Red Nose Pitbulls – Just A Myth? Or Do They Really Exist?

In a very in-depth and detailed article we wrote a while ago, we discussed everything there is to know about a variation of the American Pitbull Terrier called the Blue Nose Pitbull. (For those of you interested in seeing what that dog is all about, you can do so by clicking here).

The subject of today’s article is the Red Nose Pitbull, a dog that is quite similar to, although not exactly the same dog, as the American Pitbull Terrier.

What Is A Red Nose Pitbull Exactly?

Just like a Blue Nose Pitbull is to an American Pitbull Terrier, a Red Nose Pitbull can also be considered to be a variation of the American Pitbull Terrier dog.

Again, a Red Nose Pitbull isn’t a different breed than the usual American Pitbull Terrier we’re all familiar with, it’s just a variation of the American Pitbull Terrier dog breed.

Just like the Blue Nose Pitbull is distinguished by its special blue nose, the Red Nose Pitbull is distinguished by its special red nose color. (Although it must be said that not all Blue Nose Pitbulls necessarily have blue noses, and not all Red Nose Pitbulls necessarily have red noses, it’s just the norm and exceptions do in fact exist).

This is a very important point to stress because we see many unethical dog breeders nowadays that market their Red Nose Pitbulls as a special kind of dog breed and charge an arm and a leg for selling them, when in reality, this isn’t the case at all.

Red Nose Pitbull Appearance

Size, Height & Weight

When compared to other Pitbulls, Red Nose Pitbulls are usually significantly larger in size.

Generally speaking, Red Nose Pitbulls will stand at a height of anywhere between 18 to 22 inches tall and will weigh anywhere between 30 to 60 pounds.

Even though this height and weight doesn’t make the Red Nose Pitbull the largest of dogs out there, but it nevertheless remains a fairly large sized dog, especially when compared to other types of Pitbulls.

Red Nose Pitbull Temperament

Aggression – Is It True What They Say?

If you were to ask a bunch of people right know whether or not they think any Pitbull is aggressive or not, 90% of the answers would be something like “Oh my! A Pitbull?! Of course it’s a monster!”.

The fact of the matter is, Red Nose Pitbulls are far from aggressive dogs that Pitbulls are always wrongfully made out to be.

Yes, their appearance doesn’t exactly depict that they’re the sweetest, most gentle of dogs, but when was judging a dog by the way it looks ever a proper way of determining whether or not it is aggressive?

This is an example of logical fallacy at its finest. Just like judging a book by its cover is a very wrong thing to do when it comes to judging people, the same thing holds true for dogs as well.

Back in the day, Red Nose Pitbulls used to be bred for the sole purpose of being involved in dog fights and the like, a sickening practice which has been made illegal a long time ago. This practice has led to the emergence of the stereotype that says that all Pitbulls are monsters that are out for blood.

Of course, some sick people still breed Red Nose Pitbulls for this purpose, but this is no longer the same widespread phenomenon it once used to be.

A properly trained and socialized Pitbull can be one of the sweetest, most affectionate and loving dogs you’ve ever seen.

Meanwhile, a Red Nose Pitbull that has been bred the wrong way and/or has been trained with all the wrong methods will naturally grow up to be a very aggressive dog.

It’s not about the dog in and of itself, it’s about the circumstances the dog grows up in when they’re still young, are developing their personalities and formulating their habits.

Any dog or animal will only develop a personality based on the circumstances it was raised in and will only exhibit actions that it constantly observes, so make sure your Red Nose Pitbull grows up in a healthy environment, and you’ll have one of the sweetest dogs ever at home.


If there was ever a dog that MUST be trained and socialized from a very young age, it’s probably the Red Nose Pitbull, as they are such a pain to train and socialize for the first time when they grow up.

Socializing and training them when they’re still young puppies makes the job much easier to do.

If you get a Red Nose Pitbull home that has been properly socialized and trained from a young age, you can turn many heads around and change many opinions of people who believe that Pitbulls are very aggressive dogs no matter what.

You’ll have a bit of an issue with this dog’s excessive barking at strangers sometimes, but all of this can be solved with proper training methods.

Exercise & Physical Activity

If you’re planning on getting a Red Nose Pitbull, you have to know beforehand that this is one very athletic dog, so you should be sure that you can handle a dog like this before you make this decision.

The minimum amount of exercise Red Nose Pitbulls should be receiving on a daily basis is at least 2 long walks outdoors. Anything less than that and you’re going to have a miserable and problematic Red Nose Pitbull at home.

Since these are athletic dogs, they are best suited for athletic people that can take them on challenging activities.

Even though it is true that 2 long walks a day is the minimum amount of exercise these dogs should be getting, such a form of exercise could prove to be boring to many Red Nose Pitbulls that need a higher intensity form of exercise that unfit people can’t really provide themselves.

So, for example, instead of taking your Red Nose Pitbull out for a long walk, consider taking them out for daily runs if you’re fit enough and are able to run along with them. Anything that’s higher intensity will be better for them than lower intensity exercise.

One fan-favorite activity that Red Nose Pitbull owners love to do with this dog is go on hiking trips – talk about physically intense activities!

Guard Dogs

Red Nose Pitbulls can make very good guard dogs that are responsible of protecting your household and family members from any possible intruder that wants to inflict harm for any reason.

Red Nose Pitbulls are certainly no sweet-pies to people they don’t know, as it will take a whole lot of warming up to do for this dog to start liking and trusting a stranger they haven’t seen before.

Don’t worry though, as the whole “relentless aggression” stereotype that surrounds Pitbulls isn’t nearly true. Ethical Red Nose Pitbull breeders take this aspect into consideration and try to breed for a less aggressive dog than other unethical dog breeders that don’t put much effort into their work.

As long as there’s no threat posed by a stranger being too close to an area they shouldn’t be in, Red Nose Pitbulls know that there’s no reason to go into “defensive mode”. Pitbulls aren’t out there for unjustified blood 24/7 the way they are made out to be nowadays.

This courageous side of their personality, coupled with fairly high intelligence levels the Red Nose Pitbull has, means you have an excellent guard dog at home that’s very capable of doing their job of protecting you and your family.

To further make sure that your Red Nose Pitbull excels at its job as a guard dog when it grows up, begin training it and teaching it about this task ever since its still a young puppy, as this will tremendously help them develop their skill set as a guard dog when the time comes for them to be one.

Red Nose Pitbull Health

Even though Red Nose Pitbulls generally lead healthy lives and aren’t really known to suffer from life-affecting health problems during their lifespans, these dogs are known to have a higher chance of suffering from certain health problems because of hereditary reasons.

Some of the most common health problems that Red Nose Pitbulls can inherit from their parents are:

  • Cataracts
  • Heart disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Joint problems
  • Allergies (Skin allergies and food allergies alike)

It’s very important that you take your Red Nose Pitbull to the veterinarian on time whenever they need their vaccinations, or else potential health problems will kick in.

You also want to make sure you’re giving your Red Nose Pitbull all the exercise they need (something which we talked about in a section above), or else you run the risk of having them easily become overweight, which is never good for a dog that already has a high risk of suffering from heart disease.

These two conditions coupled together are often fatal.

A Note About The Red Nose Pitbull’s Diet

A quick note must be said concerning the diet of the Red Nose Pitbull, as they generally require a special one to lead a healthy life.

Any diet that you feed your Red Nose Pitbull must consist of dog food that’s high in protein and contains moderate amounts of carbohydrates, in which fiber makes up a significant portion of the carbohydrates.

So, you basically want to feed your Red Nose Pitbull dog food that’s high in protein and high in fiber at the same time, and there are many dog food companies that manufacture specific formulas like this out there.

Simple carbohydrates are known to cause Red Nose Pitbulls digestive problems and can lead to obesity in these dogs, so it’s best to stick with complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber.

Red Nose Pitbull Living Conditions

Weather Conditions

To start off, it would be best for a Red Nose Pitbull if your location is in a relatively warm climate, as Red Nose Pitbulls much prefer warmer temperatures than colder ones.

Indoors VS Outdoors

When it comes to whether Red Nose Pitbulls are happier dogs if they live indoors or outdoors, both will work if you abide by some conditions.

This is very convenient for people who want to add a dog like the Red Nose Pitbull to their home but are always bombarded with the same old rejection line that goes something like: “Sorry, but this dog can only live happily in your house if you have a spacious yard”.

Large sized dogs almost never do well living indoors, which is why it’s almost always not an advisable thing for people to have large sized dogs live inside their apartments, but a Red Nose Pitbull isn’t exactly a large sized dog.

So, assuming that you take them out a couple of times a day in order to get some exercise under their belt, Red Nose Pitbulls can live comfortably indoors in an apartment.

If you were to ask about which of the two options is a better one, having your Red Nose Pitbull reside outside the house (in their own dog house in the backyard) will always be a better option.

Remember that dogs weren’t born to live in houses, they were born to live and roam free in nature.

Other Pets At Home

One thing you have to be careful about is that Red Nose Pitbulls that haven’t been socialized with other pets before and aren’t very familiar with them will tend to not be the friendliest of dogs at first.

The Red Nose Pitbull tends to act on instinct when it comes across other unfamiliar animals, so if they were to interact with another pet at home that they haven’t been properly socialized with, there’s always the risk that your Red Nose Pitbull will attack.

That’s just something that’s part of the nature of Red Nose Pitbulls, they tend to be a little bit aggressive with other animals they don’t quite know yet.

However, after an initial break-in phase where your Red Nose Pitbull gets to know the other pets and the two become familiar with one another, you can rest assured that your Red Nose Pitbull will be very friendly and playful.

All they need is a little bit of time to get used to the other pet(s) you have at home, so be sure to actively monitor the interactions between your Red Nose Pitbull and other pets at first to make sure it’s all going according to plan and that there’s nothing that needs to be addressed by you.

Whenever you see signs of excessive aggression, step in and make it very clear that this is a NO-NO, and repeat the process until these signs of excessive aggression go away and are replaced with peaceful play.

Red Nose Pitbull Care


First off, you should know that Red Nose Pitbulls aren’t the most excessive of shedders, due to the fairly short coats they have, yet aren’t the least of shedders either.

Pitbulls in general aren’t really excessive shedders, so the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree in this case.

This means that they shed somewhere in between, so you’ll have to follow a set schedule of brushing them to make sure you keep this situation under control.

You won’t really have to brush your Red Nose Pitbull as much as you would have to brush a dog that sheds heavily, around 3-4 times a week would suffice as a start.

From that point onward, you can see if your Red Nose Pitbull needs that frequency upped a bit or not. Many Red Nose Pitbull owners have noticed that the sweet spot is brushing their coats once a day, so you have to do some testing yourself to see what works best for YOUR Red Nose Pitbull.

For any hair that your Red Nose Pitbull does shed and manage to get on the floor, furniture or other parts of the house, a vacuum that specializes in taking care of pet hair should do the trick.

As for bath time, a Red Nose Pitbull doesn’t get their coat dirty that often (unlike a breed like German Shepherds which are notorious for somehow managing to get all the dirt on their coat when out and about), which also means that there isn’t a specific number of baths you should give your Red Nose Pitbull that’s set in stone.

Whenever you start to notice that your Red Nose Pitbull’s coat is beginning to get dirty, you’re free to give them a bath whenever you deem appropriate.


Red Nose Pitbulls And Ethical Breeders

Before you go ahead and purchase a Red Nose Pitbull from just about any dog breeder out there that’s offering you one, you have to make sure that what this specific breeder is selling you is indeed a Red Nose Pitbull and not just a regular Pitbull that looks like one.

Authentic Red Nose Pitbulls are much harder to come by than other dog breeds, which means the potential of you getting scammed by someone that wants to make a quick buck is quite high.

Ethical dog breeders that are selling you “the real deal” Red Nose Pitbull can offer you proof of their bloodline upon request, while if you would request something of this sort from a “here today, gone tomorrow” dog breeder, the answer will almost always be a negative response.

With all that being said, expect to pay a premium price for an authentic Red Nose Pitbull dog or puppy, because of the fact that there aren’t much of them being bred nowadays and how exclusive they are.

However, you don’t always have to buy a Red Nose Pitbull from a breeder, you can always go with the option of adopting one from a local shelter you know has one of these dogs.

Believe it or not, you’d be surprised to see how many shelters have a Red Nose Pitbull among their ranks, despite this dog being one of the harder ones to come by nowadays.

If you enjoyed reading about Red Nose Pitbulls you might be interested in some of the other articles on our site for instance information on the Black Pitbull.


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