The American Pit Bull Terrier is a companion and family dog breed. Originally bred to “bait” bulls, the breed evolved into all-around farm dogs, and later moved into the house to become “nanny dogs” because they were so gentle around children

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.

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.

General Features of A Pitbull

  • American Pit Bull Terriers are not a good choice for people who can give them little or no attention.
  • They must be trained and socialized when young to overcome the breed’s tendencies toward stubbornness and bossiness, which combined with his strength can make him hard to handle if he hasn’t learned you are in charge.
  • Your American Pit Bull Terrier must be kept on leash in public to prevent aggression toward other dogs. It’s not a good idea to let these dogs run loose in dog parks. While they might not start a fight, they’ll never back down from one, and they fight to the finish. American Pit Bulls who aren’t properly socialized as puppies can become aggressive toward other dogs.
  • Breed-specific legislation almost always includes this breed. Be aware of rules in your area as well as neighboring regions if you travel with your dog.
  • American Pit Bull Terriers have a great need to chew, and powerful jaws make quick work of cheap or flimsy toys. Give yours only tough, durable toys that can’t be chewed up and swallowed.
  • American Pit Bull Terriers are best suited to owners who can offer firm, fair training, and gentle consistent discipline.

At What Age Is A Pit Bull Fully Grown?

As medium-sized dogs, Pit Bulls need around a year to reach their full size. Larger Pit Bulls may require a full 18 months to fill out their chest fully.

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.

How Much Do Pitbulls Weigh?

As mentioned above, the average pit bull weighs in around 55-60 lbs. With this in mind, it is possible to choose a breed that fits your size requirements. They are all generally strong, tenacious, and loyal dogs who need an owner with experience and one who is ready to lead firmly and with lots of love.

How Much Should A Pitbull Eat Daily?

Generally, the average pit bull should eat about 2 cups, or a pound, of this food each day. Based on the amount of food in a bag of Orijen Adult Dog Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, it should last you approximately a month.

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.

Is My Pitbull A Healthy Weight?

Some Pitbulls will naturally weigh more than others. So, it’s hard to say exactly what weight your individual Pitbull should be. The best person to tell you this is your vet, because they can look at your dog in person. They will also know a lot more about your lifestyle and your dog’s health.

Generally, American Pitbull Terriers grow between 17 and 21 inches tall. They usually weigh between 30 and 60 pounds. Females are often smaller than males. This breed is medium-sized, but muscular and can look a little stocky. And there is a difference between a standard stocky Pitbull and an overweight Pitbull.

How Big Should A 6-Month-Old Pit Bull Be?

There is a lot of variation within the Pit Bull breed regarding their size and weight. At 6-months-old, a female Pit Bull will likely be around 15 to 30 pounds. Comparatively, a male Pit Bull pup at the same age will be approximately 20 to 35 pounds.

Please remember that these are estimates, and your puppy will grow at their own unique rate.

How Much Bigger Will My Pit Bull Get?

There are a few ways to estimate how much bigger your Pit Bull will get.

First, start with your Pit Bull puppy’s age. If your pup is less than a year old, they are likely still growing. Most Pit Bull puppies will be at their adult size or close to it on their first birthday. Between 12 months of age and 18 months of age, you may notice your Pit Bull puppy filling out their chest a little more, but they should not be putting on significant weight after their first birthday.

What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Pit Bull?

According to the United Kennel Club Pit Bull Breed Standards, a male American Pit Bull Terrier should ideally weigh between 35 and 60 pounds and stand 18 to 21 inches when measured from the floor to the shoulders. A female American Pit Bull Terrier is slightly smaller and should weigh closer to 30 to 50 pounds and stand 17 to 20 inches at the shoulders.

Pit Bull is a general term for a bulldog and terrier mix that is most commonly used in reference to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also referred to as Pit Bulls and are smaller, with most males weighing between 28 and 38 pounds and females weighing in at 24 to 34 pounds. According to the American Kennel Club, Staffordshire Bull Terriers will also be slightly shorter at 14 to 16 inches tall.

How Do I Make Sure My Pit Bull Is Healthy?

As beloved members of the family, we want the best for our Pit Bulls, and their health plays a significant role in their happiness and overall wellbeing. Preventative care is always better than treatment when it comes to caring for our dogs. Routine veterinary exams, screenings, blood work, and vaccinations are important ways to help our Pit Bulls avoid or minimize health issues later on. Your pit bull puppy will need several vaccinations in their first 6 months of life, and then should be seen at least once a year for a routine health exam.

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
  • Malnutrition
  • Liver shunt
  • Canine dwarfism

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