How tri color pitbulls are bred?
It’s 100% a misconception to think tri color pitbulls are produced as a result of a mixed breeding. The whole point is in dominant genes. This article is an attempt to inform you about Agouti locus variations typical of American pitbulls.
- A dominant black gene (A) gives a solid color (chocolate, blue or black).
- A dominant yellow gene (ay) produces red and buckskin American pit bull terriers (APBT).
- A tan point gene (at) contributes to a color of solid black, chocolate or blue with tan points.
How are tri color pitbulls born?
Everything happens on a genetic level. To breed a APBT puppy with tan points, one has to make sure it inherits two patterns of tan point genes. It means that when one copy of a gene is tan point and the other one is not, an offspring will be tri color in no way. As a tan point gene is called recessive, it may remain unexpressed for many generations of dogs. However, when it does appear, it shouldn’t be considered a mutation. None knows exactly when such color alternation merged but most probably it was in the very beginning of this breed formation.
How to produce tan point pitbulls?
Many people, due to their ignorance, believe tri color dogs of this breed are born after cross breeding with dogs of other gene pools (like Rottweilers and APBT). This is possible if only both of them have a recessive gene. Any tan point gene is responsible for creation of a dog with a solid color and tan spots rather than exceptionally a black and tan point critter. These spots are usually located in certain areas and a precise pigmentation derives from color genes present in pitbulls. If it’s black, then we get a black and tan point pup, if it’s chocolate, we get a chocolate color as dominant and tan points.
The truth about tan point pitbulls
Why do you think a tan point gene is recessive? I don’t claim to tell you a universal truth, but my version is that breeders intentionally avoided this coloration because owners looked at it with distrust. Most of them want solid color pets and anything beyond this pattern is considered erroneous.
How do you buy a tri color APBT?
Well, when you see a puppy for sale, you already know if it is truly tri color. If you research some facts on location of points (spots), you will also figure out if your potential purchase is pure-bred. I have met advertisements on the web in which masters or breeding companies offer little puppies with description of their generation and images.
As you have read this article, you already can make a difference between true and false statements. Challenge the seller with questions of how that puppy’s parents are colored and on its generation (as far back in the history as possible). If you hear answers that sound realistic and fairly professional, don’t worry. It’s a right fit for you. So let’s wind up. We will revise all important things in brief before you go.
If you have noticed, not all American pit bull terriers have three colors on their coat. Even if some representatives of the same generation have tan points as an extra for a dominant color, none guarantees, all puppies will be exactly tri colored.
Keeping in mind the fact that a tan point gene is recessive, it may be hidden until dominant solid colors give it the way. Do not expect to have a pitbull pup with tan points unless you know its parents both have this gene.