How Many Types Of Pitbull Are There?

Contrary to popular belief there are actually several breeds of dog that are considered to be under the umbrella of Pitbull.

How Many Types Of Pitbull Are There?

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the dog breeds that fall under this category. So, without further ado, let us get started. 

Let’s Define What A Pitbull Is

Technically a Pitbull is not actually a singular breed of dog, despite the fact that we conjure up thoughts of the American Pitbull Terrier when we think of this type of dog.

But, the term Pitbull is actually an umbrella term for dogs that have descended from bulldogs and Terriers.

There are four main types of Pitbull in the world, but there are other breeds that have a similar look which will also fall under this category. 

Types Of Pitbull

In this section, we are going to take a closer look at the various types of Pitbull.

While there are other dogs that might be considered to be under this umbrella term, the list we have curated is based on the dogs that are most commonly associated with the term Pitbull.

In total there are six dogs that are known as Pitbull.

This number may vary depending on what article you read as there are technically only four breeds that are considered to be types of Pitbull. 

So, without further ado, let us get started and take a look at the main types of Pitbull:

American Pitbull Terrier

The American Pitbull is the most famous of the breeds under this name. They are thought to be the original Pitbull and are generally the breed that people think of when the term Pitbull is used.

This breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club but they are by the United Kennel Club.

The American Pitbull has maintained its breed for over a hundred and fifty years which is because they are considered to be purebred dogs by the United Kennel Club. 

These dogs originally were fighting dogs but when ranchers and farmers saw how loving, smart and obedient they were the American Pitbull was quickly snapped up and used as ranch herders or even hunters.

Today, Pitbulls are wonderful family dogs and are the tallest of the four main types of Pitbull. 

Red Nose American Pitbull Terrier

Red Nose American Pitbull Terrier

This breed of Pitbull is similar to the American Pitbull but they have a tendency to have red noses and often have coat colors that range including copper, fawn, earthy brown, red, chestnut as well as several other shades of brown.

On top of having a red nose, this Pitbull also has red lips, eyes, and claws. They are just about the same as the American Pitbull aside from the red nose and specific variety of colors.

The Red Nose American Pitbull is prone to health conditions that the American Pitbull is not.

For one the breeds have the tendency to breed them with other dogs with red noses which can make it more likely that there will be genetic defects and poor health in the puppies.

Because of this, it is important that you make sure to background check your breeders so that you can rest assured that they are responsible and reputable breeders that do not practice unethical breeding of the Red Nose American Pitbull Terrier. 

Blue Nose American Pitbull Terrier

Similar to the Red Nose American Pitbull Terrier, this breed is well known for its blue noses.

The claws, eyes, nose, and lips of this type of Pitbull will also be blue/Thai coloring is very rare which is why Pitbulls of this breed have a tendency to be much more expensive than others.

The blue noses of this breed are a result of low melanin levels which can mean that there will be a higher likelihood of diseases or other health issues afflicting this particular breed of Pitbull.

Skin allergies, heart diseases, eye conditions, cancer, and a decreased immune system are just a few of the health conditions that can result in low melanin levels.

Because of this, it is essential that you only get your Blue Nose American Pitbull from a reputable breeder that puts the health of the animal first. 

American Staffordshire Terrier

This breed of dog is recognized by the American Kennel Club and not the United Kennel Club and has been ranked the eighty-fifth most popular dog out of a hundred and ninety-three breeds.

These stats may not be correct due to many owners having this breed of dog and not registering them.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of America’s most popular dog breeds and has been the faithful canine companion of many famous people including three of America’s Presidents. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

This breed of dog is considered to be one of Britain’s most popular dog breeds. They are not as popular in America but they are recognized by all the Major Kennel Clubs.

Staffies are tenacious, smart, courageous, and loving dogs that love people and have a zest for life.

They are one of the smaller Pitbull breeds which makes them ideal for those of you who love Pitbulls but do not have the space to house a large and in charge dog.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a much more manageable size and is just as lovely as the American Pitbull. 

American Bully

This breed of dog has descended from the American Pitbull Terrier and over the years it has garnered a distinct appearance that sets it apart from the American Pitbull.

They were first developed in the 1980s but have only recently been recognized as a breed of their own. The American Bully is a large and muscular dog that makes them look jacked at all times.

But despite this, they are sweet dogs that really just love people. 

Final Thoughts

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our article on the different types of Pitbull.

In summary, there are about four breeds that are considered to be types of Pitbull, but there are several others like the American Bully that do not share the name but have inherited the notoriety of the Pitbull breeds. 

Hopefully, you have learned a great deal from this article. Goodbye for now!

Emily Andrews
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