March 29, 2023

Pitbulls stop growing significantly once they are 1 year old. However, growth still continues until they are 2 to 3 years of age. The majority of fast and noticeable growth takes place during the first year.

Being genetically built for muscularity and size, Pit bulls spot a unique body type, so you can’t really judge their weight based on what other dog breeds weigh. As one of the most muscular dog breeds, Pittie’s weigh heavier for their medium height than most other dogs do.

As a Pitbull owner and parent, you might be worried about the development of your dog and if they’re growing as well as they are supposed to.

If you are one of such owners wondering if your Pittie is a healthy size, then you must first understand what the standard healthy pitbull weight is. Knowing how to correctly monitor and adjust your dog’s size is a crucial step to ensuring that they live long and healthy.

Is my dog growing at a consistent rate? How much should I be feeding them? Are they hitting the required developmental milestones? We have answered all those questions in this article.

Content:

  1. Pit Bull Growth & Weight
  2. Pit Bull Growth and Weight Chart
  3. At what age is a Pit Bull fully grown?
  4. How big should a 6-month-old Pit Bull be?
  5. How much bigger will my Pit Bull get?
  6. What is the size of a full-grown Pit Bull
  7. How do I make sure my Pit Bull is healthy?
  8. Factors that influence your Pit Bull’s weight
  9. Things that can cause stunted growth in your Pitbull

Pit Bull Growth & Weight

Pit Bull is a term that is used to address various bulldog and terrier mixes, including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier. These dog breeds are sturdy and athletic.

The Pit Bull Growth and Weight chart we have provided in this article, shows the estimated weight of an American Pit Bull Terrier. It also discusses the Staffordshire Bull Terriers which weigh 25 to 40 pounds and are smaller than regular Pit Bulls, placing them at the smaller end of these weight estimates.

Note, the numbers we have released are just estimates. Every puppy grows at their own rate and Pit Bulls tend to have distinct variations in their adult sizes.

But, if your concern is that your own Pit Bull is somewhat ahead or behind any of the numbers we have given at their age, then you might want to visit your veterinarian after reading this article, so that they can give you customized advice on your puppy’s growth and weight.

Pit Bull Growth and Weight Chart

AgeMale WeightFemale Weight
1 month old3 – 5 lbs2 – 4 lbs
2 months old5 – 15 lbs5 – 15 lbs
3 months old10 – 20 lbs10 – 20 lbs
4 months old15 – 25 lbs10 – 20 lbs
5 months old15 – 30 lbs15 – 25 lbs
6 months old20 – 35 lbs15 – 30 lbs
7 months old20 – 40 lbs15 – 35 lbs
8 months old25 – 45 lbs20 – 35 lbs
9 months old25 – 50 lbs20 – 40 lbs
10 months old25 – 50 lbs25 – 40 lbs
11 months old30 – 55 lbs25 – 45 lbs
12 months old30 – 55 lbs25 – 45 lbs
2 years old35 – 60 lbs30 – 50 lbs

At What Age is a Pit Bull Fully Grown?

Being medium-sized dogs, Pit Bulls require up to a year to attain their full size. Larger Pit Bull breeds need as much as a full 18 months to fully grow into their chests.

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

Pit bulls are one dog breed that have too much variation when it comes to the size  they’ll grow up to and their weight as well. A female Pit Bull that is 6 months old will possibly weigh around 15-30 pounds. On the other hand, a male Pit Bull puppy at the same 6 months may weigh 20-35 pounds.

Keep in mind that these figures are just to give you estimates and each Pit bull puppy grows at a rate specific to them.

How Much Bigger Will My Pit Bull Get?

There are some ways for you to determine how much bigger you Pit Bull will get. We have discussed them in this section.

The first thing you’d want to start with is your Pittie puppy’s age. If they are less than one-year old, then they are still growing. For many Pit bull puppies, they’ll reach their adult size or closer to it on their first birthday. From 12 months to 18 months, your Pit Bull puppy may noticeably start growing into their chest more. However, they should not add on any significant weight after their first birthday.

Examine your puppy’s paws. If they look oversized next to their legs and body, then they are still growing; this development is a prominent feature to show that they are still filling out.

In addition, if you bought your dog through a breeder, you can contact them for more information on your puppy’s estimated adult size. Your breeder can give you a more exact estimate of how large your Pit Bull puppy may grow to be, using their parents and past litters.

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

The Pit Bull Breed Standards by the United Kennel Club, state that a male American Pit Bull Terrier should weigh between 35-60 pounds and stand at a height of 18-21 inches when it is measured from the floor to the shoulders. An American female Pit Bull Terrier is smaller in size and should weigh up to 30-50 pounds, standing at 17-20 inches at the shoulders.

For other Pit Bull breeds like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which are smaller, many of the males weigh between 28-38 pounds and females weigh 24-24 pounds. The American Kennel Club states that Staffordshire Bull Terriers will be shorter 14-16 inches tall.

How Do I Make Sure My Pit Bull Is Healthy?

A Pit Bull’s health plays a vital role in their happiness and overall all wellbeing. If you are going to bring this dog into your home as an important member of your family, then you should take good care of them. Preventative care is always a better way to follow when it comes to taking care of Pitties than treatment.

Examples of these preventative measures are screenings, blood work, vaccinations and routine check ups at the vet, which help mitigate the risk of your Pit Bull developing health issues later in life. For the first 6 months of their life, your puppy will require a series of vaccinations and then be taken to routine health exams a minimum of once a year.

Pit Bulls as you might know are predisposed to several health issues like allergies, torn knee ligaments, thyroid problems, hip dysplasia, cataracts, heart diseases, etc. “Atopy” are allergies that are common in Pit Bulls. These dogs, when suffering from Atopy, develop an itchy skin unlike humans who sneeze and have watery eyes due to an allergen.

A dog suffering from allergies will have frequent ear infections, excessive rubbing of their face, and constantly lick their paws. If you discover that your dog is suffering from an allergen, contact a veterinarian for what to do next.

Factors That Influence Your Pit Bull’s Weight

Knowing  the different factors that influence your Pit Bull’s growth, can assist you in understanding their development process better. We have listed out those factors below:

  1. Genetics

Size might be determined by genetics, but it’s not guaranteed. Few dogs can grow larger or smaller than their gene pool. Seeing your Pittie’s parents can help you guess accurately how large your dog can grow.

But, parents are still a small part of a larger puzzle of your dog’s weight and size. While they have genes that determine if their offsprings will be smaller, average, or large, there is no one way to know what your Pittie will look like until they are fully mature.

Likewise, if you think your Pittie may be mixed with another breed, then do a DNA test to know their genetic makeup.

  1. Nutrition And Diet

Nutrition and diet play a vital role in helping your Pit Bull puppy grow. The portion you feed them will be based on their size, age, and energy levels. Overfeeding leads to obesity and orthopedic illnesses. It could also cause other health issues and induce pressure on their cardiac system.

Feed your dog high-quality kibble that offers a high-quality balanced diet containing meats, fiber, carbohydrates, healthy omega fats, vitamins, and minerals a Pit bull breed needs.

  1. Growth Spurts And Plateaus

Growth Spurts and plateaus can occur at any point in your puppy’s growth. They happen randomly and could either slow down or speed up the dog’s growth process.

If the changes in your puppy’s growth worries you, you could talk to a vet to know if the dog’s development is a healthy one.

  1. Neutering And Spaying

Spaying or neutering your dog won’t stunt their growth, but it might affect their joints. There are studies that show that neutering or spaying done at an early age can affect their growth plate, especially in bigger dogs.

This procedure delays the closure of the plate, making your dog grow taller than normal. This will give you the desired size, but it will predispose them to joint disease as they age. To be safe, discuss with your vet as to the best time to do this procedure.

  1. Physical Health

Sickly Pit Bull puppies for long periods may suffer stunted growth because their ill health won’t let their body grow to its standard size. Check back constantly with the veterinarian to make sure that your puppy is healthy.

Injury negatively affects your Pittieā€™s health. Do not allow your puppy to get overly active so that they strain themselves as they grow. Give them enough space to play so that they don’t bump into any object that’ll wound them badly.

Things That Can Cause Stunted Growth In Your Pitbull

There are some things that can cause your Pit Bull’s growth to be stunted. These common causes to watch for are:

  1. Canine dwarfism

“Disproportionate dwarfism”, or “chondrodysplasia” popularly known as canine dwarfism is caused by the calcification of the growth plates in dogs. This condition is a build up of calcium in body tissues, causing them to harden. Calcification reduces long bone development, resulting in dogs having short legs with curved appearance.

  1. Malnutrition

Malnourished Pitties lose 10% or higher of their body weight and are extremely undernourished. Their hip and rib bones are thin and visible. Dogs like this will suffer from dehydration and organ or neurological compromise.

A malnourished dog will show these signs – serious weight loss that wasn’t brought on by deliberate dieting, skin issues, digestive problems, bad breath, poor coat health, weak immune system, parasites, etc.

  1. Liver shunt

A liver shunt can happen when there is an abnormal connection forming between the portal vein or one of its branches and another vein, which causes blood to bypass or shunt around the dog’s liver.

  1. Internal parasites

Internal parasites affect the gastro-intestinal tract of your Pittie, and live in its intestinal walls. These things can be contracted when your dog ingests contaminated soil, water, feces, foods, or infected fleas.

  1. Intestinal worms

Common intestinal worms that live in your dog’s intestines are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia, and tape worms which cause simple irritation or turn to life-threatening conditions if left unattended.

Key Takeaways

  • An adult American Pit Bull Terrier is 17-21 inches tall and weighs 35-60 pounds (males) and 30-50 pounds (females).
  • Pit puppies stop growing at 18 months, but their paw sizes indicate how bigger they could get.
  • Pittie breeds are predisposed to severe allergies and frequent ear infections.

Genetics don’t determine the size your Pittie will grow to. You can tell your Pittie’s size only when they are fully mature