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16 Amazing Pit Bull Colors & Patterns (With Pictures)

Written by: Kit Copson

Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Dogster Team

16 Amazing Pit Bull Colors & Patterns (With Pictures)

Pit Bulls are a diverse bunch. The term “Pit Bull” itself is often used to refer to and classify multiple dog breeds, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bull Dog, American Pit Bull Terrier, and American Bully, but these are breeds in themselves. Pit Bull is not a term used to describe a breed but is an umbrella term for various kinds of dogs.

In fact, the term could refer to any dog with physical features that fit the ideal of what people think a Pit Bull looks like. Typical features include a medium-sized, stocky, muscular body, a smooth, short coat, floppy ears, and a long, slender tail, but these traits vary greatly, especially since many so-called Pit Bulls are actually mixed breeds.

Because the term Pit Bull is so broad and many Pit Bulls are mixed, these dogs can come in pretty much any color and pattern. In this post, we’ll introduce some gorgeous Pit Bull coat colors and patterns, both common and rare.

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Pit Bull Colors & Combinations

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1. Black

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Black Pit Bulls’ coats are often very noticeably glossy, giving these dogs an almost panther-like appearance. Black is a breed standard color for some of the breeds often referred to as Pit Bulls, including the American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC), the American Bully (UKC), and the American Pit Bull Terrier (UKC).

That said, the UKC accepts any American Pit Bull Terrier color or pattern except for Merle. Mixed-breed Pit Bulls can also be black depending on their parentage. If you parent a black Pit Bull, be sure to kit them out with a fluorescent collar when you walk them at night!


2. White

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White is a kennel club-accepted color for various breeds, and it may present as solid white or with markings. Please note that a white-coated Pit Bull isn’t the same as a Pit Bull with albinism (lack of melanin production) or leucism (a condition that causes white patches on the coat or skin). Albino dogs typically have pink-looking skin around the eye area, blue eyes, and pink noses.


3. Blue

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Blue describes a silvery grey or charcoal color that’s pretty rare. Dogs with blue coats have two copies of the MLPH gene, which causes coat dilution from black to blue. Blue is an accepted coat color for some “pittie” breeds, like the American Staffordshire Terrier. Some Pit Bulls even have blue noses, and these are referred to as Blue-nose Pit Bulls.


4. Red

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Red Pit Bulls are a coppery or chestnut shade that can range from a lighter to a darker shade. Like Blue-nose Pit Bulls, you can also find Red-nose Pit Bulls. Blue and Red-nose Pit Bulls are not separate breeds, however—just something to be aware of.

Red is a kennel club-accepted color for American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers. It’s a very common color in American Pit Bull terriers.


5. Fawn

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Fawn, which is a light tan or yellowish color, can either be simply fawn or come as part of a color combination or pattern, like fawn sable, blue fawn, fawn brindle, and so on. The American Staffordshire Terrier, for example, can have various combinations as per the AKC breed standard, but as mentioned in the intro, Pit Bulls are a real mix, so anything is possible.


6. Tan

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Tan is a sort of light brown or reddish-brown color that appears darker than fawn. Any Pit Bull-type dog can have tan or tan with a combination of other coat colors, but it’s not considered standard for American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs. The AKC does list a non-standard tan combination for American Bulldogs, however, which is white and tan.


7. Brown

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Brown is listed as an accepted coat color for American Staffordshire Terriers and describes a rich, chocolatey shade as opposed to a light fawn or tan color. White and brown is a non-standard color for American Bulldogs.


8. Seal Brown

Another AKC-accepted American Staffordshire Terrier color, seal brown is a shade of very dark brown that appears almost black if you can’t get an up-close look. It’s noticeably darker than other brown or brownish shades, including standard brown, fawn, and tan.


9. Liver

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Liver is a deep reddish-brown shade sometimes seen in Pit Bulls. In some breeds, like the Labrador Retriever, this color is referred to as “chocolate”. This is an AKC-accepted color for American Staffordshire Terriers.


10. Brindle Combinations

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Brindle is a coat with a streaky pattern, often a reddish-brown base with black streaks or stripes. The stripes are obvious but well-blended with the rest of the coat. Brindle Pit Bulls come in various color combinations, including brown brindle, liver brindle, blue brindle, blue fawn brindle, black brindle, red brindle, and white and brindle.


11. Sable Combinations

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Another brown shade—this time a sort of sandy brown—is sable. Sable-colored dogs have black tips on their hairs, and sable can be combined with another color, with red sable and fawn sable being two examples.


12. Buckskin

Buckskin is a color very similar to tan and fawn, and it appears to be fairly common in Pit Bulls. This color comes from a specific bloodline called the Jeep bloodline. Buckskin Pit Bulls sometimes come with red noses.


13. Merle

Though not a kennel club-accepted color for breeds often referred to as Pit Bulls, the merle coloration does sometimes occur. Merle is a color combination that gives the coat a marbled effect. The base is usually light with darker shades splashed over the top. Merle is a color that doesn’t come along very often.

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Pit Bull Markings

14. Color Markings

Pit Bulls commonly have markings in various areas on their bodies, including the head, back, legs, and belly. While some only have a small proportion of the color, others have larger areas of it. Marking possibilities for Pit Bulls are white, red, black, brown, tan, or brindle.


15. Spotted/Patched

Pit Bulls sometimes have spots or patches on their coats, and both spotted and patched are AKC-standard markings for American Staffordshire Terriers. Sometimes, breeding between Pit Bulls/Pit Bull types and breeds with spotted coats can cause this effect.


16. Mask Markings

A mask on a dog refers to coloration on the muzzle and face, which makes it look like the dog is wearing a mask. Pit Bulls can have masks in various colors, including black, white, and blue. Other breeds famous for their mask markings are Pugs and German Shepherds, to name but a couple.

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Conclusion

As we can see, there is a multitude of coat color and coat pattern possibilities for dogs known as Pit Bulls. These dogs are so diverse because their parentage is often very diverse, and even purebred dogs commonly classified as Pit Bulls, like American Staffordshire Terriers (AKC-recognized) and American Pit Bull Terriers (UKC-recognized), can come in a wide variety of colors as per their breed standards.


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