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Is a Pitbull dog your furry friend? Awesome! These dogs are fearless and make a great companion and protector. If you are one of those pet owners interested in breeding, you probably wonder how many puppies can Pitbulls have.
The answer to that question isn’t simple but requires a bit of explaining. It’s because there are some things you need to know, such as their sexual maturity and the time for breeding. Then, you need to learn about which factors determine the number of puppies your pitbull can give birth to.
If you want to find out more about this, keep reading!
When Do Pitbulls Reach Sexual Maturity?
Having in mind that dogs’ years count differently from humans’, it’s respectable that they reach adolescence quickly. Male dogs become sexually mature after a month or so when they start showing mounting behavior. Female dogs reach puberty at the same age. When they reach the adolescent stage, they can be bred.
If you want to breed them, you need to learn more about that in order to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy, including:
- The right time to mate.
- Which dog to mate it with.
- The average gestation period – between 59 and 63 days.
- The number of puppies females can give birth to per litter – usually, it’s 5 puppies per litter, but it varies from dog to dog and from one pregnancy to another.
Which Factors Determine the Number of Puppies Your Pitbull Can Have?
As mentioned above, female Pitbulls give birth to an average of 5 puppies per litter. But, that’s not a fixed number. Some dogs produce only 2 or 3 while others 10. The number of puppies depends on two factors – the health and age of the dog.
How healthy your dog is has a great impact on the number of puppies born. To ensure they have a safe pregnancy that will result in healthy pups, the females need to follow a healthy diet, not get stressed, and follow the vet’s instructions. The same applies to males.
If you fail to do this, the safety of your dog and the pups will be uncertain. It doesn’t matter if 5 or more pups are conceived because they may not all survive the gestation period. In fact, Pitbulls that are stressed or have infection or STD, may not carry all the puppies to full-term but may absorb, miscarry them, or give birth to dead puppies.
The age of females determines the size of the litter. Young dogs can give birth to 5 or more pups on their second or third litter. However, the number of pups will decrease as they get older.
In addition, the first litter may be smaller (usually it is), with your dog giving birth only to 2 or 3 puppies. This is normal, so it shouldn’t worry you. The next two litters will give more puppies.
How Many Litters Can Pitbulls Have?
We’ve talked about the number of pups born per litter, but we haven’t talked about the number of litters dogs can have. When it comes to this aspect, we can say that is of great importance for people who want to produce a lot of puppies, usually for the purpose of selling them. However, you should never force them to produce more litters than it’s healthy.
A healthy number of litters is one per year until the females are 6 years old. Every extra pregnancy and breeding after that age can be harmful and stressful to the dog. Moreover, it can negatively affect the health of the puppies born. Although Pitbulls are sexually active until they die (no menopause), that’s not a reason to force breeding. In fact, being able to stay pregnant at an older age, doesn’t mean the pregnancy will result in living puppies or will go to full-term. It may even put the dog’s life in danger.
Most Pitbull owners are interested in breeding them. They usually want to have puppies to sell them. Of course, they also keep some of them. Regardless of the reason for breeding, you need to know how to approach it responsibly. It’s the only way to get plenty of healthy Pitbull babies.
While the number of pups born isn’t fixed but can vary, you need to make sure your dog is healthy and safe throughout the pregnancy. This will ensure (at least, increase the chances) it gives birth to healthy pups.
You can expect 5 puppies per each litter when your dog is young. When they get older, it’s best not to breed them as it may have negative consequences on the health of the dog and the pups. And, of course, you should never force more than one litter per year or after the age of 6.
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