A Gotti Pitbull refers to a specific bloodline of the Pitbull breed. They are also commonly referred to as a Gottiline Pitbull. They are characterized by their strong jawline along with a thick neck and well defined chest. Whilst they are stockier than the average Pitbull the only way to be certain of it’s pedigree is a paperwork trail of it’s bloodline.
What is a Gotti Pitbull?
A Gotti Pitbull refers to any Pitbull that is from the bloodline of Notorious Juan Gotty, they have been specifically bred for their strong broad muscular look. They are recognisable by a larger than normal jawline, thicker neck and a stockier build overall. It is possible to get Gotti Pitbull’s that ranged in size from a Pocket Pitbull which weighs around 20 pounds all the way up to an XXL Pitbull weighing in at around 150 pounds. They can also come in a wide variety of colours which is why their distinct shape and size is used to identify them.
The aim of the Gotti bloodline was not just to create a strong imposing looking dog but to ensure that a good temperament was within the bloodline. It’s these qualities that have made them so popular across the US and that popularity has been spreading across the globe.
Gotti Pitbull – Overview
- Strong and Stocky – More muscle per pound than any other breed
- Pitbull’s require plenty of attention and are not suitable for those who can only give little or no attention
- Should be socialized and trained early, consistency needed as the breed can show stubbornness
- Despite a reputation as aggressive they are a calm and friendly breed
The bloodline was started by Notorious Juan Gotty who was born in 1997, over his 11 year life he sired over 900 UKC registered American Pit Bull Terriers. These Pitbull’s have gone on to produce a high number of descendants which has made them a common bloodline especially in the US. Juan Gotty was a purebred American Pitbull Terrier unlike most Pitbull’s who are mixed with various mastiff and bulldog bloodlines. Since then the bloodline has diversified into the mixed breeds and is not a purebred bloodline. During the early 2000’s Juan Gotty was fetching a stud fee of $1,500 this underlines why the bloodline still carries a premium even today.
If you are looking to buy a Gottiline Pitbull the only way to be certain of it’s heritage is to have official paperwork that shows this. Due to the premium attached to the breed there are a lot of people who will claim pups are of the Gottiline trying to exploit this fact.
Other Popular Pitbull Bloodlines
The Colby Pitbull bloodline is one of the oldest recognised in Pitbull’s. It was started by John Colby who owned his first Pitbull back in 1888 at the age of 13. When the AKC was working to add the American Pitbull to their registry they used the Colby Pitbull to set the standard for the breed. They are known for being muscular and bulky with a medium length muzzle. They have large shoulders with sloping shoulder blades. The standard Colby Pitbull stands at around 17-19 inches tall. It is very rare to find any Pitbull’s which are 100% of the Colby bloodline but there is no shortage of descendants who are still a distant relative.
Old Family Red Nose Pitbull
The Old Family Red Nose Pitbull Bloodline originates from Ireland, they are know for their distinctive red coat and were bred for intelligence and gameness. It is almost impossible to find a full descendant of this bloodline due to crossbreeding. This however does mean that these trademark coloring and traits can be found across a large number of Pitbull’s today around the world.
The Jeep Pitbull Bloodline are descended from Jeep who was born in 1976. Jeep was one of the top ROM (Register of Merit) dogs of his time which placed plenty of demand for him to sire pups. A number of Pitbull’s bred from this bloodline have gone on to become ROM winners as well as a grand champion. It is these qualities which make this bloodline in demand.
Razors Edge Pitbull
The Razors Edge Pitbull Bloodline was created to combine traits for a number of different bloodlines with the aim of producing a specific look. The bloodline was started by Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale who bought high quality dogs to achieve this. These dogs have been bred to be large in size, with a large head, wide chest and short blocky muzzles. This combined with a shorter back give off a distinct look. This bloodline is premium in price and cross breeding has been done between premium dogs to achieve their vision.
Monster G Pitbull
Monster G Pitbull Bloodline is much more uncommon bloodline. Monster G had a distinctive wide bully build and was a greyline dog. It is common for greyline dogs to be referred to as being from the G Bloodline. This bloodline is often bred with other bloodlines due to it’s blocky head which is desired by many breeders.
What are their personality traits?
- Highly affectionate with lapdog tendencies
- Very loyal and always alert as it watches out for it’s family
- Can be unsure about other dogs, this can be avoided with early socialization
- Eager to please making them easier to train
- Highly energetic requiring regular exercise and engagement
Gotti Pitbull – Vitals Information
Gotti Pitbulls can be expected to reach the same height and weight as a regular Pitbull, the details below outline the most common sizing of a Gotti Pitbull but in special cases they can range between Pocket Pitbull size and XXL.
|Weight||65 – 85 Pounds|
|Height||13 – 20 Inches|
|Lifespan||10 – 12 Years|
How much exercise do they need
Gotti Pitbull’s are strong and athletic dogs. It is therefore important that they get sufficient physical and mental exercise each day. You will need to walk them at least once a day and it is recommended that they get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, they will however be more than happy to have more than this.
When walking your them it is important that sufficient caution is in place to stop pulling, if this is an issue you should seek out a trainer to assist with training as due to their high strength they can easily overpower you. Pitbull’s are not suitable for apartment living and it is preferable to have a yard where they can stretch their legs this will allow them to further burn off energy to avoid both over excitement and anxiety. If you are walking your Pitbull where there will be high exposure to the sun it is important sufficient protection is in place due to it’s increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Common Health Issues
Gotti Pitbull’s are not prone to any health issues beyond what is faced by regular Pitbull’s the below lists common issues along with preventative measures which can help alleviate future issues.
Hip Dysplasia – This is a common issue amongst a number of dogs and is especially present in larger breeds, this will usually present itself in more elderly dogs. The easiest to spot symptoms will relate to a reduced range of movement of the hind legs along with a reluctance in jumping, running and climbing stairs. Whilst this issue isn’t avoidable for a number of dogs there are steps you can take to help reduce the effect and these start from early in your pups life. A well balanced diet when they are a puppy will ensure stable growth and allow the joints time to develop fully. Ensuring they are at a healthy weight as to not put unnecessary stress on the joints.
Heart Disease – Pitbull’s can be prone to heart disease including a congenital heart disease in the form of aortic stenosis. It is important that you buy from a reputable breeder and discuss this issue with them to ensure your dog has been bred to have a healthy heart. Symptoms of heart disease can be displayed in a large number of ways of which vary from mild to severe. If your dog is showing any signs of illness it always best to consult with a vet for tailored medical advice. Whilst it may not be possible to avoid heart disease in dogs there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk, these include regular exercise and feeding your dog a diet which contains enough taurine and omega 3.
Skin Infections – There are a wide range of different skin issues which can affect a Pitbull such as Dermatitis, Mange, Dry skin and Allergies. Common signs of skin issues will often display themselves as red irritated areas on their skin, if these are spotted you should contact a vet for tailored advice. The best way to prevent skin conditions is to ensure preventative measures are put in place, this includes regular flea treatment and a consistent grooming routine.
Hypothyroidism – Hypothyroidism is where the thyroid produces incorrect hormone levels, this will present itself in the form of increased weight or lethargy and is often first identified in middle-aged dogs. If these signs are showing then a vet should be contacted who will perform blood tests to identify if the issue is thyroid related. This is often treatable using medication and will likely also be combined with a diet plan.
Effective Training Techniques
It is vital to start training early in puppyhood as this is when your Pitbull is most receptive, in addition to this as soon as they have received their vaccinations you should begin socialization with other dogs. Due to the stockier build of a Gotti Pitbull they can be seen as intimidating and it is important to ensure they are responsive to commands from an early age. A great option to tick both of these boxes is to enrol in puppy play time activities (Often held by local pet stores) or puppy training classes. To successfully socialize it is important that you are in control at all times. Good early training techniques also include grooming your dog from a young age, getting your puppy comfortable with nail clipping, paw touching and teeth cleaning helps them learn tolerance.
Consistency – Consistency is a word you will here a lot when it relates to training and it is true that consistency is key. Your Pitbull needs to understands the consequences of it’s actions and if this changes each time it can be very confusing. Setting expectations and enforcing these are important for it to understand how it should interact in different situations. This means if you want to train your Pitbull to stay off the couch, you should not make exceptions.
Positive Reinforcement – Positive reinforcement is proven to be comfortably the most effective method of training. It also has the added benefit of being the most pleasant for both the trainer and trainee. Whenever your Pitbull displays the correct behaviour they should be rewarded, this is most commonly reinforced using treats but can also be done using other means such as clicker training. Pitbull’s are loyal and eager to please so will be very receptive to training when young, if left to late it will be more difficult to overcome behaviours which are already bedded in.
Keep them engaged – Keep them engaged by combining both physical and mental stimulation, if your dog is not getting enough exercise or mentally engaging activities they are likely to be less responsive. Hiding treats in toys for them to find, introducing them to new smells by visiting new places and making them follow commands are just as effective as letting them run around when it comes to meaningful engagement.
Grooming a Gotti Pitbull
Coat – It is important to brush your Pitbull regularly this helps control shedding by removing dead skin cells. When brushing it is recommended to use a rubber curry brush weekly. When brushing it is important to do so gently when on more sensitive areas such as the bottom of its neck, stomach and back of it’s legs.
Ears – Pitbull’s are susceptible to ear infections, especially if cropped. Keeping your pets ears clear of wax can help reduce this risk, this should be done with a mild canine ear cleaner. Whilst cleaning you should look out for signs or infection such as redness, rashes, discharged or foul smells. If you see signs of this then you should make an appointment with your vet for tailored advice.
Nails – You should aim to cut you Pitbull’s nail twice a month. The ideal time to do this is when they are tired and relaxed as to reduce the amount of squirming. If they haven’t been trained to have their paws touched it may be prudent to get assistance doing so. You should look for the quick (nerve on the underside of the claw) and only clip beyond as to not hurt them. If you do catch the quick then firmly press styptic powder to contain the blood flow, this will ease in a matter of minutes and the pain will quickly pass.
Teeth – These should be brushed at least once a week and can be done so using a canine toothbrush or a finger brush which you can wear. It is important to use special canine toothpaste as human toothpaste is not appropriate. These are usually a meaty flavour which is appealing to your dog. You should brush your Pitbull’s teeth in the same way you would your own by making circular motions along the gum line, you also only need to do the front side of their teeth. It is advisable to feed your Pitbull dry kibble as this helps dental health along with the occasional dental chew.
What to feed a Gotti Pitbull Puppy/Adult
Gotti Pitbull’s should follow the same diet as any regular Pitbull. It’s important to feed them a high quality diet which is based around Meat/Fish packed with amino acids. Whilst plant based diets can replicate the protein needed it will lack the amino acids required for their needs. High quality meat will also bring glucosamine into their diet to help protect against joint problems.
Fruit and vegetables will also form a part of a high quality food, this is to infuse probiotics naturally into their diet which promotes a healthy gut. In addition to this is will also add vitamins to boost their immune system and promote a healthy skin and coat.
Omega 3 and other omega oils are important for your Pitbull’s health. If you are feeding them a food which contains fish they will be receiving this in their diet but it is important to supplement this into their diet if this isn’t the case.
Gotti Pitbull Colors and Cost
Since the bloodline started it has diversified into a large range of colours and sizes, prices can vary but for a Gotti Bloodline Puppy you are looking at paying roughly 4 times as much as a regular Pitbull. There isn’t enough data for prices on all colors but using this formula we would expect the prices to be in roughly the range below.
|Gotti White Pitbull||$4,000-$8,000|
|Gotti Black Pitbull||$2,000-$4000|
|Gotti Brindle Pitbull||$2,000-$4,000|
|Gotti Red Nose Pitbull||$2,000-$4,000|
|Gotti Blue Nose Pitbull||$4,000-8,000|
|Gotti Blue Fawn Pitbull||$8,000-$20,000|
|Gotti Fawn Sable Pitbull||$4,000-$8,000|
|Gotti Tan Pitbull||$2,000-$4,000|
|Gotti Tri-Color Pitbull||$8,000-$20,000|