When you first get your Pit Bull puppy, one of the first things you will probably notice (aside from how adorable they are), will be the amazing blue eyes.
Today we’ll talk more about the windows to your Pit Bulls soul – those beautiful blue eyes.
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.
How Long Do Pitbull Puppy Eyes Stay Blue?
You may get a first glimpse at your Pitbull’s adult eye color around the age of 4 months.
Their puppy coat will be replaced by a much thicker and darker adult coat when they are 6 months old.
Blue-eyed Pitbull puppies are not rare and their eye color will most likely change over time.
So don’t choose the one bright-eyed Pitbull in the litter just because of his appearance.
Even if a breeder sells them as “rarity” for a premium, the color will almost certainly vanish (if it’s a purebred, more on that below).
That being said, while blue eyes are not particularly rare for Pitbull puppies, not every pup has blue eyes.
Check out my Cane Corso colors article for more information on how breeders try to falsely label colors.
Breeding for a specific color or coat type should always be a red flag when choosing a responsible breeder.
When specific looks are the primary breeding factor, other traits like temperament or health are disregarded.
You might find that the prettiest dog in a litter will have lots of health issues behind the facade.
Always make sure that the parents have health certificates and the right behavioral traits you are looking for.
Check out my article on questions to ask your breeder to avoid falling prey to these “breeders”.
Inbreeding in dogs is another huge issue and will be used to pass a certain appearance on to future generations.
As you might imagine, inbreeding comes with the worst health concerns and should never be encouraged.
Merle describes a beautiful coat color pattern that can create odd-colored eyes. It’s commonly seen in these breeds:
The merle gene sadly comes with many health issues like deafness and blindness.
Double merles (MM) are extremely prone to these genetic diseases and therefore merles should never be bred together.
Heterozygous merles (Mm) are way healthier and resemble the merle pattern best.
A Pit Bull with a merle coat pattern is excluded from the APBT breed standard and might not be purebred because the gene must have somehow found its way into the bloodline.
Tyrosinase is an enzyme that controls the production of melanin.
Albino dogs are “tyrosinase-negative” meaning that their body is incapable of producing melanin.
Therefore, these dogs will be born with a unique white coat, blue eyes and a pink nose.
Albinism in dogs is an extremely rare mutation and both parents need to carry the recessive gene.
Be very cautious when a breeder is trying to sell you a rare white pitbull.
Albinism comes with many health issues, including deafness or skin cancer.
Due to their pale coat, they must be protected from direct sunlight at all times using either bodysuits or sunscreen.
White patches around the eyes or nose can occur due to a lack of pigmentation.
Pit Bulls or any other breed with dominant white coats can develop light eyes or a pinkish nose.
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.
Before moving on to the next part, I want to share this cute blue-eyed baby Pitbull with you.cutest blue eye pitbull puppy ever
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