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Hello to all. I have a question and a few concerns that may be nothing to worry about but I wanted to run it past you guys and get some feedback. I have an APBT 1 yr old. Zoe is very small compared to all of her siblings. Her head isnt anywhere near as large, she is very lean and her chest is also very small. She seems healthy and will see the vet again soon. Id say she weighs about 40 pounds. She isn't sick, no vomiting or any indications that she is ill. Sometimes her "poo" is a bit runny but I think that's from the kids sneaking her table food from time to time. We buy her Purina dog chow and she prefers that over other brands ie: iams, science diet, beneful, alpo etc. She will only nibble at it if it isn't Purina. Her sister got out today and ran into our backyard, this girl is HUGE. My girl standing next to her was the equivalent of me standing next to my 10 yr old son. The difference in size was shocking. Should I be concerned? She is much smaller than all the other ones from that litter. I am going to post a few pics, is my baby healthy looking to you guys, please let me know. She will see the vet in February and I will ask his opinion as well, if you guys and gals see anything, make any observations please let me know. Should I look into supplements? I have found these online; Animal Naturals K9 Super Fuel Muscle Building Formula, Animal Naturals K9 Show Stopper , and DinoVite. I am at a loss about what would be best for her if anything. Any ideas, thanks to all. :confused:
 

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I just looked at your pics and I don't think she's that small. I have seen smaller pits. I would say that purina is not that great of dog food. There is a sticky that talks about food ratings. Any way I think your dog looks good.
 

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Those really are not the best pictures to judge from. If you could get some shots from the side at her level it would be helpful. Female APBT are not suppose to be huge. they can be anywheres from 30# to 55#. So if she is 40# she sounds about right. If you want to build muscle the best way to do that is working your dog hand walking, flirt pole, running with her. I would not give her supplements.
 

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Thanks, I will post a few pics the way it was suggested right away. I think she has lost some weight. My husband thinks she is fine and says I am paranoid lol maybe I am. She has always been a little smaller than the rest of her siblings and I have had to defend her to a few people that made fun of her for being no so bulky. Anyway thanks guys.
 

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Ok, I have put up a couple. She isn't very camera friendly and wont stay still for photos so this is what I could get. It doesn't help that I have a yard full of kiddos running around and she is so eager to go and play. I am going to look at the food sticky in a little while. As for the whole bulky thing, I know because I read it here lol. All of her siblings are though, makes me wonder why she is not. If I didn't know betterI would say she came from a whole different litter, maybe she is just the "runt". Thanks to all have a great day!
 

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If the breeding was an out cross then the litter size could vary a lot. An out cross meaning no real common lineage on both side of the pedigree. If she was scatter bred meaning no common dogs anywhere then that would also vary the size of the dogs. Many APBT's do not fully mature till about 2-3 years of age and some mature much faster and even in a litter they can mature at different rates. My last litter I bred was a bit of an out cross with common dogs only in the pedigree about the 6th generation. My puppies in the litter all look a bit different. 2 males are very mature and have filled out well, one male is still very skinny and lean. One female is larger and one is very small.

Then we look at other things not genetic, did you spay this dog? If so at what age?
The food would not make a huge difference but pedigree is crappy food so i would switch that anyway. Some dogs are not just big eaters. Go to the sticky section and read the thread my puppies not eating well. This talks about dogs not eating and also not to start trying a bunch of foods or you make them picky.
How much food do you feed you 40lbs dog?
 

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Thanks Mikado for taking the time to look at the new pics and respond to me about it. I guess it was all the folks saying she is small coupled with the size of all of her siblings, just got me paranoid, like my husband said lol. I love her she is like my kid and I just want her to be as healthy as she can be. Thanks again to the both of you for helping me with this, ciao.
 

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For what it's worth, I think your girl looks great. :)

I get comments about my boy being too small all the time. He's ~52lbs. Like Sharon said, a lot of people are used to thinking pit bulls should be upwards of 70 & 80lbs or more, and they shouldn't.
 

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I wouldn't worry, my bitch is 30lbs @ 1year and her silbings are 40-50
 

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I think she looks great. Looks to have a very comfortable weight!

As Lisa said, depending on the way the litter was bred has alot to do with different sizes in the offspring.

Don't worry so much..lol
 

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I am glad that it was just me then! And about the breeding, I am afraid that he is just another backyard breeder. Dont get me wrong, his dogs are beautiful and well cared for. He does make quite a lot of money. From Zoe's litter there were 12 pups, he sold 8 females including Zoe for 700 each, the 3 males 800 each and the one with the bluish color to his coat for 1200. Mama dog just had another litter I hear and 4 of them have the bluish coats. I would imagine that is why he breeds them, to make extra money. That seems to me a heck of a lot of money. All I know about Zoe is that dad is supposedly from the Gotti bloodline. He said he had never traced the mother. I plan to get the pedigree analysis from the ADBA and see what it turns up, just because I am curious. I am glad that Zoe looks healthy to you all. lol I do tend to trip out about her. For the longest time I refused to get a APBT or any pitt. I just fell into all the media hype about how they will turn and kill your children. Now that I have one I am amazed everyday by her energy, loyalty and the affection that she just pours onto us! She is the sweetest girl I could not imagine her doing doing anything like that. However, we all respect the power that she does possess and have certain rules that will keep anyone from being harmed. Anyway thanks again everybody!:)
 
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