Red nose pit bulls have unique and interesting characteristics. Know more about this intelligent breed, it’s origin and temperament.
Did You Know?
The Red Nose Pitbull is a larger variety of the American Pitbull Terrier also known as the American Staffordshire terrier. These terriers were initially bred for working on farms but were later used as fighting dogs. Sadly, widely reported pit bull attacks have resulted in negative publicity of this breed even resulting in Breed Specific Legislation therefore these laws could be an obstacle in ownership. However, when trained and handled properly, these dogs are friendly, loyal and protective. This article discusses the temperament and characteristics that make this Pittie unique
The origins of the Red Nose Pitbull are traced back to Ireland possibly descendants of the strain of Old Family Red Nose (OFRN). The Red Nose Pitbull is a result of close inbreeding of the ‘Old Family’ strain of pit bulls in the mid-1800s. They found their way to America mainly via Irish immigrants. The breed quickly gained popularity because of its tenacity and accompanying strength. Their agility and athleticism made them tools for blood sport. Purebred Red Nose Pitbulls are sought after because they are very rare.
A pure ‘Old-Family’ Red nose Pitbull is usually entirely reddish in color. Patterns of white or cream color may be present on the chest and toes. They have a distinctive beautiful copper-red nose, red lips, red toenails, and red or amber eyes. These dogs are stocky, muscular, agile. The head is blocky and broad between the cheeks. The muscular neck runs into a deep, thick, and barrel chest. The ears are generally cropped, though this is optional. Their shiny short coat is easy-care. The average height of this pit bull variant is 18-22 inches, at the withers, and the average weight of an adult male is around 35-65 pounds, with females weighing slightly less.
The Pitbull breed is misunderstood by most people because of the biased unfavorable press. Often they are labeled as vicious and dangerous. Reporting of Pitbull related incidents are often about dogs that are bred for fighting, experienced abuse and/or neglect. Any breed of dog that endures this kind of treatment will have behavior problems.
Although the Red Nose Pitbull may look tough and stocky, they are actually quite playful and friendly. Sometimes they can be hostile with unfamiliar dogs and animals. They are protective of their owners but are friendly once they sense there is no threat. Pitbulls are not recommended for first-time pet owners because these terriers are strong, intelligent and stubborn.
Handling and Training
Red nose Pitbulls must be well socialized and trained when they are young. They are very courageous, intelligent, and always ready to please their owner, which makes them highly trainable. Pitties are loyal, trainable, enthusiastic dogs and excel at scent work and agility. Always train with reward-based positive methods. Using force or aversive methods will backfire.
This breed is generally robust and healthy. However, some are prone to genetic and non-genetic health problems which include hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies, and heart diseases.
Red Nose Pitbulls prefer warm weather. These dogs are very energetic and tend to be unhappy and anxious without sufficient exercise. Daily walks, playtime in the yard and mentally engaging exercise are a must. The breed’s agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers, so tall secure quality fencing is a must. Dog parks are not a good place for a Pitbull.
If you are planning to get a pit bull puppy home, you will have to do some research. There are some special considerations to take into account for the Pitbull terrier breed.
Train and Socialize Early:
You need to keep in mind that this breed requires lots of training and socializing, for which you will have to set aside a considerable amount of time. Get a Pitbull only if you understand and truly love this breed. You should only get a Pit if you want him/her as a loving friend and companion. They are companion pets and will love to nap on the couch with you!
Supervise around Unfamiliar Children/Animals:
Do not leave Pitbulls (or any dogs) unsupervised around children/animals who are not familiar. Pitbulls are very protective of their owners and their property.
Adopting or Buying:
You can buy a dog from a reputable breeder. If you choose to buy a dog from a breeder make a thorough check of the dog’s antecedents. Visit the facility and find out how they treat and breed them. Another wonderful option is to adopt from a Pitbull rescue or local shelter. Pitbull rescue volunteers are educated and passionate about the breed. Many rescue groups offer veterinary care and training services post-adoption. Advocates of animal adoption prefer it over buying from a breeder because adoption saves lives. Check out your local shelters or local breed rescues if a Pitbull fits in your lifestyle.