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Red Nose Pitbull – All You Need to Know

As the name suggests, Red Nose Pitbulls have a striking red nose, and a red coat. They are typically slightly larger than other Pitbulls. The line has long been very popular, and is a well respected line. 

Red Nose Pitbull Facts

Picture of a red nose pitbull
Picture of a red nose pitbull

The Red Nose Pitbull comes from an old and distinctive bloodline. There are four breeds that can be called Pitbulls. These are the American Pitbull Terrier, American Bully, Staffordshire Terrier, and American Bulldog. 

Most people refer to the American Pitbull Terrier when they say “pitbull”. The Red Nose Pitbull is an American Pitbull Terrier. They are a well known bloodline with a rich history. 

Pitbull History 

First, let’s take a look at the history and origin of the Pitbull. In 1835, bull baiting was outlawed in England. English Bulldogs would attempt to take down a bull by tiring or injuring it. 

When this practice was outlawed, lovers of the bloodsport went underground. They began ratting. They would dig pits, and the dogs would kill rats. They were also fought against each other in these pits. 

The strength and size of the English Bulldog made them perfect for bull baiting, but they weren’t well suited to pit fighting. 

They were bred with English Terriers. The resulting dog was smaller, more agile, strong, and gamey. In short, they were perfect for these pit fights. Hence, the Pitbull was born. 

Soon, they found their way to America. Unfortunately, fighting the dogs continued, and still continues, despite laws against it. However, Pitbulls also became popular companion animals, farm dogs, and guard dogs. 

What is a Red Nose Pitbull? 

The Red Nose Pitbull originated in Ireland. They were frequently inbred to maintain the unique characteristics of the bloodline. The official name for the bloodline is Irish “Old Family” Red Nose. 

It’s one of the oldest bloodlines, dating back at least 150 years. The bloodline was popular for fighting. They had an aggressive nature during fights. However, they had a friendly, laid back nature the rest of the time. 

They also became popular among farmers, where they helped protect the farmers and helped them with the cattle. 

The Red Nose Pitbull is easy to identify thanks to their appearance. They have a short coat that is red or reddish brown. They often have white patches as well. Their nose, mouth, and nails will be copper or reddish brown, similar to their coat. 

They have a large rectangle shaped head and wide jaws. They have a thick neck, and a broad chest. They have classic Pitbull ears, which are usually cropped. They have yellow or amber colored eyes, which also contributes to their striking looks.  

Red Nose Pitbull Price

Despite them being rarer than most colors, they are only slightly more expensive than most Pitbulls. You can expect the price to begin at $1,000, and go to $3,000. This is about average for Pitbulls with a decent pedigree. 

Pitbulls from very prestigious bloodlines can cost as much as $20,000, but these are very rare. 

Red Nose Pitbull Rarity

Red Nose Pitbulls are less common than average, but they are far from extremely rare. This is due to their popularity. The bloodline is very old, which also makes them more common than newer bloodlines. 

Red Nose Pitbull Life expectancy

Red Nose Pitbulls have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, which is the same as other Pitbulls. Their lifespan will be affected by genetics, as well as their lifestyle. 

Dogs who live indoors live longer than outdoor pooches. A proper diet and exercise, and veterinary care can also extend their life. 

Red Nose Pitbull Size and weight

Photo of a red nose pitbull
Photo of a red nose pitbull

The Red Nose Pitbull is typically a bit larger and stockier than other Pitbulls. Females are slightly smaller than males. 

Red Nose Pitbulls will grow to 18-22 inches tall, and weigh between 35 and 65 pounds. Other Pitbulls are typically 17-21 inches tall, and weigh 30 to 60 pounds. 

Red Nose Pitbull Health

Red Nose Pitbulls are considered a healthy, hardy breed. However, they are prone to certain health conditions. 

Joint Problems 

The most common joint issue for Pitbulls is hip and elbow dysplasia. This occurs when the joint doesn’t form properly. The hip or elbow can come out of place easily. 

This can cause pain and limited mobility. The risk of dysplasia is determined by genetics. However, their weight and exercise can also affect their risk. 

A healthy weight and proper exercise will reduce your dog’s risk of developing the condition. 

Red Nose Pitbulls can also have a luxating patella. Essentially, this is a problem with the kneecap. This can occur because their posture is slightly different from other Pitbulls. Keeping them at a healthy weight can reduce the risk of this condition. 

Allergies and Skin Issues 

Pitbulls are prone to allergies and skin issues as well. Allergies can be caused by environmental allergens, like grass or dust. They may also be allergic to a food ingredient, including dairy or wheat. 

Allergies often cause skin issues. You may notice your Pitbull scratching or licking frequently. You may also notice a rash, skin lesions, or hair loss. 

Eye Problems 

Pitbulls have a risk of developing Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA. This causes them to go blind, usually at around 2 or 3 years old. They can also develop cataracts, which causes a milky film on the eye. This affects their vision. 


Bloat can occur in any dog. However, the Red Nose Pitbull’s healthy appetite and deep broad chest puts them at an increased risk. Bloat isn’t completely understood. 

The condition is life threatening. It is caused when the gas in the stomach can’t be released. As the gas builds up due to food digestion, the pressure in the stomach increases. 

This causes intense pain and bloating. They may also retch or gag, without vomiting. If you notice these symptoms, seek immediate veterinary care. 

If the pressure continues, it can cause the stomach to twist. This is fatal about 50% of the time, even with veterinary care. 

You can reduce the risk of bloat by feeding your pooch a few smaller meals a day, instead of one large meal. If they have a tendency to quickly gobble up their food, consider a slow feeder bowl. 

Red Nose Pitbull Behavior/Characteristics

Red Nose Pitbulls are known for being highly affectionate, energetic, and intelligent. They form very close relationships with their family, and need lots of attention. 

They are often called nanny dogs, because they are wonderful with children. They love to play, and seem to have endless patience with kids. They are also protective, which can give you peace of mind. 

Are Red Nose Pitbulls Aggressive? 

Red Nose Pitbulls can be aggressive towards other animals or strangers if they aren’t properly trained and socialized. However, these dogs are known for being highly affectionate, and are rarely aggressive when trained. 

The exception to this is if someone is trying to harm their family. A Pitbull will literally fight to the death to defend their loved ones. 

The American Temperament Test offers proof Pitbulls are well behaved. The test measures several aspects of temperament, including aggression and friendliness. 

86% of Pitbulls pass the test. German Shepherds do almost as well, passing 85% of the time. Chihuhuas, on the other hand, are much more likely to be aggressive. Only 70% of them pass the test. 

How to care for a Red Nose Pitbull

Caring for a Red Nose Pitbull is similar to caring for any other dog, but they do have their own specific needs, as all breeds do. 


Red Nose Pitbulls have lots of muscle and a high energy level. Because of this, they need a high protein diet. Choose a quality dog food that is high protein. 30% protein is best. You should also be sure that the first few ingredients in the food are  proteins, like beef or chicken. 

Puppies should be fed a puppy food three times a day. Once they are 1 year old, you can transition them to an adult dog food. It’s best to feed adults 2 times a day. 

Pitbulls are notorious foodies. If you over feed them, they can quickly become overweight. Be sure that you are feeding them proper portions. You can check the dog food package for recommendations on how much to feed them. 


Red Nose Pitbulls are active dogs, and require daily exercise. You should aim for about an hour a day of physical activity. A long walk or jog are good options. Playing games like fetch or tug of war can also help them get their exercise. 

They also need plenty of mental stimulation. They are intelligent, and will grow bored if they don’t have enough mental activity. Teaching them new tricks or commands and playing games with them are great ways to occupy their mind. 

Puzzle toys and even doggie TV shows can help entertain them when you aren’t available. Just remember these arent’ a substitute for human interaction. 

Training and Socialization 

Red Nose Pitbulls aren’t typically aggressive as long as they are trained and socialized properly. Remember, they were originally bred for fighting, and will retain some of those instincts. 

You’ll need to establish yourself as the “alpha” or leader of the pack. Be firm but gentle when training. Never use punishment. Instead, use positive reinforcement. 

Pitbulls love their humans, and are very eager to please. This makes training them as easy as it is important. 

Socialization is also essential. Without socialization, they may be aggressive towards strangers or other animals. It’s important to teach them friend from foe. 

You should also socialize them with other dogs, and any other animals you expect them to encounter on a regular basis. 

Start socialization early, and continue it throughout their lives. 

How do you buy a Red Nose Pitbull?

There are a few ways to find a Red Nose Pitbull. It’s possible, but unlikely, to find one at a shelter. 

Pitbulls are unfortunately common in shelters, but Red Nose Pitbulls are not all that common. If you don’t mind an adult dog, your local shelter is a great place to look. 

Breeder Registries

When finding a Pitbull breeder, breeder registries are a good starting point. Breeder registries require breeders to meet certain criteria. This makes it much less likely that you will find an unethical breeder. 

You can check the American Dog Breeders Association, or the UKC (United Kennel Club). Both organizations register Pitbulls, and have breeder registries.

If you can’t find a registered breeder near you, or simply want an unregistered pitbull as a companion pooch, you can perform an internet search. However, you’ll need to vet the breeder carefully to ensure that they are ethical. 

Finding an Ethical Breeder 

One way to determine if a breeder is ethical is to ask them questions. How do they determine breeding pairs? What measures do they take to ensure the health of their dogs and puppies? 

Ethical breeders will put the health and temperament of hteri dogs first and foremost. Unethical breeders are focused only on profits. Instead of concern for the health of the dog, they put a high importance on color and other physical characteristics. This is because dogs with unique coloring or looks can be sold for more money. 

You should also expect the breeder to ask you questions. A reputable breeder will want to know the home their puppy is going to. Unethical breeders won’t ask any questions, because they aren’t concerned about the life the Pitbull will lead once they leave their hands. 

Use Caution 

When it comes to special colors, like the Red Nose Pitbull, you should exercise extra caution. Unethical breeders will often breed unsuitable dogs or dogs who are related, because there are a limited number of Red Nose Pitbulls. This means their breeding options are naturally limited. 

In addition to asking questions, a pedigree is a good idea. This will tell you the dog’s lineage, and greatly increases the odds of an ethical breeder.