how much should a 8 month old bluenose pitbull should weigh
on Mar 17th 2010
in Food & Nutrition
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There's such a huge range of weight that's "normal" for a dog of this breed. Some dogs are larger framed than others but most are done with about 90% of their growth in terms of height and proportion by 8 months old.
After that, they will probably continue to grow until anywhere from 12-16 months old and what you will see is a "filling out" rather than a huge size increase in terms of stature.
As with any breed, you should be able to easily feel the ribs but not see them.
Since you should be bringing a 12 month old dog in for a annual checkup at the vet anyway, make sure you ask the vet for their opinion on his size, that way you know for sure he's at an ideal weight.
Hope that helps a bit.
Jack answered on 3/17/10. Helpful? / 0
You need to concentrate on maintaining good body condition and let the weight fall where it does. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com
Check the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an adult's, the growth plates are still open and it is still growing. If not, do not expect much more growth.
You may find this link interesting, jn.nutrition.org
Aster answered on 3/17/10. Helpful? / 0