Wondering if your Putbill is at a healthy size? It’s important to understand the healthy pitbull weight because knowing how to appropriately monitor and adjust your pitbull’s size could be vital to their longevity and well-being.
A bit of background information:
Pitbulls are genetically built for muscularity and size. Because pitbulls have a unique body type, you can’t necessarily judge their weight based on that of other breeds. Being one of the most muscular dog breeds, they tend to be a bit heavier for their height than many other dogs.
Read on and we’ll describe the average weight and height that healthy pitbulls should be at during the different chapters of their life.
Is My Pitbull Growing Properly?
Pitbulls will typically stop growing and reach their full adult size between 12 and 18 months of age. The first 9 to 12 months will be a tremendous time of growth and development for your pup. We’ll provide you with guidelines and averages concerning height and weight depending on the age of your dog.
However, keep in mind that monitoring healthy physical development isn’t just about rigid numbers. Every dog is different, and it’s important to consider your dog’s appearance and behavior, in addition to their weight. Also, keep in mind that growth isn’t always linear. It’s fairly common for a dog to have overnight growth spurts followed by periods of plateaus.
Here’s a tip to help judge your dog’s size: look at their paws. Younger dogs will grow into their paws, and bigger dogs will have large paws even as young pups. If your puppy’s paws still seem large in proportion to its body, she probably still has some healthy growing left to do.
How Much Should My Pitbull Weigh?
It’s crucial to monitor your pitbull’s weight to make sure they’re remaining healthy. Being underweight could be a sign of a serious medical condition, malnourishment, or both. Obesity comes with a long long list of its own negative consequences.
At the same time, keep in mind that pitbulls vary considerably in their ideal height and weight, more so than many other dog breeds. Some pitbulls could hit 80 or 90 lbs. Others may reach a healthy adult weight of only 45 pounds or so. This is perfectly normal, so be mindful of appearance and body proportions as well as weight.
At 2 months, 15 to 20 pounds is typically a good healthy weight for your pitbull. For a 4-month-old, 35 to 40 pounds is approximately normal. When your pitbull reaches 6 months old, 40 to 60 pounds is an average ballpark. At one year of age, that increases to 50 to 75 pounds.
Males often weigh a few more pounds than females.
Here’s a simple chart that goes into a little more detail on the appropriate weight for different ages and stages of life. It’s important to remember that these are just guidelines.
If you’re concerned that your pup isn’t developing right, or if you’re just not sure, contact your vet.
What Is The Average Pitbull Height And Size?
Though healthy pitbulls do vary in height and size, there is an average range that they generally fall under. Refer to the table above for some specific average heights and weights for a pitbull.
Oh, and in case you weren’t sure: to determine your pitbull’s height, measure from their shoulder (rather than the top of their head). When your pitbull is all grown up, the average height of their shoulders will be approximately 15 to 20 inches. It’s also pretty normal for males to be an inch or two taller than their female counterparts.
Factors That Can Stunt My Pitbull’s Growth
There are a number of ways a pitbull’s growth can be stunted. Some of the common causes include:
- Intestinal worms
- Internal parasites
- Liver shunt
- Canine dwarfism
The good news is that stunted growth is usually treatable. If your pup is showing signs of stunted growth, you should talk to your veterinarian about it as soon as you can. A medical diagnosis is beyond the scope of this article.
What Should I Do If My Pitbull Is Underweight?
It’s important to understand the different factors that determine your pitbull’s weight and size. Monitoring your dog’s growth is part of responsible puppy rearing.
Besides, if your dog does have some kind of medical condition, knock on wood, you want to determine that as soon as possible. Often it’s nothing too serious, and it might just be that your pup could benefit from putting on a few pounds. But putting it off could potentially lead to a much more severe situation.
Of course there are dietary means to bulk up your dog. If your pup is a bit underweight, make sure you’re providing plenty of healthy proteins and fats.
You can increase the portion sizes at mealtime. Just take care to do so gradually and thoughtfully. For more details, check out the guide we wrote on how much to feed your dog.
And if you’re looking for a high-calorie food that’s full of healthy ingredients (not filler), check out our best-selling high protein dog food. It’s a great choice for any pitbull—or any other breed, for that matter—that needs to gain a little weight.
We also produce an extremely popular weight gainer for dogs. It’s full of natural, healthy ingredients and has proven to be a safe and effective way to help even the pickiest eaters to reach a healthy weight.
Finally, if you’re not quite sure what foods and supplements you need to meet your dog’s unique health and weight goals, check out our personalized nutrition plans. We created them based on common goals to help make it easy for you to give your pitbull the healthy nutrition they need to grow and stay healthy.