The United Kennel Club (UKC) says that the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a result of breeding an Old English Bulldog and a Terrier to get a dog that has the strength of the bulldog and the agility of the terrier breed.
The Pitbull Terrier gained popularity in Britain for the bloody sport of bull baiting where one to two APBT dogs were set to harass a bull for hours until the animal collapsed from fatigue or injuries.
When bull baiting was outlawed, the APBT was used for dogfighting and ratting. Still, bloody sports.
Immigrants to America brought this bull and terrier mix. As the bloody sports became unpopular and outlawed, Pitbulls became farm dogs and companions.
Today, Pitbulls battle bad publicity, but they’re genuinely kind dogs with big hearts full of love.
Can A Pit Bull Have Blue Eyes?
Yes, pit bull breed dogs can have blue eyes, but usually only as puppies.
Some may keep those baby blues into adulthood, but that is rare.
Just like people are born with blue eyes, but they darken, the same applies to dogs.
Color, like everything, is determined by the genetic makeup and developed by the amount of melanin production in your dog.
Melanin is a natural skin pigment that determines how light or dark your skin, hair and eyes are.
Less melanin production leads to lighter blue eyes, pale skin or blonde hair.
A complete lack of pigmentation is called Albinism.
In dogs, this low production of melanin can cause a white coat, blue eyes or a pink nose.
Melanin production only starts a few weeks after birth and slowly increases with age.
That’s why most puppies are born with bright blue eyes and a lighter coat.
The coat color oftentimes influences the eye, nail and nose color.
My Rottweiler, for example, has so much melanin in her fur that blue eyes would be nearly impossible.
Do Blue Eyed Dogs Go Blind?
Dogs with blue eyes are not necessarily doomed to develop any vision-related issues.
It largely depends on the specific reason your dog might have this eye color.
Pit Bulls are not among the breeds that carry this breed-specific gene, meaning that they probably will develop health problems later on.
You should stay away from the merle gene and albinism.
If you find a responsible breeder that has legitimate puppies with blue eyes, there is probably nothing you need to worry about as the color will start transforming at the age of 4 months.
Blue-Eyed Pitbull Price: How Much Do Blue-Eyed Pitbulls Cost?
Since blue-eyed Pitbulls are rare, you may be charged a significant amount of money when purchasing them from local breeders.
However, this price is most of the time not reasonable because the origin of their blue eyes can be from inbreeding, which is highly anomalous and frowned upon.
The average price of a Pitbull from a reputable breeder is between $800 to $2,000. But if the Pitbull came from an excellent bloodline, it may cost up to $20,000.
If the breeder selling you a blue-eyed Pitbull is asking for more than this amount, you should start investigating. Ask for a record that will prove that the dog is not a result of two Merle parents and doesn’t have any genetic defects.
A lot of breeders take advantage of buyers who don’t have any idea about dog breeds. So if you are a new blue-eyed Pitbull enthusiast, equip yourself through reading articles like this and other scientific research about dogs.
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