There is some misconception about blue Pitbull history. Some swear that it doesn’t exist, well not a purebred anyway. Additionally, others argue that the blue Pit Bull has always been around, but more rare in the past than we see today. However, old time game dog breeders confess that they do exist and they did in the past. Still, some APBT advocates deny the possibility of a blue coated Pit. Let’s talk a little briefly about the history of the American Pitbull Terrier and the blue Pitbull history now and in the distant past.
The American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier’s origins are not exact. Many of the origins of this breed are mainly theories. However, there are depictions of the original Bulldogs dating back in art from the 16th century. The term “bulldog” is not the AKC breed that comes to mind. Bulldogs were what the strain of Molossoids (i.e., “Mastiff” type dogs) were referred to due the sport of bull baiting in which they were used in England. The sport of bull baiting was banned in England around 1835. From there, the handlers began practicing the sport of dog fighting and ratting in pits. The English and Irish immigrated to America in the early 1900’s and these dogs were introduced. The dogs that came over with the immigrants are believed to be a combination of the old bulldogs used in bull baiting activities and several strains of terrier breeds. From here the American Pit Bull Terrier was continued to be used in fighting, but also as hunting and cattle dogs. In 2008, dog fighting became a felony in all 50 states in America.
Blue Pitbull History
This is where most of the controversy lies. Old time dog men tell tales of “culling” blue coated APBT puppies. In the past, culling meant the killing of the pup at birth. Today, culling usually refers to spaying or neutering a puppy so its unwanted genetics are not introduced into the gene pool. The dog fighters of the past culled these pups because they felt these dogs had less gameness. Gameness refers to the dog’s natural desire to fight. So we know… blue Pitbulls did in fact exist. Many argue that the dog fighters culled the blue Pits out of existence. But, there is one thing that people are not realizing. Not all Pit Bull owners were dog fighters. This breed was also used for companionship and hunting. Hence, the blue dogs were bred and blue puppies were produced. And so continues the blue coat in this breed.