Maybe you’re wondering if you should breed your Pit Bull, or perhaps your Pit Bull is already pregnant. If that’s the case, read on!
Taking care of a pregnant dog can be quite rewarding but also challenging and at times stressful. If you’re wondering how long a Pit Bull is typically pregnant, Pit Bulls are in gestation for an average of 62 to 65 days, which works out to about 9 weeks or a little over 2 months.
Here, we get into all the details about pregnancy in Pit Bulls, including how you can tell when your dog is pregnant and how to best take care of her. Pit Bull refers to one of 4 breeds of dog and their crosses rather than a specific breed.
How Long Are Dogs Pregnant For?
Dogs are pregnant from 57 to 65 days, with 63 days being the average for most dogs1. How long a dog is pregnant depends on their mating and date of conception. The length of the pregnancy can also depend on how many puppies she’s carrying.
There is a slight difference in how long a dog gestates based on breed. For example, a study found that West Highland White Terriers gestated longer than German Shepherds2. But Pit Bulls tend to average between the expected 62 and 65 days. A Pit Bull is not a specific breed but a name used for usually one of 4 breeds or their crosses. American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. So on average, a Pit Bull type dog will be pregnant for around 63 days.
How Can You Tell If Your Pit Bull Is Pregnant?
It’s easy to miss the early signs, particularly in the first few weeks, but you know your dog, and you might start to notice her acting a little differently than usual. Early signs are typically changes in appetite and behavior, and most dogs don’t show pregnancy signs until about the 3rd or 4th week.
Once you suspect that your Pit Bull is pregnant, take her to the veterinarian, who can do a pregnancy test to confirm.
How Does the Veterinarian Check for Pregnancy?
Taking Care of Your Pregnant Pit Bull
First, your dog will need a change in diet; typically, puppy food is a good choice because it’s full of the right nutrients to support her during her pregnancy.
Starting around the 4th week of pregnancy, gradually increase how much you are feeding so that by the time of whelping she will be on 15% to 25% more food. You’ll also want to schedule visits with your vet whenever they recommend to make sure the pregnancy goes smoothly.
Create a calm and quiet place for your dog to sleep. Essentially, you want to keep her comfortable and stress-free and accommodate her as much as possible.
A Pit Bull’s Pregnancy – Week by Week
Let’s go over what you can expect each week, so you know how to take care of your dog and what is normal.
The 3 Stages of Labor
How Many Puppies Do Pit Bulls Have?
How many puppies a Pit Bull will have depends on several factors. For a first pregnancy, she might produce about five puppies, but with future pregnancies, she can give birth to up to 10 puppies.
It also depends on how healthy she is at the time of the pregnancy. If she’s well cared for and has low stress, a healthy diet, and enough exercise, she will likely have multiple puppies, and more of them are likely to survive. Additionally, the older your Pit Bull is, the fewer puppies she’ll carry. Again Pit Bulls make up a breed type rather than a specific breed, there may be variation in this number.
Pregnancy in all dogs, including Pit Bull breeds, lasts an average of 63 days from conception, but in general, gestation can be 57 to 65 days. Just keep in touch with your vet, and ensure that you monitor your dog closely.
Be sure to do your research, as you’ll need to invest in several items for the birth, and you’ll want to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the big day.
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