Last Updated on February 11, 2023
Have you ever seen a White Pitbull before? These dogs are beautiful Pitbulls who have a solid white coat.
Other than their coat color, there’s no difference between a White Pitbull and a regular Pittie. However, there’s still a lot to love.
Keep reading to learn more about this unique doggo.
How Did an All-White Pitbull Come To Be?
The Pitbull was created by crossing Terriers and Bulldogs together for dogfighting in the 19th century. When this sport was banned, this doggo was sailed over to America to continue the sport.
Unfortunately, this has given the Pitbull a bad reputation as a bully breed, the American Bully. Luckily, they are more recognized as family dogs today.
The White Pitbull is the same dog breed as the American Pitbull Terrier. The only difference between the two of them is the coat color. This solid white coat is rare, but it’s a beauty.
So, where did the white Pitbull come from? It’s all about genetics.
Each parent contributes half of a gene, making a whole gene for the puppy. These genes can be dominant or recessive, but the dominant genes usually overpower the recessive ones.
Determined by the locus “A” allele, all Pitbulls have two base coat colors, also known as the agouti gene. These base Pitbull colors are black and red.
There are also four “S” alleles, which determine the white coloring. Pitbulls carry all four of these genes, but the “S” genecreates the solid white coat color.
If you have a White Pitbull at home or happen to see one walking down the street, they might not be a true White Pittie. They could be Albino or Leucistic.
Albinism is a rare genetic mutation in animals, humans, and even plants. Albino Pitbulls occur when both parents pass on the mutated gene. This means the Pitbull lacks pigmentation in their blood vessels, eyes, hair, and skin. Unfortunately, Albinos are prone to many health conditions.
Leucistic Pitbulls are in between Albino Pitties and true white Pitbulls. They have no melanin in their fur and have low levels of pigmentation in their other features.
So, how can you tell the difference? Albino Pitbulls will have translucent or light blue eyes, while Leucistic Pitbulls will have slightly bluer eyes and deeper pink features.
While rare, White Pitbulls can be a popular breed since they look so pretty. However, it may be considered unethical to breed an all-white Pitbull due to health issues.
However, White Pitties are recognized by kennel clubs. For example, the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized this dog breed in 1989 in all coat colors and markings except for merle.
On the other hand, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the American Staffordshire Terrier, another name for the Pitbull. However, the colors and markings are more limited. It is not recognized if the Pittie has more than 80% pure white on its coat.
How Are White Pitbulls Different From Other Pitbulls?
A White Pitbull is no different than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The only difference in appearance is the solid white coat.
White Pitbulls are medium to large dogs. They have a short coat that needs minimal grooming. The dog’s coat is also tight to its body. They might have a blue nose, black nose, or red nose. However, their nose will not be pink. Their eye color may be blue or brown.
However, White Pitties may be more sensitive to sunlight. In addition, a Red Nose Pitbull may be more sensitive to sunlight than others.
Due to their pale coat, these white pups are more prone to skin damage and skin cancer.
Also, due to their popularity and rarity, White Pitbulls will cost more than other Pitbulls.
If you’d like to learn more about Pitbull breeds, you can read about the four different types of Pitbulls.
How big do White Pitbulls get?
White Pitbulls stand at 17 to 21 inches (43.1 to 53.3 cm) tall and can weigh anywhere between 30 and 65 pounds (13.6 to 29.4 kg). Female Pitbulls will weigh less than male Pitties.
In addition, males might be more aggressive than females and will have a broader bone structure. However, females may be priced higher for the option of breeding more White Amstaffs.
What type of coat hair do White Pitbulls have?
White Pitbulls have a short coat that can be pure white or have some other markings.
For example, a black and white Pitbull is also known as a Moo Moo Pitbull because they resemble a cow. In addition to the white, they may also have other colored spots such as brown or tan.
Alternatively, this doggo might be a black Pitbull with white markings instead.
Where do these spots come from? It could be due to a breeding accident where genes came together uniquely.
Are White Pitbulls Good Family Dogs?
Despite their bad reputation from dog fighting, White Pitbulls make excellent family dogs. They are loving, loyal, and sweet with their family members, including kids.
This doggo will love nothing more than to play in the yard with you or lounge on the couch and cuddle. As long as they’re with you, they’re happy.
White Pitties are friendly to everyone. So, if you’re looking for a guard dog, this pooch won’t be it. However, they make a great nanny dog.
Unfortunately, Pitbulls are a dog breed that is prone to separation anxiety. They may become destructive if you leave them alone for too long and may bark.
If your pooch has unwanted behavior, isolating them or punishing them is not the way to go. Instead, redirect them and praise them for good behavior.
Are White Pitbulls more aggressive?
As long as your White Pitbull has early socialization and proper training, they’ll get along fine with other dogs in the house. They’ll be okay with cats and other animals too.
However, due to the ratting history, be sure to keep an eye on your doggo if you have small animals in the house, such as rodents. Your pooch might tend to want to chase and hunt down the small animals.
Today, White Pitbull dogs are one of the more friendly dog breeds. However, they may still have some aggressive tendencies due to their background, but proper training and socialization will nip that in the bud.
Pitbulls can be stubborn at times. They need pet owners who can hold their ground and show their pooch who is in charge. However, when it comes to training your Pitbull, positive reinforcement and consistency are key.
Your White Pitbull will do well with positive praise and obedience training. Overall, this pooch is relatively easy to train because they’re smart and want to please their owner.
Are White Pitbulls High Maintenance?
Pitbulls are relatively easy to care for. They require a good amount of exercise, but they’ll hang out with you and do what you do.
In terms of weather, they don’t mind rain or shine, hot or cold. However, White Pitbulls, due to their light fur, are more prone to skin damage. So, you’ll want to keep them out of the sun for long periods.
Exercising and Training your White Pitbull
White Pitbulls are bundles of energy. They have high energy levels and require at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. No matter what the weather is like, they’ll enjoy going on a jog or walk with their dog owner.
This pooch also needs plenty of stimulation. So, if you can’t meet this pup’s exercise needs, they might not be the right breed for you.
Pitbulls like their exercise and playtime to be mixed up. So, a daily walk is fine, but they’ll need something more fun and a switch in the routine.
Indestructible toys, puzzles, and trips to the dog park are great ways to get your pooch moving and keep things interesting for them.
Do White Pitbull Dogs Shed?
White Pitbulls, despite their short coat, do shed and are not hypoallergenic. However, they need minimal grooming and will require weekly brushing.
During shedding season, you might want to brush them more frequently, especially if you have dark-colored furniture.
Also, you can bathe your pooch every 8 to 12 weeks. This will keep their skin and coat looking and feeling clean and healthy. Finally, you can bring your doggo to a professional groomer (if they take Pitbulls) to ensure they stay healthy.
Do White Pitbulls have specific dietary needs?
When it comes to feeding your Pitbull, be sure to discuss your dog’s diet with your vet. They’ll be able to help you choose the right food for your pooch.
Overall, White Pitbulls typically need a high-quality kibble that’s at least 25% protein with meat. This will help them with their high energy levels. Since they’re a medium to large dog breed, you can expect to feed your doggo about 2 ½ cups of dog food per day.
Never feed your doggo table scraps or human foods. Some human food is safe for dogs to eat but always consult with your vet first.
What Health Issues Do White Pitbulls Have?
Believe it or not, some health problems can arise due to a dog’s coat color. Health issues occur more in dogs with merle or white coats.
To learn more, you can take a look at the many Pitbull colors.
In terms of health conditions, White Pitbulls can have the same issues as any other Pitbull. However, thanks to their white coat, they may be prone to more, especially Albino Pitbulls.
For example, some common health problems of Pitbulls might be hip dysplasia, cataracts, or skin allergies.
In addition, White Pitbulls may be prone to skin conditions. Due to their lack of pigmentation, they are more at risk of UV rays or being sensitive to the sun. This is why they cannot be in the sun for too long as they can get skin damage or skin cancer. Red nose Pitbulls are especially prone to this.
Finally, White Pitbulls can have congenital deafness. When there is no pigmentation in the skin of the cochlea (inner ear), the nerve endings die. Thus, sounds are not transmitted to the brain.
Not all white Pitbulls are deaf. They are just are a higher risk of being deaf.
Unfortunately, Albino Pitbulls have a great risk of health problems than pure White Pitbulls. The problem is, a lot of people can’t tell the difference. So, be sure you get your pooch from a reputable breeder who can tell the difference.
Otherwise, White Pitbulls can live a long, happy, and healthy life of 12 to 16 years. Unfortunately, the most common death of this dog breed is caused by heart disease.
Bring your pooch to the vet at least once or twice a year for a check-up.
How Much Does a White Pitbull Puppy Cost?
Pitbulls vary in cost, depending on their bloodline, gender, and more—coat color factors in as well. Since White Pitbulls are rare, they will cost more than other Pitbulls.
The cost for a White Pitbull is anywhere between $800 and $3,000, depending on where you adopt the dog. This also goes for White Pitbulls with blue eyes. However, if you want one with a red nose, they may cost $500 or more.
It may not be easy to find a pure White Pitbull for sale since they’re rare. Also, be sure to stay away from puppy mills, backyard breeders, and pet stores. These places are more interested in making a buck rather than finding a good home for the puppies.
White Pitbull Breeders
You can find White Pitbulls through reputable breeders. These breeders will take great care of the litter and the parents.
They’ll want to meet with you in person and allow you to meet the puppies and either the mother or the father. In addition, a good breeder will also be able to give you the family tree and health history of the litter.
In addition, they’ll know the difference between the Pitbull being pure white, being Albino, or being a Dogo Argentino.
You’ll most likely spend a little more money with a breeder, but you can be sure the puppies were in good hands.
Some good places to start looking are Premium Pitbull or Star Pitbulls Home.
White Pitbulls for Adoption
Alternatively, you can find White Pitbulls through animal shelters or breed-specific rescues. These places are great because you can give a pup a good home who doesn’t already have one.
In addition, these places may cost less as well.
Other than your local animal shelter, some great places to start looking might be the Pitbull Rescue Central, Hug A Bull (Canada), or Pitbulls for Life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do White Pitbull Terriers lock their jaws?
No, White Pitbull Terriers do not lock their jaws as they don’t have any special physical mechanism or enzymes for them to not completely open or close their mouth. This is nothing but a myth.
What’s the difference between a White Pitbull and a White Rhino Pitbull?
A White Rhino Pitbull has a predominantly white coat and is whiter than other Pitbulls. White is the base coat color for this breed and can be mixed with other colors and markings such as brown or black.
They are built the same as any other Pitbull. However, unlike White Pitbulls, the White Rhino Pitbull can have eyes of any color except blue.
How much does a White Rhino Pitbull cost?
Due to the prized bloodline of the White Rhino Pitbull, this pooch costs about $65,000.
Who Should Get a White Pitbull?
Any dog lover would be lucky to have a White Pitbull at home. However, Pitbulls are not the best choice for novice dog owners.
Pitbulls can be stubborn, though they are loving, loyal, and friendly. They need an owner who can be in charge.
In addition, White Pitbulls require a lot of exercise and stimulation. Plus, they are prone to separation anxiety. So, if you’re at work all day long, then you’ll most likely come home to a pup who became destructive from boredom and anxiety during the day.
If you’re an active household and can be there for your pooch, then adding a White Pitbull to your family will be a delight.
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Further reading: Learn more about the Pitbull Dog Breed
- Brindle Pitbull
- Pitbull Ear Cropping
- Pitbull Growth Chart
- Pitbull Mixes
- Dogs That Look Like Pitbulls