What is a Tri-Colored American Bully?

The Tri-Colored American Bully is commonly bred based on its structure, temperament, and conformation, so it is easy to overlook something of marginal importance, such as coat colour, which is a relatively insignificant characteristic.

Compared to other dog breeds, the American bully exhibits a wide range of coat colours, colour patterns, and even fur patterns. In fact, one of the most characteristic aspects of this dog breed is the wide array of colours it exhibits.

Nevertheless, it is the tricolour pattern that is by far the most unique colour pattern on the American Bulldog. An American Bulldog with the tricolour pattern has three colours on their coat instead of the normally one or two colours they usually have.

This tricolour pattern features three clear and distinct colours that can be used on any American Bully coat colour, including black, lilac, blue, or chocolate. The base colour can be chosen from any of the collection of colours for American Bullies.

Several factors can influence a dog’s colour base, including intensity or dilution genes, as well as other patterns such as piebald and merle. These patterns will affect the amount of red pigment it produces. The intensity gene is responsible for its intensity.

There is a dilute gene that causes the tan point on some American bullies to tan cheaper than it does on others, which explains why some tan points are redder than others.

It is also possible to find tricolored American Bullies with other patterns such as black, blue, chocolate, or lilac. These bullies have several names, depending on what colour they are.

Tricolour American bullies are actually quite rare and are becoming more and more popular among owners. However, there are a variety of patterns and colours to choose from. They can be creeping tan, trindle, ghost tan, tri-merle, ticked tri, or piebald tri.

What makes the tri-colored American Bully a rare breed?

Tri-Colored American Bully
Tri-Colored American Bully

For one major reason, tricolored bulldogs are rare in the world. For generations, breeders avoided breeding tricolored dogs due to the misconception that they were mixed breeds. As a result of this misconception, many people had negative views of tricolored bulldogs.

Despite breeders’ efforts, mixed-breed bullies are not commonly bred for sale for a variety of reasons. Among them is the fact that potential buyers tend to prefer purebred bullies with distinguished pedigrees.

Furthermore, many bully breeders put more emphasis on the sporting qualities of their dogs than the colour of their coats, just like their original bully sires, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Because of this, there is a very low percent chance that the American bully gene pool will produce tricolor bullies. This is even when the breeder attempts to deliberately breed them. The American bully has no health concerns associated with this coat colour pattern, and bearing this colour pattern will not harm the bully’s health.

The Tricolour Coat Pattern: What Causes It?

Tricolour Coat Pattern

Two types of pigment determine dogs’ coat colour. Pigments are what determine the colour of each hair strand in a dog’s coat and what affects the colour of the coat in particular. In order to better understand the reasons behind the tricolor coat pattern in American bullies, you first need to understand the factors affecting dog coat colours in general.

The colour and pattern of a dog’s coat are determined by two pigments called black and red. These two pigments are both forms of melanin, which take various forms depending on which genes they are passed on to. American bullies have black and red pigments.

The Agouti (A) gene series locus influences how the two pigments interact in the dog’s coat, largely determining how these two pigments interact. Genetic influences play a very important role in how these two pigments interact in the dog coat.

In American bullies, there is a traditional tan point with a tricolored coat pattern caused by the Tan Point allele (AT). The Ta, or Tan Point, allele is part of the Agouti locus. This locus consists of four genes related to the intelligence, behaviour, and care of a pet dog. These genes are:

  • There are various types of pigmentation, which vary in colour from black to blue to chocolate. The most common pigment is black.
  • It causes a dominant yellow colour on bulls and buckskins; this type of Agouti locus allele is commonly found on red bulls and buckskins.

Tan point is a recessive genetic trait, which means that there need to be two copies (at/at) to express the tricolored coat pattern of the dog. One copy is inherited from the dam, and the other one is inherited from the sire.

As the gene for tan points has a recessive nature, it can remain hidden for many generations until two copies are transmitted and two copies are inherited between two generations of American Bulldogs. This means that an American Bulldog can carry the gene without displaying the trait.

The occurrence of a tan point pattern in a gene pool does not mean a new colour mutation appears out of nowhere. Rather, it indicates that a gene present throughout the entire American pit bull terrier bloodline has manifested itself.

A tan point gene does not cause a black and tan coat. Instead, the gene creates a pattern of solid colours interspersed with “light-colored dots.”.

In an American bulldog, these points are located at specific locations (usually 13), such as on the face, chest, legs, and under the tail. However, the distribution and size of these points can vary depending on which part of the animal they occur in.

As a result, the exact color that is produced by the tan point gene has to do with the color genes present at other loci. For example, if the pigmentation of the animal is black, then the pattern will result in black and tan, while if the pigmentation of the animal is blue, then the pattern will produce blue and tan.

The white markings on a bully’s face are caused by a completely different set of genes than the white markings on a bi-color or single-color bully. Some tricolour bullies can be spotted, which means the spots on the face are two colours.

Two types of spots can be seen on the skin, depending on whether they cover areas where there is a pattern of tan points or not.

In some cases, a black bully may exhibit both dominant black and tan points at once, but the tan points will appear faded in appearance. In this case, the tan points are called ghost tans due to their faded appearance.

What colors can a tri-color bully have?

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Shot of an adorable pit bull playing with a piece of rope at the beach.

The following is an overview of the different Tri combinations that exist, and we will discuss the specifics of each of them.

Black Tri Bully: This is one of the more common tri colours seen in bullies, as black is a common colour found in their breed, so all that needs to be added is the rarer tan gene, which is present in the bully breed.

Chocolate Tri Bully: This version of the Tri Bully is a dilution of the black gene and is recessive. This means that it is less common than Black Tri Bullies, which has to do with the recessive gene.

A Blue Tri Bully results from a dilution gene present with a black coat, which results in a blue (silver-grey) coat. This gene is rare in tri-bullies.

Lilac Tri Bully: This combination of two rare effects, along with the tri colour, makes this combination a truly unique combination between the Blue Tri Bully and the Lilac Tri Bully. The Red Tri Bully has the same configuration as the Blue Tri Bully, with the difference being that it incorporates the gene from the Chocolate/Liver Bully.

Brindle Tri Bully (Trindle): In this instance, we have another extremely rare combination, combining elements from the tricolour pattern along with elements of the brinle stripe pattern, giving us the Brindle Tri Bully (Trindle)

Piebald Tri Bully: There are a few varieties of Piebald Tri Bullies in existence, and they display in a completely different way than any other Tri variant. Rather than a tuxedo-style pattern, you will see spots of two different colours rather than just one.

Ghost Tri Bully: There is another rare pattern as well, which appears with any colour combination. It is characterised by the tan points of the tricolour being diluted in colour because the black allele is not present, so the colour of the tan points is much lighter.

Are Tri-Color Bullies Pitbulls?

Are Tri-Color Bullies Pitbulls?
Are Tri-Color Bullies Pitbulls?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that there are four different breeds of dogs that are officially classified as Pitbulls based on a combination of the breeds.

  • A Pit Bull Terrier is an American breed of dog
  • A Terrier of the American Staffordshire breed
  • ‘Staffshire Bull Terrier’ is an English breed of dog
  • There is an American bully in every country

In spite of the fact that they are all based on the same origins, each of these breeds has its own unique characteristics, and referring to them simply as Pitbulls will not give you a clear picture. The American Pit Bull Terrier is often known simply as a Pitbull. However, the other three breeds have their own unique names. Amstaff stands for American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffy stands for Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Bully stands for American Bully.

In terms of the above, bullies are technically pitbulls, but if you refer to one as a pitbull, most people’s minds are going to be misled into thinking that bullies are pitbulls.

As a crossbreed, the American Bully is largely a hybrid of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, although there are also elements of a variety of other Bulldog breeds and mastiff blood included in the mix.

How much does a Tri-Color Bully Puppy cost?

There are a number of factors that can affect the price of a tri-color puppy. There are several factors to consider, including size, build, bloodline, and the colour combinations that make up the Tri pattern. The table below gives you an idea of what you could expect to pay for a tricolour puppy from an established breeder.

How big are tri-color bullies?

In addition to the ABKC (American Bully Kennel Club), there are a few other sizes of bullies that are not recognised. All of these will be able to display the tricolours as outlined in this article. The ABKC (American Bully Kennel Club) recognises four different sizes.

Do American savages have tricolour genes?

There have been American bullies and American pit bull terriers with tan points since they were first created, and some of the early lines of American pit bull terriers have likely inherited this gene from breeding bulldogs and smooth fox terriers in the early 19th century.

Several studies have shown that the black and tan terriers of the century before carried on the tan point gene to the smooth fox terrier over time. The tan point gene has then been passed on from the American pit bull terrier to the American bully and to the American Staffordshire terrier.

Aspects of the Offspring of Tricolour American Bullies 

Tricolored American bullies have several things to note. First of all, American bullies who are not tricolored can produce white puppies when bred together.

There is a secret to raising tricolored puppies that is not revealed by the tricolour coat pattern. The tricolour coat pattern is caused by a recessive gene; therefore, both parents must have the recessive trait to produce a tricolour puppy.

There is also the possibility that tricolour American bullies will not always produce tricolour offspring if you breed two together.

Despite the fact that the offspring will definitely inherit the recessive allele for the tan point, other factors will determine whether the tan points will appear on the dog (for a breed to be considered tricolour, the tan points must be visible).

When the tan point gene is expressed but the tan points are not visible, the puppy is not classified as tricolored, even though it has the gene for tan points.

Champagne Tribully: a unique case 

The “champagne tri” bully has some controversy; technically, champagne bullies cannot also be tricolour. Champagne bullies have coat colours from pale yellow to cream. The recessive red (e/e) allele is paired with dilution (d/d).

The presence of recessive red prevents the expression of patterns resulting from the Agouti gene series locus, as tan points are not capable of being expressed. Under these circumstances, champagne bullies cannot be tricolored, even if at least two copies of the tan point allele are present.

The champagne tri, as many people refer to it, is actually the lilac tri (as the chocolate gene can’t hide the tan points and the tan points can’t be hidden).

The breeding of Tricolour American Bulldogs 

A tricolour bully can be bred by pairing two tricolour bullies or by crossing a tricolour bully with a recessive tricolour bully.

Due to its recessive nature, the gene can remain hidden in the gene pool for several generations. It may pop up unexpectedly even when a breeder is not intentionally producing a tricolored bully.

Despite this, you should be aware that when breeding for the tricolour coat pattern, your primary concern as a breeder should be health, temperament, and conformation. Coat colour and pattern should only be considered after the above-mentioned issues have been addressed.

I would particularly recommend this for Merle tricolour bullies, as in such cases some minor health problems may be observed, and it is a good idea to treat them as soon as possible.

What makes tricolour bullies different from other types of bullies?

The only difference between a tricolored American bulldog and a single- or bicolored one is physical. Tricolour coat patterns appear in every breed class, regardless of colour. Personality and temperament are unaffected by this colour difference.

As for the typical American bully, he remains a personable, gentle, and calm companion, regardless of the colour and pattern of the coat or its pattern. In the end, it comes down to your aesthetic taste as to whether or not you should own a tricolour or a normal bully.

In spite of the fact that they are beautiful and tolerant, tricolored American bulldogs are ideal companions for you and your family. You will have no trouble taking care of these dogs just as you will take care of single or bicolored American bulldogs.

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