Origin of The American Pitbull Terrier
The origin of the American pit bull terrier stems from the cross-breeding of two distinct breeds, unfortunately, both of which are now extinct. The original ancestors of the American Pitbull Terrier are the Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs. These two breeds were combined with the specific aim of creating a new breed that possesses both the gameness of the terrier and the strength and the athleticism of the bulldog.
Their offspring became known as the BULL AND TERRIER and these dogs later became the direct ancestors of the American pit bull Terrier.
Back in the United Kingdom, the Bull and terrier mix were often used for dangerous activities (Bloodsports) such as bull-baiting and bear-baiting. These heinous activities were later ended officially in the year 1835 when Great Britain introduced the Animal Welfare laws. Not long after, Dog fightings were brought into existence and due to the fact that they cost less to organize and they were much easier to arrange under the radar of the law than the blood sports (Bull baiting and bear baiting), people that participated in those sports began to pit their dogs against each other.
Dogfighting often involved gambling and it also served as a way for the dog owners to continuously test the ferocity and aggressiveness of their dogs. The dogfighting continuously took place secretly for many decades in small parts of Great Britain. When these dogs later arrived in the United States of America around the year 1845-1860, the dogfighting continued and the descendant of the Old Bull-and-Terrier mix later emerged as an American Variant.
The American pit bull Terrier was not officially recognized as a breed until February 10, 1898, when the United Kennel Club(UKC) officially donned it the American Pit Bull Terrier. Once upon a time, pit bulls were used in America as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs.
They were also used to hunt the hogs as well as to drive livestock. Amongst all these, the American Pit-bull terrier could still fit in as family companions.
Regardless, the main use of the American pit bull Terrier was dog fighting at least till about 1976 when it became outlawed in all the states.
The American Pitbull terriers has succeeded in filling multiple roles such as a companion dog, a working dog, an athletic sports dog( weight pulling, Top dog), a police dog, and also as a therapy dog.
History Of The Red Nose Pitbull
The Red Nose Pit-bull is an extremely energetic breed of dog whose existence has been dated as far back as 4000 BC, their ancestors, the great Mastiffs were used both as working dogs and fighting dogs.
They were originally bred in IRELAND as a strain of Pit bulls known as the IRISH OLD FAMILY REDS back in the mid-1800s. These dogs later developed into the OLD FAMILY RED NOSE STRAIN.
Their unique coat, playfulness and ferocity brought them into the limelight and as such breeders began to make conscious effort to selectively breed and retain the strain’s purity. The Pit bulls have been used for various reasons in the past: Illegal dog betting, dog fights, bull-baiting and even on the farmland as a means of keeping livestock in check.
The red Nose Pit bull’s physical attributes include their unique copper coating, their renowned red nose,copper lips and sharp amber eyes, they also have peculiar red nails as opposed to the usual black color due to the reason for their initial creation and breeding, they appear to have a bulky or stocky structure, wide and flat blockhead, muscular neck and a full chest clearly depicting strength and agility.
They can be donned the middleweight bodybuilders amongst the canine species. More distinct features of the Red Nose Pit-bull are the white fur patterns that can be clearly visible even in little pitties. While some Red Nose Pitbulls has cropped ears, others do not.
This variation is actually dependent on their owners. The Red Nose Pit-bull are generally mid-sized dogs. Their height and weight also vary by gender: A female Red Nose Pit-bull stands at about 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) and can reach about 30 to 50 pounds (14 to 23 kg) in weight.
Whereas, their male counterparts, The Male Red Nose Pit-bull can reach up to heights of about 22 inches (56 cm) and can be as massive as 65 pounds (29 kg)
Due to the fact that the Red Nose pitbull has a short and fine coat, grooming them is usually quite easy. Unfortunately, the Red Nose Pitbull sheds moderately about twice a year (spring and fall) due to the fact that they are not hypoallergenic, although, they casually shed all year round.
Brushing them down with a slicker brush as often as every day or at least once a week aids with the shedding process and helps to remove any lingering dead fur. When it comes to this particular breed, you have no worries about tangled fur and regular brushing of its coat ensures that oil is evenly distributed. You can also run a wet washcloth all over their body: this helps in the removal of excess fur and of course, to clean them
The Red Nose pitbull does not need to be bathed all that frequently, once in every 4(four) to 6(six) weeks
with an all-natural doggie shampoo to give his coat a vibrant and healthy look is enough as bathing them too much can give rise to skin problems.
You can also bathe them on special occasions when needed as they quite the energetic dog and they have a very high tendency to play around and mess themselves up.
The Red nose pitbull should also undergo routine checks for ticks and lice because they tend to play around in open environments such as parks, fields, yards and so on.
The Red Nose Pitbull should also have each ear thoroughly checked and cleaned out at least once a week.
Owners of the Red Nose Pit bull should ensure that they clean the teeth of their dog regularly preferably once or twice in a week.
Furthermore, it is advisable to take the dog to a professional groomer for proper care.
Despite their long dark history of dogfighting and bullfighting, the Red Nose Pit-bull has actually been known to be one of the most friendly and outgoing breeds.
It is quite important to be aware of the fact that every dog is a unique individual and the early and continuous socialization and training that the dog receives plays a very vital and important role in helping to shape their temperament. Regardless of the individuality, there are still certain traits that are commonly seen across a particular breed
It is crucial to note that the Red Nose Pitbull has no specific trait to themselves as they are still just a variety of the American Pit-bull Terriers. As a powerful breed that is friendly, outgoing and energetic, the Red Nose Pitbull is a dog that requires rigorous obedience training and lots of socialization.
The red nose pitbull is seemingly very adaptive as they can survive in most living situations due to their tenacity and curious nature.
Because they are very energetic and athletic, they require a lot of playtime in open environments as the lowest possible requirement of time allocated to keep your dog happy and relaxed is an hour.
These dogs due to their ferocity and hereditary aggressiveness they do not exactly relate well with other dogs or animals in general and as such they are better kept as an only dog or they would need to be carefully and properly introduced to other canine members of the family. They see any animal smaller than them as potential prey and would often chase after small furies like squirrels and rabbits.
The Red Nose Pitbull is usually known to be extremely loyal to their host family. They are known to relate well and lovingly with their humans and they enjoy love and attention showered upon them.
The Red Nose Pitbull serves as a very courageous and alert guard dog. When faced with a threatening situation, they would most likely defend their family ferociously. Do not be surprised if they greet approaching visitors with a waggy tail and high spirits. This is because they have a general love for humans.
One can easily predict from the muscular structure of these dogs that they are more physically sound than other breeds, but their frame and structure cause certain health problems for them.
Let’s look at some of these problems.
Their joints can be hurt by their signature posture. Their ligaments are strained by the position of their legs and their heavy frames do not make their conditions any better.
These strains can cause leg lameness as a worst-case scenario and at least chronic damage. If they do not become overweight, this
the condition can easily be prevented.
Another health issue the red nose pitbull or even American Pitbull terriers in general face is skin issues such as allergies and this is why it is not advisable to bathe them more often than once a month or once in six weeks.
Aside from these allergies, Your Red Nose Pitbull may also suffer retinal degradation. Be on the watch for symptoms such as them running into walls or getting confused when you are playing fetch with them.
Hip Dysplasia is a disease common among dogs and the Red Nose Pit Bull is no exception. Hip dysplasia is the abnormal formation of the hip socket of the dog and in its most severe conditions, can cause lameness and even arthritis of the joints.
This disease is a genetic trait (polygenic) that is affected by environmental factors. The ball and the socket in the pelvis(acetabulum) must develop at equal rates during growth. In hip dysplasia, this uniformity does not occur in growth during puppyhood.
What then happens is the laxity of the joints then Osteoarthritis (OA) or Degenerative joint disease (DJD) sets in.
This is the body’s response and countermeasure to stabilize the loose hip joints. Degenerative myelopathy and kneecap dislocation are also health issues that you should watch out for through the entirety of your dog’s life.
Though some Red nose pit bulls have been known to live up to 16 years or longer, the Red nose pitbull just like all pit bulls is a hardy dog that can live up to 14years.
The Red nose pitbull is a breed that needs to undergo strict behavioral training because they tend to be naturally aggressive.
Breeders have to carefully and precisely train unnecessary aggressiveness out of them. They are smart and when trained properly and they make for very great dogs.
They can also be trained to fit in multiple roles as suggested above in their history of multiple roles over the years.
As an energetic and athletic breed, frequent and rigorous physical exercise sessions may be needed to keep your Red Nose Pitbull fit. Let them out in open spaces, play fetch with them, and keep them engaged. They also need to undergo mental exercises at least 15 – 20 minutes a day.
Why You Should Get A Red Nose Pitbull
- They are very loyal and can serve as very efficient guard dogs.
- They are fond of children and as such are nicknamed Nanny Dogs.
- They can serve multiple purposes.
Where To Get A Red Nose Pitbull and Price
You can get a red nose pit bull from distinguished rescue centers and you can also get them from a
reputable and licensed breeder.
A red nose pit bull pup can be worth $500 – $2000. It is advisable to look for a reputable breeder that
breeds for health and temperament.