example, in the Labrador Retriever, the allele for the black fur color is dominant ‘BB’, while chocolate is recessive ‘bb’. Mating two black labs together will produce a litter of ‘BB’ black puppies. Breeding a black lab with a chocolate lab will produce a litter of ‘Bb’ puppies.

Suppose the alleles for black Pitbulls is ‘BB’ and ‘Bb’ for blue.

If you were to breed a black dog with a blue one, their puppies would come out as black furred ‘Bb’ puppies. Only when you breed these ‘Bb’ dogs with another black furred ‘Bb’ dog will you get a blue nose puppy. However, breeding them with another black ‘BB’ dog would not produce a blue puppy.

The very first Blue Nose puppy was likely the offspring of two black furred parents with the recessive blue furred gene.

Full Grown Size

The United Kennel Club’s official breed standard was released in 1978 for this breed. It says the blue nose Pitbull is a medium sized dog with a very strong build and visible muscle definition.

A full grown male can stand between 18 and 21 inches and weigh 35 to 60 pounds. Females stand between 17 and 20 inches and weigh 30 to 50 pounds.

Particularly large blue nose Pitbulls can weigh up to 70 pounds.

Full grown blue nose pitbull size:
GenderHeight (inches)Weight (pounds)
Male18 to 2135 to 60
Female17 to 2030 to 50

Pitbulls have broad forequarters, a deep chest and large mouths. However, their smiling face lets you know that they are a lover and not a fighter!

Their ears can be rounded (like an American Labrador) or erect, and should never be cropped. The tail should be thin and slightly curved, but never docked.

How Much Does A Blue Nose Pitbull Cost

Blue nose pitbull puppy

The Blue Nose color is in high demand and can be quite difficult to find. This makes it one of the most expensive Pitbull colors. You can expect to pay at least $1,000 for a puppy, but prices may run to $3,000.

Blue nose Pitbulls are hard to breed, and there is no guarantee that a litter of Blue Nose puppies will be produced. This difficulty is reflected in a puppy’s high cost.

Due to the low demand and poor reputation of full grown Pitbulls, the price of an adult dog is much lower. A shelter or a rescue can charge as little as $50 to $300 to give a pitbull a new home. These costs normally go towards making sure that the shelter can continue caring for animals in need.

AgePrice ($ USD)
Puppy1,000 to 3,000
Adult (from breeder)300 to 500
Adult (from rescue)50 to 300

The genetic nature of the blue color means that these dogs are susceptible to inbreeding.

When buying a blue nose pit bull you will need to make sure that your chosen breeder is ethical. Never purchase a puppy from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. Online listings are not the best place to look for a pit bull puppy.

Lower priced puppies are more likely to be of poor health. If you are on a budget, it is better to adopt and not shop! Pitbulls of every color are very popular in shelters, and adoption fees can run as little as $50.

Breed Guide

Young blue pitbull on a harness

The blue nose Pitbull is not the right dog for every family. Keeping one is a commitment to everyday training and socialization. Like every working dog, this breed must have daily physical and mental activity to be at its best.

Pitbulls are best suited to active families who are home often enough to give them all of the attention they need.

How to Train a Blue Nose Pitbull

Training is the most important, and most difficult, aspect of Pitbull care. When training this dog, you must be firm but never stern or harsh. Signing up for puppy school, in addition to training at home, is the best bet.

Puppy school provides both professional training and interaction with other dogs and people. The most well-mannered pitbull is one that is frequently socialized with other people and dogs throughout its entire life.

Your dog should have met at least 12 new friends in its first 12 weeks. Organize plenty of puppy playdates, Pitbulls want to make as many new friends as they possibly can.

A lack of socialization and boredom are two of the leading causes of aggressive and destructive behavior in this breed. Do not forget to exercise your dog’s mind as well as its body.

An obstacle or rally course is the best way to keep your pup having lots of fun while you train. These dogs love to run and jump, and will appreciate the opportunity to show off their athletic prowess.

You can make the course as easy or hard as you desire. Change it up every day so that your dog never knows what to expect. Fill the course with all of his favorite toys for motivation.

Basic puppy training plan
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Early socialization, Handling, House training, Early house trainingName response, House training, Basic commands (e.g. Sit, Stay and Come)Leave it, Drop it, Fetch, Wait, No, Down, More socializationJump, Stand, Paw, Kiss, Wag, Shake, Off leash walking

blue nose pitbull full grown


This breed needs up to 120 minutes of exercise a day. Blue nose Pitbulls love long walks and runs, they should be walked for at least 60 minutes every day.

You can take your dog out on one long walk in the morning, or split it into two shorter 45 minute walks. Either way, your dog should always be kept on its leash while you are out together.

Pitbulls are happy to run, walk or swim. They will play like a puppy, even as they get older, and excel at any opportunity to demonstrate their agility.

Running, jumping, tug-of-war, and a backyard obstacle course will keep this breed happy for hours. Also, Rally – a combination of agility and obedience – is the Pitbull’s very best sport.


Unlike some other rare-colored working breeds, such as the Silver Labrador Retriever, this dog can look its best with very little brushing. Pit bulls are very low shed, and brushing its beautiful blue coat once a week will keep it looking shiny and clean.

You will need to bathe your dog at least once a month, paying special attention to his ears and facial folds. Clean and trim your dog’s nails every three weeks, or whenever they begin to curl or tap against the floor. A dog that runs and digs this much can end up with very dirty nails.

Finally, brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. It is not too difficult to get a Pitbull used to the toothbrush, but you can purchase dental treats for a more reluctant individual.

Health Problems

The Blue Nose Pitbull is more susceptible to health problems than other Pitbulls due to frequent inbreeding. They are more likely to develop food and environmental allergies and their reactions can be more severe.

An allergic reaction usually presents itself as an itchy, dry skin rash. Sneezing and watery eyes are also signs that your dog may be allergic to something. Treating an allergic reaction is a matter of identifying and removing the allergen. A dog with environmental allergies will need a lifelong regimen of medication and allergy shots.

Congenital heart disease is one of the most heartbreaking health issues for blue nose Pitbulls. Faulty breeding often leads to heart problems at a very young age.

Congenital, or inherited, heart diseases occur from birth. These heart problems will show up before the dog’s first birthday, and last for its entire life. Many heart diseases do not have any symptoms at all. Others may cause lethargy, decreased appetite, paleness, and low activity.

Heart diseases must be caught early, or they can lead to total heart failure later on. Any dog susceptible to congenital heart problems should have yearly screenings at a vet.

Unfortunately, the Blue Nose Pitbull has a shorter lifespan than other Pitbull dogs. It typically lives from 8 to 12 years, compared to 15 years for other Pitbulls.

Personality and Temperament

Happy white and blue pitbull

A trained and well behaved blue nose Pitbull does not have a mean bone in its body. Its deep ‘woo’ bark might sound very scary, but you will not hear it very often. The best behaved Pitbulls only bark when they are very excited or very alarmed.

Contrary to popular belief, they are not the best guard dog, even though they are often stereotyped as one. Blue noses are much more likely to nuzzle and kiss an intruder than to run one off!

Above all, this dog is loyal, loving and fun company to keep. He will curl up right beside you on the couch and kiss you all over when you are in a bad mood.

There is a serious problem if a Pitbull is aggressive. However, this does not mean that it is a calm and relaxed breed. This working dog is eager, full of energy, and excels in all manner of canine sports.

He will want to play for most of the day and so will become destructive and rude without a safe energy outlet. This dog absolutely craves attention from other people. He will be very unhappy and ill-behaved if he does not get to spend enough time with friends.

You should take your dog out every day to play with other dogs and greet the neighbors. The dog park is one of his very favorite places to be.

Blue nose Pitbulls get along with other dogs of a similar size and energy level, but should not be left unsupervised around smaller dogs. Aggression is not common, but it is also not unheard of. Unfortunately, some may have aggression bred into their line as a result of their history.

The best way to reduce aggressive behavior is to keep your dog properly socialized and stimulated. Do not ignore your dog or leave them on their own for very long.

Aggressive and destructive behavior is usually the result of distress or boredom. But a bite from those powerful jaws can be very dangerous, so always respect your dog’s limits and boundaries.


Blue nose pitbulls are a rare and unusual color of Pitbull that is sure to grab attention.

There is so much to love about the beautiful blue nose Pitbull. Pitbulls of any color just want your love, and make it very easy to give. If you can give this dog just the right home, you will never regret your decision to make a new blue friend.

Active families with older children make the perfect friends for them. Pitbulls need a family that can play with them and will put them to work every day.

Pitbulls require a lot of patience and dedication to care for and train, but they will pay you back with all of the love in the world.

Any Pitbull owner must be able to provide their dog with the proper stimulation and socialization. It is a dog that demands your attention most of the time. However, you will be captivated from the moment you look into this precious dog’s eyes.

Have you ever owned or known somebody who owned a Blue Nose Pitbull? Tell us!

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  1. My 3 year old Blue Nose Pittie is also my ADA service dog. He is amazing. Absolutely part of the family. Pits enjoy their nap time too.


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