It can be an extremely exciting time for pet owners when their dog is expecting an adorable litter of puppies.
Pitbulls are a loving, friendly, and eager to please breed. Not only that but they are quite beautiful and muscular dogs that are quite popular in some states.
But how long are they pregnant? Well, in general, they will gestate for between sixty-two and sixty-five days which is about nine weeks. This is a general number and it could vary depending on when the dog was bred and when she conceived.
On top of that, you may find that there will be due date discrepancies depending on how large or small your female dog is.
In this article, we are going to go over the pregnancy of Pitbulls. How long they are pregnant and everything else you might need to know. So, without further ado, let us dive right in!
What Are The Signs That Your Pitbull Is Pregnant?
So, you think that your Pitbull is pregnant but you are not quite sure how to tell. There are a few signs that she may be expecting.
Below is a brief list of the most common symptoms of pregnancy in a Pitbull:
- They May be Hungrier than Normal
- They May Eat Less than Normal
- They May be More Affectionate than Usual
- They May be Less Affectionate than Usual
- They May have a Decrease in Energy
Be advised that your Pitbull may show different symptoms of pregnancy. This may differ from dog to dog. The best way to be certain that your dog is pregnant is to take them to the veterinarian and allow them to perform an ultrasound.
What To Expect For The Nine-Week Gestation Of A Pitbull
In this section, we are going to go over the nine-week of pregnancy that your Pitbull will go through. So, without further ado, let us dive right in!
The First Week Of Pregnancy
The first week of pregnancy will be when conception happens. This could be the day that the dog was bred or a few days after the act.
So, your dog will be pregnant the week of breeding, but there will not likely be any changes in behavior or signs that she is actually pregnant.
The Second Week Of Pregnancy
At the two-week mark, the embryo will have been fertilized and will then move to the uterus where it will be for the remainder of your Pitbull’s pregnancy.
At this early stage, there will be no physical sign or behavioral change that would indicate that your Pitbull is pregnant.
The Third Week Of Pregnancy
During the third week of pregnancy, the embryos will all attach to the uterus. This is done so that each puppy will get all the nutrients that it needs from the mother.
The embryos will be about 0.3 inches in size. During the third week, there will also be no signs that your Pitbull is pregnant. Her behavior and physicality should be the same as before.
The Fourth Week Of Pregnancy
During the fourth week of pregnancy, the embryos will start to develop. They will start to grow a spine and their eyes will start to form. At this stage, they are about 0.5 inches in size.
During this stage, you should be able to feel the puppies in your Pitbull’s belly but it will feel like a little bump and not be overly obvious.
The Fifth Week Of Pregnancy
At this point, the puppies will have an amniotic fluid sac around them so that they are protected. This means that you will not really be able to feel them despite them starting to grow teeth, claws, and whiskers.
At the five-week mark, you should be able to take your Pitbull to the vet where she can have an ultrasound done.
At this point, you should be able to get an estimate of the size of the litter and get some insight into any potential health issues for the fetuses or the mother.
The Sixth Week Of Pregnancy
When your Pitbull is about six weeks pregnant there will be physical signs that she is pregnant. Her belly will be large and you may notice that she is starting to eat more than usual.
On top of that, you may notice that your Pitbull does not want as much exercise as she did before. The puppies at this stage will start to get their markings and pigmentation as they continue their development in their mother’s womb.
The Seventh Week Of Pregnancy
Your puppies are nearly here! At week seven it would be wise to start preparing an area for your Pitbull to have her puppies. You will need to make sure that she has access to this area whenever she needs it.
You may need to encourage her to spend time in this area so that she knows that it is a safe place and thus helping her to understand that this is where she should have her puppies.
She may even start to move blankets around her and even rip them to shreds. This is normal behavior and is known as nesting. You should not stop her from doing what she needs to do. Her impulses are biological and she will do what she needs.
The Eighth Week Of Pregnancy
Your puppies could arrive anywhere between the eight-week mark and the nine-week mark so make sure to keep a careful eye on your Pitbull during this time,
The Ninth Week Of Pregnancy
At nine weeks you are mere days away from puppies and you can expect her to deliver at any point. She may start to become more shy and restless during this time and it is perfectly normal.
We hope that you enjoyed learning everything you need to know about how long a Pitbull is pregnant. This breed of dog is truly a loving and wonderful animal that is suitable for families and just about anyone who knows how to care for them.