Pitbulls have been a controversial topic for many years, with some people holding strong negative opinions about the breed, believing them to be aggressive and hostile. However, the reality is that the breed often gets an undeserved bad reputation, as they can be some of the most loving and affectionate dogs. One specific variation of this breed, the White Pitbull, is especially beloved for its unique appearance and gentle temperament.
The White Pitbull is a variation of the Pitbull breed that has a beautiful white coat with markings in all possible colors. They can also have dark or bright blue eyes, depending on their genes. While their appearances vary, their personality is always the same— outgoing, protective, and affectionate.
There are many variations of the Pitbull breed, but the term “Pitbull” is a blanket term used to describe four bully breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier. These four breeds all fall under the same term, “Pitbulls,” and were originally bred on the British Isles as a part of a cruel bull-baiting sport, which is how they got their name. However, this sport was incredibly cruel to both parties and was only prohibited in 1835 with the Cruelty to Animals Act.
Since the public needed a new form of entertainment using this particular breed, they created another gruesome sport that would put these dogs in pits and make them compete over which would kill most rats in the least time. This is how the breed got the “pit” part of its name. The first Pitbull Terrier was created when people wanted this breed to be more agile and quick. They crossed the Pitbull with a Terrier to create a breed that would be used and trained particularly for dog fighting.
The white coloring of the Pitbull’s coat happened due to a genetic interference with melanin production. A double merle gene causes the cells to stop producing the black pigment when there is a pigment dilution. Dogs with this condition can have a light eye color or a white coat. The White Pitbull gained popularity quickly because of its unique color and appearance. Because its snowy appearance is so rare and mesmerizing, White Pitbulls are incredibly popular and sought-after. Since these dogs are rare, people find them intriguing, which is why there is a high demand for this type of Pitbull.
Although the American Pitbull is formally recognized as a breed, the White Pitbull is unfortunately not. The reason behind this is that the breed standard wants to maintain the quality and purity of the breed, and any features outside of the standard are not recognized. Features in a Pitbull that won’t be recognized include: Albinism, merle, long coat, dwarfism, screw tail, unilateral or bilateral deafness, unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid, viciousness or extreme shyness. Since a white Pitbull carries this mutated gene, it is technically not recognized by the United Kennel Club.
Despite the lack of formal recognition, the White Pitbull remains a very popular breed due to their unique and appealing appearance, as well as their loving personality. They are incredibly caring and affectionate, yearning for acceptance and love. White Pitbulls are perfect for large families because they are incredible with children. At one point, Pitbulls were known as “nanny dogs” because they were so protective of children.
Finally, it’s important to mention some unique characteristics of the White Pitbull. While an all-white Pitbull is not a cause of albinism, dogs with the merle gene have a higher chance of heterochromia (different colored eyes). Also, White Pitbulls are more sensitive to sunlight due to the light color of their coat. Finally, since White Pitbulls are rare, they are more expensive than other types of Pitbulls.
In conclusion, the White Pitbull is a majestic and beautiful breed of dog that has a powerful yet gentle appearance. They are loving and protective, making them incredible companions and family pets. Despite their brutal past and origin story, these dogs are incredibly social and friendly, and they will become your best friend.