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Red Nose Pitbull: 5 Facts To Know Before Buying

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Red Nose Pitbulls are also known as American red-nosed pitbullAmerican red nose pitbullpitbull red nose, or simply as red pits.

They come from a different variety of American Pitbull Terrier. But not to be confused, you must understand that Red nose Pitbulls are not another separate breed but another color of American pitbull terriers.

So, do they make good pets? How did they originate? What are their appearance, personality, and grooming styles? To find out the answers to these questions, I suggest you keep on reading!

What Is A Red Nose Pitbull?

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier Origins and History

Red Nose Pit Bull Terriers formed as a result of a crossbreeding between Bulldogs and Terriers in the early 1800s in England.

Then these dogs were introduced to America, and they were known by the name American Red Nose Pit Bull.

However, red nose pitbull terriers come from a family called Old Family Red Nose (OFBR) family strain.

American Red Nosed Pitbull was originally bred to look after the farms and cattle. But due to the aggressive nature, they were used in bullfighting, where the red nose dogs attacked the bull until it became weak.

After bullfighting was banned, these dogs were used in ratting.

Red-Nosed Pitbull Fact Sheet 

Red Nose Pitbull Traits Overview
Average Height 18 to 22 inches.
Average Weight 35 to 65 pounds, but female weigh less than the male Pitbulls.
Coat Type Thick and short.
Coat Color Copper-colored, the color is brown or white
Grooming Needs Low to moderate grooming needed.
Shedding Moderate hair shedding (twice a year) in the shedding season.
Training Maybe aggressive, but can be trained to be friendly to people and other dogs.
Exercise Needs Requires daily exercise – preferably a long walk/run.
Major Health Concerns May have heart diseases, allergies, hip dysplasia, joint dysplasia, and luxating patella.
Life Span The average lifespan of a red pitbull is 12 to 15 years.
Price The price starts at $1000.
Good with children Yes,and they are friendly.
Do they bark They bark now and then, but not always.
Hypoallergenic No, they are not hypoallergenic.

5 Fun facts about Rednose Pitbull Terriers

  • Rednose Pitbull Terriers has the strength of Bulldogs and the aggressive nature of Terriers.
  • Some people believe that this dog got its name “Pitbull” because of the games they participated in pits – bullfighting and ratting.
  • These dogs are called nanny dogs because they are friendly to little children.
  • Rednose Pitbull Terriers were used as mascots in army recruitment posters of America because of their fearless nature.
  • They are also used as therapy dogs in hospitals, schools, and retirement homes because of the affectionate nature towards humans.


Red Nose Pitbull Terrier Appearance

Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized dog. But they are larger in size than normal Pitbulls. They look sharp in spite of their size.

Some other red nose pitbull information are given below.

  • The Red Nose Pit Bull has a muscular body, with short hair and a smooth coat. This coat may have different colors.
  • Red Nose Pit Bull Terrier has a brick-shaped head.
  • The head is broad between the cheeks because it has wide powerful jaws.
  • The neck is very muscular, and it runs into the broad chest, which is deep and thick.
  • The ears are medium-sized, and they are usually cropped.
  • The eyes are round and amber-colored.
  • The tail is a whip-like tail.

Red Nose Pitbull Size

If you like a medium-sized dog who is powerful and strong, Red Nose Pit Bull is the dog for you.

The average height of both male and female red nose pitbull is 18 to 22 inches.

But when considering the weight of Red Nose Pit Bulls, some think that the weight is like the other bulldogs (above 80 pounds).

This is not true because the average weight is 35 to 65 pounds in both male and female red nose pitbull terriers.

Female red nose pitbulls weigh less than the male pitbulls.

Red nose Pitbull Color

Red Nose Pit Bull breeds have a distinct appearance. Usually, the short and smooth coat of red nose pit bulls are copper or reddish-brown color.

It may have white or cream-coloured patterns on the body. These patterns are seen on the chest and toes.

The eyes are amber or red-coloured eyes. Red pitbulls have red lips, red toenails and a red nose as well.

The nose is not bright red, but it takes matches the copper color of the red pitbull coat.

But a Red Nose Pitbull coming from a pure Old Family Red Nose (OFBR) family strain doesn’t have other colors on its body. Their bodies are completely reddish-brown.

Red Nose Pitbull Personality And Temperament

Red Nose Pitbull Personality

Yes, American red nose pitbull terriers are known to be aggressive.

But this aggressive nature of their ancestors is long gone. Now they are friendly towards other people, especially little children.

Red nose pit bulls are extremely devoted to their owners, and they like to please their owners.

They are intelligent, energetic and playful. Red nose pitbulls fight for their owners if there is a threat and that makes it a good watchdog.

Red Nose Pitbull Temperament

Red Nose Pitbulls can be aggressive at times, but generally, they are very friendly.

However, they are not aggressive towards people they love and care about. But this can be different in the case of unfamiliar people, other dogs and animals.

They will always be aggressive towards unfamiliar people, other dogs and animals.

But you can always handle them with a little training because it is the lack of training and attention that creates the aggressive nature of red nose pitbulls.

Therefore, if red nose pit bulls are trained properly and are allowed to socialize, they will not be aggressive towards other people or animals.

They will not be aggressive to other dogs if they are trained with other dogs when they are puppies.

Red nose pitbulls are always on alert. When it comes to their owner red nose pit bulls become overprotective.

They will fight to death if someone threatens their owner or his/her family.

This alert nature makes Red nose Pitbulls good watchdogs. But they will calm down as soon as they sense there is no danger.

Red nosed pitbulls are very affectionate towards children. That’s why they were known as nanny dogs.

They will play with children and look after them. But it is advised not to keep them alone with children they do not know.

Red nose pitbulls are very intelligent because they were trained as fighting dogs in the beginning.

Red nose pitbulls are energetic, brave and obedient to its owner.

Is The Red Nose Pitbull Dog Good For Families?

Yes, red nose pitbulls make good family pets.

Although they have a bad name as fighting dogs, if they are trained properly they become very adorable.

If you have a red nose pitbull try to spend time with it whenever you can. Do not isolate the dog.

They should be allowed to socialize from a young age.

Red nose pitbulls love their owner and his/ her family members. Red nose pitbulls like to be with kids.

They make good watchdogs because of their brutal (for strangers) yet compassionate nature for the family members.

Caring For A Red Nose Pitbull

Red Nose Pitbull Grooming

Red Nose Pitbulls need low to moderate grooming because of their short and smooth coat.

You can brush the coat of red nose pitbulls very easily with a bristle brush. But you should regularly check your dog’s skin to see if there are any skin diseases even if they are healthy.

Bathe red nose pitbulls when needed and use a shampoo made for dogs. This will make sure the coat is smooth and shiny.

You can also use dry shampoo and bathe him properly once a month. The choice is yours!

You should always examine your red pit’s ears and look for infections.

You can clean the ears and eyes of your red nose pitbull with a piece of cotton. Brush its teeth once a day or as needed to keep away bad breath.

Use a small toothbrush (child size) or a piece of cloth to brush the teeth.

You must trim your red pit’s toenails regularly if he is an active dog.

By doing so, you can avoid any injuries that are likely to happen when he is running around outdoors.

But don’t cut the nails too short. This may hurt them a lot. If you are scared to do this by yourself thinking that you may hurt your precious red nose pit you can always ask an experienced person to do that for you.

Red Nose Pitbull Health Problems

The Red Nose Pitbull Terrier is healthy like all other dogs, but sometimes they also suffer from health problems like humans.

Below I have listed some common health problems faced by Red Nose Pit bulls.

Red nose pitbull terriers will get joint-related conditions like hip dysplasiajoint dysplasia and luxating patella (loose knee joints).

Sometimes to be cured of hip dysplasia, your red nose pitbull will need to undergo surgery.

These health problems may come with age or just because your red nose pitbull is overweight.

So, you should take extra care when feeding your dog.

Heart diseases are also common among Red nose pitbull terriers.

If your dog shows signs of heart disease like breathing problems, being tired all the time, you should take it to a veterinarian. Heart diseases can be prevented by maintaining the weight of your red nose pitbull.

Sometimes your red nose pitbull will get allergic reactions.

This can be due to insect bites, food, or dust. And if they are bumping into things while playing and running, it’s better to check your red pit for eye problems.

Sometimes this condition may be a cataract due to old age or some other underlying disease.

You should get your red nose pitbull vaccinated if you need to prevent other health problems.

Some red nose pitbull information about the vaccinations are mentioned below.

When they are young, until 16 weeks you should administer three puppy shots (DHLPP) + Corona.

After that, during 7-9 months, you should get your red pitbull puppy through a Heartworm test. After 4 months get the first rabies shot for your red pit bull puppy.

Then after 1 year, you should administer the DHLPPHeartworm Test and Bordatella vaccines annually.

You should also get started with the second rabies shot after three years and continue it every three years.

Brown American Pit Bull Terrier lying on the grass

Red Nose Pitbull Feeding And Diet

You should feed your red nose pit bull considering his size, age and daily activities.

This is because the number of calories changes as the dog grows older according to his daily activities.

If you are not sure how to feed him properly you can also as your veterinarian for some advice.

You can feed your red pitbull either homemade fooddry dog food or wet food. The choice is yours!

However, if you have a red nose puppy (that is below 6 months), you should feed it 4-6 meals a day in small amounts.

Always feed it softened food because they may have trouble chewing the food. After the red nose pit puppy reaches six months you can feed him three meals a day.

Grown-up red nose pitbulls need a high protein meal like meat (about 35-40%) with fewer grains.

It also needs fats (about 15-20%) from chicken or fish oil. The meal also requires calcium to ensure the better bone growth of your dog.

You should avoid potatoes and other foods if you feel that they are allergic to your red pitbull puppy.

You must not overfeed red pitbull puppies. Even if they are very active you should always stick to your dog’s meal plan and ensure that it gets all the nutrients needed.

A red nose pitbull should get 1300-1600 calories per day. Watch out for any weight changes if this amount exceeds, talk with your vet and help your dog to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Red Nose Pitbull Exercise Requirements

Some dog breeds like to avoid exercise. But a red nose pit bull terrier is an energetic dog.

Sure, it likes to be indoors but this will bore them.

It is not good for the dog too, because red nose pitbulls are very active and playful. If the red nose pitbull does not get enough exercise it will gain weight.

It will be stressed and aggressive towards family members. It will chew the furnishings and pillows in the home.

So, it is important to take your dog for a long walk at least once a day to avoid health problems.

You can also take your red pit on a hike (they make excellent hiking partners) or for a swim if you like because they are fond of high energy activities!

How to Train A Red Nose Pitbull

Red nose pitbulls are aggressive and stubborn at times.

Therefore, you need to train them well to adapt to every situation from a young age. But training a Red nose pitbull won’t be difficult because they are obedient to the owner.

  • Do not hit or yell at a red nose pitbull when training them.
  • Use positive reinforcement. If your red pit fails in the training encourage him to try it the next day by giving him rewards. If he does the train successfully you should praise him.
  • Be patient with house-breaking training. Take him outdoors whenever possible until he gets used to indoors.
  • Crate train (no this is not rude) and teach your red nose pitbull on how to walk with a leash comfortably.

How Much Dose A Red Nose Pitbull Cost?

If you are going to buy a red nose pitbull puppy, always do some research and buy from a reputed breeder.

If you are buying from a reputed breeder, the puppy will cost more than $1,000.

If the cost is less than that do thorough research before buying the puppy.

Red nose pit bull puppies are expensive because of their rarity.

You should expect to pay more (< $3000) if you want to buy red nose puppies coming from Old Family Red Nose (OFBR) family strain.

Red Nose Pitbull Names

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Other Similar Breeds

If you are interested in other similar breeds apart from Red nose pitbull terriers, you can check out the below breeds!

Blue Nose Pitbull

Brindle Pitbull

Corgi Husky mix 

Miniature Husky

Miniature Goldendoodle

Pitbull Chihuahua Mix

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix

Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix

Pros and Cons of Getting a Red Nose Pitbull


√ Red Nose Pitbulls protect their owner.

√ Red Nose Pitbulls are highly energetic.

√ Red nose Pitbulls love adventurous activities like hiking and swimming.


× Red Nose Pitbulls are expensive.

× Red Nose Pitbulls are mischievous if they are not trained well, they may climb over fences and escape from home.

× Red nose Pitbulls will pick up fights with other dogs.

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