Blue Pitbulls are just the same as any Pitbull, with the only difference being the color of their fur and their nose. Both the nose and fur are a grayish blue color with the coat ranging in a light silvery color, to dark charcoal. The nose is not the typical black, but a bluish hue, and the eyes are dusky blue. The Pitbull has always been viewed as an aggressive breed and one that has the potential to fly off the handle in an aggressive mode without warning, however, Pitbulls are like any dog that needs training, and is the product of how it was trained and raised. If raised in a loving home and trained to be obedient, it can be a great pet, eve around kids. Blue Pits are very popular today, and have even been given the nickname, “Blue Lust” since breeders are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for these dogs. If you have decided that this dog would be a good fit for you, you will need to learn more about them so that you can care for them the way they need and deserve. Here are seven special care tips for a Blue Pitbull puppy.
1. Start training right away
Like any dog, training is important for a Blue Pitbull puppy, but even more so being that this is going to be a large dog when it reaches adulthood, and one thing you don’t want, is a disobedient big dog that you cannot control. Especially a Pitbull given the bad rap it often gets. Training should start immediately when you bring your pup home. You want to start good habits with your pup, as well as obedience commands. If you aren’t sure how to train your Blue Pit, there are instructional videos for tips and training courses, books you can get online, or you may want to enlist the help of a dog training pro to help you get your Blue Pit puppy and you, off to a good start with training – you, on how to be the pack leader, and your pup, on how to follow your commands and respect his leader.
2. Good nutrition
Making sure your Blue Pit pup gets all the right nutrition is important. Setting the tone for his health today, and in the future, means getting your pup to start enjoying a good diet of all the best foods. You want to feed your Blue Pitbull pup a diet rich in protein and vegetables, like carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, among other nutritional foods that will help him grow into a healthy adult. If you don’t want to cook foods from scratch, like chicken, turkey or other lean meats, you can find out what dog food is the best for a Blue Pit’s diet, from puppyhood, on up to adulthood. They can recommend the best line of dog food brands. Setting up a regular feeding schedule is also important while also monitoring how much they eat at each meal. It’s better to feed your Blue Pit pup in small increments – breaking his meals up into smaller dishes and spread out over three meals a day. As he grows, cut back to twice a day and never let him overeat. Smaller amounts broken into multiple feedings helps prevent bloat, a common digestive disorder brought on by overeating, and it can be dangerous, and even fatal if not treated right away.
3. Get his shots
Yes, your pup will probably still have vaccinations that he will need after getting him from your breeder. You want to make sure he is up to date on all his vaccinations and check-ups to ensure that he is healthy and stays healthy. Skipping vaccinations can lead to the vaccines he received while with the breeder, ineffective and he can wind up contracting any number of puppy-related illness, such as Parvo or Distemper. Regular trips to the doctor are also recommended to be sure that your dog is growing on schedule, and that no problems are developing. Blue Pitbulls are a bit more prone to some congenital health issues due to inner breeding with other family members in order to keep the Blue line going. Talk to your vet about any concerns you may have regarding possible hereditary issues for this breed of dog.
4. Adequate toys
Puppies love to chew for several reasons. First, they are dogs, and dogs have a natural instinct to chew, it’s what their ancestors have always done to their prey, eating the meat and gnaw on the bone. They want to gnaw on something to try out their new chompers; it feels good and it soothes the need for chewing. They are also getting in new, adult teeth. Their teeth and gums get sore like human babies, and to chew on something, makes it feel better. Make sure to have plenty of chew toys for your pup, but be sure that the toys and bones you choose are not only fun an d interesting for your pup, but even more so, that they are geared for bigger breeds of dogs that have strong jaws and teeth. You want them to be safe for your dog. Read about the toys first before purchasing to be sure they are meant for a large breed of dog and/or a puppy.
5. Socialize your pup
It’s important to get your Blue Pit pup socialized with all kinds of situations, from being around people, other dogs, riding in cars, going to the vet and the groomer, among many other situations. Starting young is the best way to acclimate your pup to multiple situations where they feel comfortable in them, as well as being people and pets without feeling fearful, anxious, or aggressive. This will help to reduce the risk of aggressive type behaviors.
6. Exercise you Blue Pit pup
Puppies of all breeds have lots of energy and need to expend their energy. Most large breeds have even more energy they need to release. Your Blue Pit will need a lot of attention and exercise every day. Make sure you take your puppy outside regularly to run and play. Play games with your puppy that engage his mind, as well as his physical needs. Fetch, chase, tug-of-war, are all favorite games of your Blue Pitbull pup.
7. Spay or neuter
Unless you plan to breed your Blue Pit, you will want to have your puppy spayed or neutered once they reach the age that it’s safe. Having your dog spayed or neutered prevents breeding where breeding isn’t wanted. It can also help reduce the chances of passing down genes that shouldn’t be passed down. Check with your vet about the correct ages to spay or neuter your pup when you bring them home.