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Also Read: What foods should I feed my pitbull pup?
How Big Can Pitbulls Get? How Big Should My 5 Month Old Pitbull Be?
A little background on the pitbull breed first. We should first establish that there is no ‘standard’ for pitbulls because they are just a general name and not actually an AKC recognized breed. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier for example can grow up to 14 to 16 inches and may weigh anywhere from 24 to 38 pounds while the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier can stand as tall as 17 to 19 inches and weigh between 57 and 67 pounds. As you can see, there is quite a range. Not to mention that there are other variations in the breed such as American Bully, American Pitbull and more.
My Pitbull Puppy Seems A Little Skinny
Many pitbull owners have the impression (or rather, misconception) that their pitbull will be big and muscular from day one but they are just like any puppy! Understand that it can take up to a year before your pitbull starts to gain more muscle tone and mature weight. Being able to see some of your pitbull’s ribs doesn’t mean it is too skinny or underweight either. Check out this chart to have a better understanding of what to expect:
Should I Use Muscle Building Supplements To Bulk Out My Pitbull?
Some pitbull owners put their pitbulls on muscle building and health supplements. We’re not here to judge but as with all food and nutrition products for our pets, please make sure you read the instructions and details. Do in depth research first before putting your pitbull puppy on any supplement. In general, most of these muscle building supplements are for puppies over 12 weeks of age. Some owners say they would not put their puppy on a course of muscle building supplement until after a year old. Also, you should also question your intention behind feeding your dog a supplement if your dog is already of a healthy weight and does not suffer from any health problems.
Personally, we have never used a supplement before. Here, we have the personal experience and opinion of a pitbull owner who has tried one for his pitbull (source: pitbull forum):
It does have one side effect I have noticed… I do not use it all year. I only use it around show season then I slowly take the dogs off of it. It makes my males and females more on edge. My females get more jack upped energy and get a little frenzied and since I really only work my females in sports I do not use it a lot on them. I need them to have a clear head for sports so only right before show will I use it for them. I found it makes male males kinds have like roid rage. They run hot and get really temperamental with other dogs, more so than normal. So yes, it does work but I only use it for show season because of the behavior side effects and I do not think it is great to have a dog on that year round if you look on the ingredients.
A popular muscle building supplement is this Gorilla Max Protein Muscle Supplement for Dogs – Click here for more information from dog owners who have used it for their dogs.
Here’s a video of a 5 month old pitbull puppy:
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6 month old pitbull puppy