Although we’re sure that most of you have had the pleasure of spending some time with these adorable little creatures, and had the chance to see what makes them so cute and desirable, we can all admit that there’s always something more we could learn about them. Some of the cute facts about puppies that you’ll find here will surely make you show your soft side.
To help you take better care for your puppy and appreciate their cuteness, we have put together a few little known facts about them.
Same as us, puppies are also born without any teeth and most of their senses
Puppies have no sense of smell the first 3 weeks, and they don’t begin to hear and see until they’re 1 to 2 weeks old. That’s why it’s crucial for them to stay near their mum. That way they can feed and grow until they’re ready to stand on their own feet and face the world.
Sleep time is also very important
It turns out that puppies sleep even more than human babies do. When it comes to humans, the average newborns need to sleep around 16 hours a day. Puppies have the need to snooze even up to 20 hours a day. Sleeping is essential to their growth.
It’s actually during sleep that a puppy’s nervous system, immune system and brain are developing. That is why your puppy needs its naps so much. You may even notice that a pup can go from an energetic tornado to falling asleep in the food bowl in a matter of minutes. This is not uncommon for most pups, and it’s what often makes them so irresistibly cute.
Their sense of smell starts to develop
Their sense of smell is nonexistent at first, but as the puppy grows a bit older and reaches 3 weeks, their noses start to turn into an amazing sniffing machine. They can smell 10,000 to 100,000 better than a human can, which is quite impressive. That’s mainly because the part of the dog’s brain that analyses smells is 40 greater than the equivalent part in humans. Dogs also have 300 million receptors in their noses, compared to the 60 million in our noses. This makes them excellent at detecting drugs, explosives, and even cancer or cancerous cells.
If you still haven’t found these facts to be unbelievably cute and amazing, chances are you’re a huge cat person. We wouldn’t want you to feel left out, so we’ve prepared an article for you too. Hope you enjoy it!
Portion sizes play an important role in their growth
What you need to have in mind before you get a pup is that they need to eat around 2 to 4 times a day in the first few months, and need to add on weight each day. What’s also important to have in mind is not to give your puppy more food than it needs and gorge its little tummy.
Let’s take a German Shepherd pup for example. As a grown adult it needs to weigh around 75 pounds, so we can estimate that a German Shepherd pup needs to gain 3 to 5 oz. per day in order to achieve its normal weight as an adult. That’s why it’s so important to control your puppy’s portions. You’ll also need to choose the right kind of food that has all the nutrients your puppy needs.
Puppies are very sociable
Puppies are born as a litter. That’s why they like being with other animals, and humans as well. When you leave a puppy alone, it gets lonely and starts acting out (chasing its tail and being mischievous, or causing trouble). It’s very important to spend time with your pup and make sure it doesn’t feel lonely or left out.
If your puppy or dog is feeling sad and has started acting out, here are a few tips to help you handle the situation properly.
Their litter size depends on breeds
The average size of a litter is considered to be 5 puppies, although this number may be smaller in older and smaller dogs. Most of the times, however, the number of puppies depends on the breed. A Rhodesian Ridgeback, for example, gives birth to around 9 puppies, while a poodle usually gives birth to 2 or 3 puppies at a time.
Puppies can be identical twins
A South African vet once preformed a C-section on a dog and discovered that two male puppies were sharing the same placenta. Later on, he did a DNA test on the puppies and realized that they were in fact twins.
Chewing is an unavoidable part of growing up
Same as babies like to chew on stuff as their teeth are growing, puppies like to do it to. During this period, they’ll try to chew anything they can get their new chompers on. That’s when you need to discipline them on what’s right and what’s not OK to chew on. If you want to save your favorite sneakers from being chewed, buy your puppies a few chew toys or ropes. Help them learn that chewing your sneakers is not allowed.
Puppies can help you focus
Research shows that looking at a picture of a puppy at work can get you in a better and more productive mood. When you flood your brain with pictures of those cute and adorable creatures you get more focused and you are therefore more effective at your job.
Puppies become adults at the age of 9 to 15 months
Your puppy becomes an adult so fast that you might not even notice how fast it’s grown until it’s already entered adulthood. Although your puppy may become an adult at the age of 9 to 15 months, it might not show it through its attitude. Some dogs stay puppies their whole life, and that’s exactly why we love them so much!