The Tri-Colored Or Three Colored Pitbull
Pitbulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds in the world. They are typically judged and degraded by their potential aggressive behavior and their appearance. Pitbulls appear to be intimidating and tough as a result of their muscular bodies and powerful jaw strength. However, most Pitbulls are raised to be loving, gentle family pets. The Tri-Colored Pitbull is no exception!
They are one of the many variations of Pitbull coat colors and patterns that you can choose from to join your family! They have three basic coat colors, or they are carriers of the Tri-Colored recessive gene. If you are considering the Tri-Colored Pitbull, then look below to find out more about them!
History of the Tri Color Pitbull
The American Bully Breed has been evolving and changing drastically since the early 1990’s. Many of these changes and evolutions occurred by cross-breeding Bulldogs with the American Pitbull Terrier or the American Staffordshire Terrier. However, the Tri-Colored Pitbull was not created during this process. The Tri-Colored Pitbull was developed by breeders over years of using selective and non-selective breeding techniques. In fact, Tri-Colored Pitbull is results of recessive genes being present.
Therefore, in order for Tri-Colored Pitbull pups to be born, their parents would both need to carry the recessive gene. From this, it seems that the recessive Tri-Colored gene has existed in the American Pitbull Terrier long before the other American Bully Breeds ever existed.
Personality and Temperament of the Tri Color Pitbull
The Tri-Colored Pitbull shares many of the same personality traits and temperaments as any other Pit Bull pup. However, the majority of the Tri-Colored Pits tend to be better companions (even though Pitbulls as a whole are excellent companions), less prey drive than other Pits, and they are typically of a larger build.
Pitbulls are often depicted as vicious, aggressive, fighting dogs that represent lower class individuals or people with bad intentions for the dog. However, these stigmas are far from the truth. The breed as a whole is actually loving and loyal family companions. They are described as being the “clown dogs” of the canine community because they will do almost anything to encourage their humans to laugh.
These are dogs that thrive around their families and are easily pleased only by being included in family activities. While Pitbulls are not born aggressive, threatening or fighting dogs, they could be taught to exhibit these behaviors if they are put in the wrong hands. Overall, Pitbulls are one of the most docile dog breeds that would rather lay in your lap than ever harm a living being. Tri Color Pitbulls share these personality traits!
When it comes to their temperaments, Pitbulls can be rather anxious dogs. Many owners report their Pits experiencing separation anxiety when their families are not around. This is often due to the pooch not being properly socialized at a young age. Pitbulls that are enrolled in puppy training and behavioral classes are far less likely to become depressed or anxious whenever they are left alone. They are also far less likely to become aggressive towards other animals if they are raised alongside them.
However, this is not always the case. Some Pitbulls may become overly excited or anxious and become aggressive towards other animals as a result. This is especially the case if the dog is provoked by the other animal. He may not have started the fight, but he is very likely to be the one that finished it. As previously mentioned, Tri-Colored Pitbulls are often described as being exceptional companions that are far less prey driven than the standard Pitbull even though they are typically larger.
Proper socialization is also essential to prevent a Pit from becoming wary of people outside the family, new situations as well as new environmental changes.
Feeding the Tri Colored Pitbull
Feeding your Tri-Colored Pitbull a kibble that meets his nutritional requirements is the first step that you can take that helps ensure that he lives a long and happy life. Typically, the right kibble for your pooch will be specially formulated according to his breed, size, weight, and age.
It is vital that you choose a kibble that is appropriate for your Pits individual weight, age, activity level, and breed. For example, if your Tri-Colored Pitbull is younger than a year old then he would require a kibble created for high-energy puppies of a large, muscular breed.
How do you know if the kibble is nutritionally beneficial to your Tri-Colored Pitbull? Well, for starters, the first ingredient listed will be a high-quality protein source. These sources would include chicken, lamb, turkey, and beef. These meats may be listed as “whole,” or “fresh.” You may even see something called “meal.” If the kibble contains “meat meal” then it is likely not a high-quality kibble choice.
However, “beef meal, chicken meal, etc. may very well be a quality protein source. There are various items on an ingredient list that are not proper nutritional sources for your pooch. These items include corn, corn by-product, corn meal, added sweeteners, preservatives, meat by-products, or artificial colors or flavors.
Caring for the Tri Color Pitbull
Tri-Colored Pitbulls require a lot of exercise to maintain their physical health. These pups are full of energy and will look to you to help release it. They should be walked for 30 minutes twice each day, and they should have plenty of time for games and playtime throughout the day. If exercise is not provided or if the dog is not able to release his pent up energy then he will become bored. A bored Pit is a destructive Pit.
The pooch will have no choice but to turn to your household items for entertainment such as tearing apart the couch cushions, getting into the garbage or cabinets, or even digging in the potted plants or garden. It is critical that you follow your local guidelines for Pitbulls at dog parks, dog beaches, and always have him on a leash. Even the most well behaved Tri-Colored Pitbull could become provoked by a stranger or another animal causing him to engage.
Tri-Colored Pitbulls are a relatively large dog breed which means that they are best suited for a family home with a fenced in backyard. Pitbulls would greatly benefit from having regular access to his own green space, and he would be much safer if it is a well-fenced private yard. He will then be able to run, play, and relieve himself without intimidating other dogs or neighbors. Also, Pitbulls are often not welcome at apartment complexes or group homes. Landlords will often have a strict “No Pitbulls” or “No large dogs” rule for their renters.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an apartment complex that allows Pitbulls, then you will need to make sure he is thoroughly trained, socialized and that you give him plenty of outdoor time.
Training and Barking
Training a Tri-Colored Pitbull should be no different than training any other Pitbull. Most Pits are very stubborn, even though they strive to please their owners. They are very hard headed and may make training sessions challenging for first-time owners. Therefore, they will likely require a professional dog trainer that is experienced in Pitbull training, or they should be enrolled in a puppy Bootcamp course. These courses are also excellent ways to ensure that your puppy is being socialized.
Training your Pitbull puppy will contribute to ensuring that he will grow up to be a well-mannered, loyal, protective, and loving family companion. Training sessions will also come in handy if you plan to enter your pooch in competitions or dog shows. Pitbulls need a strong leader to raise them and look to for guidance and commands.
Pitbulls as a whole do not have a tendency to bark without reason. Larger dog breeds, such as the Tri-Colored Pit typically bark when danger is near, to protect themselves or their families as well as to protect their territory. Training will also help in this area as well. If you live in a neighborhood with noise limits, then you will want to include bark training to his sessions. The dog trainer will then teach him when the appropriate time to alert his owners is, and that barking for boredom will not be tolerated.
Grooming your Tri-Colored Pitbull should be a piece of cake! Since they are a short-haired dog breed, they require gentle brushing once a week to help reduce shedding. They typically do not require regular bathing and would benefit from a bath about once a month or as needed. However, they require other grooming needs that you may not feel comfortable performing yourself.
For example, their ears will need to be checked and cleaned to prevent buildup and infection. Their nails should be kept trim to keep them from growing too long and curling. Nail curling is incredibly painful for your pooch and should be avoided. Finally, your Tri-Colored Pit will need his teeth brushed regularly. This process should begin during puppyhood.
Potential Health Conditions
The Tri-Colored Pitbull shares many of the same potential health conditions as other Pitbulls. If they are properly cared for with Veterinary check-ups, quality kibble provided throughout the day, and adequate daily exercise then these pups should live a long life of 10 years to 15 years old. However, these pooches could suffer from a number of health conditions that could significantly reduce their lifespan if not properly treated. The following are the most common health problems among Pitbulls.
Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis)
This condition is also known as chronic sun damage of the skin. It is common in animals that are heavily exposed to the sun, and that live in places of high altitudes.
The most common allergies for Pitbulls occur as skin allergies such as rashes. They are typically caused by an allergic reaction to low-quality ingredients in their food. You may notice your dog itching a particular area of his body excessively causing it to become red, inflamed, and bumpy.
Bloat (Gastric Dilation and Volvulus)
This may seem like a harmless disorder that could be resolved by belching. Unfortunately, Bloat or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus in our canine companions is a life-threatening condition. It is treated as an emergency situation in which fluid and gas are trapped in the dog’s stomach. Bloat is very common in large dog breeds such as the Tri-Colored Pitbull.
Our Pitbull pals may develop cancer just as humans do. However, they are more likely to suffer from Bladder Cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, or a Mast Cell Tumor. Their treatments vary depending on the type and how aggressive the cancer cells are.
Cataracts in Pitbulls is a genetic disorder. This disorder affects the dog’s ability to see clearly due to the cloudy film that develops over the eye.
Congenital Heart Disease (subaortic stenosis)
This condition is the narrowing of the area under the aortic valve causing a blockage of blood flow. This disease is thought of as a birth defect and is unfortunately very common in various dog breeds.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
This is a disease in which the hind limbs of the dog become lame, painful, and suffer from subsequent knee arthritis. The rupture of this ligament can be classified as partial or complete depending on the severity. This condition is caused by ligament degeneration, obesity, genetics, poor physical health, conformation and even the breed.
This condition is a benign neoplasm that occurs on the dog’s skin.
This is also a benign tumor of the skin that stems from the Langerhans cells. Some dog breeds are more predisposed to these tumors than others, and unfortunately, it seems that Pitbulls are one of them. It is believed that they are predisposed due to their bull terrier genetics.
Pitbulls often suffer from canine hip dysplasia. This is a condition in which the hip bone is loose and does not properly connect to the thighbone. This condition often causes joint pain, lameness, and can even cause the dog to become crippled.
This is very similar to hypothyroidism in humans. This condition affects the thyroid gland in the neck of the dog. Typically, the disorder causes the thyroid to become less active thus leading to a decrease in metabolism. Therefore, leading to various other health conditions. However, this disorder is commonly able to be treated with medication.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
This is an inherited disorder that affects the blood clotting process due to the lack of von Willebrand Disease factor (a plasma protein that assists in blood clotting). Therefore, the dog can suffer from excessive bleeding if he is injured.
Why the Tri-Colored Pitbull is thought of as “uncommon.”
The Tri-Colored Pitbull is often classified as “rare” due to the fact that many dog breeders are not attempting to breed tri-colored Pits. Some breeders feel that creating a Tri-Colored Pitbull pup is far too great a risk as it involves mating two recessive trait carrying parents.
Doing so will not only result in Tri-Colored Pitbull puppies but, it could also cause the puppies to suffer from various harmful genetic conditions. In the end, the color of the dog’s coat matters far less than the health status, personality and temperament of the dog himself.