When I was a kid, my father told me his favorite breed was the “pitbull” and like a desperate salesman, he explained to me how this canine matches his macho persona. I listened to Dad with eyes wide open, and much to my shame, I was pretty convinced!
If only my old man was still alive, I could have proven to him how wrong he is. For one, I would tell him that “pitbull” is not even a breed. Pitbull is an umbrella term that refers to canines with a muscular build and a stocky head — or any dog that is as aggressive as a gargoyle.
Today, I will be featuring the Blue Fawn Pit Bull since this cutie seems to have quite made a name for himself due to his unique looks. So, here’s a heads up: the “pitbull,” “pit,” and “pittie” in this article are referring to both American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull.
Excited? Intrigued? Read on!
What is a Blue Fawn Pit Bull?
The Blue Fawn Pit Bull is pertaining to an American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier that has a glossy silver coat and a rosy nose. These intriguing traits are yielded by a homozygous recessive gene.
When a pitbull pup obtains the dd genotype, all the dark pigments will be lightened to blue with a silver hue. Breeding two pitties with the same recessive traits increases the chances of the dam bearing Blue Fawn puppies.
History of the Breed
Contrary to the name, neither the American Pit Bull Terrier nor the American Staffordshire Terrier hailed from the Land of Milk and Honey. While European aristocrats searched for the perfect hunting companion in the early 1800s, the commonfolk of the British Isles were fixed on developing the ultimate fighting dog.
Bull and Terrier, The Father of Pit Bulls
Old English Bulldogs and various terriers were crossed to produce a breed that could triumph in cruel bloodsports. This ambition birthed the bull and terrier. Lean yet muscular, his build makes him an agile fighter.
So, how do pitbulls got their name? These poor dogs baited bulls in pits, if not fighting bears tied to a post. As such, they were called “pitbulls” by their heartless spectators.
In 1817, dogfighting started to influence the American culture as the country experienced waves of European immigrants. Historical accounts of dogfighting were recorded as early as the 1750s, but it wasn’t until the end of the American Civil War that it embraced widespread acceptance.
From then on, Americans further developed a more vicious fighter — a canine who fights with brute force, dour dexterity, and swift reflexes. As we know him today, he is the American Staffordshire Terrier.
The gruesome bloodsport continued until it was outlawed in 1967. But even then, enforcement is lax because this primitive sport still thrives underground.
American Pit Bull Terrier vs. American Staffordshire Terrier
The United Kennel Club (UKC) was founded in 1898 and registered their first breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier. Likewise, the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) registered the American Pit Bull Terrier when they started in 1909. In 1936, the American Kennel Club (AKC) finally recognized the said breed but omitted the “Pit” with the commitment of disassociating the canine’s horrendous past.
However, the name was dismissed shortly after as breeders of English Bull Terrier protested against it. Since then, the American Bull Terrier went through two name changes before he was finally christened American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972.
Up till this day, the AKC refuses to register American Pit Bull Terriers and consider them non-pedigree dogs. The UKC, on the other hand, is the only organization that allows American Staffordshire Terriers to be registered as American Pit Bull Terriers. As a result, you can register your pittie as American Pit Bull Terrier in the UKC and American Staffordshire Terrier in the AKC.
Nevertheless, the ADBA considers the American Staffordshire Terrier to be a separate breed and classifies all dual-registered canines as American Staffordshire Terrier. Conservative breeders from the ADBA claim that the American Pit Bull Terrier is the only genuine “pitbull.”
Apparently, these contradictions among kennel clubs have only caused more confusion among the dog owner community!
The Blue Fawn Pit Bull stands between 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder and weighs 40 to 75 pounds. Albeit medium in size, he gives an impression of power and strength right off the bat. His muscles are well-defined as though he hits the doggie gym 24/7.
Moreover, he has a blocky head and a barrel chest. His straight, whip-like tail sometimes reminds me of a stingray. But as soon as he makes a wide smile and his almond eyes meet yours, you’ll know he is the cutest, dearest little thing!
Overall, the physical qualities of the Blue Fawn Pit Bull are identical to those of any pit bull. His coat is also short and smooth, although somewhat stiff to the touch.
The only attributes that set Blue Fawn pitties apart from others are their silver coat and rose-colored nose that add an air of elegance to their robust appearance.
According to Dr. James Serpell, one of the most decorated professors in his field, the Jack Russell Terrier, Chihuahua, and Dachshund are far more aggressive than the American Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier.
The most feared dog in America has an average temperament rating of 87.4%, which is even lower than the Cocker Spaniel, Border Collie, and Beagle. Moreover, the American Veterinary Medical Association has clearly stated that it is not within the inherent nature of these canines to bite humans without reason.
So, what can you expect when you get a Blue Fawn Pit Bull or any pit bull in general? For one, you’ll get an affectionate and fun-loving companion whose zest for life is infectious! These love bugs are impressively loyal to boot and if necessary, they will defend you to the death.
An excellent example is Cesar Millan’s Daddy. According to Millan, Daddy was the true “Dog Whisperer” for without him, he could not rehabilitate aggressive dogs.
The only downside to pitties is that males can become stubborn as a mule if you don’t know what you are doing. While you don’t necessarily have to be strict and assertive, you need to establish your rank in your little Wolf Pack. Determined dogs need strong leaders, otherwise, they become confused and conflicted.
Now, the question is: why are so many people afraid of pitbulls? As reported by DogsBite.org, pitbulls were responsible for 284 fatal attacks in the US between 2005 to 2017 despite the breed accounting for only 6.5% of the total canine population. Then again, there is evidence suggesting that these dogs were mere reflections of their owners — people who were far more likely to be violent or worse, involved in some kind of criminal activity.
If German Shepherds were employed for the wrong reasons instead of police work, don’t you think the whole world would have a different impression of these dogs? Cultivating a smart and powerful dog regardless of the breed is a surefire way to terrorize an entire neighborhood.
Despite that fearsome facade, pitbulls are as sensitive as eggshells and they do not respond well to negative reinforcement, especially physical punishment. So, how do you discipline a pitbull?
You’ll need to shut him out of the room or refuse to make eye contact. Ignoring your dog is the most effective solution because pitbulls crave attention, wanting to be a part of whatever you do.
Lifespan and Health Risks
A Blue Fawn Pit Bull, among other varieties, brings their pet parents 8 to 15 years’ worth of sunshine and rainbows! To ensure your Doggo’s health, you’ll need to bring him to the vet at least once a year so that you can nip a medical condition in the bud. The following issues can hit pitbulls hard:
Canine Parvovirus: A completed parvovirus vaccination is imperative to any breed, and even more so for pitbulls. Parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that causes severe gastrointestinal diseases. Researchers are still trying to determine the cause of why pits are more prone to this viral illness if not vaccinated.
Demodex Mange: Pitbulls are prone to Demodectic mange, a red, itchy skin infection caused by the mite Demodex canis. A small colony of these microscopic parasitic mites can live in hair follicles without harming their host, but a compromised immune system allows them to proliferate rapidly.
Hip Dysplasia: Another condition that commonly afflicts pits is hip dysplasia, an abnormality of the hip joints that limit mobility. There are many ways to treat milder cases of hip dysplasia, but if the condition is grave, your pooch may need surgery.
With high-energy and muscular dogs like pitbulls, high-quality proteins are a must to help build strong, lean muscles. The ideal protein intake is between 25% to 30%, although highly athletic ones can benefit from about 50%.
Beef, chicken, fish, lamb, and turkey are still the best sources of protein for pitbulls. However, some brands may incorporate meat meals to provide a higher concentration of proteins. Although puppies need as much protein as they can get, you should never give too much to adults. Elevated protein levels may also affect liver and kidney function in the long term.
A Blue Fawn Pit Bull can also benefit from at least 10% fat in his diet, as this macronutrient provides him the fuel to stay active. A good mix of fiber, vitamins, and minerals are also needed for optimum health.
Moreover, feeding a Blue Fawn Pit Bull follows the same guideline as to the American Staffordshire terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier. But as much as I would like to simplify it, there is no definitive answer as to how often and how much you should feed your pitbull.
The nutritional requirements and feeding frequency of your canine will be dependent on the following factors:
- Whether or not your dog is neutered/spayed
- Physiologic status (pregnant, nursing, etc.)
- Presence of a chronic condition
- Quality of the food
All things considered, you can’t expect your pooch to have exactly the same amount of food and frequency of feeding as your friend’s or neighbor’s. Yours may need a higher calorie requirement than someone else’s dog depending on how the aforementioned factors impact one another.
Price and Costs
Are Blue Fawn Pit Bulls rare? Indeed, they are. That is why breeders may put them up for sale at eye-watering prices. Albeit their unique looks, the Blue Fawn Pit Bull is not a separate breed but because the coat color happens only once in a blue moon, it is safe to say that the breeder has the right to make demands. A pup may cost as much as $2, 000 to $15, 000 depending on the amount the breeder has invested in health tests.
There are many speculations that Blue Fawn Pit Bulls or pitbulls, in general, need high-intensity exercises all the time. While it is true that they have more muscle mass than many other breeds, pitties are content to be playing in the yard catching Frisbees and fetching balls — as compared to a Border Collie that will go cuckoo without consistent exercise and stimulating activities.
Regardless, you should always make it a priority to walk your pooch at least 30 to 45 minutes a day. Although your pittie may happily put up being a couch potato, the fact remains that he is a high-energy dog, and the inability to release all that pent-up energy could harm your dog in several ways.
As for grooming, a Blue Fawn Pit Bull doesn’t require elaborate attention to keep him looking pristine. Still, you should never put off regular brushing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning. Your pooch may also benefit from a weekly bath and bath times give you an excellent opportunity to check on your pooch from head to paw.
Did you know that one of the most decorated soldiers in World War I was Sergeant Stubby, a pitbull? This four-legged soldier fought on the Western Front in France and ventured 16 other battles. As a matter of fact, Sergeant Stubby received the Purple Heart award.
Also, America’s no.1 Customs Agent is a pitbull named Popsicle who used to be a bait dog. Popsicle was heavily injured and left to die in a freezer. Fortunately, police officers discovered him during a drug bust operation. Shortly after his rescue, Popsicle was sent to be trained at the Canine Enforcement Training Center and the rest is history.
You see, Pitties are incredibly smart dogs. You might not see these dogs ranked in the Top 10, but they too can perform important roles with professional training. Likewise, teaching your pup tricks will get the training programs off to a great start and strengthens your bond at the same time.
Who is this Breed for?
The Blue Fawn Pit Bull has plenty of love to go around. He doesn’t reserve his undying loyalty and devotion for just one person, making him the perfect family pet.
He is also an excellent match for someone who has an active lifestyle. Pitbulls have incredible strength potential, which means you can easily condition your furry sidekick for sports and high-impact activities.
But if this is your first time raising a dog, I suggest you look somewhere else. Pitbulls need a strong and consistent Pack Leader, lest they would get anxious because they don’t know their proper place. As with any determined dog, he will assume the Alpha position if he feels that you are less than sure of yourself!
Lastly, if you don’t have a fenced yard, it is best that you pass.
Where to Buy this Breed?
If you are willing to spend a few thousand bucks for a Blue Fawn puppy, you may check out the following professional breeders so that you can inquire and make reservations:
Another way to find a quality Blue Fawn Pit Bull pup is to contact the clubs that host dog shows in your area. You may also try your luck to see if your veterinarian, trainer, or groomer can give you a recommendation.
There are also many pitbulls in need of a new loving home from these shelters. While it is highly unlikely that they aren’t Blue Fawn pitties, these canines are worthy of love nonetheless:
Frequently Asked Questions
- Has the AKC recognized the Blue Fawn Pitbull?
Blue Fawn is one of the standard colors of the American Staffordshire Terrier, which the AKC recognizes. The AKC refuses to register American Pit Bull Terrier.
- What is the rarest Pitbull color?
Merle is the rarest color seen in American Pit Bull Terriers/Staffordshire Terriers. However, both the UKC and AKC do not accept this color and consider it to be defective.
- Are blue Pitbulls dangerous?
No dog is dangerous when raised in a loving environment. A well-socialized and well-trained pitbull is a delightful companion.
The media has forged a frightening image of pitbulls, but thankfully, there is a growing number of pitbull advocates, such as Marlon Grennan from Dark Dynasty K9s and Cesar Millan, who are doing their best to break the stigma.
We should not paint pitbulls with the same brush as other dogs of the distant past because dog owners are also partly responsible for the canine crimes of their furry family members.
That being said, don’t be afraid to raise a Blue Fawn Pit Bull or any pitbull variety if you can provide for his needs. These dogs have unwavering loyalty and superior intelligence.