In central Florida, a popular breed of dog is the American Pitbull Terrier also known as the Pitbull (Pit Bull). This breed of animal is recognized as the American Staffordshire terrier by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and as the American Pitbull terrier by the UKC (United Kennel Club).
Researching the internet shows that there are two common varieties of the pitbull breed. The red nose pitbull and the blue nose pitbull. These two dogs are very similar, the end of the nose is different colors and often the fur will be different based on the nose color.
Both the red nose and the blue nose pits are intelligent, loyal, loving and full of fun. They are medium sized dogs that can weigh up to 60 pounds, standing about 20 inches tall. Males generally weigh a little more than females.
Sadly, the pitbull is often considered to be a dog known for fighting or bullying. Training, socialization are extremely important with this breed to help ensure they are friendly and make great pets.
The difference between these two types of pitbulls is primarily the color of their noses. A red nose pitbull will often have different fur colors that blend well with the red nose (light brown, reddish color, etc).
The blue nose pitbull may have different fur colors. The blue nose pitbull is created by a gene that ‘dilutes the color black’ thus causing the dog to have a grey or dark color coat of fur.
Recently, we had the opportunity to meet two very friendly and loving pitbulls. They came into the rescue because their owner died and they had no place else to go. Every effort will be made to find these two a home together since they came into the rescue together and have been in foster care together.
So, let’s meet Chubbs. Chubbs is a male red nose pitbull. He has a cute little underbite which makes for an interesting look while we photographed him. He was a bit unsure what was expected of him, but he was all for getting attention and treats. Chubbs is giving us his ear to ear grin. I'm sure after hanging with us for almost an hour he might have been getting a little warm (it was still in the 70s and we gave them water). But, then again, he might just be a happy boy.
Here's a photograph that shows Chubbs with his underbite along with a cute little row of teeth. This was at the beginning of our shoot and we had to work hard with getting ears to come forward - they just didn't want to perk up a good portion of the time.
Sadie is Chubbs companion. Sadie is a female blue nose pitbull. She was a little more timid when it came to the flashes from our lighting equipment but totally in to all the attention and treats. Strangely neither of them really cared about any strange noises we made, so we did resort to bribery with food and love.
Sadie was having a little more trouble with this whole modeling idea. I asked if she liked blankets, the response was yes - so we got a little furry blanket out and let Sadie check it out. It was definitely a hit and we started getting some great photos of her.
These two dogs did very well on a leash so we were able to take them to a local park and take photographs of them (we had the park to ourselves on this work/school day).
That's it for this week's pet photography blog. For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Terri J Photography, Toronto dog and family photographer.
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