So, your pit bull is going to be a father or a mother? Congratulations… well, maybe! We hope that you like the idea of having lots and lots of little bullies running around, because that is what you are going to get. If you are wondering how many puppys a Pitbull have then you have come to the right place. Today we will talk about this as well as the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet so that you are aware of all the options. Without further ado, let’s get started!
First, let’s clear up something about the breed
When you hear someone mentioning that their friend or neighbor has a ‘Pit Bull’, if you are ‘in the know’ then your first question to them is likely, ‘what kind?’. That’s because the term ‘Pit bull’ encompasses a number of official breeds and unofficial varieties. For instance, there are the 5 main breeds:
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire
- Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
That’s not all, however, as there are a number of other varieties of Pit Bulls that you can find, each with a distinct look and temperament. Some examples include:
- Chocolate Pit Bull
- Blue Nosed Pit Bull
- Gotti Pit Bull
- Gator Pit Bull
The list is actually quite extensive so we will spare you all the details. Sufficed to say, when someone mentions a Pit Bull 9 out of 10 times they just saw a big dog!
So, how many puppies can a Pit Bull have anyways?
If this is the first time that a Pit Bull mom is about to have a litter, the usual range of pups is going to be 2 – 5. Now, the next litter is a different story with the average number of pups being 7 to 10. Do you have homes already arranged for anywhere from 5 – 10 pups? If you intend to keep all of the snuggly little bullies, do you have enough space to make sure that things don’t get a little crowded? These are important things to consider. Yes, puppies are adorable and we like the idea of having a child from a family member who means so much to us. Just keep reminding yourself that it won’t just be one pup!
Now multiply that times 3!
If you’ve decided that the first or second litter is okay, you need to know what you are in for. A Pit Bull can typically have 2 litters a year and there is a definite possibility of 3! Considering that the puppy litter ranges 7 – 10 pups after the first litter has been born, you should know that you are looking at a very real possibility of 25 – 30 puppies in one year! While this sounds adorable in theory (hey, a box of puppies!) you need to consider the quality of life that these pups will have. Even if you have many acres of land, curtailing the pup-potential of your dog is a very good idea and you should consider it.
Consider having your dog spayed or neutered
There is a reason why dog shelters spay or neuter a dog before you adopt it and it’s not just to curtail the chance of homeless puppies. Spaying and neutering, if done at the right time (more on that, later) comes with a number of health benefits for your dog. Here are a few examples for male dogs:
- Your dog will be less likely to wander around on their own, reducing the chances of them getting hurt through a fight or auto accident
- Neutering reduces your dog’s aggression levels, making them easier to get along with and a bit less ‘bitey’
- Chances of Prostate disease are greatly reduced and the chances of Testicular cancer are completely eliminated
- Your dog is going to be less likely to ‘mark their territory’
Here are the benefits for getting a female dog spayed:
- Less desire to wander around
- Spaying takes care of those pesky heat cycles when your dog gets a little ‘crazy’
- Reduces the risks of developing mammary gland, uterine, and ovarian cancers
What did you mean before about spaying or neutering ‘at the right time’?
While spaying and neutering is a good idea, you do want to make sure that your puppy has reached puberty first. The reason for this is that their behavior develops over time, shaping them into the adult dog that they are going to eventually be. Spaying or neutering before puberty can result in a dog that is
“It is a good idea to consult your vet”
very unsure and shy and this is not what you want to do. In general, it is a good idea to consult your vet if you are worried that it may be a little too early to get this procedure for your pup. Your veterinarian will know when the time is right and you can trust their judgment!
What if my dog is too old for spaying or neutering?
Actually, spaying or neutering an older dog is not only possible; it is a good idea. Your veterinarian has a lot of experience in performing this procedure on dogs of all ages and they take extra precautions with an older dog. For instance, one common practice is called ‘balanced anesthesia’, and what this means is that your doctor uses a combination of drugs designed to relax and anesthetize your dog slowly and effectively while minimizing side effects. Spaying and neutering only requires one incision when it is performed for older dogs as well and healing time should be minimal.
Some final words
In this article we have discussed how many puppies a Pit Bull can have, as well as corrected some misconceptions about the breed and discussing the merits of spaying and neutering your dog. Remember, while those puppies are indeed adorable, each one deserves a home and happiness, so be sure that you can take care of them before you have that first litter. We wish you the best!