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How much should a pitbull puppy weigh?

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Loraine Cruz Kroeze, May 16, 2014.

  1. We adopted our pitbull from the humane society a month ago. When we got him he was 9 weeks old and barely 5 pounds. He's still a runty little thing at 13 weeks and about 10 pounds now. He's got 3 dog bowls going on every day. One with dry food that he can munch on anytime he wants throughout the day and the other has wet dog food that he gets 3 times a day and, of course, the last bowl is water. I give him a puppy multivitamin everyday as well. I don't want to over feed him and turn him into a roly-poly, I just want him to be healthy. I was wondering how much is a proper weight for a dog of his age? And can you tell what kind of pitbull might be?
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Can you take a side shot of him? I love his ears! Also, I wouldn't get the dog used to free feeding. Put the food down at the same time each day. The only thing that should be in the bowl all day is water.
  3. iPhone pics 2014 034.jpg Here's the side shot view.
  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Can you post a standing side shot?

    His actual weight isn't what you should really pay attention to. It's how he wears his weight. You have to look at the shape of his body. You should see a tuck at his groin area. That is, when he's older. At 13 weeks, it's okay to have a little extra pudge.
  5. ChevyBoy46

    ChevyBoy46 Little Dog

    He's so cute !
  6. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    i also recommend putting an end to free feeding. This can lead to resource guarding, do you have any other animals or children in the house?
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Agreed, don't free feed. Put the food down for 10 minutes then pick it up, whether he's finished or not. There are a few reasons you do this.

    1- You have more of a regular idea for when the dog needs to pee and poo. Example: I know that when my dog, Bentley, was kibble-fed, he would have to poo an hour after he ate, because he always got the same amount of time to eat. (This makes potty training insanely easier)

    2- It's easier to spot if something is wrong or the dog isn't feeling well. Many illness symptoms are not eating, but if you're leaving food down all day, you don't know if the dog isn't eating because he's ill or not eating because he knows the food will be there later. Example: Blockages can be deadly. It's of the utmost importance that a blockage is caught early so the dog can be saved. We've seen members' dogs die within a few days of a blockage and most of the time, the biggest tell-tale sign is the dog not eating.

    3- If there's ever a chance that the dog needs to stay with a friend or relative that has other dogs, they can't be leaving food down all day. Example: I watch my brother's dog from time to time and he's free-fed. I have 2 dogs here, I cannot be leaving his food down at all or one of the other dogs will eat it and get sick (different foods for each dog). It's a serious pain to try to feed a dog in the morning that won't eat.

    4- Last but not least, you can create pickiness. You're allowing the dog to decide when and how much he's going to eat. You're the owner and you need to act like it. The dog doesn't get to make his own choices, he's a dog. You make his choices for him. He looks to you for guidance and protection, so you tell him when it's time to eat.
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  8. We have 2 cats and 5 kids (3 teens and 2 small children). Here's his side standing shot. At this point I'm just worried that he's too thin but I don't want to turn into that owner that doesn't realize they're actually making their dog fat. And Thank You! for all the feeding advice. I'm definitely going to follow it.
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  9. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    He doesn't appear to be underweight. Use the chart of his bag of food as a guide to the amount to feed him. Which should be around 1-1.5 cups a day, so you'd want to split that in half for each feeding. Adjust as your see necessary, but he looks good to me, a little on the small size but his weight appears proportioned to his size.
  10. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Unfortunately when he's stretched out like that it's still hard to tell. Lol
  11. LOL You know what. I had a brain fart. I thought you actually meant standing up on his hind legs. Here's a better picture. I read all the posts of puppies about his age being around 30 pounds and it just worries me that he's only 10 pounds.
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  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    :lol: His weight looks fine. Don't worry about it. Since you don't know his pedigree, you really won't know how big he's supposed to get and the pups that are 30# at 13 weeks are likely AmBully or mastiff. Not APBT.
  13. Ah. I see. Thank you so much for your help. :) I really do appreciate it!
  14. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    His weight looks fine. Those ears are fantastic!!!
  15. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    Have you taken him to the vet yet? Cute pup.

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  16. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Based on that picture, IMO he is skinny.

    Has he been dewormed and to the vet yet? He doesn't look wormy, but it's never a bad idea to check for any parasites, coccidia, etc.

    What kind of food are you feeding? I would stop the free feeding now, as mentioned by the others. This will also help you know exactly how much food he is eating per day. Every puppy is different, but when my guys were around that age, they were all eating 3 cups a day (3x a day, so 1 cup each feeding). This was Barrett, who is an Amstaff, at 13wks. (my dad took this, hence the blurriness):


    That's how I like my pups to look, not fat, but not lean either.
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  17. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Yeah his hip bones are sticking out quite a bit too much for me to not say he's skinny. I wouldn't worry about it if he's been to a vet though.
  18. He looks thin to me bit he also just looks small. He just seems really tiny But I have a big fatty lol. He is very cute though. :-) here is my fat guy at about 10 weeks image.jpg
  19. outlawlady

    outlawlady Puppy

    If you don't have all the info about your pups parents.......it is possible you may have what is known as a "Pocket Pitty" They seem to be on the small side. It may be worth looking into.
  20. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    my am staff at 11.5 weeks was 22 lbs and at 10 weeks he was 17 lbs but he was the biggest in the litter. Now I can see his last few ribs sticking out and he still gets 3 meals(1.5 cup x2 and 1 cup lunch)

    thats how my guy is too total fatty lol
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