Pitbull Puppy 3 Weeks Old

Our Pitbull growth chart will help you to check that your Pitbull puppy is reaching the developmental milestones they should be. We’ll also help you to find out when your soon to be adult Pitbull will stop growing. And what size, height and weight your baby Pitbull will be when they are fully grown.

We’ll also let you know whether your adult Pitbull is the right weight for their height. And how to keep them healthy, so that they can live a long and happy life by your side.

Use the links here to jump straight to the part that interests you. Or, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Pitbull growth.

There are five different breeds that are all considered to fall into the Pitbull breed category. They are all medium height dogs, with a stocky, muscular build. These are the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, and Miniature Bull Terrier. However, despite these distinct breeds, most people still only use the term ‘Pitbull’.

Most often, when people say Pitbull, they mean the American Pitbull Terrier. So, this is the main Pitbull breed we will be looking at in this guide.

Pitbull growth charts can be interesting and useful. But, it’s also great to learn about the development stages your Pitbull puppy will go through. Here’s an average Pitbull weight chart from birth to 1 year old.

There are no completely accurate ways to tell exactly how big your puppy will be as an adult. But, you can use online Pitbull growth charts as a general guide. These table gives expected size by Pitbull age.

Here’s a Pitbull growth chart example for medium sized dog breeds, taking you through each week and month of their development.

The weight of a newborn Pitbull puppy depends upon the size of their mom, and how many siblings are in the litter, among other factors. But anywhere between 7 and 10 oz is in the normal range.

In their first week, newborn Pitbull puppies won’t have their eyes or ears open. But, they have enough strength in their front paws to pull themselves to mom. One week old Pitbull puppies can’t regulate their own temperature, so need their mother. They’ll spend pretty much all of their time eating or sleeping.

At two weeks old, baby Pitbull puppies will start to open their eyes. And, they will start to grow quickly. In fact, a Pitbull puppy will add around 5 to 10% of his body weight by the end of this week.

At three weeks, Pitbull puppies will start to stand and sit properly by themselves. Ears and eyes are fully open, and tails start to wag! Pitbull puppies at 3 weeks will be continuing to grow quickly.

By this stage, Pitbull puppies are stronger, and can move around more easily. At this age, puppies start to look more like proper dogs than tiny puppies.

Five week old Pitbull puppies will start to move and play a lot more. This is a key stage for puppies to learn behavioral habits like bite inhibition. They’ll be eating plenty, and continuing to grow quickly.

As your puppy nears the end of his sixth week, he will be either fully or mostly weaned from his mother. Instead of milk, he now eats five or six very small meals of puppy food. Your puppy will start gaining weight very rapidly from this stage onwards.

What do 3 week old pitbull puppies eat?

At 3 to 5 weeks, depending on your dog’s breed size, take good quality puppy kibble and soak it 2 parts water and 1 part kibble. Some kibble needs more water than others. The kibble will hold it’s shape and soak up the water. You want to use as much water as you can and have the kibble pieces swell up and go very soft.

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.

  • Garden Tub or Walk-In Shower. If you have either of these, you are golden. It may not look any prettier, but it will save you incredible amounts of time and frustration if you simply feed them via a large, low-sided dish in the center of your large tub or shower. Your regular tub may work if you have a smaller litter. However, if they cant get a nose into the bowl, this can cause much scrumming and begin to form a food-fiend pile of pups. You do not want any pup to believe they arent going to get enough, which will obviously encourage aggressive eating. In a dog this powerful, there is no need to tempt this fate. If you have an immense litter, feed them in shifts.
  • The Box. If you do not have a large enough area aside from their box or enclosure, you can use the box and help it to remain somewhat mush and odor-free. Remove all of the blankets and place a piece of plastic, tarp, or even garbage bags in a pinch on the bottom of the box. Toss the low-sided bowl, or even a high-fluted plate in the center and let the scrum begin. Note: If you do not protect the box, i.e., clean up any mush piles, stay tuned, as there is one sure way to get some of the serious grunt work done.
  • The…Floor? Really? It can be done, although hopefully you have had a bit better planning, if you have a rescue or an unexpected litter and no huge accommodating box or used playpen in sight, you can certainly let the food scrum occur on the floor. However, I would NOT suggest ever doing this if you have expensive wood, tile or otherwise grainy or textured flooring; do not have an area uncovered by carpeting or rugs; or will cry if your precious faux-linoleum incurs a scratch or a brown mush haze temporarily.
  • If you are going to feed on the floor, plan to do two things.

  • Section Off an Area, even if you have to use a pile of books, kids toys or even just a couple of long-armed and familiar adults. Tuck them in a corner if alone, you will need to referee the match. Ever the millers, they will eat, roll around in the mush, and in generally roam off while following yet more mush piles on the floor, tub bottom or box. Be prepared to gently nudge them or if brave and not averted by said mush, place them back in the scrum pile.
  • Keep Mom Away. For many reasons, this is beneficial and necessary. Mom definitely needs to know that gruel is for pups. You should not let her overwhelm them while they are learning to eat, nor compete with them for food. Also, this will supply you with the best cleaning partner you have ever had. Once they are done and starting to mill slower, and likely sleepier, set mom loose. She will clean up the floor, albeit in a way not entirely sanitary, and once done with the bigger obvious mush piles, she will turn her attention to cleaning her pups.
  • 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.

  • They are probably quite tired of a box if you have them in one. If you dont, you are probably quite tired of them by now. They are on the go these days in a lot of ways.
  • They should have tried the gruel by now, and you should be preparing to supplement a morning or mid-day meal from mom with the gruel mixture.
  • They will likely need some roaming time now. This means more messes to clean up, but socialization is important with all dogs, most especially Pit Bulls, at this critical age.
  • Everyone is getting around pretty good. There may still be some shaky legs and wobbling heads, but there is certainly no shortage of willpower. Box floppers are more and more common, even using a box that shipped a large riding lawnmower.
  • There will be power struggles happening in the box. In or out, they are determined to elicit screams from their siblings at any cost. Must be those weeks stuck together, but they are really letting off steam this week.
  • 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.

  • You should now begin trying to keep them on a food schedule.
  • Prepare yourself, your spouse, and your children for their departure. Prepare the pups too.
  • Get them outdoors, rain or shine, cold or hot, and let them muck around a bit. Dont let their first experience outside of the box be the same one that takes them to their forever families.
  • For the sake of their future homes as well, it would be a good idea to start trying to get them to use puppy pads, or take them outside, en masse, for pee parties.
  • Bathe them, worm them, collar them, and if you plan to be the one who does it, vet them and get their first shots.
  • Stage Six: 10 Months to 1-Year Old Pitbull

    Pitbull Puppy 3 Weeks Old

    Don’t let your Pitbull’s appearance fool you because though he may look like an adult dog; he’s still mentally a puppy.

    You should spend lots of time stimulating him with playtime. Locking them up and preventing them from releasing this energy will result in a destructive dog.


    What should I feed my 3 week old Pitbull puppy?

    Pitbull puppies need food with a higher calorie and fat content to help them grow. An ideal diet would include 22% to 32% protein. Protein is pivotal in muscle and bone growth. Ideally, Pitbull puppies should be on their mother’s milk for the first six weeks of their life.

    When can Pitbull puppies eat wet food?

    Development at 3 weeks

    They may start wobbling around, stand, and sit without falling over. It is also when they start teething, which is why they can dive into that solid food mixed with milk replacer and water. The puppies should also begin socializing with each other at this time.

    What do Pitbull puppies drink?

    Six to twelve weeks

    To ensure she grows into a happy and healthy adult, choose a wet or dry puppy-specific food for her to eat. These foods are higher in fat and calories than those designed for adult dogs, which give her the nutrients her growing body needs.