1. Human moms may carry their babies for nine months, but canines have a much shorter gestation period of just nine weeks.
2. Pregnant dogs may need some space. A dog may become restless or irritable as her due date approaches, so a comfortable bed and a place to rest away from any commotion is a good idea. She may shred paper, blankets, or other materials in an attempt to “nest” for her babies.
3. The size of the litter depends on the breed, the mom’s age, and other factors. The largest litter ever recorded was a Neapolitan Mastiff’s 24 puppies in 2005.
4. Newborn puppies can’t hear, see, or smell. The first sense a puppy uses is touch, which is why it’s so important for puppies to stay close to their mom.
5. During their first week of life, puppies spend about 90% of their time sleeping and 10% eating. After the first seven days, young puppies need roughly 14 hours of sleep per day. It’s a rough life!
The bond between a mother dog and her puppies is a sweet one, but it’s important to remember that millions of unwanted pets end up in shelters every year. Spaying or neutering your dog is a responsible option.