Red Nose Pitbull – The Ultimate Guide

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

Brave, loyal, and contrary to popular belief, extremely friendly – the Red Nose Pitbull is one of the most favored dogs in the US.

It is a rare and sought-after strain of the American Pitbull Terrier. Their distinguishing feature is their red nose, which doesn’t make them a separately recognized breed, is a feature with a history of its own.

Today, we will learn all about the history behind their cute red snoot, why people look for that particular feature, and why Red Nose Pitbull makes for such a perfect pet.

Overview and Origins

Red Nose Pitbulls are a friendly and loyal breed that makes a perfect family pet. Yes, they may look dangerous, because they owe their lineage to fighting dogs, but not anymore. Now, they are generally known as lovers, not fighters.

Today’s American Pitbull Terrier has evolved tremendously over the centuries. In general, Pitties are cool, calm, sociable, playful, and friendly.


We will talk more about their personality and temperament after a quick stroll down the history lane.

TW: The history of Red Nose Pitbull might be slightly disturbing. Feel free to scroll down to skip the details.

From the Pits of the Past

Pitbulls are direct descendants of strong, dependable Mastiffs, but their history may not be as glorious as that of their parents.

Mastiffs were crossed with terriers to create a breed with strength and agility. While Mastiffs were warriors, Pitbulls were bred as fighters. The fight took place in pits, and usually, sadly, ended with only one dog standing.

That was around the 1800s. Thankfully, things have changed for the better. Dogfighting is banned in most countries, and Pitbulls have evolved into lovely domesticated dogs who will shower you with love and affection.

The Old Family Red Nose Legacy

Speaking of that red nose, it is a defining feature of a particular strain that links back to the Old Family Red Nose (OFRN)  bloodline from Ireland. This specific family was quite popular in the fighting pits—a clear indication of their superiority in strength and agility.

Due to the success rate of Red Nose Family in those pits, people undertook immense efforts to maintain the purity of this bloodline. The popularity of Red Nose went beyond Europe, and the red noses became quite sought-after in America as well. All the more reason to maintain the pure strain.

Rarity and Popularity

That ‘Red Nose’ is not possible without both parents having the same recessive gene of the OFRN. That is why it is still a little challenging to find a Red Nose Pittie.

However, other Pitbulls can have OFRN genes in them. That is why two different strains of Pitbulls might give birth to a Red Nose Pitbull sometimes. So the red nose is no longer a definite sign of pure OFRN bloodline.    


Now we know that Red Nose Pitbulls are American Pitbulls distinguished mainly by their appearance.

Some of their features may not be too different from an average American Pitbull Terrier. They have the same head shape, muscular neck, and broad jaws. While they are medium-sized dogs, their athletic, stocky built makes them seem strong and intimidating.


The red nose isn’t the only physical feature that stands out. People also love Red Nose Pitties because of their gorgeous copper coat, often with a hint of auburn or red. Some Red Nose Pits may also have a white pattern on their coat. The coat not only matches the nose, but it also matches their toenails, mouth, and eyes.

Yes, Red Nose Pitties do have red or amber eyes that look gorgeous.

Other types of American Pitbulls may also have these colors and patterns, but these features are more common in Red Nose Pitbulls.  


Aside from colors, there is a slight difference in their build as well. As dogs that descend from a “stronger” strain, Red Nose Pitbulls are naturally more muscular and stocky. They may even grow larger than an average American Pitbull.

An average male Red Nose Pitbull can grow up to 22 inches while female Pitties are around an inch or two smaller. While female weigh around 30 to 50 pounds, a healthy male is easily 60 to 65 pounds.

Blue Nose vs. Red Nose

Blue Nose Pitbulls and Red Nose Pitbulls are two different strains of the same breed.

The difference is only in their appearance: One has a red nose, and the other has a blue nose.

The color of coat, toes, lips, and even eyes coordinates with the nose. So, while the Red Nose Pitbulls have a coat that has red and copper hues, Blue Nose Pitties have more of a greyish blue coat.

By now, it must be clear that the Red Nose Pitbulls are rare. Therefore, the price may also be higher. We will discuss that figure a little later. For now, let’s move to the reasons people pay that price.


Just like any other breed, Pitbulls have positive and negative traits. Proper training and reinforcement of positive behaviors, makes for a positive dog.

So, you need to raise them right to ensure that they are a family-friendly dog. We will talk about training in the next section after we analyze the common traits and tendencies of Red Nose Pitbulls.

Positive Traits

The positive personality traits of Red Nose Pitbulls outweigh the negatives by a considerable margin. Here are all the reasons for you to consider a Red Nose Pitbull as your companion.

Good with Kids

Pitties are so good with kids that they earned themselves the ‘Nanny Dog‘ nickname. You will find Red Nose Pitbull sleeping with your kids quite often. Not to mention, they act like babies themselves. They will keep coming back for a belly rub and cuddles.

Pitties love people and make for fantastic family pets.

Smart and Determined

Red Nose Pitbulls are not only smart, but they are also hardworking and determined. So, if you give them a job to do, they will not rest until the job is done .

Obedient and Loyal

Red Nose Pitbulls are as loyal as they come. They like to please and are easy to train. They can sometimes be a little too protective of their owner and families.


Lack of proper activity and proper training can lead to a red pittie that decides for itself what is best.

Pitbulls can act aggressively towards new people and animals if they are not properly socialized. The breed also has strong hunting instincts that need to be re-directed via training. Otherwise, they will be chasing around other animals and even damage your furniture.

A well-trained Pitbull is not aggressive. They are so calm and social that they are almost useless as guard dogs. They might approach a burglar for a belly rub.

Still, we advise against keeping Red Nose Pitbull around small animals. If the other animal is too feisty, it might provoke the hunting instincts in your Pit Bull.

Now let’s talk about training your Red Nose Pitbull to be calm and loving creatures.


As we mentioned earlier, Pitbulls are quite obedient and loyal to their owners.

The catch is, you need to establish yourself as the owner first.

In simpler words, you need to be the Alpha in your relationship with your Pitbull. Red Nose Pitties respond well to confident owners. You will have to establish your rules and enforce them – but never aggressively.

That’s what brings us to the first important aspect of training a Red Nose Pitbull.

Train with Respect

Command them sternly, but reward them generously.

Keep in mind that establishing authority doesn’t mean being cruel or rude. To teach respect, you also have to give respect. You should never punish a dog when training, dogs can learn aggression from their owners. 

Focus more on praising positive behavior than punishing bad behavior. Your dog should know that you are someone to look to for direction and affection.

That’s an important rule to know about training dogs. The owner should always be a source of fun, praise, and rewards.

Socializing Your Pitbull

Once you have established trust, your Red Nose Pitbull will be a treat to train. They are smart, agile, intelligent, and they learn quickly. Socializing is extremely important because almost all the negative traits associated with Red Noses are due to a lack of socialization.

You should expose your young Pitt pup to new people and environments as often as possible to remove the fear of new people and places. Once that happens, you will realize that aggression isn’t a part of their nature; it is something that encouraged in them through training. So, it can be discouraged through training as well.

By nature, your Pittie is calm, friendly, and social.

Crate Training

Red Nose Pitbull may act aggressively in situations where they feel threatened. When they see you as their owner, they feel safe around you. However, if you aren’t around, they might sense danger and act aggressively.

Crate training is a great way to help them stay calm in your absence. You can designate a crate as their safe space and train them to go there to relax. This way, they feel safe even when you are not around. 

Caring for Your Red Nose Pitbull

Red Nose Pitbulls are not high-maintenance. Train them well, and then they are pretty much self-sufficient. However, they can become too attached and can suffer from separation anxiety.

You should understand that it is a breed that needs human contact. Let your dog sit with you on the couch while you watch TV, and you’ll have a happy Pitbull by your side.

But don’t turn your Pitt into a couch potato. Your furry friend needs exercise because physical activity is one of the most important aspects of caring for your Red Nose Pitbull.


The American Pitbull Terrier is a muscular and athletic breed. They need exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Indulge them in a workout that can stimulate them physically and mentally.


A short stroll across the block won’t cut it for your Red Nose Pitbull. They need at least an hour-long walkie. Encourage them to run for a few minutes between walks. The best way to schedule these walks is to have them take two 30–minute walks a day.


Pitbull playtime should also include physical and mental exercises. If you have enough space in the backyard, build them an obstacle course. It will help them stay mentally and physically agile. Also, bring toys that encourage physical movement. Your Red Nose will love to play fetch with you.

Red nose pitbull workout

Remember, the entire point of exercising is to help your dog constructively utilize its energy. Without exercise, there is always a risk of dogs destructively using their pent up energy. That holds for almost any athletic breed.


Red Nose Pitbulls love to eat, but they aren’t greedy. They eat like a true carnivore. However, you need to include fruits and vegetables to make sure they are getting a balanced meal.  

Active and athletic dogs need the best dog food with balanced nutrition from an early age. Let’s start with how and what to feed your Red Nose Pitbull puppy.

Puppy Diet

Red Nose Pitbulls tend to be large puppies. Therefore, they will eat a little more than any other pups. Where other puppies may eat ¼ cup of kibble a day, your Red Nose might need ½ a cup, divided into 4 to 6 meals a day.

As the pup grows up, you will notice that they want more significant portions at each meal. So, after six months, it is okay to divide ½ a cup kibble into three meals a day.

Adult Diet

Your Pitbull is considered an adult by the age of 15 to 18 months. Fifteen months is a good time to start their transition from puppy food to adult food.

Since Red Nose Pitbulls often grow larger, they need around 3 cups of kibble a day, divided into three meals. However, if your baby is on the lighter end of the spectrum, then it can be around 1.5 to 2 cups.   

It can be a bit confusing. So, for starters, go for 30 calories per pound of body weight and then see if your dog still seems hungry. Just make sure they are getting enough exercise to burn those calories.


There is a general misconception that Pitbulls are supposed to be a little. That’s an unhealthy Pitbull right there. A healthy Pitbull should ideally have an hourglass figure. You should be able to feel the ribs when rubbing their tummy.

For that kind of body, you will need to feed them dog food with around 20% to 30 % protein and at least 15% fat. Look for dog food without additives and fillers. It should have some greens for a healthy mix of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants to ensure overall wellbeing.

A balanced diet will keep your Pittie active and help them to look their best.


Red Nose Pitbulls have a gorgeous short and smooth coat with reddish shine. It doesn’t require hours of brushing and detangling. However, it is not hypoallergenic and might shed a lot during spring and fall.  

There will be no matting or tangling to deal with, but brush their coat once a week to remove dead hair. A weekly grooming routine should also include ear and eye cleaning. Teeth cleaning, however, should be a part of their daily routine. Red Nose Pitbulls love kissing and licking your face, and you want their breath to stay fresh.

Red Nose Pitbulls don’t need too many baths; once a month with a good dog shampoo will be enough to keep your baby clean. Trim their toenails as necessary to keep them from hurting themselves or others.

Health Issues

American Pitbull is considered a healthy breed in general. However, Red Nose Pitbulls have a history of family breeding in an attempt to keep the bloodline as pure as possible. The problem with such breeding practices is a smaller gene pool at a higher risk of inheriting diseases.

Some of the common diseases Red Nose Pitbulls can develop with age are as follows:

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is usually common in muscular and active dogs. Red Nose Pitbulls check both the boxes, and it is one of the diseases they may inherit from their parents. Most dogs start developing the problem at two years of age.

Heart Disease

Red Nose Pitbulls have a big, loving heart, but it’s not immune to disease. One of the most common heart diseases among this breed is Aortic Stenosis.  While many dogs can live a healthy life despite this disease, others suffer from a lack of energy because of it.


Hypothyroidism is a common health issue in American Pitbulls. It is a significant concern because it leads to other health problems such as weight gain, reproductive issues, and poor coat quality. It can affect the overall quality of life for your dog. The good thing is that it is manageable with proper medication and treatment.


Red Nose Pitbulls are supposed to be stocky and handsome, but never too bulky. However, most Pitties love to eat, and if you let them eat as much as they want, they can become fat. Obesity, as we all know, can lead to other problems from diabetes to heart diseases. So, make sure your dog eats only as much as it needs; don’t skip exercise, and manage any other health issue that can cause weight gain.


Pitbulls don’t really have sensitive tummies, and food-related allergies aren’t too common. However, they may develop skin allergies caused by dust, pollen, or fleas. Try as best you can to keep your dog away from environmental factors that might cause flare-ups. 

So, as long as you watch what they are eating, how much they are eating, and how well they burn those calories, you will have a healthy, happy baby.


Red Nose Pitbull, like any other strain of American Pitbull Terrier, is not free of controversies. While recognized by reputable clubs such as the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club, they are banned in several places around the world, including in the UK.

The reason behind this ban is the higher instances of dog bites related to the breed. However, as stated above, aggressive behavior has more to do with training that aggressive breed tendencies.

Also, it’s worth noting that the problem isn’t the frequency of Pitbull bites but the consequences. As a breed trained to fight, these dogs bite for maximum damage. They do not have the most powerful bite, but once they do so, they do it with bad intentions.  

That said, you will still find more well-behaved Pitbulls than aggressive ones. All they need is someone to train them right. It is a misunderstood breed that just needs care and affection.


Active, playful, and extremely loyal – Red Nose Pitbull is a perfect companion dog. Make sure you get your Pitbull from a trusted breeder. Train them as early as possible, and you will have the most loving pet you can imagine. It is a breed that doesn’t hold back from showering affection, so it’s perfect for anyone who prefers lots of canine kisses and cuddles.


How long do Red Nose Pitbulls live?

The average lifespan of Red Nose Pitbull is around 12 to 14 years. These sturdy dogs generally live a long and healthy life.

How much do Red Nose Pitbulls cost?

An average American Pitbull Terrier costs between $1000 to $2000. Due to high demand and rarity, Red Nose Pitbull pups are on the more expensive side of the spectrum.

Are Red Nose Pitbulls good family dogs?

Red Nose Pitbulls are so good with kids and, therefore, make for good family dogs. However, they may not be at their best behavior around other dogs and pets.

Are Red Nose Pitbulls good guard dogs?

As strong and intimidating as they look, Red Nose Pitbulls aren’t considered good guard dogs. They are highly social and may not be too wary of strangers.

Are Red Nose Pitbulls Hypoallergenic?

No, Red Nose Pitbulls are not hypoallergenic. While they do not have a long coat, they do shed a bit too much for those who have allergies.


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