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Perhaps my girl is the runt? Getting towards 7 months old and she isn't getting taller

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by GreekBagel, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. GreekBagel

    GreekBagel Puppy

    Hi All,
    My beautiful puppy Marla is going on 7 months as of the 26th and I'm a bit concerned with her growth. We were at the vet last month and everything looked good on her, and she didn't have any parasites. She's around 52 pounds now, but its all going to her (cute) head and body, but her legs/thighs dont seem to be getting taller. Part of me thinks she's staffy but I met her parents and both are definitely American PitBull Terriers. I google and look at other pitties at her age and the size difference is pretty significant.

    I'm totally fine with my little pocket sized hippo, just want to make sure this is a normal/can be a normal thing in a ATPB. I know they grow until a year but I doubt any significant growth spurts are on their way at this age?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    She looks perfect to me.
  3. GreekBagel

    GreekBagel Puppy

    Thanks for the input and the welcome post comment Michele!
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  4. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    52 pounds for a female is sure not a runt. Many grown females are smaller than that.
    Even some males are smaller. She looks good but could probably stand a little more exercise.
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  5. GreekBagel

    GreekBagel Puppy

    Noted, my best friend is my roommate and he has a puppy the same age, they grew up together. So they play pretty hard on a daily basis but I'll start getting her some more walk time in as well. Thanks for the input!
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  6. Nah, nothing is wrong with her size :-P I actually thought she seemed rather big compared to my 11mo who is 47lbs. At 7mos my girl was at 44lbs & stayed there for a few months. I just weighed her last week for the 1st time in about 2 months when I found out she was 47lbs. She only gained about 2 1/2 lbs in those 4 months. Same with my other girl, a pitmix (lives with exhubs) We adopted her at 5 1/2 mos and she was just under 40lbs at topped out at 50lb I want to say by the time she was 8mos & stayed there. I can only guess your puppy is developing along that same time line. She might gain another 5lbs but likely she is reaching her peak size.

    She is a good size I think. Females can weigh from 35lbs - 70lb so she is right where she should be :-P

    My girl was co-runt in her litter of 9. She had a little runt buddy so she didn't have to bear that title alone. I always, always, always seem to instinctively go for the runt everytime :-D not even on purpose. Cat, dog...Just gotta special bond with the runts I suppose.

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