Everything You Need to Know About the White Pit Bull
The white pit bull is a gorgeous animal. Its size coupled with the purity of it’s coat makes this an impressive dog. Sadly this magnificent, loyal and loving creature comes with some ponderous baggage. The baggage we’re talking of involves the negative reputation of this breed. Due to it’s somewhat unsavory past as a bear/bull baiter, ratter and fighter, the pit bull has become known as an aggressive brute that shows no mercy and takes no prisoners. Add to that the occasional attacks on other pets and people that appear in the news, and you have a dog with a naturally sweet nature, being turned into a monster due to human intervention, greed, and callousness.
White Pit Bulls Love Their Family
Let’s start the ball rolling by looking at the bright and good side of this majestic dog. Properly trained, loved, and socialized, the white pit bull is a companion animal supreme. Just the sight of them, when coupled with their reputation, is enough to make any burglar think twice before entering.
When you add that to the long list of endearing qualities, such as loving to cuddle, and you have the best of both worlds. When we say that white pit bulls love their family, we mean it, and yes, they do see you as ‘theirs’. Star athlete Tom Brady owns a pit bull named Lua, who shares his home with his family. According to Brady, Lua is a great family dog, and doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body.
They are loyal to you, protect you, play with you. These are affectionate, loving and kind dogs. Sadly, a false, negative impression precedes them. This is precisely the reason that all pit bull owners, no matter the type or color, must be diligent in raising dogs that have been properly trained and socialized.
The White Pit Bull is a Color Not a Separate Breed
The white pit bull is not a separate breed, it is simply a color. White pit bulls have the same character traits as pit bulls of any other color, from brindle to black. Also, just because the coat is white, does not mean it is an albino. Have their been albino pit bulls? Yes, but it is not the same thing.
One thing which may cause an issue when training is the possibility of deafness with white pit bulls. Just like white boxers and white German shepherds, the white pit bull may suffer deafness. If you’re not aware of this, you may think your dog particularly stupid as you try to train it using voice commands and he just ignores you. When you take your white pit bull to the vets, ask them to check to see if your dog is deaf.
Then there are the Moo Moo pit bulls. Moo Moo pit bulls refer to a color variation, not a type. These are white pit bulls which sport patches of color on their coat. Moo Moo pit bulls are highly sought after, and can be considered rare since they don’t pop up in litters too often. Their name comes from the fact that their coloring reminded people of dairy cows. Finally, many white pit bulls are susceptible to skin problems. Also,l remember not to leave your white pit bull out in the sun for long periods of time, as they may get sunburned.
White Pocket Pit Bulls
If the term ‘pocket pit bulls’ is new to you, you’re not alone. There are even fanciers of the breed who don’t know much about these lovelies, as they are relatively new type of designer dog on the scene. Pocket pit bulls are miniature pit bulls. As you can guess, they are quite popular with people who love the breed, but need a size that’s a bit more manageable.
These little miniatures came into being when an American pit bull was mated to a Patterdale terrier. However, know that these mini’s have also been bred from the American pit bull and other small dog breeds. If you’ve noticed, we referred these pocket pit bulls as a ‘designer dog’ rather than a breed. That’s because they are not a breed.
They are a designer dog. Designer dogs are those dogs where breeders take two pure bred dogs and mate them in hopes to get the best traits of each breed. For instance, we’ll bet that you’ve heard of the term cockapoo That’s when a breeder takes a pure bred cocker spaniel and mates it with a pure bred poodle.
The result is what is called a ‘designer dog’. Many people adore cockapoos because of their pleasant demeanor, and they are among one of the best loved designer dogs, but they are not a breed. Depending on the parents, the miniature pit bull usually goes between 12 and 16 inches in height, with a weight between 35 to 60 pounds. To get a good idea of what they look like, meet Venom, one of the best known pocket pit bulls in America.
White XXL Pit Bulls
We’ve just took a look at white micro pit bulls, now how about the XXL pit bulls? These XXL bullies are one of the most impressive sights you’ll be fortunate enough to see. We’re talking about more muscle, more height and more overall size. Hulk is a massive 175 pound American pit bull.
In fact, Hulk is currently known as the largest pit bull in the world! He’s 28 inches wide, that’s ‘wide’ not height–he’s over 2 feet wide! XXL pit bulls are rare, as a result they can be very expensive. So when XXL’s litter was born, all pups were worth a total of $500,000. When it comes to care and maintenance of the white XXL pit bull, owners must take care in certain areas. First, these are large dogs, so one must consider the space available.
A fenced yard were he can run and enjoy some fun in the sun is a necessity. Also, pay attention to their joint health. White XXL pit bulls need to have vet checkups regarding the onset of knee issues and hip dysplasia.
Are White Pit Bulls Dangerous?
“Pit bulls are famous, in circles of knowledgeable dog people, for the love and loyalty they bestow on anyone who shows them a smidgen of kindness.” — Linda Wilson-Fuoco. When it comes to a white pit bull, or any type of pit bull, their falsely negative reputation precedes them. Have there been real stories of aggressive pit bulls?
Of course they have. But that type of aggressiveness is generally due to human intervention. In other words, humans have either trained the dog to be vicious, or never trained or socialized the dog at all. But no pit bull, white or otherwise, has ever woken up on the morning with the goal of being angry and dangerous.
In fact, you may be surprised to learn that one of the most aggressive breeds is the Chihuahua! When it comes to white pit bulls, their temperament and personality is along the same lines as pitties of any other type of color. A well-loved and trained pit bull that has been properly socialized with people and other animals is an absolute gem to own. Just ask Captain Picard, a.k.a., Patrick Stewart.
In 2021, Sir Patrick Stewart was honored with the Pit Bull Advocate and Protector Award, which he accepted graciously, “This is a most extraordinary honor, which gives Sunny and me much pleasure, even though the privilege of helping to protect and celebrate pit bulls is all we need,” said Sir Patrick Stewart. “Our longing is that one day we shall be settled enough to welcome a pittie into our home for good—come that day.”
Am I a Good Fit for the White Pit Bull?
Before we go any further, we must look at one more important factor. When people look for a breed, they’ll look for one that’s good with families. However, they often overlook the question, “Am I (or we) good or the dog?” In other words, while reading about a white pit bulls traits may seem like he’s the perfect dog.
In reality he might not be. For instance, this is a strong dog in both will and muscle, he needs to be exercised often, he needs you to spend time training and socializing him. So you see, to get the fabulous traits you read about in magazines and books, it’s you who must spend time training, socializing and exercising him. Remember, the fit has to go both ways. So, in the end, ask yourself, “We love this breed, and it’s perfect for us. However, am I (or we) right for this breed?”
Proper Feeding of Your White Pit Bull
As already noted, the white pit bull is a strong, active and muscular dog. Such a dog will require a well thought out, balanced diet to remain active and healthy day by day. However, it has to be done in such a way that your pittie doesn’t gain weight, as pittie’s love to eat!
The best course of action would be to look at your dogs dinner time individually. In other words, his meals should be tailored around his needs. First, take your white pit bull to the vet and have him weighed. Listen to what your vet tells you. For instance, if the vet says your dog is too fat, then do what your vet instructs you to do. But never, ever cut food intake while increasing exercise, as that will put your pit bull’s health at risk.
Always keep the food intake the same, while you increase the exercise. Ask your vet the proper weight range your pit bull should maintain, and work to keep it that way. Today, veterinarian offices are also well-stocked with healthy dog food for you to purchase. By having your vet weigh and examine your pit bull, you are assured of providing the best possible, balanced diet.
Exercising Your White Pit Bull
When it comes to increasing your dog’s daily activity, take it slow. Take into consideration the age and condition of your dog. After all, you don’t want to hurt your dog by making them do more than their body can handle. Before you start, take your pit bull to your vet to have an examination.
Once your dog is certified fit, ask your vet for advice on how long you can exercise your dog. Do your best to craft a home exercise program for your particular dog, rather than just looking at a book. When it’s time to start, you may not really know where to start. In other words, what are the best activities for your pit bull? The first option is pretty obvious, and that would be taking your dog for walks.
Another suggestion would be to purchase some tug of war toys. Weight pulling is an exercise white pit bull owners say their dogs love. Finally, consider taking your dog to agility classes. These classes involve a good amount of physical activity.
White Pit Bull Health Issues
No matter what type of pit bull you have, they will suffer from the possibility of certain health issues. However, the white pit bull will also have separate issues due to the color of their coat, such as possible deafness and skin issues. Below are the most common ailments to look for. Become familiar with them so you can spot any problems early on.
- Hip dysplasia
- Possible deafness
- Knee problems
- Thyroid disease
- Skin issues
- Cardiovascular issues
- Cerebellar Ataxia
- Gastric torsion
White Pit Bull Bans
“What has been accomplished by Ontario’s pit bull ban is that the government has been allowed to avoid the more difficult task of regulating human behavior and finding the resources to educate the public in a meaningful way.” — Clayton C. Ruby, Lawyer for the legal challenge against the Ontario government.
No matter which side of the fence you’re on, the fact remains that if you’re in the market for a white pit bull as a companion, you need to check if there’s a pit bull ban for your community. In the states, over 1000 cities have a ban on pit bulls , of all types and colors. The correct term is Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL. This means that laws are created with specific breeds of dog in mind.
The fact that this breed has such a negative reputation has caused people to feel fear just by the mention of their name. There are even organizations which devote themselves to eradicate the breed from communities. So, check with your community ordinances before you bring one home.
White Pit Bull Rescue Organizations
It’s because the pit bull’s reputation has been savaged by those individuals who’ve used it for dog fighting or trained it to be vicious for guard dog duty, that shelters are filled to the brim with this breed. Euthanasia rates for the pit bull are very high because of it.
Therefore it’s crucial that those searching for this breed visit rescue organizations and shelters first, before going to a breeder. We want to save as many of these lovelies as possible. So, if you’re searching for that perfect pittie for yourself or family, pitbulls.org has compiled a list of rescue organizations. As you can see, they have the listings organized by state, so you should have an easy go of it.
The white pit bull is a favorite among those who love the breed. Contrary to black dogs, who are the most passed over color in shelters, white pit bulls are always in demand. These dogs are fearless, kind, loyal and forgiving when raised with proper socialization techniques and training.
However, there can be difficulties regarding behavior if they have not been properly trained. Easy to care for and maintain, by taking him to the veterinarian in order to address proper weight, exercise and nutrition goals, you are taking the right path in avoiding health issues down the road. Finally, if you have your heart set on purchasing a white pit bull, then by all means visit a shelter or pit bull rescue organization first.
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