Beginner’s Guide to Tri Color Pitbulls
Individuals who have limited experience with tri color pitbulls may be a bit wary of the idea of selecting a good “specimen” and raising it to be all that they imagine the ideal pitbull to be. If you like the idea of adding a pitbull to your family but you don’t know much about the breed, or about selecting a pup with specific traits such as “tri” coloring, then you would probably welcome some information about the pitbull breed. Keep reading to learn about the pitbull dog’s temperament, behavioral tendencies, and care requirements and to also learn a few tips for selecting a pup among tri color pitbulls.
Are Pitbulls Purebred Dogs?
The terms pitbull, American Staffordshire terrier, and Staffordshire bull terrier all refer to a type of dog, not necessarily a breed of dog. This type of dog first came about when British breeders began dabbling in crossbreeding bulldogs with terriers. Although a dog that possesses the traits of what we consider to be a pitbull-type dog can be registered with several canine associations, it can sometimes be impossible to say exactly what breeds are in the dog’s ancestry. In short, you can have an AKC registered American Staffordshire terrier, an AKC/UKC registered Staffordshire bull terrier, or ADBA/UKC registered American pitbull terrier, but at the end of the day your dog’s bloodlines are not “pure” in the same sense as, say a German shepherd or a Labrador retriever.
The Pitbull’s Body Type
Throughout the history of the pitbull, this type of dog has been bred primarily for its temperament and behavioral attributes, therefore as a result the physical appearance of the pitbull breed can vary a great deal. Due to the varying nature of this breed, there have been many mistaken identifications of the pitbull, especially in dog attack situations in which the attacking dog was incorrectly identified as a pitbull. Yet as with all breed of dog, there has to be a general standard by which the breed can be recognized. Due to the style of breeding, whether for temperament, a certain physical build, or coat color, there are some discernable differences between the American pitbull, American Staffordshire terrier, and Staffordshire bull terrier, even though they are considered to be interchangeable terms for this type of dog.
Although some breeding frenzies have made the pitbull appear like the Hulk of the canine species with a short, wide frame that is positively exploding with muscles, this simply is not how the traditional pitbull should be built. American pitbulls should have a balance in their overall appearance and should neither be excessively bulky or scrawny. As a whole, a pitbull is on the stocky side and should appear to have impressive strength for his size. He should also be quick and agile, which is sometimes unexpected by the dog’s relatively short height and length. The shoulders are generally wide-set with a strong, burly chest and short or medium-length neck. The jaws are traditionally wide and firm and are set off by defined cheek muscles. The ears may be left to naturally fold forward or they may be cropped to a somewhat menacing point. This breed may have virtually any coat color, however for “show” purposes, black and tan, liver, and having excessive white coloring (80 percent or more) is not ideal.
Behavior and Temperament
Contrary to the way that the media portrays the pitbull, this breed has never been particularly aggressive towards humans, although they can be aggressive towards other dogs. This tendency dates back to a time in the 1930’s when this breed was, in many parts of the world, specifically bred to participate in dog fighting, which owners considered to be an easy way to make money in a time when the world’s economy had become very poor. Although many of today’s pitbulls are, genetically speaking, far removed from their abused and highly aggressive ancestors, this trait varies among pitbulls from virtually nonexistent, to mild, to extreme. As a result, it can be considered a bit of a gamble to choose a pitbull from bloodlines that cannot be spoken for—especially in situations when one cannot even meet the dog’s parents to get a feel for their temperament. However, if you are careful to choose a pitbull from a knowledgeable but gentle breeder, preferably with recommendations from a person whose opinion you can trust, then you are much more likely to end up with a pitbull that sports the true, friendly temperament of this breed.
The pitbull is a friendly dog that is absolutely crazy-in-love with his family and will greet his owner’s welcomed guests with a friendly disposition. While this breed isn’t aggressive towards people, many pitbull owners have reported that this dog has a sixth sense for detecting when a person is unwelcome, such as a situation in which his family is being physically threatened, and he will certainly not shy away from protecting his loved ones. When a pitbull exercises unbridled aggression towards a non-threatening human, this should be considered to be a very serious fault in the individual’s character but is not representative of this type of canine as a whole. This breed is very intelligent, has a strong but loving character, and is hailed as being one of the best breeds for families with children.
How to Choose Tri Color Pitbulls
Choosing a good pup from a litter of tri color pitbulls can seem a little daunting, but it’s really not a difficult process once you know what traits to look for. Tri color pitbulls are not as rare as some breeders might have you believe, as there is no genetic rarity that delivers this coloring. Tri color pitbulls are the result of crossbreeding pitbulls with multiple coloring and markings, much in the same way a breeder would pair light-colored dogs to create a white or fawn colored pup.
Many breeders argue that, for tri color pitbulls, it simply is not enough for the dog’s coat to possess three different colors. The ideal tri color will be red, brown/tan, and white or black, tan, and white. The way that the colors make up the coat are meant to fall in a specific pattern that many breeders refer to as the “Rottweiler pattern.” Other than the coat colorings, look for other traits in a tri color pitbull that would be considered ideal characteristics for this type of dog, such as the body style, proportion, social behavior, and general temperament.