- There are about 100 million puppies born in the world each year.
Gestation Period - A bitch carries her pups for around 65 days
before giving birth.
Largest Litter - A Neapolitan bull mastiff in England gave birth to
a litter of 24 puppies. With very large litters, it is not uncommon
for one or two puppies to be stillborn.
World's Smallest Puppy Dog - Named Beyoncé, a Dachshund and a
Chihuahua cross breed weighed in at an incredible 4 ounces at birth.
At birth, puppy dogs are deaf, blind and toothless.
At birth, a puppy dog's sense of smell is fully developed.
A puppy dog's eyes do not open until it is between 10 and 14 days
old with full vision normally occurring after about 4 weeks.
A puppy dog sleeps for around 90 percent of the time for the first 2
weeks of its life.
A puppy dog can generally stand within 2 weeks and walk or stagger a
little within 3 weeks.
Puppy dogs should remain with their mother for at least the first 8
weeks of their life.
The 8 week mark is an ideal time to
puppy dog from a respected breeder.
Puppies should be fed 3 times a day for the first 8-10 months. After
this, twice a day until they reach adulthood around 12-14 months
when they can then be fed once per day.
When first training your puppy, kneel down so that you are at eye
level with them. They will learn much more quickly this way.
Puppies are never too young to learn after they reach 8 weeks of
age. You can begin immediately begin teaching them basic commands
like 'sit' and 'stay' after bringing them home.
If for any reason your puppy behaves aggressively towards someone,
never pick it up as it may associate this with a reward.
If your puppy becomes overzealous with its biting on your person, be
firm and use a command like 'stop' to let it know you are not happy
with its actions.
Male puppies can be neutered as early as 8 weeks but most vets would
recommend waiting until they are between 4 and 6 months old.
The colour of a puppy's coat may change as it gets older.
Puppies are very social animals and enjoy interacting so it is
essential that they interact with us humans at an early age. This
will help develop their social skills around people and avoid them
displaying any fearful behaviour.