Everything you need to know about Red Nose Pitbulls before adopting one

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Some breeds of dogs can be confusing. You never really know what they are, or if they are even recognized as breeds at all. The Red Nose Pitbull is one of these. First, you should know that Pitbulls are not a recognized breed, instead, it is merely a term to categorize four breeds of dogs: the American Pitbull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The Red Nose Pitbull is part of the American Pitbull Terrier group. He is not a separate breed by himself, he is more of one of the different color varieties you can choose from in this breed. This also means that he shares most of his traits with other dogs of this breed. But, as we know, each dog has his unique personality.

The Red Nose Pitbull is the result of a lot of inbreeding, which gives him that beautiful shade on his muzzle. These dogs used to be very popular, but today, they are quite rare, since inbreeding is now frown upon.

First, let’s learn a bit more about the American Pitbull Terrier before moving to the Red Nose Pitbull.

Who is the American Pitbull Terrier?

As I already stated, the American Pitbull Terrier is part of the Pitbull group, with three other breeds. Usually, when people hear the word “Pitbull”, they imagine a big aggressive beast they should stay away from. But, honestly, Pitbulls have a bad reputation that they don’t deserve.

The American Pitbull Terrier is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever get the chance to meet. Smart, extremely muscular and powerful, and eager to please, he makes the perfect guard dog for a responsible and active owner. This breed has been banned in many American cities, due to the number of attacks these dogs were involved in during this last decade. But, this isn’t the dog’s fault. When an American Pitbull Terrier is being aggressive, it says nothing about him, and everything about his owner. Some people train this breed to be violent and aggressive so they can use them in dog fighting rings. They take advantage of their strength and their trainability to turn them into killing machines.

But, in their nature, American Pitbulls Terriers are sweet, caring, and full of love for their owners. They often suffer from separation anxiety because they need a lot of attention and care. They love spending time with their owners, either playing with them or just cuddling and hanging out on the couch.

Being an American Pitbull Terrier’s parent can be quite a hard job, which is why this dog is not recommended to first time owners. Because this breed needs training and exercise, it needs to be with someone who is active and ready to swap his pajamas for running pants.

The American Pitbull Terrier is one of the easiest dogs to train, especially if you start early. Extremely intelligent and good-natured, he wants nothing more than to please you and make you happy.

With enough training and socialization, the American Pitbull Terrier can be a great family dog and get along with everyone, even small kids. There are a lot of videos on internet showing Pitbulls with toddlers, and this just shows how gentle they are around kids. It is not for naught that they are called “nanny dogs”.

The American Pitbull Terrier is a playful dog who wants nothing more than to run around, play catch with you, and have fun. He is a giant dog with the heart of a puppy and will do anything to get some belly rubs from you and the people around him.

Because he is so energetic, the American Pitbull Terrier requires a lot of exercise. And, even more surprising, this dog can be perfectly happy living in small spaces, such as apartments. This breed is very active, and yet, it has nothing against being a couch potato from time to time.

Because of his muscular body and scary looks, the American Pitbull Terrier might freaks out people at first. But when you get to know him, you will find out that he is nothing more than a giant dog baby.

So, what about the Red Nose Pitbull’s origins?

The Red Nose Pitbull originated in Ireland, during the beginning of the 1800s. This dog was, first and before anything, bred to fight in blood sports. Back then, they had dog fighting rings where Red Nose Pitbulls had to fight big animals, such as bears and bulls, to death. A few decades later, people working in dog fighting rings started pitting Red Nose Pitbulls against each other for entertainment.

Thankfully, a few years later, the Red Nose Pitbull found a new purpose. When immigrants from Ireland started to arrive in America, they brought these beautiful specimens with them. Instead of using him as a fighter, people in the United States started breeding the Red Nose Pitbull to be a guard dog, a catch dog, and most importantly, a companion.

Today, the Red Nose Pitbull has many jobs. You can find him working as a therapy dog, a police and military dog, and as a companion dog. The Red Nose Pitbull is rare and uncommon though, mostly because he is highly inbred, which is now frowned upon by breeders and dog lover alike.

What does the Red Nose Pitbull look like?

Red Nose Pitbull running

The Red Nose Pitbull is a handsome fella.

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Obviously, the Red Nose Pitbull was named because of one of his most distinctive traits: his red nose. This beautiful beast is big, muscular, and quite scary-looking if you are not used to massive dogs. With a broad chest and an impressive jaw, his looks will never leave you indifferent.

Muscular and stocky, the Red Nose Pitbull tends to be a bit larger than other Pit Bulls. He usually weighs between 35 and 65 pounds, reaching a height of 18 to 22 inches.

He is, more often than not, reddish in color, with some white or cream patterns on his chest and paws. With a red tail, red nose, red lips, and usually red or amber eyes, he is quite impressive and beautiful to look at. His coat is short, coarse, and shiny, which makes grooming an easy, fun, and quick affair.

How to groom your Red Nose Pitbull?

The Red Nose Pitbull doesn’t need a lot of grooming. Since this dog’s coat is short and coarse, he doesn’t need much care. Regular brushings should help you get rid of dead skin and loose hair. Usually, if you follow a strict brushing schedule, your Red Nose Pitbull will not shed much. Though shedding will increase during warmer months, it will not pose a huge problem.

As for baths, you should bathe your pooch at least once a month, more if necessary. Never use a shampoo made for humans, they are too strong and will irritate your best friend’s skin. Instead, use a gentle dog shampoo that you can purchase either in pet stores or online. If you don’t know which shampoo will suit your dog’s coat and skin, take a look at our review. This might give you an idea of what’s on the market.

Trim your dog’s nails regularly, using special clippers made to accommodate dogs’ paws and nails. You should also brush your dog’s teeth 3 or 4 times a week, using a commercial toothpaste made for dogs (or you can make your own following one of these recipes).

Finally, make sure to always check your Red Nose Pitbull's ears regularly to look for infections or ear mites. Make sure to clean your four-pawed friend's ears once a week using a special cleaner that you can purchase in any pet store.

If you feel like you won’t be able to properly groom your dog, it is better to hire the services of a professional. It can be expensive, but it will keep your dog healthy and looking like the handsome fella he is.

What is this dog’s temperament like?

Red Nose Pitbull puppy

I am completely and utterly in love with this pup!!!

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Today’s Red Nose Pitbull is a friendly, gentle dog. Unlike their ancestors who were bred to be aggressive and fight in rings, today’s Pitbulls are mostly bred to be companion dogs. But, even though they are gentler and kinder today, they still possess their protective and hunting instincts, which makes them quite dangerous for smaller and unfamiliar animals.

The Red Nose Pitbull, just like any other American Pitbull Terrier, will need a lot of exercise and space where he can run around and play. He is usually highly protective of his owners and will do anything to save them if they face danger. A Pitbull will give his life for you, that’s just how loyal this breed is. But, once a Red Nose Pitbull senses that there is no danger, he will turn into a giant, friendly, and lovable puppy. It is your responsibility to train your dog to be comfortable with people and foreign environments.

Training and socialization will make your Red Nose Pitbull more accommodating and disciplined. And, you should definitely start early, because training an adult Pitbull can be quite difficult, even for an experienced dog owner.

In general, the Red Nose Pitbull is a fun-loving, sweet, and affectionate dog. He is caring, protective, brave, and empathetic. He will only be aggressive and violent if you train him to be so. So, please, don’t make this breed more misunderstood than it already is.

Your Red Nose Pitbull will be your best friend in the world, as long as you treat him right. In the end, no dog or other animal deserves to be mistreated. He is not a vicious dog, but of course, he will respond to violence with violence, due to his instincts.

Does he fare well with children?

It might come as a surprise to you, but the Red Nose Pitbull, and Pitbulls, in general, are excellent around children. They are not called the "nanny dog" for nothing. They understand that small kids are fragile and need to be handled with care, so a Red Nose Pitbull will be soft around toddlers. This breed is very patient and loving and will do anything to save a child in danger. Still, you will need to monitor your child's interactions with the dog. You know what they always say: better safe than sorry!

How to train your Red Nose Pitbull?

Red Nose Pitbull Jumping

Look at how beautiful he is!

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You will find out that the Red Nose Pitbull has most of the American Pitbull Terrier’s characteristics. And this is especially true when it comes to training. During training, you will need to establish yourself as the alpha. If a dog this size finds you meek or weak, he will try to establish dominance over you, and will never listen to your orders.

Make sure to be consistent with your training. Start with obedience and leash training when your dog is about 3 or 4 months old. It’s always good to start training a dog of any breed as soon as possible, as puppies are easier to handle than adult dogs.

This is especially true with Pitbulls since early training and socialization are the keys to ensuring a gentle and well-mannered pet.

Socializing, especially, is of extreme importance when handling a Red Nose Pitbull. Because of his instinct, this dog can be quite aloof to other pets, especially dogs of the same gender. To avoid any problems, take your Red Nose Pitbull puppy to dog parks as much as you can. Let him meet people, as many people as you can, so he understands that not all strangers are a threat. This will help your best friend be comfortable in any environment, and only respond aggressively when he senses danger.

It is very easy to adopt a dog but taking care of one takes a lot of time and a big sense of responsibility. Know that when you are adopting a Red Nose Pitbull puppy, you are signing up for more than a decade of living with your dog and taking care of him.

This is not a breed for everyone, so, if you can’t take the challenge, choose an easier dog. There are already way too many Pitbulls in shelters who were abandoned because their owners found out that they were too much work. If you are not up to the task, don’t adopt or purchase a Red Nose Pitbull just to abandon him on the side of the road later.

How much exercise does this breed need?

Your Red Nose Pitbull will need a lot of exercise, which is why he needs a lot of space to run around, play games, and occupy himself. But, he can still live in an apartment, as long as you take him on a lot of walks and take him to the dog park.

A Red Nose Pitbull will need at least one long walk a day, as well as a lot of playtime. Fetch, catch, and Frisbee are perfect for this active breed. Hiking is also one this dog’s favorite activities, so get your hiking shoes and gear ready.

If a Red Nose Pitbull doesn’t get enough exercise, he might start suffering from obesity.

What about food?

Red Nose Pitbull smiling at the camera

Bye folks, I’m gonna go adopt one of these beauties!

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As you know, Pitbulls, and all dogs, in general, are carnivore animals. This means that they need a high amount of animal protein in their diet (if you ever turn your dog vegan, I. will. hunt. you. down. I have a black belt in karate, just saying…).

The kibble you choose for your Red Nose Pitbull should naturally include proteins coming from beef and poultry. It should also contain elements from brown rice since this is what gives your dog his daily dose of carbohydrates and fiber. You should feed your Red Nose Pitbull at least 3 or 4 cups of high-quality kibble a day. Those are big dogs, with a lot of energy, which means that they need to eat, a lot.

If you don’t know which brand to choose, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian, he will know. As always, make sure to add some healthy snacks to your dog’s diet. And, believe it or not, fruits and vegetables are the way to go, just don’t make them his main diet.

What health issues will your Red Nose Pitbull suffer from?

Like any other pure breed, the Red Nose Pitbull has his fair share of health issues. Usually, this dog lives between 10 and 12 years and is fairly healthy. But, he can still suffer from some ailments. Here are the ones that you should look out for:

In the end, it’s all about how much care you give your dog. A well exercised, well fed Red Nose Pitbull will be a healthy dog. And as I always say, don’t skip his vet visits. And always make sure your dog’s shots are up to date.

How much will a Red Nose Pitbull puppy cost you?

As I’ve already stated, Red Nose Pitbulls are fairly rare today, which means that their prices are quite high. A purebred puppy will usually cost you between 1000$ and 5000$. Sometimes, the prices can be even higher, going up to 10.000$. It all depends on the breeder, so make sure to choose the right one.


The Red Nose Pitbull is a beautiful, smart dog who will love you unconditionally. This is a loyal and affectionate animal who is great around kids, especially toddlers. He is not aggressive or violent unless you train him to be so.

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