Tricolor Pitbull- Everything You Need to Know

Powerful dog breeds like American Staffordshire and American Pitbull Terrier reproduce offspring with more than two coat colors called Tricolor Pitbull. These Pitbulls don a strikingly unique color pattern with three stunning hues. Their body is often covered with some white fur and their base coat colors vary from black, lilac, tan, to white. The Tricolor Pitbulls are pretty uncommon as the breeders avoid breeding them owing to the challenge of obtaining a puppy without genetic conditions. Additionally, the tan point allele in the agouti gene series is responsible for the tricolor coat in Pitbulls . A recessive gene should be present in both the parents for a Pitbull puppy to have a tri colored coat.

Some combinations of the Tricolor Pitbulls are as follows:

Lilac TriColor Pitbull

Lilac Tricolored Pitbulls are a rare breed. The lilac color is dominant and is prevalent throughout their body. However, patches of tan and white are scattered around the neck, snout, ears, hind legs, and paws which earns them the distinction of a Tri Colored Pitbull. 

 Red Tricolor Pitbull

These dogs resemble the Chocolate and Purple Tri color Pitbulls but have a base coat color that is light red. In addition, they have white and tan colored markings on their cheeks, above their eyes, and on their chests and legs. 

 White Tricolor Pitbull 

White Tricolor Pitbulls are predominantly white coated with any two of the possible Pitbull colors. But the pigment that contributes to their white coat is also associated with blindness and deafness. However, they differ from an albino Pitbull who has a pure white coat. The Merle Pitbulls have a spotty combination of colors on their coat, while a white Pitbull has a well-defined coat color.  

Tan TriColor Pitbull

With a predominantly tan colored coat, these Pitbulls have white or cream-colored markings along with a dark color such as brown, blue, and black.

Ghost Tri color Pitbull

Ghost Tri color Pitbull are one of the rarest combinations available. They have a bluish-grey coat that gives them a silver color with white and cream or tan markings. 

Blue Fawn Tricolor Pitbull 

Also, you rarely find Blue Fawn Tri color Pitbull. They have remarkably white and silvery-blue markings, which makes them unique and extraordinary. They may have additional light-colored tan markings.

Champagne Tri Color Pitbull

Light-colored coat and markings are characteristic features of this Pitbull. They have a light beige or champagne base color with white and tan markings. However, the tan markings are pretty stronger than champagne.

Black Tricolor Pitbull

Black Tricolor Pitbulls are the most common Tricolor Pitbulls. They have a characteristic solid black coat in combination with white and tan markings around their necks and on their legs. These dogs have tan markings above the dog’s eyes and nose, on their legs and chest, while the stomach and paws are typically white.

Liver Tricolor Pitbull

A shiny brown coat is the characteristic color of this liver Tricolor Pitbull. They also have white and tan shades distributed in his facial area, underneath, and on his front and hind legs.

Merle Tri Color Pitbull

Although Merle Pitbulls have more than three coat colors they are classified as tricolor Pitbull bulls. These Pitbulls have a base coat color that may be diluted blue, red, fawn, or more with white and grey markings. These may be found on their snouts, above their eyes, on their cheeks, chests, stomachs, and legs. In addition, they may have blue or brown eyes.  

Blue Tri Color Pitbull

Blue Tricolor Pitbulls have characteristic tan and white markings on their heads, stomachs, and legs. They have a base coat that ranges from dark blue and bright silver. Additionally, they have a blue nose which is their hallmark characteristic. When these Pitbulls have a black nose, they are classified as a Tan Tricolor Pitbull.

Purple Tri Color Pitbull

A Purple Tri color Pitbull has a spectacular combination of coat colors. They have a purple base color with light tan and white markings. They may even appear only purple and white unless noticed closely. 

Chocolate Tri Color Pitbull

The most famous Tri color Pitbulls have a characteristic dull coat with dark chocolate color and a light white. Additionally, their coat pattern seems to have a single color because all the other shades appear in the same color.  

Tricolor Pitbull Mix Pros and Cons 

Pros   Cons  
Great Watch Dogs Hyperactive breeds
Easy to trainProne to become aggressive if not trained properly

Tricolor Pitbull Basic Information

  • Name: Tricolor Pitbull
  • Height: Up to 21 inches
  • Weight: Up to 80 pounds
  • Size:
  • Coat: Solid, Masked, Brindled, Ticked, Freckled, Spotted, Merle, Piebald, And Patched. 
  • Color: Black, White, Fawn, Grey, Tan, Lilac, Buckskin, Champagne, Red, Chocolate, Blue, and Seal. 
  • Energy: High
  • Activities: Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Tracking  
  • Group: Working
  • Barking Level: Medium
  • Shedding Level: Low
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Litter Size: 5 to 10 puppies
  • Life Span: 12 to 16 years

Tricolor Pitbull Mix Comparison

          Features  American Pitbull TerrierTricolor Pitbull
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Height  17 to 19 inches  17 to 19 inches  
Weight  30 to 85 pounds30 to 85 pounds
Size  Large  Large  
Group  Terrier   Terrier   
Children Compatibility  HighHigh
Family Compatibility  HighHigh
Pets Compatibility  LowLow
Barking Level  MediumMedium
Shedding Level  Medium to High  Medium to High  
Hypoallergenic  NoNo
Grooming Needs  LowLow
Overall Health  Medium to High  Medium to High  
Energy  Medium to High  Medium to High  
Exercise Needs  Medium to High  Medium to High  
Trainability  Medium to High  Medium to High  
Activities  Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Tracking  Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Tracking  
Complication in Breeding  No No 
Litter Size5 to 10 puppies5 to 10 puppies
Life Span12 to 16 years 12 to 16 years 

Tricolor Pitbull Personality

The Tricolor Pitbull is a large-built dog with a well-defined muscular stature that is quite long and ends with a pointed tail. They have broad heads with prominent cheekbones. Their nose is fleshy, and their ears are highly set.  

Traditionally, the Pitbull was bred for hunting and other blood sports like dog fighting, bull-baiting, and bear-baiting. As a result, these dogs have well-developed hunting and guarding skills. For this reason, Pitbulls are often thought to be aggressive. Still, they are loyal and loving family companions who are possessive of their pet parents. These dogs are often called Clown dogs as they do anything to see their pet parents laugh. Additionally, they love to please their pet parents and are pretty obedient.  

Friendliness Overview

 Affection Level                               High    
Family-Friendly    High    
Kid-Friendly    High   
Pet-Friendly    Medium to High  
Strangers-Friendly    High  

Adaptability Overview

Good for New Pet Owners    Low to Medium
Good for Apartment Living    Medium
Sensitivity Level    Medium to High
Tolerates being alone    Low   
Cold Tolerance    Low to Medium
Heat Tolerance    Medium

Tricolor Pitbull Temperament

Pitbulls are pleased when they are encouraged to participate in family activities. On the other hand, when they are left alone, they experience separation anxiety, contributing to their aggressiveness. Nevertheless, their anxiousness can be negated with proper training from puppyhood.  

Tricolor Pitbull Training

Like other Pitbulls, the Tricolor Pitbulls can also be easily trained, considering their high intelligence and obedience. However, they require a professional trainer or be enrolled in puppy boot camp courses at an early age to prevent them from getting hard-headed. These courses also aid in socializing your puppies. Proper socialization prevents your dogs from developing a prey drive towards other pets. But the prey drive may come up when other animals provoke your dog.

Additionally, your Pitbull will get accustomed to strangers and other new situations quickly. Finally, they can become a well-mannered, excellent family companion. They can also be bark trained to ensure they bark only in an approaching danger; this makes them suitable for those owners who live in areas with noise limits.

Trainability Overview

Easy to Train    High   
Intelligence    High   
Prey Drive    Medium to High  
Tendency to Chew, Nip & Play-bite    Medium to High  
Tendency to Bark or Howl    Medium to High
Wanderlust Ability    Medium   
Attention/Social Needs    High    

Tricolor Pitbull Exercise Needs

Being highly energetic breeds, the Tri colored Pitbull bulls require an ample amount of exercise to release them. Similarly, they need to be both physically and mentally stimulated. Hence, they have to be walked twice for 30 minutes each day. Additionally, if these dogs are not properly exercised, they turn out to be destructive. Some of the suitable canine activities for these dogs include dock diving, agility, and obedience. They can also be trained in search and rescue operations which they will excel at eventually.

Exercise Needs Overview

Energy Level                                    Medium to High   
Exercise Needs                               Medium to High   
Playfulness                                      High    
Intensity    High  

Tricolor Pitbull Grooming

Coat and Hair: 

Since Tricolor Pitbulls are short-haired, you can easily groom them. Hence, their coat can be brushed once a week to moisturize their coat and prevent seasonal shedding. On the other hand, when their coat becomes too oily, they may require an occasional bath with a gentle shampoo for their sensitive skin. Additionally, these dogs change their coat color as they age and grow into adulthood. But these may also be due to some underlying issues such as:

• Change in nutrition
• Bad skin health
• Medication
• Exposure to sunlight


Overgrowth of nails in Pitbull bulls has to be prevented from helping them run or walk without inconvenience. Therefore, their nails have to be trimmed once every couple of months.  


You have to brush your canine’s teeth regularly with dog-formulated toothpaste. This way, you can ensure your pup doesn’t develop periodontal diseases.  


It is vital to check your canine’s ears weekly once for any sign of infection. To prevent this, wipe your dog’s ears with a cotton ball dipped in pH-balanced ear cleaner. Additionally, gently clean the outer ear without inserting anything into the ear canal. 

Grooming Overview 

 Amount of Shedding                      Medium to High   
Tendency to Drool    Medium
Tendency to Snore    Low  
Easy to Groom    High

Tricolor Pitbull Health

Despite a Pitbull’s longer life span when keenly cared for, they are prone to specific health conditions. These conditions, when not identified timely, may have life-threatening implications. Some of these health issues to look for include:

  1. Actinic Keratosis 

Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays results in skin damage. This condition is common in Pitbulls due to their light-colored fur, short coat, and less hair on the belly. This condition begins as a small plaque on the skin and develops individually or in multiples with skin thickening. These skin plaques are often found on the glabrous and lightly pigmented skin of the axillae, flanks, ventral abdomen, and lateral areas of the extremities. The best treatment is to minimize exposure to harsh sun rays. Therefore, when you take them outside, you need to exercise caution and ensure they stay indoors or under shady areas during the hottest parts of the day. It is also critical to ensure they have access to a lot of water. 

  1. Allergies

Pitbulls are prone to react adversely to food allergies. These food allergies occur due to low-quality ingredients in their food. 

Symptoms of an allergy include:

  • Itchiness
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy ears
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Constant licking
  • Frequent paw licking
  • Frequently rubbing their faces.
  1. Bloat (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus)

Bloat or GDV is a life-threatening condition that is prevalent in deep-chested dogs like tri-colored Pitbull bulls. When bloat occurs, your pet’s gut becomes distended with gas and twists. This trapped gas hampers your canine’s ability to belch or vomit. This inability blocks the average return of blood to the heart, causing a drop in blood pressure leading to shock. If untreated, this shock could eventually lead to death. 

Causes Of Bloat: 

  • When they are fed more than one large meal per day. 
  • They eat rapidly 
  • Drink large volumes of water after eating. 
  • Exercise vigorously after eating. 

 Symptoms of Bloat: 

  • A distended abdomen   
  • Excessive salivation 
  • Retching without vomit 
  •  Restlessness 
  • Depression 
  • Lethargy 
  • Weakness 
  1. Canine cancer: 

Tricolor Pitbulls are prone to develop canine cancer. 

Symptoms of canine cancer:

  • Lumps and bumps underneath a dog’s skin
  • Abnormal odors emanating from the mouth, ears, or any other part of the body
  • Abnormal discharge from the eyes, mouth, ears, or rectum
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Non-healing wounds or sores
  • Sudden and irreversible weight loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Coughing or difficulty in breathing
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Evidence of pain

The treatment for canine cancer varies depending upon the severity and type of cancer for individual dogs. 

  1. Cataracts

 This condition is caused due to the thickening of the eye lens, leading to cloudy vision. Although it occurs primarily because of their age, this condition can be treated either with medications or surgery.

  1. Hip dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a heritable condition that occurs when the thigh bones don’t fit aptly into the pelvic socket of the hip joint. You may prevent this condition by supplementing your dog’s diet with glucosamine or chondroitin. 

Other Causes of Hip Dysplasia: 

  • Injuries 
  • Excessive weight gain 
  • Wrong exercises 
  • This condition causes defect or injury to the hip bones, joints and worsens without treatment.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs include:

  • Reduced activity and movements
  • Reluctance to rise, jump, run or climb
  • Lameness in the hind limbs
  • Reducing thigh muscle mass
  • Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait
  • Grating in the joint during movement
  • Enlarging shoulders
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  1. Hypothyroidism:

 An underactive thyroid gland results in hypothyroidism.

Consequences of Hypothyroidism:

  • Epilepsy
  • Hair loss
  • Obesity
  • Lethargy
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Pyoderma and other skin conditions
  1. Von Willebrand’s Disease: 

This disease is a genetically transmitted blood disorder characterized by an inability to clot. 

Symptoms of Von Willebrand’s Disease:

  • Excessive Bleeding Post-surgery Or Injury  
  • Nosebleeds, 
  • Bleeding Gums,
  • Bleeding In The Stomach Or Intestines.

Unfortunately, treatment is currently unavailable for this illness. Hence dogs with this disorder shouldn’t be bred.  

  1. Congenital Heart Disease (Subaortic Stenosis)

The shrinking of the area under the heart’s aortic valve causes a blockage of blood flow. Unfortunately, this congenital disorder is quite common across various dog breeds.  

  1. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

This disease results from the partial or complete rupture of this ligament. Painful lame limbs are the hallmark features of this disease and it eventually leads to knee arthritis. 

Causes of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

  • Ligament Degeneration, 
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Poor Physical Health
  • Conformation 
  • Type Of Breed
  1. Cutaneous Hemangioma

A cutaneous hemangioma is a non-malignant tumor that originates from the dermis or subcutaneous layer of the dog’s skin. The cells that form the blood vessels are called endothelial cells, which create these tumors. Hence, they appear as small masses of blood vessels and range from red to black.  

  1. Cutaneous Histiocytoma

Cutaneous Histiocytoma is another non-malignant tumor that can be cured permanently through surgery. Initially, they begin and rapidly grow when they ulcerate and may be secondarily infected. Post this phase, they regress spontaneously. 

 Health Overview 

Basic Health    Medium to High   
Weight Gain Possibilities    Medium    
Size    Medium  

Tricolor Pitbull Diet and Nutrition

The Tricolor Pitbull requires a high-quality kibble that meets his individual requirements inclusive of his size, weight, and age. The Pitbulls need a high protein source in their diet to match their high energy. Their diets should comprise animal meat protein derived primarily from chicken, lamb, turkey, and beef which may be whole or fresh meat. However, ensure to pick a meat meal-free product and exclude ingredients such as corn, corn by-product, cornmeal, added sweeteners, preservatives, meat by-products, or artificial colors or flavors.

Tricolor Pitbull Living Condition

In general, apartments don’t encourage Pitbull owners as renters. On the contrary, if you live in a complex that allows Pitbull bulls, ensure to train and socialize your canine well and provide him an abundance of outdoor time. Tri-color Pitbull bulls always enjoy their space and are best suited in homes that have a fenced backyard. This way, you can ensure your dog runs and plays without interfering with other pets.  

Things to Remember Before Buying Tricolor Pitbull

The mating of two parents with recessive genes results in a Tricolor Pitbull puppy. This type of breeding may result in the puppies developing harmful genetic conditions. As a result, ensure to buy your puppies from a reputable breeder who carries the necessary documents for genetic testing of the puppies’ parents. 

Cost of a Tricolor Pitbull Puppy: 

The cost of a Tri Colored Pitbull bull is similar to the price of regular Pitbulls – which is around $750. However, other factors like the breeder’s reputation and the dog’s bloodline also influence the cost of these pups.  

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