Known for their fierce strength and athleticism, Pit Bulls are courageous dogs with a loving, gentle side. Pit Bulls are a mix between bull and terrier dogs and are solidly built, short-coated with robust bodies. These dogs are amazingly versatile and used in police work, hunting, drug detection, water safety, therapy, and more! They are reliable, fiercely loyal dogs that make wonderful additions to many families.
If you’re the lucky pet parent to one of these confident, hard-working dogs, you may be wondering how big will my Pit Bull get and when will they stop growing?
“Pit Bull” is a general term that applies to several bulldog and terrier mixes, including the American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The following Pit Bull growth and weight charts reflect an American Pit Bull Terrier’s estimated weight. Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to be smaller than Pit Bulls, weighing between 25 and 40 pounds, putting them on the smaller end of these estimates.
Please keep in mind that the following numbers are estimates. All puppies grow at their own rate, and the Pit Bull breed is prone to significant variances in their final size. If you are concerned that your Pit Bull is significantly ahead or behind of the following numbers, please consult with your veterinarian so they can give you personalized advice on your pup’s growth and weight.
Adopt When at All Possible
I know it can be a difficult choice, and especially with pit bulls, there can actually be times when owning a puppy is the best choice, but not always. I do advocate and personally support several rescues, pit bull and otherwise, but I do also understand the deep need a human pet owner can feel to get a baby and raise it on their own.
The best service I think anyone can do is supply the knowledge and let others make the best decision for them.
Mom May Want More Alone Time
The pit bull was so popular in the early 1900s that they were our mascot not only in World War I, but also in World War II.
As the third week begins, there will be many more waking hours than sleeping hours, as opposed to the last two weeks. Most pups will have their eyes mostly open, although none can see too well, but they will start to recognize the smell of mom when shes close, and of people visiting their box or enclosure.
When we retrieved a riding lawnmower box from a local store, the mom actually jumped for joy several times in the air as I began placing them in the new blanket-filled box. Seriously, do both of you a favor and get them enclosed ASAP if not done so already by this week.
Get an Enclosure
If you havent put them in an enclosure, you are likely half-mad and a bit crazy. Do this immediately! An old playpen is an excellent idea for the next couple of weeks. A huge box even better. Without those things, youll have mass chaos and a mother who may be a bit edgy that her pups arent gathered in a neat area for check-ups.
By the end of the third week, there will be no doubt that living in a box with so many of your siblings can be really hard. Many mini growls and burks (not quite barks) are heard coming from the box at all hours. Closer observation reveals a painfully slow (at least from their point-of-view) process of growing, fighting, eating, and yes, pooping.
Purchase a good quality puppy chow and run it through the blender, add puppy formula or goats milk, baby rice cereal and baby strained chicken. Mix until its fairly thick. After they have mastered that for a few days, start adding softened puppy kibble.
You may need some tips on how to do this, and it does get nasty. Personally, I have what I consider a fairly strong stomach, but the results of nine pit bull pups moshing, rolling, and rooting around in a pile of gooey mess still required me to give it a good strong swallow or two while watching.
The Best Ways to Manage Puppies’ First Solid-Food Feedings
Everyone has a different set-up, but according to what you have available, here are the best suggestions I have for managing these feedings without needing to spend hours cleaning, crying, and growing your slang/rant vocabulary twice a day.
If you are going to feed on the floor, plan to do two things.
The floor certainly isnt the ideal method. The garden tub or a walk-in shower are far more ideal (with a detachable shower head for quick clean-up). However, the other methods will work, and ultimately, you will really come to rely on creating a sort of ritual when doing the feedings so that everyone, even Uncle Eddie, my litter of pups stepdaddy, gets to participate in the cleanup.
Also, be sure to sanitize the feeding area after each feeding. Even if you feed them in a box, sprucing up, applying Lysol and a light bleach wash will kill the germs and ensure a cleaner surface for the next feeding. For tubs, a quick bleach wash is usually enough.
The Most Important Thing
Do NOT give them cows milk. Goats milk is ideal, and puppy or baby formula works too.
There sure is a lot of milling around.
Eating Habits by the Fifth Week
The pups should by now have had several gruel meals and their food should be closer to the dry side now, as opposed to the wetter mushy food.
These pups are some incredible beasts. Seriously, the most ornery, amusing, mushy sweet, clumsy, wobbly-headed, thick-skinned, love muffins around.
When they arent testing out their burk-to-barking skills, they are amok, flopping from the box at high rates. I am fairly sure they have learned to take one for the team by letting other puppies stand atop them, so they have a better chance at springing at least a few of their box mates. For most Pit pups who have been weaned on this schedule, this week may be their last in your home.
What should I feed my 6 week old Pit Bull puppy?
How often should you feed a 6 week old Pit Bull puppy?
- Food. Fully Weaned. Your pup should be eating only puppy food and drinking plenty of fresh water.
- Sleep. Long Naps. Expect your fur baby to take plenty of naps throughout the day.
- Toys. Play Time!
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